Archive for April2011

30% Club… Wanna Join? Pay Your Dues

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In everyone’s career, things are said or done that make the “light bulb turn on”. This article was one of the things that I read early in my career that had a tremendous impact on me.

What Is Your Favorite Attack Line & Nozzle Setup and Why?

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Please share with us your tool of choice. You know, the setup that, when the S#!T hits the fan, is your GO-TO line. You can also share your (constructive) opinions on someone else’s favorites.

“Out Of Air”, Great Video for Air Management Program

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This video was sent in by via Facebook. It’s a trailer for an air management training program. The message is clear and hard-hitting. CHECK IT OUT & PASS IT ON!

Is Anyone (Else) Out There? First Arriving & Trapped.

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As reported in our nations news, five DC Fire Department members were injured yesterday in an early morning house fire. They became trapped by a ceiling collapse shortly after making entry. The speed with which the RIC deployed and made rescues, coupled with the the IC immediately requesting a 2nd Alarm resulted in not only rapid rescue of multiple trapped firefighters, but also quick knock down of a serious fire. Unlike urban/metro FD’s, the suburban FD may not have quite a rapid response to the same scenario. Though the goals, intentions may be the same, the shear number of available resources can be a devastating difference. What does your department have in place to prepare and/or react to the first arriving unit becoming involved in a fireground emergency?