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35′ of Getting the Job Done

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This is the first of hopefully many follow-ups to the Boston Ladder Culture article. After the Aerial or main ladder there are only 2 ladders we concern ourselves with on the truck; the 35′ and the 50′. The rest of the ladders; 40′, 28, 24, roof, pencil, Baby Bangor, Little Giant are almost all considered […]

Boston’s Ladder Culture

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Why does Boston throw so many ladders?   Mainly because it’s better to have them and not need them. If you ask around Boston Fire you will get 4 common answers.  Most likely after they ask you why a firefighter would even ask a question like that. 1. Why not? 2. It’s a good practice 3. […]

SCBA Familiarization

Do you know your SCBA? Really, REALLY know it? I do…mostly, I’m ashamed to admit I could know the numbers and pressure levels a bit better.  Being part of a few training classes has really opened my eyes to some of my deficiencies.  Some of the basic tasks of this calling I’m not as proficient […]

The Test

The recruits have graduated, they will be moving into their first assignments.  They have a lot of things left to learn but they have the basics of fire behavior and attack to build from. Towards the end they started asking questions about firehouse life.  Some of the questions had to do with when exactly will […]

What about the Brother’s Collyer?

It is first and foremost a legal minefield that we just stepped into.

“He writes his own headlines”

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What does “Writing his own headlines” mean? That’s when someone spends so much time thinking about how this is going to look in the news they forget they have to do the work before the story gets written.

10,000 Hours?!

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  How do some firefighters get really good at their job and some, well, not so much. I was just perusing Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers” and one of the focuses of the book is the 10,000 hour rule to become an expert or successful. I don’t plan on reading the book, but I’ve heard this […]

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment

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I was trying to teach my children about doing quality work and making sure you can put your name on everything you do.  Of course one of them asked “But isn’t that a lot of work?” Yes, yes it is.  But the effort is the biggest part of any job well done.  Like Ghandi said.  […]

D.E.R. Deep Environmental Retrofit

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            D.E.R.  Deep Environmental Retrofit, the process of adding large amounts of insulation and wind proofing to older buildings.  The concept is simple; Add more layers of insulation and wind proofing to cut down on the amount of energy needed to heat or cool a building. The layers are: 1. […]

Size up this fire.

  The point of view in this video shows almost everything that is happening so you have to imagine yourself showing up at street level and the limited view you would have had.  The first arriving companies thought it was a fire in the rear porches.  They were right, but, the fire was already inside […]

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