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Progress Reports for the Incident Commander

The Progress Report is a valuable tool to the Incident Commander and the companies working on the fireground. The report should be given at the 20 minute time mark and subsequent time marks at intervals of 20 minutes into the incident (i.e. 40 minute and 60 minute timestamps of the incident).

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The report has two good reasons to be delivered:

1. This report will provide all tactically assigned units a painted picture of the incident scene and where the incident stands at that time. This picture can be very helpful to units that may not have the chance to see the big picture, or are involved in tasks that do not let them see the whole incident. Either way the companies are afforded a picture of the scene and the status of the major tactical benchmarks.

2. The progress report is a vital tool to the Incident Commander. This report will make the IC evaluate the incident, write down the findings on the worksheet and then transmit the report over the radio. It is very easy for an Incident Commander to be distracted mitigating an incident by personnel requesting assignments or  the incident itself so a report at 20 minutes will force the IC to make sure that their situational awareness is correct for incident. A forced review at 20 minute intervals will ensure that the incident is being constantly evaluated for the correct strategy and tactics and evaluating safety on the fireground.

By making this part of your habit at the command post you will make sure that your situational awareness is always correct for the incident.

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Registration Open for Officer Development School: Green Ridge, PA – Nov 13 & 14, 2010

Traditions Training is excited to announce that registration is now open for our “Officer Development School”, to be held November 13 & 14 at the Green Ridge Fire Company in Aston, PA. Learn real-world leadership and street-smart tactics featuring experienced officers from the Kentland VFD, FDNY, and Fairfax County Fire Department.

Click here to download the flyer!

Featuring hands-on participation with various leadership challenges and tactical scenarios, this program will have you interacting with leaders of other departments and challenging your decision-making as you examine and improve your personal leadership style.

To insure individual attention and participation, enrollment is limited.  Register today! To register, please e-mail info@traditionstraining.com with the following information:

  • Attendee’s Name.
  • Attendee’s E-mail.
  • Attendee’s Department Affiliation & Rank.
  • Whether paying individually or through department purchase order.

**Please note that due to fixed costs, registration is non-refundable after 10/13/10.

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Registration Open for Officer Development School in Barren Hill, PA

Traditions Training is excited to announce that registration is now open for our “Officer Development School”, to be held September 18 & 19 at the Barren Hill Fire Company in Lafayette Hill, PA. Learn real-world leadership and street-smart tactics featuring experienced officers from the Kentland VFD, FDNY, and Fairfax County Fire Department.

Click here to download a flyer!

Featuring hands-on participation with various leadership challenges and tactical scenarios, this program will have you interacting with leaders of other departments and challenging your decision-making as you examine and improve your personal leadership style.

To insure indvidivdual attention and participation, enrollment is limited.  Register today! To register, please e-mail info@traidtionstraining.com with the following information:

  • Attendee’s Name.
  • Attendee’s E-mail.
  • Attendee’s Department Affiliation & Rank.
  • Whether paying individually or through department purchase order.

**Please note that due to fixed costs, registration is non-refundable after 8/18/10.

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Posted by | Posted in administration-leadership, Blog, command-leadership, Company News, fire-rescue-topics, firefighting-operations, major-incidents, news, training-development, training-fire-rescue-topics | Posted on 22-07-2010

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"I Never Heard a Trash Man Scream…" – Staying Cool & Collected on the Radio

My trash gets picked up on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Like fires, it’s a little variable – sometimes they come early, sometimes late.  Sometimes I have a big load, sometimes little, occasionally I throw them off with recyclables.  After a birthday get-together this past week I had a particularly large pile of trash.  A big job for the fellas!  I was sure they’d be excited… However I was dismayed when the trash truck rounded the corner and none of the trashmen were yelling:  “big pile!  we gotta job!  we’re gonna need more gloves!  get the crusher ready!  HE’S GOT CARDBOARD BOXES!!!!” They’re trashmen.  They expect to pick up trash.  We’re firefighters, we should expect to go to fires.

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Posted by | Posted in administration-leadership, Blog, Combat Ready, command-leadership, Commentary, fire-rescue-topics, firefighting-operations, fires, Incident Command, news, rescues, technology-communications, Tips & Skills, training-development, training-fire-rescue-topics, videos | Posted on 12-07-2010

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USAR…

Photo credit: Paul J. Richards / AFP
“A student identified as Leoni, 29, gets her first drink of water in over 70 hours after being carried from the rubble of University of Port au Prince after being dug out by the Fairfax County Urban Search & Rescue Team, part of USAID, January 15, 2010. Victims are still being found alive after the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti. “(Photo from USAID.gov)

To the members of any and all operating USAR Teams in Haiti, in the tragic aftermath of this killer earthquake:  Know that you once again are doing what the fire service does best…SAVE LIVES.  We know that you will be seeing things and doing things that human beings should not have to see and do, both mentally and physically.  Stay Alert, Stay Focused, Stay Safe!  Know that you have the support of the brothers and sister firefighters back home.

Return home safely…

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Officer Development School – Registration now open!

Traditions Training is proud to offer our 16-hour Officer Development School hosted by the Claymont Fire Company of Delaware.

Click for a printable flyer.
Click for a printable flyer.

This class has filled.  Stay tuned for another open ODS in Sellersville, PA – January 2010.

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Posted by | Posted in Blog, Company News, Incident Command | Posted on 10-09-2009

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Officer Development School in Oxford, PA

This weekend TT instructors Dan Shaw (Fairfax County, VA), Doug Mitchell (FDNY), and Nick Martin(DCFD) travelled to Oxford, PA for an Officer Development School with members of the Union Fire Company, there were 30 students in attendance.  Also in attendance were members from West Grove and Longwood Fire Companies.  This was the first delivery of our recently revised 16-hour Officer Development program.

The class was designed for current or future company and chief-level offficers as a supplement to existing knowledge of ICS and tactics.  We touched on “lessons learned” and best practices to enhance leadership capability and to manage incidents effectively.  During the 16 hour class we discussed:

  • Leadership Essentials and the US Army’s “Be-Know-Do” Principles
  • Establishing “Command Presence” & The “Combat-Ready” Officer
  • Incident Size-Up & On-Scene Reports
  • Tactical Considerations for Engine, Truck, & RIT Operations & Accountability Issues
  • Resource Management & Objective-Based Incident Management Principles
  • Command Posts, Command Documentation, NIMS Essentials, and “Breaking Down” the Incident

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Class on Saturday was mostly lecture & discussion, but on Sunday we moved to a more “interactive & hands-on” format.  Using a variety of multimedia & simulation exercises we put students on the spot to conduct size-ups, act as the incident commander at simulated incidents, and practice command documentation during challenging incidents.

Thanks to the members of Union Fire Company for having us out & we look forward to working with you guys again.  For more information about our Officer Development School, please contact us.

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Posted by | Posted in Blog, Company News, Incident Command | Posted on 02-03-2009

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New Class for 2009: Fire Officer Development

The staff of Traditions Training is excited to announce the roll-out of our new “Fire Officer Development” curriculum.  The Officer Development Course will focus on the fundamental skills that are necessary to be an effective company/command-level officer. 

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This special course is taught with four instructors of diverse backgrounds and experience and is intended for career or volunteer firefighters currently in a leadership role, or with the potential to “act” or advance to such a role.

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Posted by | Posted in Blog, Company News | Posted on 27-01-2009