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Jul 13, 2016
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Apr 10, 2016
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Words Matter

In our world decisions are made in a split second.  In our world victims in a house fire have minutes not ‘tens of minutes’.  In our world first reports are often wrong.  In our world, words said over the radio have an effect on operations.  Those words can mean the difference between an aggressive interior…See More
Feb 15, 2016
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If Not Us, Then Who?

The public has a set of expectations when they call the fire department. They expect that we will: 1) Save anyone that is inside 2) Put the fire out. Many departments (including mine) give awards for saves and great stops on fires.  I’m all for awards and unit citations, but if you really think about it, we are giving awards for meeting the expectations of the public.  Does any other job do that? Speaking of ExpectationsI set out my trash every Wednesday.  I expect that by the end of the day…See More
Feb 1, 2016
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Searching Tenable Space

There has been a great push for both firefighters and civilians to understand the concept of “closing the door”.  To them (civilians) it means that they are safer in the event of a fire in the home.  To us, it means tenable space and a greater potential for a save, even in a well -involved building. What if we find a victim in the bedroom?  How are do you plan to take them out?  We are creatures of habit, which means we are likely to go out the same way we came in.  If we take that civilian…See More
Nov 27, 2015
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Fire Ground Decision Making-First Solution Vs Optimal Solution

As first responders we are tasked with arriving on the scene of some sort of emergency or problem and being responsible to come up with a solution.  Whether it’s a fire, EMS call, entrapment or water emergency our success is largely determined by how fast we can decide what needs to be done, get the resources and execute the plan.   Colonel John Boyd refers this process as the OODA Loop.  The OODA Loop is made up of 4 parts: Observe, Orient, Decide and Act.  The faster we do this the more…See More
Aug 10, 2015
Grant Schwalbe posted a blog post

Fire Ground Decision Making-First Solution Vs Optimal Solution

As first responders we are tasked with arriving on the scene of some sort of emergency or problem and being responsible to come up with a solution.  Whether it’s a fire, EMS call, entrapment or water emergency our success is largely determined by how fast we can decide what needs to be done, get the resources and execute the plan.   Colonel John Boyd refers this process as the OODA Loop.  The OODA Loop is made up of 4 parts: Observe, Orient, Decide and Act.  The faster we do this the more…See More
Jul 24, 2015

Profile Information

Lives in:
Fort Myers, FL
Department:
Estero Fire Rescue
Title/rank:
LT/Medic
Years of public service:
20
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
Firefighter 2, Paramedic, Fire Officer 2, Fire Instructor 3, Live Fire Training Instructor, Fire Inspector
Topics you provide training for:
Search, Engine Company Ops, FF Survival, RIT, Tactics, Incident Command and Company Officer Development.
Bio:
Grant Schwalbe has been a firefighter since 1994. He began his career in Northwest Ohio and has been with Estero Fire Rescue (Fort Myers, FL) since 2003 as a Lieutenant/Paramedic on Engine 43. He is an Instructor for When Things Go Bad, Inc. and Fort Myers Fire Academy. Grant has taught at The Orlando Fire Conference, Wichita HOT, Ft Lauderdale Fire Expo and Fire Rescue East. He is the lead instructor for the 2017 FDIC HOT class Residential Primary Search: Making the Grab. He is a regular contributor to Fire Engineering Training Community and has been published in Fire Engineering Magazine. His areas of passion include Search, Engine Company Ops, Firefighter Survival, and RIT. Grant is a FL Instructor 3 and has an Associate’s degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

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Firefighter CPR-A Different Perspective

Giving full credit to Leland FD for first showing us an option for Firefighter CPR.  As with anything we see online, on FB or in a video, we study it, try it out and see how it fits into our department, staffing and circumstances.  That being said, three things stood out to us as we trained on Firefighter CPR.  The compression guy was always in the way, We may not have 3 people available initially and perhaps most important is that we…

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Posted on February 10, 2017 at 12:30pm

Attack or Search?

Imagine you are dispatched to a motor vehicle collision and when you arrive you see a driver unconscious with trauma to the neck and upper extremities bleeding profusely.  Without quick action he is sure to die.  But there are power lines on the car.  What comes first?  Deal with the power lines…

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Posted on December 21, 2016 at 9:20am

Civilian Victim Removal

When training on search, victim removal often gets very little attention.  Victims are most often found in one of two places:  a path of egress or in a bedroom. Logically, if the victim were 5-10 feet inside the front door, we would simply drag him/her out quickly.  But if the victim is found in a bedroom behind a closed door we must be careful not to do additional harm to this victim.  We say it often on our classes, “If you crawl through a smoky, hot hallway and open up a bedroom door and…

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Posted on July 13, 2016 at 6:30am

Modified FDNY High Rise Load

Over the past 2 years my department has re-evaluated our high-rise setups.  In doing such we moved away from carrying 50’ of 2.5” hose, a gate-wye and 100’ of 1.75” hose to carrying 4 bundles of 2” hose.  Because we changed the hose configuration we also re-evaluated how we bundled it.

 

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FDNY Load-Fit well in our compartments, deployed great, wanted a way to carry it over shoulder or bottle rather than on shoulder.

Denver Load-didn’t fit well in…

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Posted on April 10, 2016 at 7:03am

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