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Laddering With Purpose

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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 […]

Urgency of Response

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Hello All, and a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!  I had planned on posting this article prior to the holiday festivities, because as most of us know, this is one of the most active times of year for fires, and unfortunately also where the highest rate of fatal fires occur.  But… Like […]

“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 […]

The Impact Rapid Intervention Team

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Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, firefighter, Mayday. The firefighters Mayday goes unheard, but who should have heard it. The answer to that question is Communications, IC, and the RIT. RIT teams must realize that they are a team of Accountability, and Safety Teams. Communications while being the RIT team is more than just communicating what you are […]

New Years Message From Ladderjack

With the new year rapidly approaching, I was reminded of my lackluster record of posting lately (You know who you are). Of course, this hasn't been for a lack of great training subjects, but more from a re-focusing of my time into other personal priorities.  With that being said, I thought it a great opportunity […]

MVA- What’s your action plan?

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The photo illustrates significant vehicle body damage. Consequently, emergency responders should expect decesased occupants or serious occupant injuries and a potentially lengthy extrication time. This car was involved in a high speed accident; the car hit two trees and came to rest against a third tree. This photo was taken in a salvage yard. 1. How […]

Tech rescue rant…

Ok, let’s talk technical rescue for a minute.  High risk/low frequency.   Will you get one in your town?  Yes. Will you be able to identify it for what it is?  Probably not. Will you get hurt at this incident?  If you’re lucky, yes.  If unlucky, you’ll die. I’m not good at drama, that’s as close […]