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The Whirlwind. That’s what it can feel like to a fireman on the detail trail – walking into a strange firehouse, to integrate with a potentially unknown crew, riding an unfamiliar rig in an unknown neighborhood. The culture, the characters, the climate, all feels…different.
The same can be true for the crew. Who is this detail guy? Do they know their job? Can we trust the reputation of their house? Who was their instructor at the academy? What did a dude that knows a dude that knows a dude hear about them? The list goes on and on, and unfortunately usually travels a negative path. The historical trend in the fire service is a detailman is a shit-bag until proven otherwise. Guilty until proven innocent.
The real truth is that success in this situation is a two way street. The detailed firefighter must have a desire to integrate effectively with the new crew and the crew must possess a desire to assist that firefighter in the process.
This is not an easy thing to ask of either side:
To further complicate the situation, the time to “onboard” a detailed firefighter is as close to assuming duty as possible. A working fire could strike within minutes of putting your gear on the rig, placing the firefighter in a very real, very dangerous “sink or swim” scenario.
So how do you take years of area specific operational nuances and crew camaraderie and cram it into the first 5 minutes of a shift? Good question.
While nothing can replace hours & hours of training, standard operating procedures and department wide practices, one potential tactic to quickly add context for the unfamiliar member is a “cheat sheet” or “quick reference guide”. While we are sure there are many different variations of such a document, we wanted to include an example of one created by the District of Columbia Truck Company 17, Platoon #4, (created by the members, it is not an official department document).
We are posting this document here for the first time only as a brainstorming reference for those who may wish to employ a similar tactic at their station &/or shift. It was created in 2016 and used by the shift at that time as initial reading material for a detailed firefighter prior to assuming duty. It did not replace hands on training once the shift started, but did shorten the learning curve and started the mutual conversation for growth.
Hopefully it can help other crews attempting to address similar issues as a jumping off point. Stay safe.
(Click the cover page below to view, download or print the PDF)
As we push on with the reemergence of Firehouse Pride, we want to make sure we include our faithful & passionate followers in the process. Over the next month our social media, website and promotional material will be getting a major facelift and we want your help to do it. Send us your pictures of Firehouse Pride products in action. If we use your picture in our rebranding we will send you a pretty cool thank you gift thats in development as we speak.
Submit the highest quality version of your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org today!
We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ve got!
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce all our online friends to our new social media policy of “Be Nice or Go Home”.
Firehouse Pride was founded to be a home for great ideas, training and conversations among like minded individuals as our new tagline says, “For Love of The Craft”.
Belittling, negativity and Monday Morning Quarterbacking will not be tolerated on any of our sites.
This is a brotherhood for those that love the craft of firefighting and want to do the job well, not for “Critics with No Credentials”.
There is a place for everyone here at Firehouse Pride, except mean spirited people.
For all you super awesome & positive people out there that love firefighting, welcome, take your shoes off and stay awhile – we’re glad you’re here!
Well it’s been over 2 years since we published a blog post here at Firehouse Pride but it seems as good a time as any to send one out. A lot has happened in the last few years, both good & bad that required the powers that be at Firehouse Pride to take a big step back and reexamine their love/hate relationship with the “Modern Day Fire Service”. In that time of internal audits they discovered many things including, almost as an epiphany, a new level of clarity in purpose and passion for the craft of firefighting. Over the next few months we will be releasing a new website, increased content and some pretty cool additions to our product offerings. We will do our best to share our experiences and our passion with our online family as much as we can. For the time being here is a brief glimpse of what the future looks like for Firehouse Pride & friends!
Founded in 2011, Firehouse Pride was initially created to bring quality products from the minds of experienced firefighters to market so that others might benefit from their unique & battle tested ideas.
Since that time Firehouse Pride has evolved into something much more to our faithful followers and to us as well. Firehouse Pride has become a brand for people who are passionate about the craft of firefighting and want to share their passion with others. A brand that means more than just being a firefighter, Firehouse Pride is a brand for those individuals who love the craft and have an everyday commitment to perform to the best of their ability, and in the end be victorious in their duty to protect life, property & each other!
For those who are a part of Firehouse Pride, “For Love of the Craft” means so much more than a few innovative products. It means “A passion for the craft of firefighting while honoring the history & tradition of the past, committing to a pride in performance in the present & mentoring others that they may carry on into the future.”
We are dedicated to honoring this “Passion Statement” in our everyday actions through the creation, testing & production of great products, the dissemination of unique knowledge & information acquired through real world experiences & collaboration and promotion of awesome training opportunities for those that, like us, do what they do “For Love of The Craft”.
Here are some finer points to note for everyone who thinks they are going to get rich returning “Rescue Guides”:
Thats it, thats all. You don’t like the product, you return it, tell us why you didn’t like it and get twice your money back. Don’t wait, order yours today!
Firehouse Pride is proud to announce the exclusive release of the English version of the Danish “Emergency Response Guide for Electric, Hybrid and Hydrogen Vehicles”. This 4″x 5.75″ high quality laminated guidebook is a no-nonsense palm of your hand reference for the street level emergency worker. It’s easy to locate tabs allow the user to quickly access need-to-know information about electric, hybrid & hydrogen vehicles. Each section takes the reader through vehicle identification, deactivation, extrication and firefighting concerns. There is also a section outlining special considerations in first aid treatment of injures related to electrocution and acid contact. Each section also has a notes page for individual rescuer comments. Unlike other vehicle rescue guide books, this 60 page, glossy reference doesn’t overwhelm the first responder with unnecessary information. The “Rescue Guide” streamlines the most immediately important information straight to the rescuers fingertips so that they can make educated decisions in a time sensitive situation.