New Quint Class Offered June 29, 2014Posted by Jim Silvernail in Combat Ready for Suburbia.
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I just had the opportunity to deliver a new offering this week, “Fire Ground Decision Making for Quint Operations.” For the past four years I have been delivering a variation of presentations under the “Suburban Fire Tactics” theme at various regional and national events. I have been preparing and awaiting for this delivery since the inception of the SFT. As an officer in a Quint system for the past 11 years, I have been documenting and assessing different operational needs and deficiencies in relation to this concept in the suburban setting.
This past week 6/23-25/14, this delivery, including practical evolutions, was put to the test over a 3 day period in a suburban Chicago setting. The Addison Fire Department ( in the northwest suburbs) had recently purchased three new 75′ Quints to replace their compliment of engines and a tower ladder. This class was designed to create an interactive discussion and workshop to discover the new challenges and necessary adaptations which this system would bring to this agency.
Most agencies realize that there is more involved than simply making a trip to an apparatus manufacturer and purchasing a whole new type of apparatus. Replacing a ladder and engine company with a Quint requires a new operational game plan. There are many intangibles which must be understood. The efficiency desired through the quint system will require adoption of operational guidelines, specific to agency capability and needs, in order to achieve effectiveness. Often, sacrifices are experienced in the form of: reduced booster tank size, reduced hose lengths and loads, compartment capacity, and reduced aerial length. Operational guidelines must be implemented which take these changes into account. Examples can include: the need to forward lay and the need to explore new procedures for commercial and extended stretches.
The delivery focuses on the achievement of the ultimate goal, the coordinated fire attack. It does not simply explain the operations of the specific fire apparatus. The apparatus manufacturer could achieve this task. The elements of a safe, effective and efficient fire ground are broken down to the individual fire ground functions and implemented according to function prioritization, agency capabilities and response area characteristics. Consistency will be achieved through the development of effective Standard Operating Procedures. All challenges are tested through a final practical evolution.
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Suburban Fire Tactics is hitting the road in June. Our first stop is the state of the “Land of 10,000″ Lakes, Minnesota on June 12-14 for their annual MSFDA Conference. Then we will be headed to the suburbs of Chicago, Addison F.D. on June 23-25, to discuss Quints and decision making. Great way to kick off Summer!
Who is next? If you are interested in any of the SFT deliveries, please give me a shout.
FDIC 2014 Recap April 13, 2014Posted by Jim Silvernail in Combat Ready for Suburbia.
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FDIC 2014 is officially in the books. Another fantastic year of inspiration and learning. Also another fantastic year for Suburban Fire Tactics. The message is getting bigger and stronger every year. I have to truly thank Fire Engineering, PennWell, Bobby Halton, Diane Rothschild, and the entire cast at Fire Engineering Books and Videos. I am so fortunate to have SFT under this brand with so many talented people. THANK YOU!
The Suburban Tactics classes saw over 150 participants this year. The workshop session of “Company Officer Development: Fire Ground Decision Making for Suburban Company Officers” had phenomenal discussions, problem solving, and an unbelievable participation into FIRE FIGHTING.
The Classroom Session saw a packed room in a large classroom. I was overwhelmed by the interest level in this subject matter. My only complaint is that I truly can’t get the full participation level in this allotted time. This subject matter is so unique to all participants, that I love to share their challenges and tactical decision making.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all who gave up their time to come see my deliveries. It means absolutely the world to me and is very humbling.
I was also able to share some very quality time over at the bookstore/author’s booth with some of my very favorite people and mentors. This year I was slotted with the great Mike Ciampo. I took his ladders class almost 12 years ago. What an honor.
The opening ceremony was unbelievable. Erich Roden and Bobby Halton absolutely lifted participants to all time highs and made you remember what loyalty and service is all about.
Of course, I also enjoyed doing the FE Blog and Talk show “Small Town Tactics and Tools” with Chris Willis. We were able to chat and discuss how size up begins sooner than the bell. It begins by looking in the mirror with an honest assessment.
Finally, I can’t end this entry without talking about the brotherhood. I love the opportunities to meet and reunite with so many industry professionals and true brothers at FDIC. I am so glad that I was able to go to the Fools Bash, the dinner with Tommie Grigg/Cindy Huse (FE Magazine and FE Books and Videos), lunch with Cindy Huse and her cast of characters, breakfast with my friends PJ Norwood and Jason Hoevelmann, and the FE Books and Videos Author’s Dinner. I know I am missing something. But it isn’t just the formal events, its the small chance encounters and quick conversations with brothers from all over the country.
I am starting to get requests to bring SFT on the road this year and am beginning to finalize the dates. If you have interest in having your own/customized conversations about suburban challenges, tactics, quints, truck-less agencies, limited resources, limited staffing dilemmas, creating SOPs, company officer decision making, rural challenges, automatic/mutual aid, PLEASE contact me so we can set it up (not limited to the list).
FDIC 2014 April 4, 2014Posted by Jim Silvernail in Combat Ready for Suburbia.
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It is that time of year again! Let the learning and brotherhood commence!
