Category Archives: Firefighter

Being the Company Officer Doesn’t Make You One – Chief Steven Orusa

Of the countless people who take on various leadership roles in the fire service, how many encounter resistance to their attempts to lead or even hostility, jealousy or unfriendliness. How many find the transition to company officer challenging to say the least? If, being a leader turns out to be a bad experience it is almost always because of the officers own ineffectiveness. The purpose of this presentation is to show you what special skills and methods you must learn to use today’s “model” of effective company officer leadership.

A 29-year public safety veteran, Steven Orusa is the Fire Chief for the Fishers Fire Department. He has a bachelor of science in Law Enforcement Administration and his graduate work is in Human Resource Management. He is a published author and is a frequently invited speaker on public safety leadership and development techniques. He has provided analysis on public safety response for USA Today, Fire Chief Magazine, Fire Engineering Magazine, and has also appeared on BBC, MSNBC, Fox News and CNN to provide expert analysis on disaster response.

The Charleston 9: Remembered

Let us never forget the tremendous sacrifice our firefighters, their families and coworkers make.  Their efforts and legacy must be one of honor, remembrance and learning.  Hear, in their own words, their story.  Special thanks goes out to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for this presentation and the their tireless efforts to assist firefighters in getting home.

To my friends in the Charleston, S.C., Fire Department, I am proud of your long, albeit painful, and continuing recovery process.  Your  story is one of lament, progress and hope.  Your strength and resilience is inspiring.

A lesson for us all…

The Ultimate Sacrifice…

Trapped??? Think Bailout!

It is our greatest hope that firefighters will recognize trouble and exit the roof or upper floors before it becomes too late.  The use of thermal image devices and training in flash-over simulators are giving firefighters better ‘intel’ concerning changing conditions on the fire-ground. Unfortunately, “Situational Awareness” is still lacking severely.

Loss of or limited egress options are causing firefighters to use personal escape rope or  personal escape devices/systems.  Firefighters must review indicators indicators and the decision list  for deployment.

Firefighters must also become completely familiar and train with their specific system to become comfortable and confident in its use.

FF Love or All-Hazards Response?

A slight departure for a good laugh or, at best, a smile…

Found this clip of “youtube”

F.M. Tanya Hoover

Check out California State Fire Marshal Tanya Hoover.  I had the great opportunity to meet and speak with Fire Marshal Hoover at an IAFF Instructor Development Conference.  She was personable and dynamic.   This clip is from the Fire Alumni Workshop Series.

The Fire Alumni Events continue to motivate and educate future firefighters in the right direction. These events will prepare you, the candidate, to become a firefighter anywhere in the nation. for Fire Departments across the nation.

“The New Fire Fighter”

As a firefighter, there is a new “app” you have to learn; it’s called you “App-aratus“!

 

Calling the MayDay

IT IS, HIGHLY, RECOMMENDED YOU COMPLETE THE FULL NFA “CALLING THE MAYDAY” COURSE!

Thank you, Dr. Burton Clark, NFA, for your tireless efforts on behalf of firefighters and the important awareness of “May-Day” Training.

The “culture of the fire service” continues to be a barrier for  firefighters to call for help when they need it.  You’re in a fire.  The situation is getting worse.  You become lost, separated, low on air, you take a fall, the building or floor collapses; and we have firefighters debating, with themselves, on whether they are going to call for help or not.

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UCFA Graduation Keynote: Semper Paratus

Had the opportunity to address the graduating fire fighters at the Union County Fire Academy Graduation.

 

The High Rise Fire Study

The effects of crew size and fire location that determine various outcomes.

Happy Mother’s Day

Women Fire Fighters
Women fire fighters, Pearl Harbor, 7th Dec 1941

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers and to those who stepped in or stepped up where needed.

To my sister Firefighters, I salute you, for doing double duty (you know exactly what I mean).  Your intellect, presence, grit, contributions to the Fire Service and technical acumen are positive dynamic factors in an ever-changing work environment.

And to: Cheryl Alston, Annie Alston, Hattie Alston, Suzy Manley, Linsdell Gallup, Dorothy Manley, Helen Howard, Josephine Morrison, Sarah Alston, Lenora Bernard, Helen Crump, Lucy Dunston, Gladys Bobbitt, Vernada Watson,  Sis. Reeba, Dinetta Blocker, Mary Sweeney,… you deposited more in me than you can ever receive in return.  From your nurturing, encouragement, support, guidance, scolding, a kind word, a “whuppin'”,  a smile, your managing chaos or maintaining the peace, your love helped define who I am; my  love of God, respect for humanity and sense of self.

I owe you a debt that can never be repaid…

“All that I am, I owe.  I live eternally in the red.”