Many knew who we were, the others were trying to figure us out. Willie and I were overwhelmed (to put it mildly) at the FOOLS Bash by how many of you guys found us (wasn’t that hard was it). That made it very easy to meet so many people and put faces with the names!
First of all an apology…
We met so many people, many who we knew from the blogs or Facebook, or Twitter but had never met. We apologize we didn’t have more time to catch up. We hope you guys understand that there was just so much going on at the show and the events we attended that it was not our intention to leave any of you hanging.
Be sure to check out the photos below. Also check out Facebook for more and tag yourself if you are in them.
Second of all, thanks to Zach Green of MN8 FoxFire for having us in their booth. It is always a pleasure! We had a blast hanging out with your entire crew!
Contact us if you would like us in your booth at other events! We can bring a crowd and create a buzz!
Some of the people we met or ran into again are included in the photos below. I apologize if I left you out or forgot your name. Others include: Average Jake Firefighters Robbie Owens, Danny Owens, and Ed Owens, Jeff Harkey of Daily911Deals.com, John Shafer, Michael Smith, Jason Jefferies, Jonah Smith, April Saling, Russell Stine, Tony Mack of The Bowring, Nick Langerock and Gary Lembcke at Spartan ERV, Chris Wilson of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, The crew of Black Helmet, Bill Carey, Stefan Svensson, The crew at Fire Rescue Magazine, Mike Ward, Greg Guise, Mike Brooks, Clayton Kovats, Chad Watson of TRA-FX, Sterling Wright, Doug Pierson, The guys of DetroitFireFilm.org, Jay Martinez of the Spartan Shield light, Mickey Milam of HelpTheGoodGuys.com, Chris Huston of Everyone Goes Home, Matthew Smith of Kovenex Fabrics, Rory Blanchard and the rest of the crew at Remembrance Rescue Project, Chris Moren of “The Pig”, Timothy McCloskey and Joe Brown of Firehouse Pride, Tim Landingham of PacMule, The crew of Glove Crafters and many more!
Dave LeBlanc is about to set out on his own after being a guest on several Firefighter Netcast shows including Art “Chief Reason” Goodrich’s show “The Voice of Reason”. You can find those shows and all of the archives over at Firefighter Netcast (http://firefighternetcast.com).
Now, DAVE IS BACK and BETTER THAN EVER! Dave LeBlanc is setting out on his own and created his own show on Firefighter Netcast titled “The Front Seat” (previous working title was “Taking Up”).The Front Seat will be airing tonight at 9pm EST. He will be on the air with John Mitchell and I. It has been a while since John and I have gummed it up on The Firefighter Netcast Show as we have been rolling out new shows about every month here at Firefighter Netcast.
PLUS…tonight you get to hear me talk!
The Firefighter Netcast Family is proud to have Dave join the ranks of our dedicated and loyal hosts.
We are sure the the ever expanding listener base will welcome Dave’s show and find it to be a very useful tool for learning!
Just look at that stache! I bet that gets all the babes! What do you think Parapup? Giving Willie a run for his money?
- Listen in to The Front Seat tonight live at 9pm EST
- Check out more information on The Front Seat and your host Dave LeBlanc here
- Read Dave’s blog “A View From The Front Seat on BackstepFirefighter.com
- Dave is on Twitter @TheFrontSeat
This article is going to ramble…I warn you now. It is also not going to be in any particular order of appearance.
I think there is a saying that goes something like…Your character shows in who you surround yourself with. I can say that I am a better person because of the friends that I have. Below are some of them.
More about my trip to FDIC here:
- Recap part I is here
- 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb coverage is here
- My take on Captain Dugans speech is here
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I was able to bump into, hang out with, and drink some beers with several of the FireEMSBlogs.com group including: John Mitchell (FireDaily.com), Mike Ward (FossilMedic on FireGeezer.com), Jason Hoevelmann (FirefightersEnemy.com), Tiger Schmittendorf (TigerSchmittendorf.com), Dave Statter (STATter911.com), April Saling (PinkWarmDry.com), Chris Kaiser (LifeUnderTheLights.com), Bill Carey (Backstepfirefighter.com), Michael Smith (BoronExtrication.com), Nate DeMarse Chris Collier and others (BrotherhoodInstructors.com), Christopher Naum (CommandSafety.com and TheCompanyOfficer.com), and Willie Wines Jr. (IronFiremen.com). All of them were at the Meetup at Indy on Friday night hosted by Fire Rescue Magazine, FireFighterNation.com, and FireEMSBlogs.com.
