Training Opportunity

Join some of the crew March 8-9 at the South Carolina Fire Academy. Southeastern Fire School is a weekend for firefighters to really come and test there skills. So you think you can Search? Come prove it under some adverse and live fire conditions. Sign up now a few more weekend spots available Final Southeastern […]

People of Action

I’m not a lawyer but I do know a couple of the overriding legal theories that encompass the fire service and most other service industries; Misfeasance, Malfeasance and Nonfeasance. Misfeasance is willful inappropriate action, intentional incorrect action. Malfeasance is willful and intentional action that causes. Nonfeasance is the failure to act when required. The worst of all in my […]

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 […]

I Just Gotta Get In There

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  Undoubtedly this post will take a lot of heat from the jumpseat heroes who " Just Gotta Get in There ". It appears that while firefighters are working very diligently in keeping the " Culture of Extinguishment " Alive, we continue to encounter another problem. On our Fire Ground today agencies are getting smarter […]

Accountability ” How Good ” By Training 38

How many of you think accountability is about tags and passport systems are in place then you have accountability? Well, that's a start. First is accounting for your personnel. Whether you are an all volunteer, combination or all paid department, the collection of tags or Velcro names is only the beginning. Establishing good accountability starts […]

Learning your streets and routes

   Knowing your streets and routes is one of the most important basic knowledge sets required in the fire service. If you cannot get the apparatus to the scene in a efficient and safe manner, you cannot do your job. If you are new to a district or the fire service you should start by […]

Tactician Tuesday

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Describe your incident's operations 1. Size-Up 2. Line selection and why 3. Building Construction 4. What is the smoke telling you 5. Layout your strategies   The Fires are being used as a training opportunity, and not to bash the agencies or the firefighters in them. If you can't contribute in a positive manner, than […]

Your Search Sucks.

Tactician Tuesday

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Describe your incident operations 1. Size- Up 2. Building Construction 3. Smoke reading 4. Line selection Layout your incident operations.

Postive Pressure Ventilation or Just a lot of Air

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There seems to be a lot of discussion surrounding Positive Pressure Ventilation again. When and When not to use a Fan ( Blower ) well Before we get into all of that let's look at a few other things. 1. Just because you have watched Youtube videos or your neighborig FD's have one or some […]

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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 firefighterbasics@gmail.com
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Hollie Broughton
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
I was left feeling a little offended here. Trying to have an open mind, but also trying to figure out why you have to knock Pump operators so badly. Full time, I see your point. But I volunteer. And am a Pump operator/ Firefighter. I was graced with only 48 hours of training and 4…
2014-07-08 19:16:19
Jack Crais
Blanket Rules Vs Training
I enjoyed the ideas espoused in the article, but doesn't the acronym "K.I.S.S." mean "Keep it simple, stupid" or, for those who worry about hurting someone's feelings, "Keep it sweet and simple"?
2014-06-27 18:59:01
dennis
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
it was just a matter of time until this became evident in the fire serice. Unfortunately the dumbing down as you call it, could be a direct result of the nation's professional fire service being forced to hire candidates that have lower grades on their employment exams due to racial and ethnic quotas being enforced.
2014-06-25 17:46:09
Johnny
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
When I was a probie, we had pre-determined pressures, and we knew the friction loss for our hoses, but our Captain ran us through hydraulics classes. While we might not use those formulas, I'm still convinced the understanding is indispensable if one wants to be a great chauffeur.
2014-06-24 05:04:43
Ray McCormack
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
This is defenity part of it. When we are too busy to drill that's one thing but when we don't even get a chance to learn the options that is another issue. Complaints of lazy firefighters will only increase when technology can be blamed and used as the scapegoat for not knowing your job.
2014-06-24 01:24:00

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