Polk County “Leadership”

Below is by: Michael Horst

“I Stand With The Brothers & Sisters Of Polk County Fire & Rescue”…there I said it and I mean it with all of my heart. Some of you know I’ve just returned from a tremendous training event in Tampa Florida where I was invited to come and share Firefighter Survival & Hasty Rescue Techniques. This was at the First Annual Cigar City FOOLS Project Vacant. During my two days I was blessed to meet some of the most amazing Florida firemen. Project Vacant was an hard hittin two days of physical and emotional stress induced training and the takeaways were incredible. The Polk County fire fatality event was fresh and a frequent discussion point among us. Coincidentally the keynote speaker for the event was Fire Captain Stone, from Okaloosa County in North Florida, who by using Vent Enter Search rescued a homeless women from certain death on Valentine’s Day eve this year. During the second day as one of the groups rotated into my station I looked up and quickly noticed a soot stained white helmet and front which read ‘Polk County Fire Rescue’. I quickly stood up and shook his hand and welcomed him to the scenario. The scenario which I aptly named “So Others May Live” was designed as to make everyone aware that when life hangs in the balance, we must do everything possible to save human life whenever that opportunity presents itself. During the lunch break I made it a point to hang with the chief and listen. I just tried to be there for him however I could. Here was a leader who had just left a 96 straight hour work tour to come train with us. His face was tired, and not just work tired, it was painfully tired from everything his department has been through. He told me that there are over
100 vacancies on his job! I could tell the world weighed heavy on him. At the end of the day when we were having the ‘Hot Wash’…the chief pushed forward…and he needed to be heard. The raw details of what all he said to us will remain between us but in a nutshell he made an emotional plea with us to not blame all of the men and women of his department for the actions of one. He told us how grateful he was that we accepted him with such open arms…can you imagine that he thanked us? There is much we all don’t know that happened at that tragic fire. It will come out eventually and I think you’ll understand why they’re hurting over it. So I’m going to ask any of my FB fire friends to think before you comment on this fire. I believe in the end they’ll get it figured out but in the meantime know that when Polk County Fire & Rescue is dispatched on an alarm I feel certain the department gives a 150%. I Stand With The Brothers & Sisters of Polk County Fire & Rescue! I hugged the chief and gave him my card and asked that if he ever needed to talk…any hour night or day to call…I hope I hear from him soon. By: Michael Horst


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The Bresnan/Cellar Nozzle

Options. Quickly deployed off of the crosslay. Another idea for attic fires that may be hard to access from below due to high ceilings. Also good for void spaces, chimney fires and of course basements but in Florida those are few and far between. Flowing around 360 gpm at 50 psi. Just because equipment hasn’t been used in a long time or you’ve maybe never experienced a fire where it was needed doesn’t mean take it off the rig. Let’s think outside the box and find new uses for old tools! The cellar pipe is designed with the right adapters and shut off to flow the 2.5 and 1.5 bresnan or as you can see off of the tip capable of flows of 500 gpm or better. This has also been used at HROC as a make shift floor above nozzle. Just some ideas. Get out and see what you have on the rig and all the options of how they can assist on possible calls.

Can you Carry This?

If you paid to have this, could you have it on the apparatus? So many regulations these days on what you can and can’t carry on the rig. What you can and can’t carry on the rig has totally gotten out of control. Chiefs hand cuffing motivated firefighters to be average. Are they STEALING OUR DESIRE TO Build Something SPECIAL?

What are we doing to our selves?

I get standardized Operations on the Fireground, but keeping motivated Companies from going outside the box to be ready for the WHAT IF CALL.

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“This rescue was a success of a whole company and not just an individual”
Part 1: Knowing your equipment
Yesterday, members were faced with a civilian out the window on the 12 floor of a fireproof multiple dwelling. With members going to their assigned positions a rescue was underway from 3 different locations. This was only possible because the companies on scene knew and understood their equipment.
More avenues for rescue = higher success rate!
Outcome: This civilian was saved!
Now let’s hammer home some facts here in part 1:
Knowing if your aerial ladder will make an upper floor comes down to DRILLING with it and not just TALKING about it. Constant drilling will let the company know it’s apparatus’s limitations and advantages.
All it takes is a member on any day to look at target buildings in their area and ask “will we make the 11th floor?” Or “How do we have to position our rig to make that 12th floor”
The success of yesterday’s Ladder Company chauffeur making that 12th floor came down to the training and drills their entire company performs on the regular!
“This is not luck, this is dedication!” -FFPG
For those who say “we don’t have buildings over three stories” FFPG will say “Don’t always think about how high you can go…Think how far can you go! REACH is just as important”
Have something to add, please leave a comment!
Also please come back for PART 2 of this rescue!

Apparatus Positioning,Water Supply, Trucks,& Vertical Ventilation

It is critical that Fire Companies positon their Apparatus for the Big One on every call. Engine Companies should consider multiple Aerial Apparatus needing to position for maximum scrub area. You can STRETCH MORE HOSE, but the Ladder is only so long. WE DO NOT POSITION FOR THE STREETCH! We position for the Ultimate Fire Attack, considering all Companies capabilities. In Suburban and County FDs there is a significant need for understanding TIME DELAYED TACTICS!! Thos is Understanding that Tactics need the be completed but could be delayed based on reponse times. Also making the most of the arrival sequence and not so great water supply options. Remember that there’s a Difference between Rural, Suburban, County, & Urban Districts/FDs. Make the most of your Apparatus, stafgimg, and Calls.

Look at pictures and discuss the Engines curb side so delayed arrival of Ladder Company being able to get by and Beach it and also setting up off the fromt of the aerial. Checkout the fact that the Truck Company is breathing air and the making the most of the closest water supply. PARK THE CHIEF BUGGY OUT OF THE WAY BUT SO IT CAN BE USED FOR A COMMAND POST that can still see the BATTLEFIELD. THANKS 🙏


What is our Standard?

Curt Isakson will be Live Today at 2 PM Central on CF TACTICS FACEBOOK talking about the It’s Worth The Risk mentality and Risk Aversion.

What will it take?
What direction is the Fire Service going?
Is it a geographical thing in reference the mentality of what risk will be taken?
What are we focused on and training on?
Why this one, when a nearly 3,000 a year Die?

Who comes 1st, Them or Us?
How does our obligation as Firefighters compare to the Armed Forces?
This could last an hour.

Do we The America Fire Service want to make the Picture below our Standard of Rescue?