Serving vs. Acting

      In today’s Fire Service, we have members that step up into a role that they are not normally in. A Firefighter stepping up to the Driver position and is the “acting” engineer for the shift. The Engineer that moves to the right side of the truck for a shift. Or the Officer that goes […]

Quick Drill: How Well Do You Know Your SCBA?

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The next time you’re at the firehouse take your SCBA and name all the parts and how they function. Find out all the ways they could fail. If they failed how would you overcome them? It’s your life and you depend on that SCBA in a fire. How well do you know it?

Properly Placed Apparatus Effect Fireground Success

We all know that you have to drive safely and slow down to Arrive Alive. I want you to ponder a few things when you arrive on the scene of a call: Will you pull directly in front of the driveway? When arriving at the scene of the accident do you place your apparatus to […]

Communication and Technique are Componets of Fireground Search

When conducting Fireground searches two components for a successful search are communication and technique.  Using your basic left hand/right hand search patterns and communicating  leads to a safer, faster, more efficient fire ground search. While doing an evolution in a training class my partner and I went upstairs and entered what I thought to be a […]

SCBA Confidence Drill

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This is a simple drill that I learned a while back. I find it useful when we get new guys to acclimate them to the SCBA. It is also useful for the guys that have been around for a while and has the ability to humble some of the “Veterans” who think they have it all and are “good to go.” There are a few different versions that I have come up with over the last few years. Please feel free to comment on your likes, and dislikes for the drill and I will post the other versions over the next few weeks.

How Many Lines To The Fire

Many times we respond to fires where one attack line can handle the fire. If one attack line is all that is needed, is it truly safe? Should there always be two lines pulled? If so,what is the second lines job? Where is it going?  [polldaddy poll=2672518]

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NIOSH Report On Charleston LODD’s

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“The New Guy” part 2

To the “rookies” that may be reading this, to you, I say welcome to your new family. You are in for an interesting time. Fun, sorrow, good times and bad. As soon as you find out what shift you are going to, go in the shift before you start and “break the ice” and visit […]

“The New Guy” part 1

I would like to ask everyone to do me a favor. Take a few minutes to yourself, and ask a few questions. “Why am I a firefighter?” “Do I really like what I do?” “Am I trying to do something about the problems or causing more?” Too often we see the people who have the […]

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