100 Hour Officer Development School

County Fire Tactics Officer Development School 2017
100 Hours of REAL WORLD Leadership & Tactics
Starts January 2017
One Day a week on a weekday from 08:30-16:30 for two months. This program will be offered once a year at the start of each year and only have 30 spots to offer good student to instructor ratio. This will not be your check in the box program, but a real world school on Fire Service Leadership & Tactics that students will be proud they attended and completed. This program is focused on bettering the future of South Alabama and Northwest Florida Fire Services. This will be a credited program with serious pedigree in the world of firefighting. Only the first 30 will be allowed for the class of 2017. This program will be held on Pensacola Beach.

Fronteria B2 out front

Objective Leadership????

Shared From 850 Fireman

Atlanta Chief gets fired…

When you have a virtual living legend within your ranks, with many years of engaged experience of street & book knowledge, and a nationally renown teacher, what do you do with them?…apparently you fire them…

Staffers see fit to remove Chief Rhodes from duty for no apparent reason. The good Chiefs that truly LEAD from the front seem to be targets these days!

Do the CHIEFS realize that leaders like this one with his knowledge and experience are irreplaceable?! Chief Rhodes has something called pedigree. Pedigree demands respect. Pedigree lends itself to credibility. Pedigree is born of experience DOING THE JOB…Pedigree counts!


Don’t be intimidated by ones accomplishments use them to better the organization. When you stifle these types of leaders the entire organization loses…Atlanta Firefighters have lost a really good one. Have a quick read of this mans accomplishments. Anybody need a good CHIEF?….

“David Rhodes is a 30-year fire service veteran. He is a chief elder for the Georgia Smoke Diver Program, a member of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Executive Advisory Board, a hands-on training coordinator for FDIC, an editorial advisor for Fire Engineering and the UL Fire Safety Research Institute, and adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy. He is a Type III incident commander for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency-Metro Atlanta All Hazards Incident Management Team and is a task force leader for the Georgia Search and Rescue Team. He is president of Rhodes Consultants, Inc., which provides public safety training, consulting, and promotional assessment centers”

…Yet city of ATL sees fit to relieve this caliber of leader from duty…don’t get it man…

Keep your head up CHIEF RHODES! We the men and women of the 850 have YOUR back!

Smoke is a Fuel

Smoke is Fuel and when this Fuel is superheated in a closed up structure, it needs O2. So be ready when forcing entry or opening up horizontally to provide the equalizer.

Water is the Equalizer that keeps Heat, Fuel, & O2 mixing together.

Water on the Fire!! Smoke is ONE STEP from being FIRE. So FLOW WATER ON SMOKE!!

Fires HYPERVENTILATE TODAY because of todays fuel loads and not the building. Yesterday’s Buildings have the same fire as tomorrow’s buildings in relation to live fuel load. So it’s the FUEL that is the problem and how we allow this fuel to combine with heat and oxygen. So take the heat away with GALLONS PER SECOND before the Fuel & Heat combine with oxygen.

Buildings were yesterday’s enemy. Oxygen is tomorrow’s ENEMY. The Fireground is changing and how we ventilated in the 80s and kept the nozzle closed until we observed the orange stuff will not provide a good outcome tomorrow.

Death On The Nozzle is real. The answer is still going inside but understanding today’s fire-growth and how to KILL IT!

Look at the center top of photo. It shows a orange glow from the rear. This tells us the interior is superheated and primed to lite off. Size-Up is critical.

Photo Credit. JJ Cassetta


Smoke is a Gas. Gas is a Fuel & when this fuel is superheated it will Flash when mixed properly. 

Equalize it with WATER!

HROC 2016 Stretching & Flowing

The Fourth Annual High Rise Operations Conference is almost SOLD OUT!  Less than 50 Spots Left. Will be the Biggest and Best Year so far.

Free Shuttle from Pensacola Airport and Back. FREE BEER  and Great Food Specials each day. Rooms at the Pensacola Beach Hilton Convention Center for $95 a night using GROUP CODE “PBH” (850) 916-2999 mention High Rise Conference when booking. The Hilton is almost SOLD OUT so reserve room asap. They do not charge for room until you stay. Free to reserve.

