B Shifter Hazard Zone Quarterly


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  B Shifter Volume 7, Issue 1 The Wolf

 

Bark at the moon, B Shifters! The Wolf issue is here & it promises more bite, less bark.

• Learn more about flow paths in Dan Madrzykowski's second installment of Wind & Fire.

• Discover ways to apply Blue Card's principles to hand-on drills in Kyle Trumbly's 5 Ways to Incorporate Blue Card into Hands-On Training.

• Our critical factors are changing, so our tactics must change too. Read Nick Brunacini’s thoughts on the subject in The Clarity of Critical Factors.

Plus much more!

 

 

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  B Shifter Volume 6, Issue 3 The Beaver

Chew on this, B Shifters. The Beaver issue is full of tasty insights that will make your hazard-zone operations safer and more effective.

In Blue Card: Unstructured, author Greg Childress describes how his department utilizes Blue Card beyond structure fires. Learn how Blue Card’s principles can help improve a wide range of responses, from wildland fires to technical rescues to EMS calls.

Authors Daniel Dawe and Nick Brunacini tackle the importance of span of control and warm-zone bosses in Hazard-Zone Hierarchy and Shit Can Roll Up Hill.

Dan Madrzykowski is back with more fire-science info. He uses simple language to explain ventilation-limited fire environments. (Thanks, Dan!). Part 1 of a 2-part series.

Also in this issue: Be well, a new behavioral health and wellness column by one of B Shifter’s favorite speakers and authors, Tim Dietz, MA, LPC. 

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  B Shifter 2016 CTC Guide

A heady compilation of B Shifter's best command-training content.

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  B Shifter Volume 6, Issue 2

It’s Africa hot, B Shifters! There’s no better beast to herald summer’s scorching heat than the husky, thick-skinned rhino.

In this issue…

UL’s Dan Madrzykowski takes a look back at the Cherry Road Fire and discusses how live-fire tests support certain tactics at similar fires.

Blue Card Instructor Chuck Kahler’s Incident Review details his department’s response to an unsuspected grow-house fire.

On-scene exposure to toxins can have dire consequences. Read how saunas can lead to better health in Sweat It Out.

What does your helmet mean to you? Beloved B Shifter columnist and all-around intriguing human Johnny Peters shares his thoughts on traditional vs. modern head protection in The Feathers Serve a Function.

Plus! Learn the story behind Blue Card’s hometown command training center. 

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  2016 Blue Card Hazard Zone Conference Edition

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  B Shifter Giraffe Volume 6, Issue 1

Get ready to achieve new heights, B Shifters. The Giraffe Issue is here!

• Take a trip to Louisiana in Blue Card on the Bayou. Boyd Westbrook, chief of operations for the St. George Fire Department, describes how and why his department adopted the Blue Card program. 

• Take a deep breath and embrace both NIMS & Blue Card. In The Blue Card-NIMS Interface, Nick Brunacini explains the synergistic relationship between these two incident-management systems.

• In Deviant Behavior, safety columnist Daniel Dawe explains why shortcuts are a bad idea.

All this and more, B Shifters! Thanks for reading.

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  B Shifter Lion Volume 5, Issue 5

Happy Holidays, B Shifters. Our gift to you? The proud & regal Lion issue. Check it out:

• Read Vincent Dunn’s timely column about fires in churches, mosques and synagogues.

• Does Blue Card really improve incident command? Kristan Maurer, a BC with Clark County Fire District 6 in Vancouver, Wash., discusses how fire agencies in her area evaluated Blue Card’s effectiveness. 

•  Don’t miss this issue’s Drilldown. Written by Pat Dale and Nick Brunacini, this article explains why Passports are just one part of the accountability equation.

• Do your training methods make people sleepy? Read Kyle Trumbly’s article for tools and techniques that can liven your tired training.

Plus! Nick Brunacini’s now almost-famous Oh Christmas Tree holiday tale.

It’s the Lion issue, B Shifters. Here us roar!

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  2015 Blue Card Hazard Zone Conference Edition

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Nam-myoho-renge-kyo…

Now is the time to attain tactical perfection and complete command awakening, B Shifters. Let our happy little Buddha show you the way.

In this edition…

Read about organizational and personal resiliency in Tim Dietz’s article Bend or Break?

Are you a young or new company officer? Are the more seasoned members of the crew giving you a hard time? Check out Dave Haag’s article The Old Man & the C.O. for some sage advice.

Life Safety. Hazard control. Property conservation. Are the old-school tactical priorities appropriate for today’s fires? Read Nick Brunacini’s refreshing perspective in his article Shifting Priorities.

