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Join the Tactical Renaissance November 4, 2013

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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!


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.

Thoughts from MUFTRI Winter Fire School February 19, 2013

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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?

Thank you Delaware… January 15, 2013

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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.

SFT returns to FDIC August 21, 2012

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ImageSuburban Fire Tactics will be back at FDIC 2013.  Look for Suburban Fire Tactics: The Coordinated Fire Attack (4 hr workshop) on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 (1:30-5:30)

FDIC Presentation are Online April 24, 2012

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For those folks that couldn’t make the Suburban Fire Tactics workshop or course at FDIC- and for those who did that have requested slides- both presentations are now available for download.

2012 FDIC Class (1.5 hours)

2012 FDIC Workshop (4 hours)

Your questions and comments are greatly appreciated, as that collaboration strenghens and builds Suburban Fire Tactics. If you are interested in a local delivery of Suburban Fire Tactics, please do not hesitate to email.

FDIC 2012 is in the books April 20, 2012

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FDIC 2012 has come to a successful completion!  Thanks to all who attended and participated in either of the SFT presentations this week.  I gain more material and content with every delivery. THANK YOU!

Thursday night was truly a surreal experience for me at the Pennwell Author’s dinner.  What an incredible group of industry professionals.  It still doesnt seem real to me.

Most importantly, I was able to talk to my editor and I believe we could possibly be looking at  a release in December.  Reviews are coming back and everything is looking good.  One of the main discussions this week was the cover.  We have a good idea what it might be, but I will release that later.

Finally, I made some strong new connections with my new friends at TEEX.  I was very fortunate to be involved with a very exciting project.  I believe the online Firefighter I&II program which I was able to Alpha test is going to be a major success.  This is a partnership between Pennwell and TEEX, need I say more?

FDIC 2012 is next week! April 12, 2012

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It’s almost that time.   Indy is right around the corner.  I am putting the final touches on both SFT classes and finally ready.  Hope to see everyone there for another productive FDIC.