2015 Year End Reading List

Here are the books I was reading in 2015:
  1. On Writing Well - William Zinsser
  2. Living the Quaker Way - Philip Gulley
  3. The Leadership Handbook - John Maxwell
  4. The Art of War - Sun Tzu
  5. Joyland - Stephen King
  6. Advanced Rhinocerology - Scott Alexander
  7. How to Sell Anything to Anybody - Joe Girard
  8. Giving Up Gimmicks - Brian Cosby
  9. Leadership 101 - John Maxwell
  10. The Navy Seal Art of War - Rob Roy
  11. Speedwealth - T. Harv Eker
  12. You Are A Writer - Jeff Goins
  13. The Hippie Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder - Skip Yowell
  14. Show Your Work - Austin Kleon
  15. Leaders Eat Last - Simon Sinek
  16. The Book in a Box Method - Tucker Max and Zach Obront
  17. Every Shot Must Have a Purpose - Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott
  18. The Surge - Larry Stockstill
  19. Fire Risk Assessments for Complex Buildings - Paul Bryant
  20. Design Intervention - Mel McGowan
  21. Why Church Buildings Matter - Tim Cool
  22. The 7 Laws of Teaching - John Milton Gregory
  23. Choose Yourself - James Altucher
  24. Content Machine - Dan Norris

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Did you accomplish your goals?

Every month I provide an in-service training class to department personnel.  This training varies from items such as sprinkler and alarm systems, to facility hazards and risks, to department vision and values.  My favorite in-service training to deliver, however, is in December.  For this month's in-service training we review the year past and we look ahead to the coming year. This is an opportunity for everyone to see what goals were accomplished, and an opportunity to cast the vision for the coming year.

The end-of-year portion of the review provides a look back on the activities, updates, and facility upgrades that have taken place over the past year.  These are divided into the following sections:

  • New projects -
    • outlines progress, challenges, and wins for all new projects taking place; this also provides an opportunity to show applicability and effects of the project on the department and the customer.
  • Facility/Department -
    • share all safety/insurance/FAA audit inspection results; addresses current fire protection/life safety issues and concerns; introduce updates or revisions that have taken place within departmental SOG's/SOP's and operations manuals; provide updates on planned or completed projects (specific to facility or department).
  • Education/Training -
    • lists training classes that were provided, shows number of people trained, discusses benefit to the department and personnel, explains updates and expectations related to fire certifications and advancement
  • Inspections, by the numbers - 
    • annual inspection statistics are provided to show numbers of inspections performed, permits issued, system inspections completed, hours of fire watch conducted and similar items.
The 'look ahead' portion of the annual report paints a picture of things to come.  Items included in the look ahead are:
  • discussion of on-going projects
  • outline of goals and objectives for the coming year
  • provide guidance and direction for accomplishing these goals
If you do not currently conduct a end-of-year review, use this as guide.  If you have a different system, or think of other items that would be important to include, post that in the comments section below this post.

ARFF for Structural Departments

Airports that receive funding from, and are operated by, the FAA require ARFF (aircraft rescue and firefighting) operations and services.  These airports have dedicated, trained, aircraft rescue firefighters, that specialize in aircraft incidents.  These will be the first responders to any aircraft incident.  

What about private airports, fly-in communities, or aircraft maintenance facilities? Dedicated ARFF protection is not required.  Emergency response to an aircraft incident or to a structure fire on airport property will have to come from the municipal, primarily structural, fire department.

What does this mean?  What should be expected in airport facilities?  What dangers are associated with aircraft?  How can an effective response be carried out? What questions do we not know to ask?