FDIC 2014 March 30, 2014Posted by Jim Silvernail in Combat Ready for Suburbia.
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FDIC 2014 is almost a week away!
Suburban Fire Tactics 2014 November 22, 2013Posted by Jim Silvernail in Combat Ready for Suburbia.
Tags: Company Officer, Company Officer Preparation, FDIC 2014, Fire Ground Decision Making, Non-Urban Fire Tactics, Suburban Fire Tactics
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This is a small sample of “Company Officer Development: Fire Ground Decision Making for Suburban Company Officer.” In reality this material will benefit all Non-Urban Company Officers and Officer hopefuls. This course is being presented at FDIC 2014
Check out Suburban Fire Tactics on the PJ Norwood Show November 22, 2013Posted by Jim Silvernail in Combat Ready for Suburbia.
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I have the privilege of being on the PJ Norwood SHow with PJ and Justin on Nov 27, 7:30 est.
Join the Tactical Renaissance November 4, 2013Posted by Jim Silvernail in Events, Irons in the Fire.
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Recently I had the privilege to listen to some outstanding fire service leaders, such as Eddie Buchanan, at the ISFSI Fall Conference in Columbia, SC. While at the impressive South Carolina Fire Academy, Buchanan described our era of the Fire Service as “Tactical Renaissance.”
The cultural rebirth of fire attack tactics underway is made possible by research by entities, progressive thinking departments and knowledge sharing opportunities. For instance, fire departments in St. Louis County are coming together to develop universal SOPs for operations within the entire county. This Fire Ground Safety Initiative project will solidify operating procedures for over 42 different entities in our county with over 88 paid fire companies. The innovations adopted through this process are backed by scientific findings provided by entities such as UL and NIST. Information and experiences are shares through conferences such as ISFSI and FDIC.
By participating in the information exchange and attending conferences, you too can be apart of our Tactical Renaissance. At the end of November, SFT will be on the PJ Norwood show. I anticipate having some great discussion with my good friend PJ. He is definitely a class act within the fire service.
Also, please consider registering today for FDIC 2014. And please check out both my workshop and classroom sessions: “Company Officer Development: Decision Making for Suburban Company Officers.” Here is a quick preview of my workshop and classroom sessions.
Join the renaissance – tune in or attend a discussion with us soon!
Irons in the Fire October 3, 2013Posted by Jim Silvernail in Irons in the Fire, Media.
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As fall sets in, I’m already looking forward to next year and FDIC. I am very happy for all my brothers and friends who are new or are returning to FDIC, April 7-12, 2014. Suburban Fire Tactics will be presenting for the fourth year- please be on the look out for “Company Officer Development: Fireground Decision Making for Suburban Company Officers.”
If you miss this at Indy, you can also catch it presented at Minnesota State Fire Department Association Conference June 11-14, 2014.
On another note, I recently was appointed to the NFPA technical committee for NFPA 1710 (Fire and Emergency Service Organizations and Deployment). I am looking forward to representing the suburban demographic. If you have any feedback on this matter, I have a meeting in Oct. in Atlanta.
Please be on the look out for the October issue of Fire Engineering. The Suburban Fire Tactics article, “Second-Arriving Company: The Facilitator,” is basically the summation of SFT chapter 5. Both the article and chapter are dedicated to the second due decision making, a vital role in the Suburban Fire Tactics concept. It is always a great honor to get an article in FE.
Similarly, Truckless, USA: Essential Fireground Functions, appeared on Fire Engineering online and was written by Captain Brian Zaitz. Brian is a captain for my former company and a proud member of the Metro West Fire Protection District.
As always I am looking for feedback into your perception of SFT. If you have read the book and want to share some ideas, please do so.
A New Collaboration June 3, 2013Posted by Jim Silvernail in Combat Ready for Suburbia.
I’m thankful to become the newest contributing author for Fire Ops Online. My newest article, Effective vs. Efficient, A Lesson in Creative Fire Tactics is now available through Frank Viscuso’s, my friend and fellow author, website. I’m proud of this outstanding opportunity that Frank has extended to me.
Effective vs. Efficient: A lesson in Creative Fire Tactics
There is absolutely no doubt that there is an epidemic in America. Fire Departments across the nation have braced for budgetary downfalls and major cutbacks from city hall. Fire Chiefs and Commissioners have been forced to tighten the bottom line and even cut companies.
One option we have in suburban America is to use and embrace of the elements of the “quint” concept. The quint concept and partial quint concept have been widely accepted in this demographic due to the lack of adequate resources, lower fire volumes and the pursuit of efficiency. The use of the quint concept system; however, is not limited to suburban application. In fact, more urban agencies are turning to the concept to attempt to solve the problems of budgetary downfalls. Is this trend for everyone?
This subject may be controversial; however, my intent is not to suggest or dictate a better system for your agency. My intent is to stimulate your thought process and to facilitate the assessment of your agency’s needs in relation to tactics and strategies. This is not a time to remain close-minded and to relax with tradition. Those who rest on tradition and history have no future.