Generation Why? – Part 1

I have heard people in fire and rescue refer to Generation Y, as “generation why?” Sometimes these statements would come down in condescending ways from senior officers on the department.  It was usually in reference to the Generation Yer’s asking why a job needed to be done.  At least in my case, the senior guys…

About Russell McCullar

Russell is a Senior Instructor with the Mississippi State Fire Academy. His responsibilities include the management of NFPA 1006 Rescue Programs. Russell is a Rescue Specialist and Technical Search Specialist with the FEMA US&R System. His firefighting and rescue career began with the Lafayette County Fire Department in Oxford, MS, as a volunteer firefighter, where he ascended to the rank of Station Captain. As a career firefighter with the Batesville Fire Department, he rose to the rank of Station Lieutenant before his departure in 2010. In 2009, he earned his Masters Degree in Homeland Security at the University of Mississippi where he also received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management in 2005. Over a fourteen-year career, he maintains certificate training in excess of 3000 hours and over 2000 hours of instruction in technical rescue. Russell spends his time instructing other rescuers from Mississippi and around the country. He resides in Brandon, Mississippi with his wife, Sydney.

Can You Push Fire? YES!

I can’t tell you how many people I have heard say “You can’t push fire, they proved it”. Well they (NIST and UL) produced an incredible amount of research for firefighters to use in order to make conditions safer and tactics more effective. I have seen countless firefighters throw around the “push fire” term as…

About Matt Hinkle

Matt Hinkle is a Staff Instructor at the Mississippi State Fire Academy. He has over twelve years of experience in the fire service and has served in many positions throughout his career including; Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Training Officer and Instructor. He has designed local and state training curriculums, coordinated regional training events, and assisted in the development of national training programs. During his service Matt has received several awards including: Firefighter of the Year (Lafayette County Fire Department), Fire Officer of the Year Finalist (MS Burn Association), Medal of Valor (MS Burn Association), and a Letter of Commendation (City of Oxford). Matt has received over 2,000 hours of technical training in many disciplines including: NFPA 1001-I-II (Firefighter I-II), NFPA 1002 (Driver/Operator), NFPA 1041-I-II (Instructor), Hazardous Materials Technician I-II, Rope Rescue Technician I-II, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Vehicle Extrication I-II, Search and Rescue Technician I-II-III, EMT-B, and Cave Rescue I-II.