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Marques Bush is a student of the Fire Service for twelve years. Being a Volunteer firefighter for twelve years and a paid firefighter for ten. Marques is a Captain with the St.Andrews Fire Department in the West Ashley section of Charleston, S.C. . Marques is also a Captain with the Caromi Fire Department located in Ladson, S.C. where he serves as the Captain of training. Marques is also a South Carolina Fire Academy Instructor where he teaches the basic firefighter curriculum, PPV, and Firefighter Survival Courses. Marques has also been trained in Fireground Survival by the Fire Department Training Network. Marques professional certifications include FF II, FO II. Marques is an advocate for firefighter safety and getting back to the basics.

Aaron Peters Contributing Editor

Aaron is a second generation firefighter and has been a firefighter ten years. Aaron started his fire service career in the Canton Township Fire Department, Ohio as a Volunteer firefighter. Aaron has since moved to South Carolina and still Continues to Volunteer with Caromi Fire Department as an Engineer †and is a paid firefighter with the City of Goose Creek Fire Department. Aaron is a student of the fire service and also advocates for firefighter safety and a proponent of good engine work and training. Aaron is also in the process of† becoming South Carolina Fire Academy Instructor.



D11 fire Shawn Donovan- A 12 year student of the fire service, presently serving as a Lt. on Engine 53 Boston Fire.

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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

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Words Matter September 4, 2015
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Chris Walker
Words Matter
I've attended research burns, attended UL, NIST, and ISFSI lectures, and have been reading the research since the beginning. I agree with the few assessments above. In fact- I recently watched the four new ISFSI videos and they seem to concur with what your post says. They are emphatic that rescue is our priority. The…
2015-09-06 02:20:45
Korey Maves
Words Matter
I completely agree with what you're saying. Like John Vanatta, I as an instructor in Wisconsin, recently attended an 8hr Modern Fire Attack/SLICE-RS class and a 4hr Train the Trainer on the topic. It was presented by DC Forest Reeder, and he basically said everything you've said above. I've been casually observing what Kerber has…
2015-09-05 04:02:13
John Vanatta
Words Matter
Dave, I don't know why that is the "default response". I am not a regular ISFSI member, and I have no reason to defend or attack them as an organization. Maybe my response was poorly worded, or there is a misunderstanding. The instructor from my class did not mince any words-rescue is the priority, use…
2015-09-05 00:35:00
Jeff Wurts
Words Matter
I just watched the five videos ISFSI put out...It was clearly shown in Big red letters " never apply exterior water in a fog pattern." Then they clarified and demonstrated the "acute" angle to use . I also saw that they taught the exterior stream needed to be held steady and not whipped. They also…
2015-09-05 00:05:41
Words Matter
Thank you for your comment John. I'm happy to hear you got the message clear by attending the class, but there are an estimated 1.2 million firefighters in the USA. They are not all going to be able to attend the class. Many will learn from people like you who attended the class and bring…
2015-09-04 23:49:29

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