Tactical Safety: “Examining the process of firefighting to see if there is a better and safer way to operate”

At the last FDIC Lt. Ray McCormack gave a speech that had an immediate impact on the fire service. To some it was an attack, and to others it was motivating. I for one didnt believe Lt McCormack was advocating unsafe firefighting and would agree his message was saying something much different. I believe he was saying the way to operate the safest is by knowing and studying our craft. To remember how important (even if it seems redundant) hose stretch drills are. Even how basic tool maintenance correlates with how you handle them on the real thing.  By treating it as your trade, and attempting to cut off the dangerous thought process that the basics of our job have somehow become less important.

Lt. McCormacks recent articles have been released almost every week since June and really sum up this thought process. Read the articles and take anything and everything that can apply to your own daily operations.  Thank You to thehousewatch.com for posting these articles. 

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10 Comments on “Tactical Safety: “Examining the process of firefighting to see if there is a better and safer way to operate””

  1. PJ Says:

    If you like Ray and his message…..stay tuned. He will be stopping by for a visit real soon.

  2. Kroto Says:

    Thanks for including hose company topics on your site. While I know we’re just a bunch of speed bumps, there are still some engine companies out there that take it seriously.


    • No problem. There will be plenty more to come, our hopes are to have down and dirty basics along with tricks of the trade for both engine and truck work. I have a great deal of respect for a crew that is dedicated to their trade of hose work. There’s something to be said about a well orchestrated engine company that deploys lines with discipline and thought. Thanks for being a part of this.

  3. Trev Says:

    Glad to hear Ray will be stopping by, talk about down and dirty. The truth hurts sometimes but nothing he said was hurtful! Just an eye opener to the “job”! And great Engine work should be recognized! One of the best quotes I have heard time and time again…”as the first line goes, so goes the fire…” meaning if that first line is crap, plan on the rest of the fire following suit. Keep the great ideas comming in guys.

  4. PJ Says:

    Ray will be speaking in Colorado Springs on January 6th 2010. Downtown at the Public Library for $50. More info to follow.


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  7. Scuba Steve Truck 1 Says:

    Sorry to bring up an old post, but what happened to this website; thehousewatch.com. I keep finding these articles from this website but everytime I click on a link it say Forbidden you must be logged in to view this page, even when trying to go to the home page. Anybody help me out here?

  8. R-Fr Says:

    Ray McCormack has moved his Tactical Safety to Urban Firefighter Magazine. The Housewatch was formerly run by one of the current editors of Urban Firefighter Magazine. As for the old ones…..well I guess we will all have to wait and hope somebody (Ray) publishes a book with them all. Hope this helps.


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