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The Front Suction

The Option of a Front Suction

 

By: Ricky Riley

 

Being from and working in the Metro - Washington DC area for most of my life, I thought that front suctions were a standard option on all fire apparatus. Who in their right mind…

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Posted on September 29, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Getting The Job Done

Getting The Job Done

 

 

On more than one occasion, I have heard firefighters complain about SOP’s, specifically how they can’t be written for every situation and or you are putting us in a box.  This could not be further from the truth.  What we are doing, is establishing a game plan for specific incidents and the operational concerns that they pose. In recent years, dedication to getting the…

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Posted on August 13, 2015 at 2:26pm

Touching The Ground by Ricky Riley

When we talk about ladder towers, there is always the discussion of the ability of them to place their basket on the ground to do the patented sidewalk sweep. On most units especially rear mounted towers this can be a very long distance from the side of the rig. On some units they may have…

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Posted on June 22, 2015 at 1:18pm

Lieutenant Andre Kelley

 In almost every class that Traditions Training presents, we play the audio from Lancaster City, PA. of the MAYDAY by Lt. Andre Kelley of Engine 3. We use this as a training tool and to make firefighters aware of this near tragedy as it played out that fateful night. We expect…

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Posted on March 9, 2015 at 5:00pm

Quick Tips on Tower Positioning

A fire on January 19, 2015 for the Harrisburg, PA. Bureau of Fire demonstrated some excellent teaching points for Drivers or Chauffeurs of Tower Ladders. The fire in the 300 Blk. of N. Front Street involved the top floor of a four story mixed occupancy structure. The first due truck was Tower 1 from the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire, the Driver positioned the rig with a perfect spot.…

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Posted on January 20, 2015 at 8:00am

Mayday Monday - The Radio Call

In reviewing all the procedures and policies related to Mayday incidents, we have to remember the actual call itself from the trapped or lost firefighter. Does your department have a standard information set that needs to be transmitted out to the Incident Commander or the dispatch…

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Posted on October 13, 2014 at 8:32am

MAYDAY Monday

As we start the week off, lets take today to review your departments MAYDAY policies. These tasks, procedures and policies need to be practiced and reinforced through training constantly. We sometimes…

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Posted on September 29, 2014 at 10:00am

REALLY You Have Got To Be Kidding Me?

I was on the Internet this morning and saw this picture posted on Facebook. It was bad enough that someone posted it, but the number of likes was even more disturbing. I will preface the rest of this blog with that I AM A REFORMED FIREFIGHTER. I was not always Combat Ready and I used many excuses to justify to myself my…

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Posted on March 15, 2014 at 2:00pm

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Richard Riley posted a blog post

The Front Suction

The Option of a Front Suction By: Ricky Riley Being from and working in the Metro - Washington DC area for most of my life, I thought that front suctions were a standard option on all fire apparatus. Who in their right mind would not want one of these on their rig?  It makes life so much easier. But as I started to travel outside…See More
Sep 29, 2015
Richard Riley posted a blog post

Getting The Job Done

Getting The Job Done  On more than one occasion, I have heard firefighters complain about SOP’s, specifically how they can’t be written for every situation and or you are putting us in a box.  This could not be further from the truth.  What we are doing, is establishing a game plan for specific incidents and the operational concerns that they pose. In recent years, dedication to getting the job done correctly and doing so while operating within the SOP has shown me the great ingenuity and…See More
Aug 13, 2015
Richard Riley posted a blog post

Touching The Ground by Ricky Riley

When we talk about ladder towers, there is always the discussion of the ability of them to place their basket on the ground to do the patented sidewalk sweep. On most units especially rear mounted towers this can be a very long distance from the side of the rig. On some units they may have to extend out 60’ just to be able to…See More
Jun 22, 2015

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Department:
Clearwater Fire & Rescue
Title/rank:
Operations Chief
Years of public service:
27
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Topics you provide training for:
Engine Company Ops
Truck Company Ops
RIT Training (Real World not from a Book)
Incident Command
Officer Development
Hi Rise Firefighting
Garden Apartment Fires
Residential Fires
Web site:
http://www.traditionstraining.com

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