All this wisdom in one little online quarterly? Buddha provides.

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  B Shifter Volume 5, Issue 2—The Sloth

Time to take it slow & steady, B Shifters. The Sloth Issue leisurely awaits your attention.

Big Al describes the fire chief’s role in supporting their department’s incident-command program. Learn how to be present & supportive without getting in the way.

Dr. Brian Crandell delivers Part 2 of his series on Street-Smart Training. In this installment, Brian discusses the importance of feedback, revision & a positive attitude. 

Chief Vincent Dunn discusses those nasty, quick-moving fires in lightweight wood-truss buildings.

Plus! We introduce two new authors—David Haag & Daniel Dawe—and a new safety column!

Who knew a sloth could fit so much in one issue?

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  2014 Blue Card Hazard Zone Conference Edition

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  B Shifter Volume 5, Issue 1 The Owl

Keep Calm and Take Command, B Shifters. The wisdom-packed Owl Issue is here! 

•Read Eddie Buchanan's article on SLICE-RS, a much-talked-about approach to tactical goals.

•Take a tip or two from Pop in Chris Gustafson's article, Leadership Advice from Dear Ol' Dad.

•Dr. Brian Crandell's article, Street-Smart Training, challenges readers to adopt new training methods that align with how firefighters learn AND match how they work in the real world.

Plus! Download a free PowerPoint safety primer.

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  Autumn 2014, Volume 4, Issue 4

Answer the call, B Shifters! The Mermaid issue of B Shifter beckons...

  • Get out of the street! In his article, From Street to CV, John B. Tippett Jr. shares how the Charleston (S.C.) Fire Department transitioned from street-based incident command to command-vehicle hazard-zone management.
  • Mother Knows Best about lots of things—even being a company officer. Read Chris Gustafson's feature that explains why mom is a better CO than you are.
  • Check out Promotional Rescue by Mark Burdick and Chris DeChant to learn how the Glendale (Ariz.) Fire Department improved its training & evaluation model while saving money.
  • Get more out of training by utilizing deliberate practice techniques. In Perfect Practice Makes Perfect, Ted Nee describes deliberate practice and explains how to incorporate it into Blue Card training.
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  Summer 2014, Volume 4, Issue 3

Grin and bear it, B Shifters. The Summer 2014 issue is here!

  • In You’re a New BC. Now What, Brian Smith shares survival tips for newly promoted battalion chiefs.
  • Sound Solutions describes how a Washington State department solved on-scene communications problems. Author Eric Tomlinson shares tips on incorporating these types of changes in your department.
  • In The Bad Side of Good Traditions, Demond Simmons, a company officer with the Oakland (Calif.) Fire Department, discusses the ways fire-service culture can encourage risky behavior.

Plus! Check out our new column, Trial By Fire, where B Shifter’s gadget guru tests and reviews the latest gear. And don’t miss the free PowerPoint download on choosing the correct strategy.

Note: Some downloads might not function on tablets. For optimum viewing and interactivity, we recommend Good Reader or other PDF viewing apps.

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  Spring 2014, Volume 4, Issue 2

Hello, B Shifters! Slay dragons and save the townsfolk! The spring issue of B Shifter has arrived.

  • Bruno explains that what you say and how you say it can alter the incident scene in The Power of Words.
  • William Burns discusses the importance of situation awareness in Command Overload.
  • In Structural Components, Vincent Dunn lists the top 10 most important things to know about fires in two-and-a-half story buildings.
  • Read about Delaware's statewide training program in Delaware Delivers Big Training.


Plus! 
Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison's new leadership column, Functional Boss Behaviors.
Free PowerPoint download on the pivotal first 5 minutes of any incident organization.

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  Winter 2014, Volume 4, Issue 1

The Winter 2014 issue of B Shifter is here, readers! Grab The Mighty Bull by the horns and dig in for a divine bovine experience:

  • Chris Stewart explains the two main reasons leaders fail and explains how to avoid these common pitfalls.
  • Rich Marinucci describes the suburban Detroit areas Regional Alliance for Firefighter Training—a smart partnership that allows smaller departments to make the most of training resources.
  • Tim Dietz, a retired firefighter with 25 years of experience who now works as a licensed professional counselor, shares ways departments can create a culture that supportsemotional wellness and prevents firefighter suicide.
  • Vincent Dunn offers tips on identifying dangerous bowstring timber truss roofs.

Plus! Check out The Drilldwon for a FREE IAP training module, including downloadable PowerPoint presentation. Thank you,

B Shifters. We hope you enjoy this issue!

