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Constantly Try to Improve

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There is a lot of change in the Casa De Anchorpoint recently. My wife is in nursing school and my oldest daughter has to pick between two really good high schools. Of course Firefighter Basics has some great people to thank for keeping the site going while I tend to these things. But Let me […]

Words Matter

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Ryan and I had the honor of sitting in on a UL/NIST class today on Fire Dynamics Research to Tactical Solutions. We appreciate the time and effort that was put into the class and the fireground application examples that were given. These help to bridge the gap between the “Scientific Lab Stuff” and the real […]

Aggressive Destruction

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This is not about breaking things, sorry, if that’s what you wanted you should probably leave now. When a word gets used too many times it loses it’s meaning, Semantic saturation. Semantic Saturation: “A psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener, who then perceives the […]

The World is not on fire.

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I recently watched a video of a politician trying to scare up support for his cause. He was saying “The world is on fire, and my opponent wants to make it worse”. He was trying to instill fear in the audience so he could sell them his answer to that fear. When a little girl […]

The next big thing…or just another acronym?

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I’ve been seeing a lot about SLICERS lately, so I had to check it out. I watched a couple instructional videos and they made me sad. Watching departments gobble the theory up hook, line and sinker and totally abandoning traditional, time tested practices is a bit disturbing. When are firefighters and administrators going to get […]

End of “Always Carry a Tool”

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“Always carry a tool”, “Nobody shows up empty handed” These fire service nuggets of wisdom have been around for a long time. But just like other aspects of our job this too has been watered down to a “technically speaking” level. I’m beyond tired of officers walking with a closet rake (AKA Command Rake). That […]

How to read and interact with a Fire Service Blog

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Recently it seems that the online community has forgotten that it is a community. The Troll level is increasing quite a bit. Troll being “a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community” (Thank you Wikipedia). Maybe people have […]

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. […]

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