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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 25th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Inmate Raymond Araujo has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with CAL FIRE.



Raymond Araujo…





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Added by Brad Hoff on April 17, 2015 at 1:12pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 24th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Steven Ackerman has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Valley Springs Fire & Rescue.





Steven…

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Added by Brad Hoff on April 17, 2015 at 1:06pm — No Comments

PEARLY GATES DEFENSE

It's that time of year again. Time to greet old friends, meet new ones, learn from the best instructors on the planet, and see what new innovations the fire industry has to offer. Yep, it's FDIC time!



I look forward to this week all year and can't wait to get the show rolling.



However,…

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Added by Paul Combs on April 17, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Journal Entry 36 – Until We Meet Again

As most of you know by now, our friend and major contributor to the American Fire Service has left us. Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines (retired Chief from Fairfax County,VA) passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

 I met Glenn when he was still active in Fairfax. He and Burt Phelps were my instructors when I took my first 6 day class at the National Fire Academy 25 years…

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Added by RON KANTERMAN on April 16, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Lost Art of Advance - Protect - Attack

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Added by Erik Wood on April 14, 2015 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Challenge Traditions

              I was watching an Agricultural show the other morning and they were talking about the severe drought that California farmers are facing.  A farmer who was interviewed stated that California is saying they have to limit their water usage but still expect the same output of crop and payment of bills that come along with it.  After the interview, the host of the show said something that I found very interesting and fitting into our world.  He said: If the California…

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Added by Mike Alt on April 14, 2015 at 6:19pm — No Comments

The "Main Street Hybrid"

Just as the car industry has reinvented itself with the “Hybrid” vehicle, today’s Main Streets have…

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Added by Joseph Pronesti on April 14, 2015 at 10:27am — No Comments

Let Us Remember to Thank Our Mentors

Let Us Remember to Thank Our Mentors

Joseph Kitchen, Bath Twp. Fire Department (Lima, Ohio)

            As we progress through our careers in the fire service, we meet many amazing people. Instructors, company officers,…

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Added by Joseph Kitchen on April 14, 2015 at 9:10am — No Comments

5 Reasons to Eat Bacon in the Firehouse…

Before you go Hog wild (sorry, had to say it) on bacon please read the following disclaimer.  Let me state up front that saying bacon is “healthy” does not mean it’s healthy to eat it in huge quantities nor does it mean it’s healthy to eat large amounts seven days a week. Try to stick to small servings, blot extra bacon grease off to lower fat intake, and avoid adding extra salt or other high sodium seasonings.  I suggest to consume only 2 or 3 slices and only once a week.  Also,…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 13, 2015 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #31 (Operating with THREE-PART 3-SQD FF)

  Well, we have made it to part 3 of our series. This installment covers the responsibilities and roles of the Squad Firefighter. I hope that over the last few weeks you have picked up some valuable information that is applicable into your department. If you didn't have a chance to go through part 1 & 2 of this series…
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Added by Isaac Frazier on April 13, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Know Your Ladders!!

Know Your Ladder Lengths/Heights!!!

We always use the scenario that in 0300 hours we need to perform like it is 1100 hours.  We try to promote muscle memory but sometimes I think we tend to lack on the mind part of the memory.  Firefighters perform the skill efficiently for each task…

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Added by Lou Comenale on April 12, 2015 at 11:58am — No Comments

The NY Load

The NY Load is a simple high rise pack that is quick to make, easily deployed, and accommodates larger diameter attack lines such as the 2.5″ that many departments use standard on their high rise packs. Multiple lengths can be connected without have to flake the load (which is helpful in a crowded stair well) and it leaves both couplings in the same spot, at the easy grasp of the firefighter building or deploying. High rise operations are not the time for complexity, you need water on the…

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Added by Zach Schleiffer on April 11, 2015 at 11:44pm — No Comments

ELECTRIC LEADERS ( + or - )

ELECTRIC LEADERS (+ or -)

 

While speaking in beautiful Wisconsin, I began the leadership segment by introducing myself as Bo Ryan, the very successful and beloved basketball coach at UW. I talked to the class (imaginary prospective UW basketball players) about what would be expected of them IF they wished to be…

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Added by Warren Cersley on April 9, 2015 at 4:15pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 23rd Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Police Captain John J. Doster has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man.



John was reported to be the oldest living Active Volunteer Firefighter in the United States. His career as a volunteer included being the past chief, past president and lifetime member of the Edgely Fire Company #10 and…

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Added by Brad Hoff on April 9, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FDIC 2015 - Attendance Mandatory

FDIC, April 20 – 25, 2015, is the week to get your firefighter on and become refreshed and rejuvenated in our profession shared with 35 thousand other like minded firefighters. FDIC is the oldest and world renowned firefighter’s conference held in Indianapolis who has opened their arms wide to welcome firefighters from all over the United States and numerous foreign countries.

For you who have been there, you know it…

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Added by John K. Murphy on April 7, 2015 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Mind the Hose!

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…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 7, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #30 (Operating with THREE-PART 2-SQD Driver)

The "Quick Tip" this week is part 2 of a 3 part series. We will be covering one of the most important and often unappreciated extrication scene positions-SQD Driver. More often than not, this position will make or break the scenes efficiency. From insuring the safe travel, to anticipating the needs, this position will be working until the situation is under…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on April 6, 2015 at 8:52am — No Comments

Spring has sprung...

The Sunday Preach

"SPRING HAS SPRUNG"

Spring is about re-emergence, starting a new. "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." Maria Robinson.

S - 'Safe' defined is 'free from harm,' fires... most often are not

P - Preparation is a key step to create the "Combat Ready You"

R - React quickly to changes in your fire environment

I - Involve everyone in training, for in battle they will all be with…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on April 5, 2015 at 10:32am — No Comments

Marina and Vessel Fires

In this article we’re going to look at marina and vessel fires. These fires, without proper pre-planning and training, can be very taxing on your crews and department. They can, and will, quickly go from a single alarm incident to a multi-alarm incident if you aren’t prepared. We will look at the proper response requirements necessary for an alarm of this type, water supply, hose lays, personal protective equipment, scene hazards, whether or not to use foam, and strategy and tactics.…

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Added by Chad Menard on April 5, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

"VEIS is for second floor windows only"

Sometimes as an instructor you will struggle to find the right way to answer an attendee without embarrassing him or her. Recently, while lecturing at a seminar I was told the vent, enter, isolate, search tactic (VEIS) is for second floor windows only. I asked the attendee to explain why he felt that way. His reply was more mind boggling then his original statement. "We only train for VEIS for second floor windows"!



This was a valuable lesson for me as an instructor. If I engaged…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on April 2, 2015 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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