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Access & Egress

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“Throw ladders until you run out of them or window” Has this battle cry helped or hurt the fire service? Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe we, the fire service, need to throw more ladders at fire scenes. But I think we need a better focus. I believe we are coming to a point […]

In defense of the Senior man

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Lately there seems to be a push against experience in favor of education in the fire service. This push isn’t new, but this wave is riding the coattails of the preliminary results of the first large scale fire attack study, which is at best half way done. Many young inexperienced firefighters and officers are looking […]

Laddering with Purpose Part 3: Engine Support

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We have identified a problem (ladders left on the apparatus) and an initial solution in the first chapter. In the second chapter we talked about some initial considerations for primary laddering and covered some of the basics tactics. In this final portion we will discuss how proactive, aggressive laddering opens the door for aggressive engine […]

Laddering with Purpose Part 2: Primary Laddering

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In the first section we talked about the lack of laddering at fire scenes and the changes some departments have made to address the issue. Bringing ladders to a fire building is the first step in remedying the problem. The next, and probably more difficult, step is to place them where they will most likely […]

Laddering with Purpose Part 1: The Problem

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What is it that prevents fire departments from throwing ground ladders or aerials? Why do ground ladders remain on the apparatus and aerials remain in their beds at fire calls? Why are RIT teams allowed to stand around like yard gnomes, not being proactive? And on that same vein if 2 in 2 out is […]

The Company that Trains

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The company that trains With the face of fire service changing every day fire departments are finding it hard to fit mandatory training into their schedules and budgets. This is shifting the responsibility of company level training to the firehouse and more specifically shifting this responsibility to the company officer. It’s up to the company […]

Custodial Duties

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First off I need to thank Brandon for reminding me of this. This is going to sound bad, but stick it out. When recently asked how a firefighter can make changes in a fire department I gave a list of ways firefighters have lead changes in my department, and I’ll write about that in the […]

Opening Up, a team event.

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When 2 hands, 2 tools is brought up I assume it means to carry a tool to work with and a company specific tool. Company specific means engines bring attack lines and trucks bring ladders. OK, so let’s assume you are on the first truck company showing up, 1st in is not expected to throw […]

On Motivation and Quality

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When you see a speaker talking about motivation why do you get motivated? Well if they are any good its contagious and you are open to it. If you weren’t open to it you wouldn’t be hearing them, right? If the speaker wasn’t an example of motivation he or she would’t be seen by many […]

From Rookie to One of the Guys

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Guest post today from JD ​“Hey kid, you’re in MY chair!” 21 Years ago I was 10 minutes into my first day at the Fire Department and I already screwed up! One of the guys saw me nervously standing near the kitchen before the on coming shift started, and “told” me to have a seat. […]

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