In my years as a younger firefighter, both as a volunteer and during my career training, it was driven home that we enter building fires with a low profile. More specifically on our hands and knees. I was never going to question my instructors, the books or the more veteran firefighters that mentored me. However, the more fires I got to fight, the more I started to…Continue
Posted on November 23, 2015 at 9:00pm
When speaking of public servants like firefighters, police officers and our military, courage is a word that many use to describe our actions. After all we are running in when others are running out. If you were to ask a firefighter about the courage it takes to run into a burning building, odds are that they will tell you that they don't feel courageous at…Continue
Posted on October 28, 2015 at 2:23pm
With all of the debate about exterior versus interior, I wanted to share a video that I use in many of the tactical classes that I teach and offer a few observations. First, this is a video that is used for learning, not to critique the methods or tactics that were or were not deployed during this fire. Second, we were not there and do not know all of the circumstances surrounding why they made their decisions.
Overall, I think they did a pretty good job in the end.
Posted on September 9, 2015 at 11:43am — 1 Comment
I was lucky to have some great officers and leaders influence my career path in the fire service, and in life. They were always offering sound advice and sharing their experiences. Some I heeded right away and others I had to learn the hard way. Either way, their words and actions provided me a template to use to work to be a good firefighter and, later on, officer.
Now I have the opportunity to pass along the valuable bits of information that was passed to me along with my own…Continue
Posted on June 2, 2015 at 2:32pm
Stretching an attack line dry is a tactic for a set of very specific situations. A couple that come to mind are exterior stairwells, protected interior stairwells, and for tenable halls/corridors from a protected stairwell. With all of these, somebody must be assigned to mind the hose before it's charged and it must be laid out correctly in the stair well. In the photos below, you'll notice the hose on the 'inside' of the stairwell; it should be on the outside. Folds of hose can slip down…Continue
Posted on April 7, 2015 at 9:00am