June 9, 2022

“Officers: Your primary job (when riding the front seat) is proper size up, quick report and appropriate initial leadership/tactics….it is NOT just to blow the sirens, horns and scream on the radio…. the safety of your crew is #1…take “the front seat” seriously”. –  Billy Goldfeder LODD: A firefighter in Butte, MT died of smoke […]

June 8, 2022

Question(s) of the Week:  What is the least utilized piece of equipment on your apparatus?  Does every member of your crew know its use and function?  Have every member write down what they think are the three least used and review them all! LODD: Fire fighter suffers fatal heart attack at commercial fire – New Jersey […]

June 6, 2022

Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other […]

June 4, 2022

“There aren’t any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet.” – Admiral William ‘Bull’ Halsey LODD: Fire fighter suffers intracranial cyst bleed during residential fire operations and dies three days later – Virginia. 2009 Engineer suffers sudden cardiac death after responding to […]

June 3, 2022

“The most important thing I learned is that soldiers watch what their leaders do. You can give them classes and lecture them forever, but it is your personal example they will follow.” – General Colin Powell LODD: Career fire fighter falls from aerial ladder while carrying roof kit during training – California 2017 A Philadelphia, […]

June 2, 2022

“If you want to make changes in the workers’ behavior, change the behavior of the boss.” – Alan Brunacini LODD: A career lieutenant and fire fighter/paramedic die in a hillside residential house fire – California. 2011 On-duty driver/operator dies in sleep – Indiana. 1998 A South St. Paul firefighter is killed when an aerial ladder […]

June 1, 2022

Question(s) of the Week: What would be expected of you and your crew if a major disaster struck your community?  What is the safest place to shelter in your station? How would your department handle the possible loss of radio/phone communications?  How would you handle your crew members need to check on their families? LODD: In 1977, […]

May 31, 2022

Being a WWII/History junkie, there are a couple of books that, after reading them, caused me to read a few novels to take a break.  One is Killing the Bismarck: Destroying the Pride of Hitler’s Fleet by Iain Ballantyne.  The description of the Bismark’s final hours are graphic and drive home the horrors endured. LODD: […]