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  Autumn Issue, Volume 3, Issue 2

Embrace enlightenment, B Shifters! The Autumn 2013 issue of B Shifter is here. Allow our eight-armed goddess to awaken in you untapped command insights and keen safety intuition. Be one with the goddess and enjoy her divine offerings:

  • Vincent Dunn and Robert T. Mahoney discuss life-and-death decision-making.
  • David Piper with the Orland Fire Protection District describes how his department built a far-reaching command-training program, complete with Command Training Center.
  • Forest Reeder explains a slightly different and really nice way to improve performance.
  • Mike Worrell describes the proposed NFPA 1802 Standard on Two-Way Portable Radios.

PLUS!

  • free tactical worksheet training program, including a downloadable PowerPoint presentation.

Namaste, B Shifters!

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  Spring 2013, Volume 3, Issue 1

Check out the spring issue of B Shifter: A whole lotta bark with just the right bite. This spring-fresh issue has a bountiful crop of stories you will not want to miss:

  • Amos Lonokailia-Hewett of the Maui County Fire Department describes what it’s like to work in one of the most beautiful & challenging environments in the U.S. (Try not to get jealous.)
  • Our resident company-officer guru, Chris Stewart, offers advice on staying safe when responding to violent incidents.
  • Considering the IAFF Fire Ground Survival Program? Pat Dale with the Olympia (Wash.) Fire Department explains how his department worked with its neighbor to finance the train-the-trainer course.
  • On-the-job injuries can drain department budgets. Connie Tillmans, an exercise physiologist and certified athletic trainer, explains a new screening test that can potentially predict & prevent injury.

PLUS!

  • Nick Brunacini
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  Winter Issue, Volume 2, Issue 4

Just in time for the holidays and apocalyptic doom: B Shifter’s sweet winter Sugar Skull issue. This edition features an assorted mix of features you can’t miss!

  • The Brevard County (Fla.) Fire Department discusses how it manages a huge response area and its many unique challenges.
  • Building Construction Guru Vincent Dunn explains how to successfully control and command collapse or explosion situations.
  • Renowned Training Officer Forest Reeder discusses Personal Improvement Plans—a better way to manage on-the-job performance issues.
  • Plus: Interactive leadership columns, SOPs and zombie attacks!

The end (of the year) is upon us! Prepare for 2013 with this rapturous issue of B Shifter.

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  Summer Issue, Volume 2, Issue 3

The elephant’s on parade! B Shifter’s summer circus edition features a plethora of articles you cannot miss. RIT takes center stage this quarter, with several authors questioning RIT’s effectiveness, efficiency and safety. Also in this issue: 

  • Leading smoke guru Dave Dodson shares his command tips for a safer, more strategic firefight.
  • The boys from UL and NIST are back with more live-fire testing. This time, they discuss the danger of basement fires.
  • Company officer point man Chris Stewart offers a top-notch primer on air management for all command levels.
  • Round 2 of our interactive leadership simulation addresses freelancing.


Don’t ignore the elephant in the room. Read B Shifter’s summer edition now! 

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  Spring Issue, Volume 2, Issue 2

B Shifter’s mighty octopus edition features more must-read content than you can shake a tentacle at. Don’t miss Dan Madrzkykowski’s article on heat-release rates and how they impact size-up and other hazard-zone operations. Read about the stellar Vandenberg Air Force Base Fire Department—a top-notch team of civilian and military firefighters with an explosive first-due area. Lacking leadership skills? Don’t just sit there. Do something (fun): Try Bruno’s new Personnel Problem simulation and take that first giant step toward being a better boss. Lots of downloads and interactive fun!

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  Winter Issue, Volume 2, Issue 1

B Shifter’s winter issue features Joe Starnes discussing flashover causes and prevention. Some firefighting friends from Oz talk about the Australian fire service—complete with a lessons-learned tale of communications gone wrong. Bruno introduces two new reader-response columns, and Vincent Dunn discusses fire-supression techniques in single-family residences. Lots of free downloads! Check it out!

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  Summer Issue, Volume 1, Issue 2

The Eagle issue features Vincent Dunn talking building construction, UL & the Chicago crew examine the fire performance characteristics of legacy versus lightweight construction methods, designing a command training program, preparing yourself for oral interviews and so much more.

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  Spring Issue, Volume 1, Issue 1

Check it out—the revised and fully functioning version of B Shifter’s inaugural issue, now presented in an easy-to-use and pretty sweet PDF. (We apologize for how unmanageable this first issue was for some of you, but what do you expect from a 2-ton gorilla?) For full interactivity, we recommend those on pads use Good Reader or any other reliable PDF reader. Thanks for looking!

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