The Old Days

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So many times around the Firehouse, I hear people talk about the “Good old Days.” They talk about how much fun it used to be and the things they did. The things they “got away with” and “How much trouble we could’ve gotten into if we were caught.” The war stories are great to hear […]

Getting Back 2 the Basics: Why did you ever leave them pt. II

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Building Construction When you look at these two buildings what do you know about there construction? Have you studied and or experienced the issues that come associated with these types of construction? What are the types of structures you respond to in your area? Some taught me years ago now, its not how the buildings […]

Basics Training: Dressing Drilll

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The drill below are typical drills that happen almost everyday in the fire service. Focusing on the Drill at hand, is it effective? Does this drill bring forth realistic expectations? In what situations do we layout all of our equipment including SCBA and get dressed? I have a few answers in my head, but I […]

Getting Back 2 The Basics: Why Did You Ever Leave Them? Pt. I

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As I am privileged to travel across the country like I do, I see, hear, and read a lot of the same thing as it pertains to the fire service. Quite often I hear the phrase ” We gotta get back to the basics”. Now my question is to all of you. Why did you […]

Firefighter Basics: The Opening Act

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Thanks or the response we received on checking you SCBA when arriving for shift. We received several notes of encouragement asking us for more so we will work to get it done. The First thing we are going to share is arriving for duty. This fits no matter if your paid or volunteer. If you […]

LEADERS ARE RESPONSIBLE NOT COWARDICE

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To say I am pissed is an understatement, and the very reason I started a blog. It was to vent my feelings and share information that I felt may be relevant to help other firefighters go home. Just as any firefighter I can get my tractor cranking and go on a tangent and be wrong, […]

Coming Back to Focus: Check your SCBA

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After having several very engaging conversations with some good friends and respected colleagues I find myself in an odd place with the Firefighter Basics blog. I was reminded the purpose of the blog was to stay consistent on providing content on the basics and a place to vent, and share Ideas. Blogs these days have […]

The World is not on fire.

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I recently watched a video of a politician trying to scare up support for his cause. He was saying “The world is on fire, and my opponent wants to make it worse”. He was trying to instill fear in the audience so he could sell them his answer to that fear. When a little girl […]

Harsh Weather Operations- Snow

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As most of you guys are aware, if you’ve been following the national news lately, the Northeast has been hit with an historic amount of snowfall this year. Boston alone has recorded over 95 inches, this year; with most of that over the past three weeks. While out in my district, I noticed one key […]

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 […]

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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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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
anchorpoint1
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
Dave LeBlanc
Words Matter
Just curious....why is the default response when someone disagrees with what ISFSI puts out that they have not read/studied/learned enough?
2015-09-04 22:39:25
John Vanatta
Words Matter
I attended the SLICE-RS class and the instructor course, and recently passed the info on to my dept. I disagree that ISFSI or the SLICE-RS program are as sloppy as implied. I walked away from the classes with an extremely clear understanding that rescue is always the priority, straight/solid streams are necessary for the exterior…
2015-09-04 22:03:39
Sandy Lasa
Words Matter
This whole so called new phenomenon from NIST as been around for years. The Fire Service has gone insane over this. The only new info that has come out and been verified is that fires DO burn hotter now than before. Everything else has stayed the same. It comes down to training and mastering your…
2015-09-04 13:21:30

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