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Tom Brennan's Random Thoughts

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Former New York City captain and former editor of Fire Engineering, Tom Brennan was a true legend in the fire service. For nearly two decades he wrote the most widely read column in Fire Engineering magazine, Random Thoughts by Tom Brennan. For the first time, the entire 18-year collection of Toms Random Thoughts columns are assembled and presented in book format. All the topics important to firefighters are here, basic tactics and strategy, decision-making, incident management; Tom addressed all issues for all levels of the service. Passionate, straightforward, humorous, he packed a lot of himself, plus lifesaving information into every column. Readers have the benefit of advice and wisdom from one of the most respected firemen in FDNY history. While Tom passed away in 2006, his legacy as a firefighter, instructor and leader will never be surpassed. Reading his columns provides insight, humor and a chance for a little better understanding of the hard-charging Tommy Truck, and you still learn something valuable, from his first column in 1988, to his last one.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Portable ladder safety (January 1988) — Searching above the fire (February 1988) — Teaching with fire photos (March 1988) — Animals (April 1988) — Circular power saw safety (May 1988) — Aerial ladder safety (June 1988) — Strategy and tactics: a safety relationship (July 1988) — Tower ladders (August 1988) Forcible entry (September 1988) — Recruit orientation (October 1988) — Horseline safety (November 1988) — Provocative questions (December 1988) — Aerial apparatus arrival and placement (January 1989) — SCBE use and safety (February 1989) — What's in your pockets? (March 1989) — Roof safety (April 1989) — Windows (May 1989) — Firefighting myths (June 1989) — More on fire service myths (July 1989) — Positive-pressure ventilation (August 1989) — Searching (September 1989) — High-rise tactics (October 1989) — More high rise tactics (November 1989) — Overhauling safety (December 1989) — Truck work (January 1990) — More truck functions (February 1990) — Structure fires (March 1990) — Truck functions size-up (April 1990) — Truck size-up, continued (May 1990) — More ladders and their use (June 1990) — Apparatus myths (August 1990) — Shall I or ...? (September 1990) — Doing more with less (October 1990) — Myths affecting safe and effective hoseline use (November 1990) — Private-dwelling fires (December 1990) — Rescue or removal? (January 1991) — Engine company (February 1991) — Engine company, continued (March 1991) — IB standpipes and their use (April 1991) — More on standpipes and their use (May 1991) — Strategic factors (June 1991) — Strategic factors, continued (July 1991) — Engineered building protection (August 1991) — Smoke as a benefit (September 1991) — Fireground phenomena (October 1991) — More on fireground phenomena (November 1991) — Top-floor fires (December 1991) — High-rise residence buildings (January 1992) — High-rise residence buildings, continued (February 1992) — More on myths (March 1992) — A case for an extinguisher (April 1992) — Cutting flat roofs (May 1992) — I'll just throw up a ladder and get them! (June 1992) — I'll just throw up a ladder and get them, continued (July 1992) — The rear of the fire (August 1992) — Get the rear (September 1992) — Continuing at the rear (October 1992) — Stairs (November 1992) — More on stairs (December 1992) — Stairs, part 3 (January 1993) — Fire escapes (February 1993) — Portable ladders and more (March 1993) — Make the building behave (April 1993) — Accountability (May 1993) — Rolldown metal doors (June 1993) — Fact of myth? (July 1993) — Marketing by the numbers (August 1993) — Marketing by the numbers, continued (September 1993) — Primary search-when can you abort? (October 1993) — More on search (November 1993) — Search with a partner (January 1994) — It's just a piece of rope (February 1994) — Venting (March 1994) — It's shocking (April 1994) — Loose ends (May 1994) — How basic can you get? How about hand tools for truck work? (June 1994) — On the tools again (July 1994) — Secondary search (September 1994) — "Weird" fires (October 1994) — More on "weird" fires (November 1994) — More operations that no one talks about (December 1994) — Fires you never read about (January 1995) — Collapse points-truths? (February 1995) — More reasons that a collapse on the fireground should not should not be a surprise (March 1995) --The more subtle fireground surprises (April 1995) — Factors that could signal a shift a to defensive strategy (May 1995) — Collapse indicators during operations (June 1995) — More on tower ladders, part 1 (July 1995) — More on tower ladders, part 2 (August 1995) — Change it! (September 1995) — Pearls, oysters, phoenix, ashes (December 1995) — More lifelong lessons (January 1996) — The critique (February 1996) — Words that convey nothing (March 1996) — Positioning (April 1996) — More on truck positioning (May 1996) — Storage on apparatus-a continuing nightmare (June 1996) — The floor above (July 1996) — More on the operations on the floor above the first floor (August 1996) — The floor above, part 3 (September 1996) — The floor above, part 4 (October 1996) — The floor above, part 5 (November 1996) — The roof (December 