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First Due Friday; Top Floor Garden Apartment

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This Friday, you are first arriving unit at this fire.  It is 1530 hours on Sunday.  Using the questions below, tell us what your engine, trucks and commanders would do for this fire… Keep in mind that, unlike the kitchen table, these brothers or sisters are not here to clarify their actions, so keep it […]

1st Due Friday; Access Problems

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  This is “First Due Friday” where we channel our (not so) inner fire buff, find a first arriving picture or video and talk about it just like at the kitchen table.  Keep in mind that, unlike the kitchen table, these brothers or sisters are not here to clarify their actions, so keep it professional and respectful. […]

First Due Friday; Heavy Smoke from a Single Family

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Welcome to “First Due Friday” where we channel our (not so) inner fire buff, find a first arriving picture or video and talk about it just like at the kitchen table.  Keep in mind that, unlike the kitchen table, these brothers or sisters are not here to clarify their actions, so keep it professional and respectful. […]

First Due Friday; 2-Alarm Commercial Job! (Video)

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You are on either the first arriving Engine or Truck (your choice). You arrive to these heavy smoke conditions in this commercial building with multiple mixed occupancies. Give us your SIZE-UP, CREW ASSIGNMENTS & RECEO VS considerations. Enjoy!

First Due Friday; Working Multi-Family w/ “Obvious” Rescues (Video)

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Great pre-arrival video of a working multi-family with people choosing not to rescue themselves! Give us your SIZE-UP, CREW ASSIGNMENTS & RECEO VS considerations. Enjoy!

First Due Friday; You Figure It Out!

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This week we’re gonna mix it up a bit! What can you tell us about this fire from its aftermath! Based on what you see, what would you do? Enjoy!

First Due Friday; Heavy Fire, Standpipe Ops & Mayday! (Video)

This video is a great training tool for size-up, radio comms & Command presence. This FD sounds very professional despite difficult fire conditions. This week we’ve got heavy fire & smoke on an upper floor w/ standpipe ops in progress and a Mayday called while transitioning to Defensive Ops. Compare this FD’s ops to your FD and give us your RECEO VS considerations. Enjoy!

Walking The Walk vs. Running Your Mouth

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Sometimes you see something that just gives your morale a kick in the can! This did it for me.

First Due Friday; We’ve Got a Hot One in the Desert (Video)

What would your FD do for this attached garage fire? Would your FD make entry through the front door and push the fire out OR knock it down from the outside, then go in? What would you do to address the extension issues? Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations. Enjoy!

I Have Always Done Victim Survivability Profiling

VSP is one of the hottest topics of conversation in the fire service today. Captain Marsar’s research has taken the fire service by storm and has created an interesting “new” flavor of the month for those who feed on “firefighter safety through spectatorship”. Maybe it was because of my animosity for the “let it burn” folks within our profession that I was initially against the concept of deciding if a building is searchable from the front yard and was unfairly biased. However, the more I read about and discuss it the more I realize that I HAVE ALWAYS PERFORMED VSP!

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