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The Rescue

No matter where you are in the United States, you will find a unit called the “Rescue.” The job, duties, and capabilities of this unit are typically determined by region. For the purposes of this article today, I am referring to the “Heavy Rescue” or “Squad” that some regions may term this team, still unsure what I’m talking about? Google: FDNY Rescue 1.

I believe strongly in the concept of the rescue truck. Some notes about the rescue that should be clear before you read…

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Added by Zach Schleiffer on November 24, 2014 at 3:02pm — 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 79th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Marshall Samir P. "Sam" Ashmar 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 Upper Macungie Township Station 56, Inc. …

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 24, 2014 at 2:18pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 78th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter James Foote 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 Summit Fire Department. …



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Added by Brad Hoff on November 24, 2014 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Returning the Investment

Return on Investment. A relatively simple business principle that says "by giving us your money, we will make you MORE money." One may question, "how does this apply to the fire service? We don't make money for the tax payers." In short, yes you are correct but we are a totally different type of…

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Added by Ian Schulte on November 21, 2014 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Oriented Vent, Enter, Isolate, Search is a viable option given today's fire environment and heat release data

It appears and rightfully so, that there is an increase in "chatter" about the utilization on the fire ground for VEIS (Vent, ,Enter, Isolate, and Search) training. A few years back I wrote an article for Fire Engineering on utilizing what some call the 'Oriented Man" V.E.I.S. this tactic utilizes two members one with a thermal imager to conduct the operation. the two member approach in my opinion helps calm any naysayers who state that this tactic is far too danger and is only for the "big…

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Added by Joseph Pronesti on November 21, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Risk for Ground Ladder Rescues at Multi-Family Dwellings

On January 16th 2007, at 0047 hours Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) was dispatched to a reported fire in an apartment building. Three minutes later, the first district chief arrived and immediately requested a second and third alarm when dozens of occupants were observed at windows and balconies (Royal,…

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Added by Brian Brush on November 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

ISFSI Press Release on Principles of Modern Fire Attack - SLICE-RS

Here's a press release from the ISFSI on their Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program.  It includes some tactical clarifications that might help some out.  

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Leigh Hubbard, Executive Director ISFSI

804-435-0005 Ext 14

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Update on…

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Added by Eddie Buchanan on November 21, 2014 at 9:28am — No Comments

Fire First Mindset

Fire First Mindset…

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Added by Josh Chase on November 20, 2014 at 9:30pm — 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 77th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter/Driver Operator & Paramedic Alejandro Castro 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 Brownsville Fire Department. …



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Added by Brad Hoff on November 20, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Brotherly Advice for the Soul

Brotherly Advice for the Soul

So you just took that fire chief job in a new department or maybe you just got promoted and moved across town on a…

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Added by David Rhodes on November 19, 2014 at 7:45pm — No Comments

The Engine Company and the Power of One, Pt. 1

          In any department, volunteer or career, large fires in large buildings eventually bring lots of resources. However, in every one of those fires a single crew, usually an engine company arrived first. Often times the ability of this first arriving crew to make an attack with forward progress on the fire is downplayed, because it is alone against a much larger enemy. What can it realistically do?…

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Added by Chris Langlois on November 19, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Vacant Multi-family

This fire occurs in a vacant wood frame building.  It was originally built (1920’s or 30’s) as a multi-family dwelling and has been renovated several times over the years. 

The building is located in an old section of your community where blight and deterioration has overtaken the area.  There are many homeless people in the area and drugs and prostitution is prevalent.  

Your company is approaching and awaiting assignment. First on-scene crews are…

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Added by Skip Coleman on November 19, 2014 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

The Facts on SLICE-RS

Lot's of discussion/conflict on the SLICE-RS concept, which I think is great. Conflict/discussion is a necessary indicator of change. Without it, everything remains the same. Although, some of the who-ha is inaccurate. Not picking on this guy. It just happens to be the example of the day. A few facts that might be helpful: 

1) Rescue remains the highest priority of the fire department. We're every bit as aggressive on rescue as ever; I'd argue more aggressive and more e…

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Added by Eddie Buchanan on November 19, 2014 at 8:40am — No Comments

Who Looks After The Victims?

If you are changing the mission you better let the citizens know – Captain Dave LeBlanc

 

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So with all the discussion going on about SLICE-RS there is a lot of concern from firefighters about such a dramatic shift in our priorities. While SLICERS doesn’t say rescue isn’t a priority, it moves it from…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 18, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Extrication "Quick Tip" #22 (TIME TO RECLINE)

On many extended extrications access to the patient is obviously very limited. One often-overlooked method is using the seatback to facilitate much needed access to the patient. This technique is completed via…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on November 18, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments

“ACCOMPLISHMENTS BEFORE PINNING”

It’s not just in the fire service: It’s everywhere! We visit fire stations, talk to those around the country, and read about them every day. “This guy has a lot to offer” “She’s going to turn this department around” “He has 3 college degrees”.

I can remember working for a chief who was in the right place at the right time, but couldn't talk tactics with the…

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Added by Jeremy Rebok on November 17, 2014 at 6:08pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 76th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Ex-Captain Richard Weisse Sr. 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 St. James Fire District.



Richard Weisse,…

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 17, 2014 at 2:01pm — 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 75th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Christopher Hunter 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 Cinnaminson Fire Department.



Christopher J.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 17, 2014 at 1:45pm — No Comments

WITCHCRAFT SCIENCE



Well, you know which side of the isle I sit on. Below are some excellent links that further explain the science, research, and applied tactical aspects of the flow path study and SLICE-RS.…





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Added by Paul Combs on November 17, 2014 at 12:46pm — 1 Comment

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 74th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant James Bethea 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 Baltimore City Fire Department.



James…

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Added by Brad Hoff on November 17, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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