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Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?

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As I watch car commercials I am always struck by the new and better ways car manufacturers come up with to get us from point “A” to point “B”. All the bells and whistles add up to is more bells and whistles on wheels, but they don’t change the fact that we just need to […]

Blanket Rules Vs Training

Firefighter Basics just finished our first of what promises to be many HOT classes as “Firefighter Basics”. One of the things we do is ask the students “How does your department do it? How does it work?”. The reason for the question is to show the other students the variety of ways to get the […]

Lives of Service

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. – Albert Einstein Last night 2 more Boston firefighters died. They died in the line of duty, protecting strangers. Many will say they are “Heroes” because they died in the line of duty, as if they are elevated above other firefighters due to the circumstances. […]

People of Action

I’m not a lawyer but I do know a couple of the overriding legal theories that encompass the fire service and most other service industries; Misfeasance, Malfeasance and Nonfeasance. Misfeasance is willful inappropriate action, intentional incorrect action. Malfeasance is willful and intentional action that causes. Nonfeasance is the failure to act when required. The worst of all in my […]

Why are you wearing that?

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   Before I get started, I'm not a safety Nazi.  I'm not a KSO (Keyboard Safety Officer).  And I probably violate more safety regulations than I should.  But when I'm unsafe, I wear my Personal Protective Equipment.  When I am acting safely, I wear my PPE.  That sounds like a double standard I agree.  But […]

Learning your streets and routes

   Knowing your streets and routes is one of the most important basic knowledge sets required in the fire service. If you cannot get the apparatus to the scene in a efficient and safe manner, you cannot do your job. If you are new to a district or the fire service you should start by […]

Your Search Sucks.

New Years message from Anchorpoint

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  Everyone has new years resolutions.  I don't.  I take personal inventory pretty frequently, usually when I have a change in my life or I when someone I know does.  Today I'll share my lessons for last year and how they motivate me for this year.  I'll try to be brief.     Last year was a big year […]

NFPA announces new standard: 1521E

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With the changes in the fire service being brought about through social media, NFPA (The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and public safety) has announced a new certification; NFPA 1521E. This standard will be known as the E-Safety Officer (ESO), Keyboard Safety Chief (KSC) or the Internet Old Salty Jake (Let Me Tell Ya […]

Why we search..Extreme Edition

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I’m going to dip into the “We Search” subject for just 1 article, I hope. We search, yes it sounds good and it’s catchy. But HOW do we search? I would venture a guess the phrase “We Search” is an overstatement. Its probably more like We stumble around, call out and hope for the best […]

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Marques Bush

Firefighter Basics launched in February 2009 after Founder/Editor Marques Bush was looking for a way to express himself and share his experiences with brother and sister firefighters. Shortly after founding the site Marques spoke with several trusted friends and ask them to come on board and contribute also. Firefighter Basics is a dedicated group of firefighters who strive everyday to practice what they preach about Training, Safety, and Tradition.  We can be reached at firefighterbasics@gmail.com

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