On a side note: I also bumped into Art “Chief Reason” Goodrich at FDIC. He still has a blog on FireEMSBlogs.com but doesn’t update it anymore. You can now find him at FireEngineering.com. He seems to be enjoying himself! He wasn’t at the meetup…he apparently doesn’t hang with us anymore…
I got to meet with several companies both during FDIC and since. Several of which I hope to be doing product reviews for very soon! If you are looking for having a product review for your product, check out more information here. I spoke with Major Mack of The Bowring today on the phone. They are sending me their product to review shortly. There’s was one of the busier boothes at FDIC. I think the product looks like a potential tool that years from now will be a staple in “What’s in Your Pockets” discussions!
I also have more of a review coming for Foxfire soon!
I met the Fire Service Warrior Chris Brennan. He recently had his book published and it was available at FDIC this year. Chris’ name was a buzz word this FDIC…he has a unique perspective of the fire service which goes against the grain of some. This young author is certainly making people take a look. His has some similarities to myself (in my view) that are good and bad…He is young, outspoken, and doesn’t mind telling you what he thinks. I look for a lot more from this guy!
I got to eat lunch and a dinner with Josh Creamer of No Ambition But One. Our time was not ideal for him and I to chat too much because Tiger always has to be the center of everything…the only thing he doesn’t have a handle on is eating his meal…
I once again met up with brothers Robby and Danny Owens of Average Jake Firefighter.
I finally got to meet John Broyles!
I spent some time with “The Nick’s” of FDLiveIn.com and Hyattsville VFD. These guys are a lot of fun…and I could not hang with them out until all hours of the morning…wait til Baltimore guys! I won’t have as much on my plate there!
I got to see Martin Grube of FireRescueTv.com once again this year. It is always a pleasure and he is just so damn nice…he helped settle me in at the classroom ready room when I was preparing to teach my class. He is the coordinator of this area and has been helping FDIC for many years.
I got to meet Kevin Shea. That was pretty cool. The only problem is that I took a pic of Willie and him and didn’t get my photo taken with him. Kevin has a group on the Fire Engineering Community for you hunters out there titled “Off Duty with Kevin Shea. Check it out here.
As always, it is fun hanging out with friends! I enjoyed dinner and more with the guys/gals from Go Forward Media team, Fire Rescue Magazine, and Elsevier teams like Dave Iannone, Chris Hebert, Jeff Berend, Bill Carey, Paul Andrews, Tim Sendelbach, Shannon, Janelle, Cindy, Mary, and others.
I also got to hang out/meet/say hello to Doug Cline, Diane Feldman, Bobby Halton, Frank Ricci, P.J. Norwood, Billy Goldfeder, and Doc Multrup.
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I am sure I left plenty of great people off the list. I might have hit on them in other articles about FDIC. Willie and I bumped into people all week long everywhere we went who knew of our sites and recognized Willie. It was a ton of fun and I cannot wait for Fire Rescue International and Firehouse Expo this year!
What does this editorial cartoon by Bill Carey (Backstep Firefighter) say to you?
I think it can be taken many different ways.
Is this the new guy going into battle with all that rookie school knowledge vs. the older and wiser guys?
Is it simply the outside vent guys next to the do it all engine guys?
Is it the dying breed of truckies next to the new age HAVE to do it all firefighter because of cutback?
Does it show the more singular tasked firefighters of days long ago vs. today’s vision of a firefighter by the beancounters?
Quite possibly, it could be a vision of the Culture of Extinguishment vs. the Culture of Safety.
Then again it could be the “Excessive Leather Accessories for Firefighters” wearing guys!
What does it speak to you?
Today is the due date for June’s First Due Blog Carnival titled “Wanted: National Fire Chief”.
If you want to host the next one let me know at FireCritic @ FireCritic.com or leave a comment!
Thanks and I look forward to reading the newest episode tomorrow!
The FireEMSBlogs.com meetup was a huge success. The event was hosted by Fire Rescue Magazine, Firefighter Nation, and FireEMSBlogs.com. The event was also sponsored by Black Helmet and Black Diamond Boots.
My time at FDIC was a blast. We managed to pack the week full of friends, fun, and work (Firefighter Netcast). The people I have met through this blog, twitter, facebook, etc. will stay with me for a long time. Our occasional chance to meet is always fun!
Whether it be through commenting on each others blogs, following each other on twitter, being friends on facebook, or any other of the many social mediums we stay connected. We know when each other are having a bad day, working, having a birthday, or whatever.
There may not be an exact core of the fire/EMS interwebs, but it grows daily. Mostly it is championed by several leaders. And yes, the Fire and the EMS interwebs are connected. The leaders are not self proclaimed or “formal” leaders. They might not even realize they are leaders. However, they have a following and stay connected to others through social media. These leaders have “tribes” or followers and the various tribes are interconnected as well. I would name a few but I would probably leave out many. The point isn’t the leaders, but the followers. Most of the leaders are followers in other tribes and so on… You get the point.
