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Join the Tactical Renaissance November 4, 2013

Posted 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, 2013

Posted 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.

FDIC is just around the corner! April 10, 2013

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Fire Department Instructor Conference (FDIC) is almost upon us!

Thank you everyone for sharing your insights and experiences. The varied points of view have helped me prepared for my third year delivering Suburban Fire Tactics at FDIC. This year SFT will be a 4-hour pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, April 23, 1:30-5:30 pm. I certainly hope to see you there.

Also – the Suburban Fire Tactics book has arrived!

The completion of the book project has already been incredible. The initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Everyone is invited to attend our official launch and first book signing will be 11-noon on Wednesday April 24 and Thursday April 25 at the Pennwell/Fire Engineering bookstore.

If you can’t make it to FDIC this year- please feel free to visit the PennWell website to order a copy. Or if you’d like information on receiving a custom presentation of Suburban Fire Tactics for your department or industry event, please email us.

Gearing up for FDIC March 14, 2013

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In preparation for our FDIC launch of the SFT book, Fire Engineering has released a sneak peek:

SFT CoverSUBURBAN FIRE TACTICS is a guide for suburban-based fire operations. All fire departments share common objectives: to save lives, protect and conserve property, and limit harm to the environment. How urban, rural, and suburban agencies differ is the delivery of tactics and strategies. This new book explains the factors that limit suburban operations and depicts the differences between urban and suburban capabilities.

ISBN 978-1-59370-294-6z

This book will debut at FDIC and Chief Silvernail will be available to sign your copies there!!

If you noticed the reference made in the last line to “Chief” Silvernail instead of Captain, that wasn’t a typo.

Earlier this week was one of those bitter sweet moments in a persons life. I was promoted to Battalion Chief. I leave the best job in the fire service as a Captain to one of the finest Rescue/Engines in suburbia and the United States. However, I look forward to my new journey and accept the new challenges which will come my way.

If you haven’t yet registered for FDIC – tomorrow is the last day for the “Early Bird” registration discount. There are a lot of great learning opportunities at FDIC and I am fortunate enough to again present SFT as a workshop on Tuesday, April 23.

Thank you,


Thoughts from MUFTRI Winter Fire School February 19, 2013

Posted by Jim Silvernail in Combat Ready for Suburbia, Events.

JimatWFSRecently, I had the pleasure of delivering Suburban Fire Tactics at the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Institute (MU FRTI) Winter Fire School (WFS). If you didn’t attend this event, you missed a great experience and exchange of information!

WFS offered participants and excellent opportunity to develop and discuss ideas. In addition to interacting with students during two deliveries of Suburban Fire Tactics, I was fortunate enough to discuss concepts with fellow instructors, including the crew from Engine House Training.

Some of our hot-discussions involved fire fighter safety:

  • How do you interpret ICS/NIMS for structure fires? Where does the first due officer belong? One student reported when arriving first due with only two firefighters to a structure fire, both firefighters make entry and “leave God at the pump panel.”
  • Is compressed air foam system (CAFS) effective prior to flashover? Will a CAFS line effectively cool down an eminent flashover atmosphere without actually hitting the seat of the fire? Students questioned if CAFS would cool at the ceiling level without actually hitting the body of fire. Is it theory, or is it proven?

What is your opinion of #GodAtThePumpPanel and/or CAFS cooling?

Maplewood Memorial Stickers for Sale January 20, 2013

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Ryan Hummert memorial stickers availableFor some of you who are not aware, we had a tragedy in St. Louis County in 2008. A young fireman by the name of Ryan Hummert was murdered on his first fire, exactly in the same fashion as West Webster, NY. I had the privilege of teaching this young man at the fire academy and his assignment was my first, the city of Maplewood.

I have always been very proud of the City of Maplewood. They send a delegation to the West Webster funerals and participated in this tragic event, just like they did in 2008.

To help with this tragedy, they are selling “Ryan Hummert” helmet stickers for $2/sticker. If anyone is interested, please contact Matt Wilcox. Thank you..Jim

Thank you Delaware… January 15, 2013

Posted by Jim Silvernail in Events.

Captain Jim Silvernail presenting SFT to DE State Fire School Annual Officer SeminarThank you to Delaware Fire School and participants of the 2013 Delaware Officer Seminar. Suburban Fire Tactics was presented on January 12 to a great number of firefighters. And thank you Tucker Dempsey for making the initial inquiry of us for this event!

Around the corner, SFT will be presented next at the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Institute’s Winter Fire School. Registration is still open for this event and we sincerely hope to see you there!

In the meantime – happy hockey season!

Registration has opened for Delaware Fire Officer Seminar! December 11, 2012

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Delaware State Fire School logoThe announcement has been made – Delaware State Fire School (DSFS) has published its 2013 DE Fire Officer Seminar registration form online. This event is open to Delaware fire service officers and administrative officers. For more details, please visit their website or Facebook page.

We would like DSFS for this opportunity and we look forward to meeting you there!

Suburban Fire Tactics is hitting the road! December 6, 2012

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I’ll be headed to Delaware in January. I had the honor to be selected as the key note speaker by the Delaware State Fire School for their annual Fire Officer Seminar on January 12, 2013.

If not there, you can catch the next scheduled offering of Suburban Fire Tactics at the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Institute‘s Winter Fire School. Registrations are currently open if you plan to be in Columbia, MO February 8-10.

In April, we will be returning to Indy for our third year presenting at FDIC.

If you’re interested in bringing Suburban Fire Tactics to an event or training near you, please contact us.

Preparing to publish in 2013! December 5, 2012

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I just got off a conference call with my friends at Pennwell Publishing and we have officially kicked-off the marketing aspects of Suburban Fire Tactics. I am truly excited and blessed to be published by the leader in our industry! The people who represent Fire Engineering Books and Videos, as well as the Magazine, are the best at what they do. I am truly honored.

Currently, we are working on the cover page. I have some ideas which I will probably release once we start making some headway.

Almost there……We are on a schedule to have a finished product by FDIC (keep your fingers crossed).

Also, we’re are working on our 2013 conference deliveries. If you’re aware of any conference, fire school or department that might be interested in hosting our workshop, please connect us!