Year in Review by Training 38

As we take a look back at 2013, the fire service has lost many brothers and sister's in the LODD from responding to calls, medical emergencies, structural collapse, wildland fires and apparatus incidents to name a few. We have lost brother's and sister's to job related cancer. So, let's all take a moment and remember […]

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 […]

New Years message from Anchorpoint

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  Everyone has new years resolutions.  I don't.  I take personal inventory pretty frequently, usually when I have a change in my life or I when someone I know does.  Today I'll share my lessons for last year and how they motivate me for this year.  I'll try to be brief.     Last year was a big year […]

Fire Life Inventory

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As most at this point in the year start really taking inventory of their lives, what to be thankful for, New Years Resolutions. Have you taken the time to do a Fire Life Inventory? Fire Life Inventory yes! Does not matter if you are Paid or Volunteer are you happy with your career? Where do […]

Bread and Butter for Christmas by Training 38

When you ask someone what does "bread and butter" mean, you usually get a reply into what type of structure you normally respond to. We train or simulate training around these types of calls. How many times have you witnessed the deployment of the pre-connect/crosslay get totally screwed up on these so called " Bread […]

NFPA announces new standard: 1521E

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With the changes in the fire service being brought about through social media, NFPA (The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and public safety) has announced a new certification; NFPA 1521E. This standard will be known as the E-Safety Officer (ESO), Keyboard Safety Chief (KSC) or the Internet Old Salty Jake (Let Me Tell Ya […]

Why we search..Extreme Edition

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I’m going to dip into the “We Search” subject for just 1 article, I hope. We search, yes it sounds good and it’s catchy. But HOW do we search? I would venture a guess the phrase “We Search” is an overstatement. It’s probably more like “We stumble around, call out and hope for the best” […]

Long Lug Out Drill

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Long Lug Out Smooth, Bump, Bump, to the Pump We were going over this basic firefighter safety drill with a class a while ago.  I started the evolution by letting them know that this should not even count as a skill.  Just like putting on your pants or SCBA.  You should know it as if […]

Why am I still Anchorpoint?

I’ve been writing on this blog for most of 3 years.  I started out afraid of what my peers would think of me, of my statements. That was why I chose to use a pen name.  I’ve grown past that but still can’t shake the pen name.  By now most of you know who I […]

Rookie Schoool- the place where you learn The Basics. Be quiet, listen, and LEARN!

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Many firefighters just don’t appreciate learning opportunities or recognize when learning opportunities present themselves. Recently, I thought about several examples I witnessed during “rookie schools” around the country. Rookie school, or Basic Fire School, is where you are taught “The Basics” and are expected to learn “The Basics” before applying them on the job. A […]

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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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