On the Hawaiian island of Oahu, thousands of people are gathering to watch what is considered to be the most prestigious surfing event in the world. The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational matches some of the top surfers on the planet with swells towering higher than many of our houses. In fact, the event does not even take place if the waves do not exceed heights of twenty feet. It is for this reason that the event has only been held nine times in last 31 years. Organizers refuse to sacrifice…Continue
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Muscle Imbalances and Injury PotentialContinue
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In a winter-time cold snap, it’s inevitable that departments will be called to respond to numerous broken water pipe incidents. Almost every firefighter in the country can find at least a handful of sprinkler-protected buildings in their response area. While we can certainly all agree as firefighters…Continue
Added by Brad French on February 10, 2016 at 8:13am — No Comments
I have written previously on Facebook - IN THESE BOOTS about the life lessons learned from athletics and how they can be applied to the Fire Service. Coaching, leadership, teamwork, selflessness, pride, failure, success, attitude, attitude and attitude all apply to success and winning in any field of endeavor.
I wrote about the journeyman pro catcher at an…Continue
Added by Warren Cersley on February 10, 2016 at 7:19am — No Comments
A riddle: What feature does almost every dwelling already have, can prevent death despite a raging fire, occupants often neglect to put into service, but which firefighters can utilize to improve conditions?
Answer: A door.
Recent fire dynamics research has lead to recommendations for dramatic changes in our approach to structure fires, with debates and arguments…Continue
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Many fire departments designate one engine company as RIC on first alarm to a building fire. This is done to ensure that the responsibility of RIC is established early in the game and takes the place of the Initial Rapid Intervention Crew (IRIC) which is the “two-out” part of two-in, two-out. The use of a first alarm engine company as a dedicated RIC is an example of the Safety Engine concept in action.
Some but not all SOPs call for the replacement of this early dedicated RIC with a…Continue
Added by Dan Miller on February 7, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments
The Sunday Preach:
‘Mind your Step’
"We must recognize the importance that staircases have in all of our operations, from pre-fire control to overhaul. We must understand their structural building components, know the materials used, their limitations, and how to prevent and overcome problems impeding our goal of going up or down the stairs. Anytime we are going up or down steps, we must be extra alert. We must also recognize and plan to utilize a secondary means of egress…Continue
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In my last post (part 3: Troubleshooting), I mentioned a the radio relay and Vehicle Repeater System (VRS). The former is a quick solution that requires personnel in dedicated positions; the latter requires a unit with VRS to arrive on-scene and activate the VRS. I will address both in this post, as they are the simplest options for fixing a tactical communications problem.…Continue
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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 Expectations
I set out my trash…Continue
Added by Grant Schwalbe on February 1, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments
You will find in various text books and firefighter skill sheets that the swing of a door should dictate how the forks of the halligan are oriented to the jamb for forcible entry. When “forcing” a door is viewed as a single step process this type of approach makes sense in that the orientation of the forks to the jamb will maximize the mechanical advantage and therefore the force delivered.…Continue
Added by Brian Brush on February 1, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
"Residential Recognition - Take off the blinders!"
"All our senses must be on alert. We must use all our five senses to gather intelligence about the bigger picture, then attempt to validate the smaller tactical pieces to make sure the outcome is what is anticipated. We must absolutely resist the temptation
to put the blinders on and run like a moth to a flame in our tactical decision making." Chapter 21, Page…
Added by Dan Shaw on January 31, 2016 at 7:36am — No Comments
A few months ago I posted an article on fireground size up titled, "Size Up's: Not just what it is, but what it was". This article is the second part on size ups. It focuses on two important factors that are not always discussed when talking about size ups. A major key to being able to perform a good size up actually begins well before the fire with taking the time to get to know your district inside out and…Continue
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Compressed Natural Gas, with a name like that, it has to be bad. Right? I was recently asked to provide some information on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) transport vehicles. Now remember, LNG differs from CNG in that it is super-cooled and…Continue
Added by Isaac Frazier on January 29, 2016 at 9:13am — No Comments
Its 3 in the afternoon you get dispatched for a working fire in a single family dwelling. You get there and find that there is a working fire in ranch style house unknown entrapment, but your next in help is still 15 minutes out, you and your crew of 3 are all you have in the meantime.…Continue
Added by Chris Willis on January 27, 2016 at 8:49pm — No Comments
Whether or not your department has or staffs a truck company, it is essential that a quick and concise search be made of the involved structure. It is this author’s opinion that there are two top priorities on the fireground of equal importance; getting the first line in place, and getting a primary search underway. Despite what any study tells you about heat and thermal behavior, the autopsy on almost every single fire victim tells us that their cause of death was smoke inhalation; an awful…Continue
Added by Zach Schleiffer on January 26, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments
This photo is actually of a poster that I saw in the middle school while on a fire alarm. These posters hang throughout the entire school. It is simple, but it says a lot. This post is simple and short. It's not a motivational speech about being a 212 degree firefighter but reminder…Continue