A few weeks ago some of our guys had the opportunity to attend a class by Chief John Coleman that was titled “Incident Command for the Street Smart Fire Officer.” One of the topics Chief Coleman talked about, was the “Oriented Method of Search.” This method can be used to perform a big box search.There are several […]
While at a fire the other night I observed some truckies at work. These guys were carrying multiple ladders by themselves and throwing them. Venting the windows it was fantastic. It lead me to think, what if that apparatus is not here. Do firefighters have the mentality to understand it is not about the apparatus […]
Building codes are great, they provide a standard for everyone to follow. What is the result? Buildings that are all built the same? Not so much. Realistically, people do whatever they want, additions here, and alterations there. Many buildings predate modern codes, others have changed occupancy multiple times in their history. You have no idea […]
Go out in your district and stop at different buildings. Look for muilt-story, L-shaped U Shaped buildings in your district. Also go through your residential communities and practice sizing up different styles and sizes of homes. Key Points to emphasize when doing size-up 1. What side are you on ( Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta ) […]
Has someone ever told you to run around the back and tell them what you see? Or, as in my area, the second in ladder has this responsibility. How would you describe these front and back pictures to Command? Would they require a radio transmission? What do these “additions” tell you about what my be […]
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