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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 […]

Fire Ground Basics: Engine Duty

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Something that has been bothering me for some time now is how the basics of each company performs their duties. Even if you don’t have a ” Ladder Truck ” fireground support functions are still to be conducted. In this particular post we are going to look at the Engine’s responsibility, because truth be told […]

Ideology vs Philosophy: Are you Slicing or Dicing in the fire service trends

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We have a very Robust discussion going on about SLICERS and the use and avocation of it to be the end all be all of the fire service. I feel it necessary to make our position very clear on the latest fire service trends that are happening. Now I will say the greatest part of […]

“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling

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http://www.deltafire.ca/Gallery/Misc%202007/Images/House%20Fire.jpg     The concept of running into a burning building is not a new one to most firefighters.  Of course, depending on your department’s SOPs, manpower, staffing, etc, things will be different.  This article discusses the critical decision of “Go” or “No-Go” when first pulling up to a structure that is on fire.  This […]

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 […]

Bread and Butter for Christmas by Training 38

When you ask someone what does "bread and butter" mean, you usually get a reply into what type of structure you normally respond to. We train or simulate training around these types of calls. How many times have you witnessed the deployment of the pre-connect/crosslay get totally screwed up on these so called " Bread […]

Setting Up a Hoseline For Success

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We must start at understanding why we are using the hose load we are using and the pros/cons

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 […]

I’m Sorry If It’s Too Loud

Okay, so I know that it’s been a while since I have last posted, so I thought I’d start with a short one as I dust off my keyboard. This story occured a few months ago, and I have been meaning to share it, but haven’t gotten around to it, until now. One thing that […]

Estimating hose line length tips or drill you make the call

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Often times fire departments will arrive on the scene of a building or dwelling fire and have to over come the obstacle of a long stretch when trying to reach the front door, not even including making it to the fire. Go out and stretch the lines repeatedly so that you start getting the muscle […]

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