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Know your Buildings

As you're preparing for the night tour, think about taking advantage of some quality drill time; identify a building, any building and if both time and policy allow hit the streets with your company and spend time looking over the building, it's features, construction, hazards, risks and operational considerations. Remember night and day OPS have dramatically different risks and operational challenges. Discuss tactical options in the street and then table talk some scenarios back in quarters.… Continue

Added by Christopher Naum, SFPE on August 21, 2016 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Tallest Hybrid Mass Timber Building Underconstruction in BC

Tallest Hybrid Mass Timber Building Brock Commons Phase 1

Vancouver, British Columbia University of British Columbia Point Grey campus

One of the tallest mass timber buildings in the world is under construction at the University of British…

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Added by Christopher Naum, SFPE on August 21, 2016 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Lead by Example

If you go back in time, especially with Fire Engineering, you’ll most likely find hundreds of articles on leadership. And you’ll find hundreds more on firefighter safety, both on the training ground and on the fireground. Many great fire service leaders who have gone before us and the ones who are among us still today, have most likely told the many of us to “lead by example”. It’s a simple message that carries with it so many lessons that young and inexperienced firefighters can place in…

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Added by Andy Marsh on August 20, 2016 at 11:27am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: MT

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 52nd Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Interagency Lolo Hotshot Crew member Justin Beebe has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the United States Forest Service Interagency Hotshot Crews.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on August 19, 2016 at 6:51pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NJ

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 51st Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & former Assistant Chief and current Safety Officer Paul Price, Sr. and retired Deputy Fire Chief with the Camden City Fire Department has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Audubon Fire Department & Camden… Continue

Added by Brad Hoff on August 19, 2016 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Sources of Power

In my latest book, Barn Boss Leadership, which released this month. I discuss an individual’s sources of power. We typically think of stripes and bugles as indicating power within the fire department organization, especially in the fire service and military. However, there are several sources of power which do not fall into the “Legitimate” source of power category. Legitimate Power comes directly from stripes and bugles, however, this is not the most influential source of power. The United…

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Added by Brian Ward "FireServiceSLT" on August 19, 2016 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Learning about Ultra High Strength Steels

Consumer Drawings…

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Added by Michael Smith on August 18, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Be Selfish with your Personal Fitness

Be Selfish with your Personal Fitness

The Olympics are here, and most of us have been watching our American athletes as they perform to the best of their ability. We sit mesmerized watching these athletes compete against the best from other countries. These athletes are the elite of the elite, and they are amazing to watch. We cheer at successes and cringe at defeat right…

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Added by The First Twenty on August 17, 2016 at 8:39pm — No Comments

BROTHERHOOD BURNING

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

― Socrates



Apparently Socrates was a man of vision to foresee civility's death by the social media firing squad! We have forgotten how to have a disagreement in this country (and perhaps globally) and how…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 17, 2016 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Extrication "QUICK TIP" #57 (DOES SIZE MATTER?)

When it comes to extrication tools, everyone has their personal preferences. Having the opportunity to travel the country teaching, I have had the opportunity to use most the tools out there at one time or another. This weeks “Quick Tip” will cover my personal opinion on the…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on August 17, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Recycle, Re-Use, and Rescue

With the plethora of tools and equipment available in the fire service, it’s safe to say that there is a tool for every need.…

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Added by AB Turenne on August 16, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

MFA #34: Life Safety or Life Saving? - Compatible goals

In an example of how far the arguments against the MFA approach have devolved, we now find ourselves facing critics within the fire service who complain that our tactics have become too safe!  More specifically, they contend that the focus has been taken away from rescuing victims and protecting property to instead maintaining our own safety.  Having been an outspoken advocate of these principles for over…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on August 15, 2016 at 7:05am — 2 Comments

I'm Responsible

     Its easy to pass the buck.  Many in our society deflect responsibility as often as possible to avoid having to answer directly for their actions, or lack thereof.  In the fire service passing the buck can be game with deadly consequences.  When we assume any role in the fire service we must be prepared to shoulder the responsibilities associated with our job.  These responsibilities involve obligations to ourselves, our families, our subordinates and superiors, our organization, the…

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Added by David DeStefano on August 13, 2016 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS Training a Different Generation

Training a Different Generation

By David Rhodes 

From the August 2016 Issue of …

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Added by David Rhodes on August 10, 2016 at 8:37am — 1 Comment

Passive CO Meters

Here on the east coast, soon we will be entering the colder months. As the cold settles in the furnaces will come on, and with this comes potential carbon monoxide (CO) issues. When a 911 call comes in for a CO alarm in my county a unit that carries a 4 gas meter is dispatched. There are times that a call comes in for a sick person and only an ambulance is dispatched. Fortunately all our units have passive CO meters on their EMS bags. These small meters are always on and will alert when…

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Added by David Polikoff on August 9, 2016 at 8:22am — No Comments

Hoarding Conditions - "Outside the Box" Size-Up

Every time your company hits the street whether it's for a fire call, ems run, or training opportunities almost always present themselves to identify potential hazards in your area. This is especially true for hoarding conditions. As discussed in the previous post many size-up indicators of hoarding conditions can be easily found especially with contents that seem to "flow" from the structure. However no two scenes are ever the same, especially in differing urban and suburban environments,…

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Added by Will Heiney on August 7, 2016 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Take the Lap...

Chapter 12: 360-Degree Check
 
On the heels of last Sunday’s preach “Basement Fires”… the 360 is an excellent tool that can be used to identify topographical changes, building features, fire and smoke conditions, identify possible victim locations and solidify the operating plan of the arriving companies. Look at “6” sides of the fire. The 6 sides being:…
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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on August 7, 2016 at 11:06am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: CA

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 50th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Dozer Operator Robert Oliver Reagan III has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the CAL FIRE.



Robert Oliver Reagan…

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 6, 2016 at 10:36pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: KS

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 49th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Michael Lee Schultz has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Hoyt Rural Fire District #3.



Michael Lee…

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 6, 2016 at 10:33pm — No Comments

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