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Standard Operating Procedures

This week we talk about standard operating procedures (SOPs) or standard operating guides if you prefer. What they are, why you need them, how to write them and review them and use them for a training document are all discussed.

The book that was referenced:

Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines, John Lee Cook, published by Fire Engineering books.


Pete Lamb
Copyright 2014

Portable Extinguisher Use

This week we look at an underutilized tool in the fire service, the portable fire extinguisher.

We talk a little bit about the”can”, pressurized water, using CO2 in the right circumstances, and using dry chemical by itself or with water.

We briefly chat about class K extinguishers found in commercial kitchen areas and also the specialized class D flammable metals extinguishers.

A bunch of announcements and updates as well as the Toledo and Arkansas LODD.


Pete Lamb

Copyright 2013

Unanticpated Fireground Incidents – Murphy’s Law

This week we speak about incidents that go wrong for a variety of reasons on the fireground. These have little to do with the building on fire and more to do with operations.

Problems with drafting from water sources

Falls on the fireground due to unseen hazards

Laying hose inadvertently

Pumpers chocking on smoke and stalling

LDH hose being run over in dual wheels

Members falling ill upon arrival

Aerial frozen

Supply lines not charged and burning

Wrong direction, wrong address

Missed calls and more


Pete Lamb

Copyright 2013

Sandy Hook Elementary School – An Interview with Chief William Halstead

This week we have an interview with Fire Chief William Halstead of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department in Newtown Connecticut. Chief Halstead was involved on December 14, 2012, when 20 children and 6 adults were murdered in a horrific crime at the Sandy Hook Elementary school.

The fire department had a supporting role in this primarily police operation.

This episode is in memory of those lives lost and the families directly affected. We are only discussing the fire department operation because that is the nature of the Firefighter Training Podcast.

Our thoughts are with the families who suffered loss of life to family, friends and loved ones, and also we respect and honor the police officers in Newtown as well as the Connecticut State police and many of the other agencies that responded.

At the end of the episode there is a website given by the chief where any listener who would like to assist in some small way might be able to do so.


Pete Lamb
Copyright 2013

Operating at the scene of explosions

This week we will talk about some of the additional basic considerations which must be factored into your decision making when you respond and operate at the scene of an explosion, regardless of the cause.

Sign up for the January training sessions here.

Contact us if you would like a speaking engagement in your area.


Pete Lamb

Copyright 2013

Christmas Greetings and a special “Twas the night before christmas”

A short lighthearted episode this week, with greetings from near and far, thank you to the listeners, and a firefighting version of the poem Twas the night before Christmas!

Reminder of training announcements for January. Details and registration can be found here.


Pete Lamb

Copyright 2013

Fire Service Expectations

This week we talk about expectations and how they affect the fire service and your organization.

We also announce 2 Size up training session webinars for January.

For January 8th, 2014 at 7:00 PM Eastern Click this link

For January 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM Eastern Click this link

Listen to this episode here.

Pete Lamb