Preplanning During EMS Runs

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Snapped this picture during an EMS run. Invaluable lessons can be learned by paying attention during non-fire runs. Some of the things we noted: 1. The additional slide bolt lock on the front door 2. No door knob on the bedroom door 3. Open light fixtures 4. Only one smoke detector (in the kitchen, not […]

What Is The Best Complement You Can Get?

As a firefighter, what is the best complement that you can GIVE and/or RECEIVE?

Great Video: Understaffed Truck Work

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Here is a terrific and detailed video of ways to accomplish fundamental, yet critical, truck tactics with one firefighter. Enjoy!

Not So Vacant, Vacants (Part 2)… What Would You Do?

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Last week, we posted about some vacant, under construction, row homes that showed signs of occupants. Now we want to hear from you. Given your normal resources, how would you handle the following scenario?

Not-So-Vacant, Vacants

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When most of us think about fighting fires in vacant buildings we envision either urban areas with blocks of old vacants or rural areas with one lonely house hidden in the overgrowth. But we found a random row of empty, new construction, houses in a well-kept suburban area where firefighters generally wouldn’t think twice about calling this row “EMPTY” or “VACANT”. Presumably, they would set their strategies and tactics in motion accordingly. Here is proof that we can never take things at face value.

The Next 100 Feet of the Attack Line

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When discussing attack line tactics, one of the most important points to remember is for the Nozzle Firefighter to always show up at the door with, at least, 1 section of hose often referred to as the “working length”. What about the 100 feet or so behind the working length? Who manages that hose and how? There are certain objectives, or good practices, that all engine companies should try to accomplish that will aid in advancing the attack line into the structure.

Be The Warrior!

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Fire service warriors are true practitioners of their craft and thrive on sharing their passion and knowledge for the job with any and all who will listen. They understand that every aspect of the job is equally as important. The tougher the challenge, the more focused and determined they become. Their unbridled “passion for the profession” is unmistakable. They understand that trust and brotherhood are forged in sweat and soot. Are you a Warrior?

Equations or Effectiveness? Have We Become So Smart We’re Stupid?

How did it come to be this way? Is this truly the future of the fire service, to not fight fires at all? It’s hard to be called out for being wrong when you stand on the side of over-cautiousness with a second helping of safety. And alas that is where the nation’s authors have gone to avoid confrontation, a catch phrase contest on who can be the safest. I have a new catch phrase for you, “Return to Effectiveness”.

Basics for Understaffed Truck Work: Search

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By searching for victims and fire, we can increase the speed of fire attack and extinguishment which creates a safer fireground for everyone. This post will detail how to get the most out of your search despite various staffing levels.

And Justice for All… We Never Forgot!

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10 years, 3000+ civilians and 343 firefighters dead… we got bin Laden.

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