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Chicago Fire Department – Everyone Goes Home

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Courage to Be Safe®: Chicago Fire Department NFFF – A preview of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation film, Chicago Fire Department – Everyone Goes Home, directed by Rob Maloney. From the EGH website; In 2008, the FDNY allowed an NFFF film crew unprecedented access to members of that legendary department. These brave men and women […]

Front Seat Responsibilities; On Both the LEFT and RIGHT Sides

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Front Seat Responsibilities Artwork by Paul Combs All Rights Reserved  A few days ago I posted an article entitled here on TCO: Front Seat Responsibilities; On Both the LEFT and RIGHT Sides, however the original article was lost as a result of the site’s melt down on Friday; thus resulting in the loss of the […]

SFFD Firefighter Memorials and Updates

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More details emerged Monday about last week’s fatal Diamond Heights blaze, as fire officials said an emergency alert accidentally went off on a nearby fire engine about the same time two firefighters’ personal alarms sounded inside the burning building according to published reports. Lt. Vincent Perez, 48, and firefighter-paramedic Anthony Valerio, 53, of Engine Company […]

San Francisco FD mourns the loss of a Second Firefighter LODD After Diamond Heights Fire

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San Francisco firefighter Anthony Valerio is the second firefighter to die from Thursday’s Diamond Heights fire. According to San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, Valerio had “significant damage to his respiratory system” and burns across his body after Thursday’s fire.

Thank You

On this Memorial Day, 2011……Thank You…,  

Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership

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1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway!
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway!
3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway!

Combat Ready and the Fire Service Warrior on Taking it to the Streets

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We’ll further explore how as Christopher Brennan states; “Today’s firefighter must be a warrior who will unflinchingly put his very life in harm’s way to accomplish a mission, but who is also fully informed about the path being chosen”.

It’s Not Just a Job: Message to the Recruits

What it means to be a Fire Figher. It’s not just a job; responsiblilty , privilege- its the service, committment and the calling. Take a minute to listen to the Training Officer’s words to the recruits at the start of the training session….Where do you fall in?

Tactical Patience and New Considerations of Ventilation on Fire Behavior in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction

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Tactical Patience and the New Considerations of Ventilation on Fire Behavior in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction UL Ventilation and Fire Behavior Full Scale Testing   Impact of Ventilation on Fire Behavior in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction For many of you that have been following my writings and perspectives on building construction, firefighting, command […]

Often Attitude is the Only Difference between Success and Failure

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Most of our personnel have strong predicated skills, abilities and knowledge. So what puts the people excelling in front of the others? Most times that small difference is attitude.

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