Category Archives: The Soapbox

Why do you train?

We know why we train. We must be able to take on any problem that is presented to us by the communities we serve. But why do we really train? We must have the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes to … Continue reading

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We’re Not Them-But the Customer Doesn’t Know That

Last weekend, when every one was getting ready for Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC 2014) in Indianapolis ID, my fellow lieutenant and I were heading to the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. We made the 250 mile trip from … Continue reading

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Thank you

I am gonna shoot from the hip on this one, so please excuse any spelling and grammar issues. Not to totally quote Yoda, but you either do or you do not. Whatever it is you want to do, DO IT! … Continue reading

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Growing Pains

Remember that show from the 80′s that some of you loved and some of you never heard of? Ok, I’m not really talking about the TV show; I am talking about fire service and more or less you as a … Continue reading

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The best firefighter survival; doing it right!

This is from Lt. Jay Fainer. Jay has contributed to Fire Training Toolbox and runs the Facebook group TRUCK-FLOOR-TRAINING. I tend to get on my soap box a lot. I get on it to preach fire fighter safety and survival … Continue reading

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Tactical Ventilation-Its not how to cut a hole…

Just over a year ago, John and I started this website as an outlet for everything fire training and education. We simply wanted to provide free, relevant and quality training tools for both the student and instructor alike. This vision … Continue reading

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Building Are Disposable – Firefighters Are Not! Part 5

There are so many variables to consider when you are making strategic and tactical decisions on a structure fire. There is little time to make these life changing decisions most of the time. Some of those variables are: What is … Continue reading

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Where we are now

The fire service has a very strong tradition. One of which I’m very proud to say I’ve been a part of for almost 15 years. The fire service in general has changed much in my time in service. It is … Continue reading

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PTSD – The Silent Killer

We all think that as Firefighters we are immune to feelings when it comes to our job , WRONG , we are human beings who deal with it. By far am I no expert but I’m one who has it. Admitting … Continue reading

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We have came a long ways but still more to do!

Spent two days with the national fallen firefighters foundation discussing the 16 life safety initiatives and the next summit in Tampa in 2014. The fire service should be proud of that accomplishment BUT there is still so much to do. … Continue reading

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