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 […]

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 […]

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