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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 in Ringwood, NJ – January 2011

There are just a few spots left!  Sign up today!  Traditions Training is excited to announce that registration is almost full for our “Officer Development School”, to be held January 29th, & 30th 2011 at the Erskine Lakes Fire Company in Ringwood, NJ. 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 12/29/10.

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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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Posted by | Posted in administration-leadership, Blog, Combat Ready, command-leadership, Company News, fire-rescue-topics, firefighter-safety-health, firefighting-operations, news, training-development, training-fire-rescue-topics | Posted on 20-09-2010

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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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Registration Open for Officer Development School in Quakertown, PA

Traditions Training is excited to announce that registration is now open for our “Officer Development School”, to be held August 14 & 15 at the West End Fire Company in Quakertown, PA.  Learn real-world leadership and street-smart tactics featuring experienced officers from the Kentland VFD, FDNY, and Fairfax County Fire Department.

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.

Click here to download a course flyer!

To insure indvidivdual attention and participation, enrollment is limited.  There are presently only 13 spots remaining!  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 7/5/10.

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Posted by | Posted in administration-leadership, Blog, command-leadership, Company News, fire-rescue-topics, firefighter-safety-health, firefighting-operations, news, training-development, training-fire-rescue-topics | Posted on 28-06-2010

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Officer Development School in Claymont, DE a Great Success!

This weekend, Traditions Training traveled back to the Claymont Fire Company of Delaware for a 16-hour Officer Development School.  In attendance were 43 students from Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.  The class included current and past Chief Officers, Company Officers, and aspiring officers.  Over the course of the weekend the instructors shared their real-world experiences on isses that AREN’T discussed in “routine” training academy classes.   Some of the material included:

  • “So You Want to be an Officer…” – real world trials & tribulations from Chief Ricky Riley’s career.
  • Fire Service Leadership – featuring Capt. Kraut’s training from West Point.
  • Size-up & Decision-making.
  • On-scene, Situation, and Updated Reports.
  • Tactical Considerations for Fire Officers & Accountability.
  • Resource Management and Managing by Objectives.
  • Incident Documentation & MAYDAY Essentials.

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The class included group and practical exercieses throughout the program, requring students to work together to solve tactical or management issues.  We used audio, video, and photos from actual incidents to apply concepts to actual incidents.  It was an excellent weekend for both the students and instructors!

Did you miss this weekend?  If you are interested in hosting an Officer Development School at your firehouse or training academy, please contact us at info@traditionstraining.com.

Check-out the Course Flyer for this Program!

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Posted by | Posted in Blog, Company News, Incident Command | Posted on 07-12-2009

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What channel is this?

There are times you DEFINITELY need to be on the right channel...

The right channel is important...

Last week, Danny Doyle brought up some good tips about radio familiarity.  One thing we need to be able to do is know what channel we are on and change it if needed. This could become necessary during a MAYDAY where non-RIT units are moved to an alternate channel, or if you’re on the wrong channel somehow.

So how do you know you’re on the right channel?  Follow the jump for a video of some helpful technology and some discussion on finding the right channel…

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Posted by | Posted in Blog, Combat Ready, Tips & Skills | Posted on 15-10-2009