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 […]

Company Level Training: Be more than a Badge

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Firefighters often times don’t know the effort and thought that it really takes to make a great training session happen. As firefighters we are argumentative and our way is surely the right way the other guy is just and idiot right? Well your WRONG! In another article we will discuss the difference between Drilling and […]

The next big thing…or just another acronym?

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I’ve been seeing a lot about SLICERS lately, so I had to check it out. I watched a couple instructional videos and they made me sad. Watching departments gobble the theory up hook, line and sinker and totally abandoning traditional, time tested practices is a bit disturbing. When are firefighters and administrators going to get […]

End of “Always Carry a Tool”

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“Always carry a tool”, “Nobody shows up empty handed” These fire service nuggets of wisdom have been around for a long time. But just like other aspects of our job this too has been watered down to a “technically speaking” level. I’m beyond tired of officers walking with a closet rake (AKA Command Rake). That […]

Firefighter Basics What We Represent

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There have been many times that we have received comments, we have received emails, and been asked in person what Firefighter Basics is all about? I wanted to take some time and answer that question as well as address some Firefighting Basics that will get you back home to your family after every call. Firefighter […]

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

Entry Img     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 […]

How to read and interact with a Fire Service Blog

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Recently it seems that the online community has forgotten that it is a community. The Troll level is increasing quite a bit. Troll being “a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community” (Thank you Wikipedia). Maybe people have […]

Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?

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As I watch car commercials I am always struck by the new and better ways car manufacturers come up with to get us from point “A” to point “B”. All the bells and whistles add up to is more bells and whistles on wheels, but they don’t change the fact that we just need to […]

What the Spartanburg Burns Really Mean

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I will admit when the Spartanburg burns first started my first thought were they were trying to create and ” Outstanding ” Fire Service and I don’t mean Striving for Excellence. I felt as if there was a group of people trying to reinvent the fire service and make themselves the New Age Fire Service. […]

Blanket Rules Vs Training

Firefighter Basics just finished our first of what promises to be many HOT classes as “Firefighter Basics”. One of the things we do is ask the students “How does your department do it? How does it work?”. The reason for the question is to show the other students the variety of ways to get the […]

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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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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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