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“First-In” Company Operations: West Bradford, PA

This past weekend TT Instructors Nick Martin (DCFD E-11), Chris Birch (DCFD R-1), and Danny Doyle (PBF T-8) traveled to West Chester, PA to train with the West Bradford Fire Company.  

The topic of this 16-hour class was “First-In Company Operations”.  The course is designed for those departments whose initial operations may have limited equipment and manpower – yet still must accomplish essential fireground operations.

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“Fire Attack” Class in Conshohocken, PA: Another great success!

This weekend TT Instructors Nick Martin, Tony Kelleher, Dan Shaw, Doug Mitchell, and Danny Doyle headed to the Montgomery County Fire Academy in Conshohocken, PA for another weekend of training.  On Friday night we met for some drinks and good times with the guys from Erskine Lakes, NJ who traveled all the way from the northern New Jersey to attend.  Due to demand for the class, we ran two separate 8-hour sessions: one on Saturday and another on Sunday.  The class was entirely hands-on and we spent all day outside working.


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Announcing a 2nd Session, Sunday 10/19: “Fire Attack for the Suburban Engine Company”

We are thrilled to announce that, due to demand, we WILL be hosting a 2nd session of this class on Sunday, 10/19 at the Montgomery County Fire Academy in Conshohocken, PA

Enrollment is limited to 30 students and we already have about 20 signed up.  So if you’re interested, sign-up asap!

For more information & registration, please click here.

Certificates of Attendance will be Awarded

“Better Late then Never” – Fire Engineering, October 2008

Be sure to keep an eye out in the October 2008 issue of Fire Engineering magazine, which will feature another article by Traditions Training instructor Nick Martin.

“Better Late than Never – Ladder Company Positioning When You’re Not First Due” will focus on the proper placement of aerial apparatus when you’re arriving after other companies have positioned and operations have begun. Attention is also given to “specialty” apparatus such as tower ladders.

Loss of a Brother & A Mentor

Few fireman have such a natural knack for the job and the ability to mentor and inspire other firefighters, but Mick was all these things.  Mark “Mick” McKenzie served as a life member of the Kentland Fire Department and held rank to the position of Deputy Fire Chief.  In addition, he was a career firefighter in Montgomery County, Maryland serving at various firehouses such as Rockville, Wheaton, and Takoma Park.

Mick had just enough quirks to make you want to listen to him.  He was up so much he fell asleep constantly, in the most random of places – usually with a cigarette in his mouth.  One night, he was in charge of TL-33 and we were returning from a AFA around 0200hrs.  I was a newly hired career firefighter and I was tired and worried about getting to work at my normal time in the AM…. Mick made us stop at 3 different 7-Elevens so he could find the right flavor Slushee to mix with his soda.  On another night, he kept me and some other guys up till 0430hrs teaching us about locks.

Mick performed flawlessly on the fireground.  He was the epitome of “first in, last out” and always had something to show you or teach you.  He was the type of guy who inspired you to shut up and listen whenever he said anything – it was a privilege for him to just to take time to talk to you.  He had a “can do” attitude and made sure you had it too.  Cited countless times by numerous organizations for his herosim, ingenuity, and valor, Mick was well known in the metro-DC area fire service.  

He passed away yesterday, August 15, 2008 in Frederick, MD.

Mick represents another lost from what seems to be a dying stock of “inspirational firefighters”.  His career and his teachings should inspire all of us to do what he did best – inspire others.  Don’t waste the resources around you.  There are a lot of phenominal firefighters out there.  You might not recognize it immediatley, but some of them could be standing right next to you.  Take time, every day, to learn from others and to share with others what you know.  

Thats what Mick taught me.

Congratulations, Lt. Mitchell

Congratulations to TT Instructor & Vice-President Doug Mitchell on his promotion to lieutenant in the FDNY.  Doug was promoted today at a ceremony on Randall’s Island.  A second generation firefighter, Doug’s father retired from the FDNY as a lieutenant after 30 years of service.  Doug came home to New York in 1999, after working as a firefighter in Fairfax County, VA.  He was appointed to Tower Ladder 13 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and after working as a Fire Marshal since 2007, he is eager to get back on a rig.  Congrats, Doug, and don’t screw up.