LA HR Fire

Day 1  Lecture All Day

Opening  Curt Isakson

Keynote-Bill Gustin, Miami Dade

High Rise/Standpipe  Fire Tactics “Numerous Speakers throughout the day”

Day 2 Lecture All Day

Opening Curt Isakson

Keynote Jim McCormack, FDTN & Indianapolis Fire Department

Mid-Rise, Low Rise/Standpipe Operations in all buildings, Search & Truck Functions

Day 3  Hands-On Tracks and Command & Control Track

Attendees will select track on Day 1

Firefighter Track, Officer Track, Chief Track, Urban Operations Track, Suburban Operations Track, Survival Track.

List of some of the Speakers/Instructors for HROC 2016.

Ray McCormack, FDNY

Bill Gustin, Miami Dade

Dave McGrail, Denver

Kevin Story, Houston

Jerry Tracy, FDNY

Rick Kolomay, Carol Stream

Mike Lombardo, FDTN & Buffalo

Jim McCormack, FDTN & Indianapolis

Bob Morris, FDNY

Mike Ciampo, FDNY

Tim Klett, FDTN & FDNY

Daryl Liggins, OakLand

Dennis LeGear, Oakland

Bob Pressler, FDTN & FDNY

Steve Robertson, Columbus

Eddie Farley, Pittsburgh

James Ellis, Pittsburgh

Gabe Angemi, Camden

Curt Isakson, Escambia

and many more not listed.

Link to Register





7 Rescued by Ladders



“What are you going to do at 3:00 in the morning when you get that call with people hanging out of windows with an active fire?”

We’ve all heard or said that in regards to our training and preparation at some point in our career. It’s safe to say that it can be considered cliché because it is mentioned so often. But, without a doubt and with no debate, it is true!

On July 20, 2016 my department responded to a report of smoke in the building. It was not a fire in the building, not multiple calls—just smoke in the building. It was a multi-family building and those are notorious for food on the stove or dry cooking calls. It was 3:45 in the morning and complacency would have been easy to give in to. Knowing what we just mentioned and the time of day, it could have been easy for crewmembers to not be completely dressed, especially with out hot and humid weather.

As it turned out, training, pride and doing the right thing ruled and I’m not surprised. I’m fortunate to work with great firefighters and officers.

When the first companies arrived, they had a large, 20-unit apartment building with two stories on the east side and three stories on the west side. Police, just prior to our arrival, reported heavy smoke conditions. The first company found heavy smokes conditions and people yelling for help from balconies on both sides of the building from the second and third stories.

The first two initial companies, one being an ambulance, immediately sized-up the situation and put life safety first and started deploying ground ladders. The first due captain and his firefighter entered apartments that did not have balconies occupied to check for victims while the ambulance crew went from balcony to balcony getting victims to the ground.

The third and fourth companies assisted with deploying additional ladders to more victims. The first company did find some victims inside their units and led them to the balconies for rescue.

The first due captain was aware enough, based on his ability to read the conditions and his familiarity of the building from pre-planning for fire, to radio that the fire was in the basement (ground floor on the west side). That proved valuable for the IC to get the fifth company to deploy an attack line to the fire.

We have a helmet cam video that has not been released yet, but the work was solid, communication was done only when necessary, everybody was calm and they knew what they needed to do. A total of seven persons were rescued, five by ladder from five different balconies.

The rest of the incident went well with the fire being confined to the area of origin. The open stairwells allowed heavy smoke and heat to fill the only means of egress for occupants. Many of the apartments were smoke filled from attempts by occupants to exit their buildings.

This fire would not have gone as it did if it were not for the training and engagement of our officers and members on a daily basis. Just a month prior to this fire, multi-company drills were performed based on very similar scenarios. In addition, when coming on shift, our officers believe that this call would happen at 3:45 in the morning and that they would have fire and victims. They were prepared and it showed.

Moving ladders from balcony to balcony is not easy if you don’t regularly train and drill with them. Our two ambulance firefighters moved a 35’ ground ladder to multiple balconies on multiple sides of this building. Our paramedics are cross-trained and we expect them to be firefighters whenever possible, without utilizing them, rescues would have been delayed.

This fire went to two alarms and all companies were utilized and our mutual aid companies were critical to the success of this incident.

The purpose of sharing this is not to talk about how good my guys are, (they are), but instead to impress on everybody that reads this just how important training is. How important being prepared for and expecting fire when called is. It might not be today or tomorrow, but someday you will be tested and you better be ready. You just never know when you will get that call at 3 in the morning with people hanging out of windows and balconies.

Thanks to Chief Jason Hovelman for sharing from Engine House Training