Firefighter Training Podcast – New Segment – Leadership Language

This is a new program segment for the Firefighter Training Podcast called Leadership Language. We will take short words or phrases and make them into leadership and fire officer principles. These short segments are designed to make you think, use these as motivators in the stations, and cause to you to reflect internally and make yourself a better officer. I hope you enjoy!

This week in leadership Language we talk about dedication.

Tactical Fire Problem – Mayday in an structure under demolition

This week we have a report of a firefighter down in a structure under demolition with open studs and walls. The firefighter is on Floor 3 of an abandoned commercial building.


1.) You are at the top of the stairway, one large room away from the victim when you see this. As the first crew to the victim what actions will you take and what is your radio message?

2.) What methods will you use to remove the firefighter down three floors?

3.) What impact does the fire in the open bay and the open construction  have on your window of rescue time?

4.) What is the appropriate fire control action after securing the victim? Does your RIT always bring a hoseline with them or are the supported by an engine company?

5.) How much does the fire behavior  and open construction impact us in this case? Are you thinking of that when you do RIT training?


Tactical Fire Problem – Garden Apartment

This week the Tactical Fire Problem is a Garden Apartment with Victim (s). Take a look.


1.) What are the barriers to the hose stretch? How do you estimate that or account for that?

2.) What type of roof is that on this structure?

3.) What does the heavy smoke from the roof indicate and how would that affect your decision making?

4.) What does the open front door indicate? What could be the complications of that open door be?

5.) What is your initial C A N report and what will you do with your first crew?

Tactical Problem – House fire with victims

This week we have a standard house fire with tree victims. Two of which are trapped, one is outside injured. Your first responding engine has 4 persons on it, your next piece of apparatus is 5 minutes away.


1.) What is the your radio report and your C A N report?

2.) How do you divide your crew?

3.) Which of the trapped victims will you work on first?

4.) What immediate action can you take with limited manpower that would make this situation better?

5.) How would you direct the help when they arrive? What orders would you give?