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A Firefighters Life

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Backdraft Video

Can you recognize the signs of a BackDraft

Laying A Supply Line

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Laying a supply line is a critical element to fire ground success. When fighting fires that require more water than the booster tank holds; It is vitally important to get a continuous water supply established. When laying a supply you first have to establish which type of lay is to be conducted. Which lay will you conduct? […]

Quick Drill: Thermal Imaging

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The next time you go out on your apparatus to the grocery store or just sitting around the fire station take out your TIC and start learning to read the contrast in the pictures. Take one hot and one cold item and sit them in a room of a different ambient temperature. While at the […]

Serving vs. Acting

      In today’s Fire Service, we have members that step up into a role that they are not normally in. A Firefighter stepping up to the Driver position and is the “acting” engineer for the shift. The Engineer that moves to the right side of the truck for a shift. Or the Officer that goes […]

Quick Drill: How Well Do You Know Your SCBA?

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The next time you’re at the firehouse take your SCBA and name all the parts and how they function. Find out all the ways they could fail. If they failed how would you overcome them? It’s your life and you depend on that SCBA in a fire. How well do you know it?

Properly Placed Apparatus Effect Fireground Success

We all know that you have to drive safely and slow down to Arrive Alive. I want you to ponder a few things when you arrive on the scene of a call: Will you pull directly in front of the driveway? When arriving at the scene of the accident do you place your apparatus to […]

Communication and Technique are Componets of Fireground Search

When conducting Fireground searches two components for a successful search are communication and technique.  Using your basic left hand/right hand search patterns and communicating  leads to a safer, faster, more efficient fire ground search. While doing an evolution in a training class my partner and I went upstairs and entered what I thought to be a […]

SCBA Confidence Drill

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This is a simple drill that I learned a while back. I find it useful when we get new guys to acclimate them to the SCBA. It is also useful for the guys that have been around for a while and has the ability to humble some of the “Veterans” who think they have it all and are “good to go.” There are a few different versions that I have come up with over the last few years. Please feel free to comment on your likes, and dislikes for the drill and I will post the other versions over the next few weeks.

How Many Lines To The Fire

Many times we respond to fires where one attack line can handle the fire. If one attack line is all that is needed, is it truly safe? Should there always be two lines pulled? If so,what is the second lines job? Where is it going?  [polldaddy poll=2672518]

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