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Jonah Smith posted a blog post

Sizing Up the Situation

After we are dispatched to the call and speed to the scene to save the day, the most important part of the arrival of a fire apparatus besides pulling the first line and forcing the door is the size up by the first in officer and the initial actions that he/she orders. If everyone stays informed as they arrive and communication remains clear on the fireground, then the emergency will be mitigated much more efficiently. The first arriving officer or acting officer must paint an unmistakably…See More
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Frank Viscuso posted a blog post

Are You Committed?

Martin A. Treptow was a young and obscure American private killed in France in World War I. Treptow was born January 19, 1894, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, near Bloomer, where he grew up. He was working as a barber in Cherokee, Iowa, when the United States entered the war in 1917.  He enlisted in the Iowa National Guard, which became the 168th Infantry Regiment, 84th Brigade, in the 42d ''Rainbow'' Division when it was called to Federal service. On July 29, 1918, Pvt. Treptow gave his life…See More
19 hours ago
Joseph Pronesti posted a blog post

This week's simulation, The large Victorian & pocket doors

You are called for a fire in the oldest area of your town or response area, as you hear the address you are instantly reminded that this is a rather large somewhat run down residence that was once considered a "mansion" 100 years ago when built, you have been there many times to assist the resident with his elderly invalid mother who resides in a bedroom facing the A side.As you review the video simulation consider your thoughts:At the front porch slide as you prepare to enter with handline.A…See More
22 hours ago
Nick Martin posted a blog post

People Trapped? Don't Panic - Do Your JOB!

In general, a report of "victims trapped" should not cause any major changes in your initial operations. They may cause slight alterations - like where you take your line, which window you VES, etc.  However your plans/SOGs should already be setup assuming there are persons trapped. When added information increases the likelihood of entrapment, we should be doing what we always do - just harder and faster!Remember, all tasks work in support of each other on a fire. Abandoning one will reak…See More
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