We all have a stake in this and we are all working towards the same goal…connecting.
One way of connecting is by meeting up. One of those meetups was held this past weekend at FDIC.
The night began with a get together for several of the bloggers. Consider it some down time for the guys/gals to network before the crowd arrived.
I had a great time meeting and talking to everyone!
I was honored to be asked to announce the winners of the raffle items. There were Black Helmet Hats, $100 gift certificates to Black Helmet Apparel, Firefighter Monopoly, and a pair of Black Diamond Boots given away.
A lot of thanks from John and myself to Chris, Dave, Bill, Paul, Jeff, Tim, Shannon, Olga, and everyone else!
All in all it was a huge success… I will give the rest via photos of the night!
Bill Carey over at the Backstep Firefighter Blog is hosting the 2nd Episode of the First Due Blog Carnival. The theme is “Influential Fire Reports”.
The subject of this second edition is “Influential Fire Reports”. What fire report, or reports, have had the greatest impact on you personally and professionally as a firefighter? This report can be of firefighter fatalities, close calls, near-misses and even fire or structural behavior. The report can be a federal, state, department or independent investigation, no matter so long as it is one that made a significant impact in the way you now think and operate as a firefighter or fire officer.
Read more about the episode at Backstep Firefighter and get your submission in by April 29, 2010!
Read more about the First Due Blog Carnival here.
Also plan on attending the FireEMSBlogs.com Blogger meetup on Friday night at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery! Fire Daily has the rundown on all the information. Be sure to let us know you will be there!
Bill Carey of Backstep Firefighter did a bang up job in discussing the similarities and differences in the 2005 Houston LODD and the 2009 Houston LODD’s. He really spent some time writing a fine article and bringing question to various points within the post.
He asked me my thoughts on the matter and I was unable to get them to him in a timely manner, so here they are.
I scanned over the recent report on the 2009 LODD’s of Captain James Harlow and Firefighter Damion Hobbs.
While I am not as in depth as Bill is, I offer my thoughts which came to mind. My thoughts are more National in thought than just on the Houston FD.
- The lack of use of a thermal imaging camera (TIC)
- The firefighters leaving the hoseline
- The Captain not doing a 360 degree walkaround
- The Captain not taking his radio
1. The lack of use of a thermal imaging camera (TIC)
Most departments roll with a firefighter, an officer, and a driver. If the driver is pumping, two firefighters are going in. Two firefighters to make an attack on the fire with a hoseline. One on the nozzle pulling hose, the other helping drag hose and talking on the radio if need be.
Who is going to carry the TIC? If that is an issue, put more staffing on the apparatus. In the HFD LODD report, it does state that in this case there were 3 firefighters going in but one had issues with their mask. In my department that would be an imaginary firefighter…We run with 3 total.
I agree that TIC’s have their place in finding victims, the seat of the fire, or possible means of egress. However, it is not the end-all!
2. The firefighters leaving the hoseline
From what I could tell, this point was processed by where the hoseline was laying vs. where the two men’s bodies were found.
I can only imagine that their last minutes on this earth were sheer terror and panic. I like to think that if I were in their shoes I would revert to training, experience, and knowledge and throw my brother firefighter over my shoulder and walk out the front door. However, we both know that we have gotten tunnel vision, fought panic and anxiety in situations less as life threatening as this.
I cannot correlate their final resting spots as cause for stating that they left the hoselines for any other reason than they realized death might have been imminent had they not.
3. The Captain not doing a 360 degree walkaround
Ah…the 360 walk-around. That ever present topic/tactic in presentations, training, and literature. That thing that I have never seen a first arriving officer do. That thing that incoming Incident Commanders rarely do.
I will put stock in this one….with caveats.
In a perfect world, we would pull up past the house getting three sides of the layout on arrival. My 2 firefighters in the back (remember that never happens in my dept.) would pull a line and force the door while I checked out the Charlie Side. I would then get back to the front of the house with my firefighters and develop a quick strategy (meaning possibly changing the point of entry upon my view of the backside of the house)
If I didn’t, the next in companies would or at least the BC upon arrival.
The truth in my department (urban firefighting hydrants/apparatus/crews bountiful on fires) is that if I were to do a walkaround, the next in engine would put the fire out before I got back up front…hypothetically.
I guess in my perfect World, if it were more than a bread and butter/room and contents fire we would do a walk-around or the BC close behind would do one and relay any pertinent information to us prior to us getting in too deep.
4. The Captain not taking his radio
He forgot it apparently. I have no excuses on this one. For the company officer, having a radio is a must. We have all forgotten something at one time or another. Did it prove fatal in this case? Maybe, there is no telling that if he had it he would have been able to get firefighters to his crew quick enough to save their lives.