Join your Lone Star F.O.O.L.S. as Captian Rush leads a conversation about being a stand for professionalism. Captan Rush will specifically speak about Andy Fredericks, who obviously, was a hard-working student of the craft. Capt. Rush has been a local fireman who has been a part of training events for the past 25 years. Captain Rush taught a long side Andy at FDIC and knew him both personally and professionally. I'm personally eager to hear about the stand for professionalism that he takes, that Andy took, and many of us strive for that is the only thing keeping the fire service "professional" in any tangible way. The current atmosphere of risk aversion, I'm number one, hit it hard from the yard etc are a byproduct of this lack of actual "professional"ism. Andy was a well-known example and hearing about him and his stand from someone that knew him will be an experience you don't want to miss.
What do you look for in a crew? What qualities, must the men/women possess for them to be a good fit? Do you work for a department that assigns members to your fire house without the crew input? If so how do you handle an individual that doesn’t have the same approach to the job? Most importantly how do we build probies into good passionate fire fighters?
Join your LSF Sunday November 4th at Nates 306 S Main St. Buda TX.
Come out October 13 or October 14 and join us for a day of kick ass training and a good cause! Our annual Benefit For a Brother training will consist of Forcible Entry, Search and Ventilation.
Vincent Marin is a 16 year firefighter for the great city of San Marcos. His wife of 16 years Carmen, was diagnosed with breast cancer this past February at the age of 37. Carmen is still undergoing treatment and needless to say it has been tough both physically and emotionally for Vinny, Carmen and their family.
The F.O.O.L.S. are brothers first. Vinnie’s family is our family and we take care of each other. Please join us in reaching our goal to help a brother’s family out with medical expenses.
Registration opens August 13!
Location: Travis County Fire Rescue, 9109 Elroy Rd, Del Valle, TX 78617
If you can't make it out, consider donating to the Marin family at the link below!
As Firefighters we all want to be first in, and often times are training reflects this. We forget to train on or discuss, one of the most important functions on the fire ground. No matter what arrival we are on scene without water supply we are destined to fail.
At what point in the fire scene is you and your crew obtaining uninterrupted water supply? Does your engine company maximize the hydrant? Preplanning is an important part of water supply. Does your engine company drive territory or have a system to locate hydrants? Do yall note working hydrants vs hydrants that are out of order. Is there an SOP in place for the maintenance of the hydrants in your territory? Most drivers and well trained crews perform standard task of obtaining a water supply, such as reverse way or forward lay. Has a driver/fire fighter are you training on your proficiency to draft, tandem pump or create a portable standpipe?
Upon arrival, decisions must be made not just on supplying the engine but also on determining the amount of water needed to put the fire out. Knowledge of your apparatus attack lines and master streams and the gpm they flow is the key to everything. It is the job of every fire fighter on your apparatus to know and understand how your hose set up, amount of hose, adapter’s appliances effect your water supply.
Come out and support Kyle Melton , one of our members as he leads the discussion about the responsibilities of preparing a probationary fire fighter.
Everyone wants to better their department, nut no one wants a probie.
How do you prepare your probie to be a productive member of your fire department? Do you have a department guideline on what he needs to do on probation? If so, is it sufficient? Probably not. Remember we don’t train to meet the lowest standard, so why would we train our probies that way? If you do the absolute minimum probie training required by your department and your probationary firefighter isn’t impressing your crew with his knowledge and abilities, well bad news. Its your fault. Your probie is a direct result of the investment your crew takes in him.
And that doesn’t only include training. No he isn’t one of the guys yet. But if you lock him in a room to study all shift and then wonder why he isn’t meshing with the crew, well maybe its because you aren’t treating him like a real person. Yes probation requires studying and commitment but also including them in crew activities such as playing a card game after dinner or allowing them to play a game of pickleball after so many hours of studying can help to keep their eyes on the prize. We say we want firefighters who are able think through problems but then we expect our probie to be a mindless zombie.
Yes some probies will be better than others, but it is our job to train them as best we can. That means learning about them, knowing their strengths and weaknesses, and pushing them to be better. No department is perfect and everyone complains about things they feel like their department does wrong. Well the easiest way to change your department’s culture is changing the mindset of its firefighters. And it’s a lot easier to mold a PFF into what you want than change the opinion of a 10 year slug.
Next month’s Sermon will be Sunday 9:30am August 5th at Nates 306 S Main St, Buda, TX 78610. Please join your F.O.O.L.S. while we discuss the transitional attack. I’m not going to assign any articles for this topic. Research the topic and bring your findings and thoughts to the Sermon on Sunday. While researching ask yourself what the benefits are to the transitional attack and what are the negatives that might come with this tactic. Looking forward to this conversation Sunday!
Often times I hear that the fire service is a para-military organization. Many of the common terms in the fire service, such as captain and lieutenant, were taken directly from the military. Words like duty, honor, commitment, and integrity are as important to the fire service as they are to the military. However I sometimes question if these “common terms” are just words. Other than the 10 percenter, do us, the American fire firefighter, live up to the values and codes of honor, duty and commitment. Do our actions and training reflect these words? Would you consider the fire service to be an occupation or a profession?
For this month we will be discussing the year 2000 FDIC keynote speech by Andy Fredericks (FDNY, 911) and your thoughts on how it applies to things you hear locally and globally in our fire service today. Please watch prior to attending and bring your thoughts, ideas, and conversation to the table on Sunday May 6th!
With the first Sunday being April, and the next being during our last day of the WORK Conference, we have decided to hold our next sermon on Thursday, March 29th. We’re sorry about the short notice. We look forward to seeing you all there.
The Senior (wo)Man
An open discussion about our expectations of our senior firefighters.
Are we, as senior firefighters meeting expectations of our CO’s, and perhaps even more important, our newer firefighters.
Company Officers: What is expected of us?how can we improve?
Senior FF’s: what is expected of our senior officers and less senior firefighters?
Personally, as a firefighter, I feel my role is supportive. We support the citizens by delivering top notch service, as would be expected from a professional. We are supportive of our company officers, limiting their ever-growing work load. Finally, we support our junior guys by mentoring and forwarding all the lessons we have learned through experience. We should be setting high expectations by focusing on fundamental training. Probation should never be given, it should be earned. Are we succeeding in our organizations or failing?
Brothers and Sisters
Please join your LSF chapter 0930 March 4 at Nates 306 S Main St Buda TX 78610. We will be discussing expectations. I want to discuss expectations of fire fighters coming out of the academy all the way up to the expectations of Assistant and division chiefs. Since we will be discussing expectations of our peers, I would also like to talk about ownership. Are we meeting our own expectations?
Tonight at 6pm local time to Fire Engineering Talk Radio. Our president Zach King will be a guest tonight speaking on Family life and the fire service.
On behalf of your board (Brad, Sandy, Kyle, Ryan, Justin, and Zach) we would like to formally announce that we now have a training scholarship fund for LSF members only. The Fund, as it stands right now was made possible by classes we were able to bring in, but most importantly through your renewal dues. That's right, by renewing your dues for 2017 you have made it possible for chapter members to attend classes in the region. For more information on the perimeters click on the scholarship application on the training page.