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The Scene Size-Up, Is It Really That Big of a Deal?

       The scene size-up is the most important thing the first due officer can do. In my class I have a large section based solely on the scene size-up and the things that go into establishing one correctly. It needs to be accurate. It needs to be complete. It sets the tone for the rest of the incident and should be based off of Life Safety, Incident Stabilization, and Property Conservation. If we do not get this done then the strategic and tactical goals of the incident may not be what they…

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Added by Chad Menard on March 2, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Sunday Preach

"One Armed Bandit..."

"The invention of the remote microphone with incorporated speakers dramatically helped firefighters hear fireground audio...If your radio requires you to hold it in your hands and then put up to your ear to listen and to your mouth to transmit, is that really an effective use of your hands? Older style handheld radios might work for the chief in the street...but it is absolutely going to slow down every operation that you…

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Added by Dan Shaw on March 2, 2015 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Parapet Practices

The back of a commercial occupancy typically provides the best roof access for aerial ladders. Less customer parking (obstruction), fewer windows and doors to work around and parapet walls are not as common. Most commercial signage and aesthetic architecture is in the front of the structure allowing for simple access…

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Added by Brian Brush on March 2, 2015 at 9:55am — No Comments

Engine House Training Podcast--Tips for Promotion

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Episode 004

In this episode of the Engine House Training Podcast, Co-Owner and Lead Instructor Jason Hoevelmann discusses five critical things that you must be doing to prepare for a future promotion. Jason…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 2, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

"The One Armed Bandit"

The Sunday Preach:

"One Armed Bandit..."

"The invention of the remote microphone with incorporated speakers dramatically helped firefighters hear fireground audio...If your radio requires you to hold it in your hands and then put up to your ear to listen and to your mouth to transmit, is that really an effective use of your hands? Older style handheld radios might work for the chief in the street...but it is absolutely going to slow down every operation that you…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on March 1, 2015 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Curbing Carcinogens, For Our Own

Being in the fire service, it is inevitable that you will be subjected to grief, loss, and a world of other assorted emotions. It is also likely that in addition to the suffering you will see in the field, you will also experience the same range of emotions from your co-workers.

In the firehouse I work out of, we operate with a small roster of 26 officers and firefighters that share the workload of three (3) separate shifts. Regardless of your time in service or the shift you work, it…

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Added by AB Turenne on March 1, 2015 at 3:30pm — 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 14th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Edward Roddy 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 Somerset Volunteer Fire Department.



Edward…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 27, 2015 at 4:55pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 13th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Dwight W. Bazile 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 Houston Fire Department.



Dwight W.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 27, 2015 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Leadership Pitfalls on Fire Engineering Radio

PRE-SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT - Tonight on Fire Engineering Radio Join the Tap the…

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Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on February 27, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Old Dog, New Tricks

Many departments across the country have a in-house maze for SCBA Confidence training.  These mazes are great for instilling confidence for the brand new fire fighter and maintaining proficiencies for the 20 year veteran.  The issue that I have heard not just in my own department but departments across the county in which I reside is, “I can do this maze in my sleep” statement.  A lot of mazes are constructed modular so different paths can be taken; the maze will also be slightly different…

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Added by Lou Comenale on February 26, 2015 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Measure

By Mark vonAppen…

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Added by Mark vonAppen on February 26, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Of Falsehoods and Agendas on Backstep Firefighter

Challenge what you read.    Dave LeBlanc

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Editor’s Note: The Facebook page below has corrected their post and attribute the error to incorrect second-hand information. The fire department PIO reported that there was no bailout and no firefighter injuries.

Every…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on February 26, 2015 at 2:13pm — No Comments

The Undeniable Truth

                                                                                                                 

My friends at Tailboard Training published a new blog post recently. It’s called Ultrahazardous. Everyone in the fire service should read this short piece…everyone from the department chief to the newest rookie, to every person even considering the pursuit…

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Added by Dan Kerrigan on February 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Way We Judge

Working in the fire service has taught me many things. I learned how to become a solid firefighter, a decent cook and learned how to grow tough skin. The one thing I see that many firefighters do is judge others. That is what the fire service is about. From the day you start in rookie school you look around and judge the other candidates. After you get some years under you, you start to judge the other firefighters around you. “He is jam up,” “What was she thinking?” or “That crew is lazy,”…

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Added by Cory Crosbie on February 25, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

It's More Than Just a Seat

Just like any other position on the fire apparatus, responsibility and owning your position play a major part in the outcome of the incident or training scenario. We are seeing more and more younger fireman being promoted to the front seat rider as well as…

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Added by Jeremy Rebok on February 25, 2015 at 10:18am — No Comments

New Guys and High Expectations

 

 

As I am sitting here at my desk after finishing up daily round of paperwork, daily tour log and browsing the interwebs to kill some time, I sit here and ponder…

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Added by Ian Schulte on February 22, 2015 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Believe...

The Sunday Preach



WE BELIEVE...



"Take a good look inside. Why are you here?" pg. 5



We Believe:



~ Like minded individuals enjoy each others company. As such, they often form formal or informal teams.

~Individuals join the team with a series of their own 'similar' yet 'different' personal skill sets.

~Teams need leaders and mentors and coaches and support to recognize and pair the…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 22, 2015 at 8:13pm — No Comments

Saving Our Own.....Are Your RIT Operations Correct and In Place?

       If you’ve been in the fire service for any length of time you should have heard the mnemonics RIT, RIC, or FAST mentioned in formal class trainings, local firehouse trainings, or through self-study. Although those three mnemonics are all different, this doesn’t change the fact that they all carry the same purpose and that’s rescuing one of our own if the need arises. They stand for Rapid Intervention Team (RIT), Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC), and Firefighter Assist and Search Team…

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Added by Chad Menard on February 22, 2015 at 9:53am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 12th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Randy Hiti 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 Rice Lake Fire Department.



Randy Hiti…



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Added by Brad Hoff on February 20, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 11th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Sergeant Kenneth M. Stanton 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 Sandy Springs Fire Department.





Kenneth M.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 20, 2015 at 2:53pm — No Comments

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