1996) — This time, get the roof (January 1997) — Drilling in the station (February 1997) — Operating "at" vacant buildings (March 1997) — "Blowing the basics" (April 1997) --Operating "at" vacant buildings, part 2: "blowing the basics" (May 1997) — Blowing the basics, part 3 (June 1997) — Fires that I wish I had never heard about! (July 1997) — Philosophies I wish I had never heard about! (August 1997) — Fake-outs, part 2 (October 1997) — The "new" company officer-so now what? (November 1997) — The "new" company officer-so now what? Part 2 (December 1997) --Things your instructor can't tell you (January 1988) — You should K.I.S.S. this job (February 1998) — Tool adaptation "tricks" (March 1998) — "Hey there don't break any windows" (April 1998) — "Whadda ya mean by that!!" (May 1998) — More "Whadda ya mean by that!!" (June 1998) — More "Whadda ya mean by that!!" (July 1998) — More "Whadda mean by that!!" (August 1998) — The meaning of strategy and tactics (September 1998) — More on the meaning of strategy and tactics (October 1998) — Continuing the search (November 1998) — Private dwellings (December 1998) — Roof operations, part 1 (January 1999) — Roof operations, part 2 (February 1999) — Roof operations, part 3 (March 1999) — Burning question, part 1 (April 1999) — Burning question, part 2 (May 1999) — Hose stuff (June 1999) — More hose stuff (July 1999) — Letters ... I get letters (September 1999) — More letters (October 1999) — More on tower ladders (November 1999) — More on tower ladders, part 2 (December 1999) — Still more on trucks (January 2000) — Even more on apparatus positioning (February 2000) — Synergistic energy stuff (March 2000) — Roof "safely" (April 2000) — Collapse time (May 2000) — Collapse: movement of the structure (June 2000) — The signs of impending building collapse (July 2000) — Humor in "the bag" (the uniform) (August 2000) — Humor in "the bag" (the uniform), part 2 (September 2000) — Fire escapes revisited (October 2000) — "Hey, where do you want this truck?" (November 2000) — When do you ... (December 2000) — A few simple lessons for all time (January 2001) — And when do you ...?(February 2001) — Search (March 2001) — Fewer fires, but more flashovers (May 2001) — More simple lessons for all time (June 2001) — "Whaddya do ...?" (July 2001) — "Whaddya do ...?" part 2 (August 2001) — "Mutt of the year" awards (September 2001) — Tragedy at the towers (November 2001) — Can we ... should we ... are we moving on from this? (December 2001) — Give us another K-I-S-S (January 2002) — Got another K-I-S-S for me? (February 2002) — More mutts in our "garden" (March 2002) — The multidimensional thought process: the structure fire size-up (April 2002) — The multidimensional thought process: the structure fire size-up, part 2 (May 2002) — Who else has the answers? (May 2002) — Who has the answers? (June 2002) — More stuff that you never do! (August 2002) — More stuff that you never do, part 2 (September 2002) — Hey! I have to ask you why (December 2002) — Stuck in routine? (January 2003) — Hey, I'm still asking (February 2003) — "Great Manning"? (March 2003) — More on the roof (than off) (April 2003) — Still on the roof (May 2003) — Shopping for experience (June 2003) — Tricks for that mind of mine (July 2003) — Neglected rules of tactics (August 2003) — I was still thinking ... (September 2003) — High-rise, low-rise, mixed-rise (October 2003) — How many little "A"s can you see? (November 2003) — More simple stuff? (December 2003) — Short tactical thoughts (January 2004) — Again with the "simple"? (February 2004) — Safety uncomplicated (March 2004) — Safety on this job? (April 2004) — Safety at random (May 2004) — More safety on the unsafe fireground (June 2004) — Deny denial! (July 2004) — Here's lookin' at ya! (August 2004) — Photo on the wall, now what? (September 2004) — Mistakes? (October 2004) — Not more mistakes? nope, lessons again (November 2004) — Not more mistakes? nope lessons again, part 2 (December 2004) — Not more mistakes? nope, lessons again, lessons again, part 3 (January 2005) — More lessons for the coffee table (February 2005) — Still lining up simple lessons (March 2005) — Where's your rope? (April 2005) — Firefighters' "broken windows" (May 2005) — "Nozzles schmozzles!" (June 2005) — Is it better to ...? (July 2005) — Is it better to ...? part 2 (August 2005) Tactics: the limiting/enhancing factor for strategic decisions (September 2005) — You fell that way? Why don't you just say it? (October 2005) — Someone shuld say it (again) (November 2005) — Still talkin' in the kitchen (January 2006) — Strategy is not a stand-alone concept (February 2006) — Safety (March 2006) — Safety, part 2 (April 2006) — Tales from truck 111 (July 2006) — In the beginning (August 2006) — A few "historical" moments (September 2006) — Those first days on the job: anything but routine, part 1 (October2006) — Those first days on the job: anything but routine, part 2 (November 2006) — Batallion "assignment" system (December 2006).

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ISBN:
9781122356336
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PennWell Corp.
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Publication Date:
20070330
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ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
250

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