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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 19th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon 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 Cincinnati Fire Department.



Daryl…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 26, 2015 at 6:10pm — No Comments

Firefighter Health and Wellness: Success Stories and More



A short while back, I posted a blog called…

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Added by Dan Kerrigan on March 26, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Building the Modified Low Prop for Bailout

By popular demand we have made the build plans and photos from the updated bailout prop (originally create by Dale J. Pekel) available for you to download and share. Be sure to visit our websitewww.enginehousetrianing.com and join our email list for more great content like this. Click here for the .pdf file--->…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 26, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Have We Tipped the Scales?

 

Have We Tipped The Scales? Risk Management vs Risk Avoidance

Edited version of a fb post by my friend Chris Wessels:…

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Added by David Rhodes on March 25, 2015 at 10:19am — No Comments

The Benefits of the Low Prop in Firefighter Bailout Training

We have the distinct honor and pleasure to offer our Firefighter Bailout class at FDIC 2015 this year as one of the HOT classes.  We feel, like most, that we should train and drill constantly on the basics like engine company operations, search, ventilation, fire behavior, ladder work, forcible and the list goes on, to prevent the need for a firefighter to have to exit an…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 24, 2015 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #28 (COMPRESSION CUT)

During extrication courses, I commonly see students struggle with posts/pillars that are slightly larger than what can be severed with a single cut. This can be due to post thickness, width, or various trim pieces in the way. One often-overlooked method that works very well is a style of compression cut. As shown below, the post in the picture is just outside…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on March 23, 2015 at 9:12am — No Comments

FDIC International 2015 - The Bridge Between Research and Tactics

The fire service is evolving everyday and this couldn’t be more evident in a recent illustration by Brother Paul Combs. This past month’s illustration gives us insight on the necessity to understand, study and learn more about fire behavior.

The fire and the building its within is our enemy and we must know as much as possible about…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on March 22, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Firefighter Residency Requirements

Does your department require you to live within the boundaries of your city, municipality or community in order for you to keep your job or to be eligible to be hired?

These rules are called RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS affecting public safety officers and certain critical staff to live in or close to the community where they work.

Generally, residency requirements have…

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Added by John K. Murphy on March 22, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Company Officer Training 101: Fair vs. Consistent

Fair vs. Consistent.

Example 1: It’s 0703 and Bob is walking into the engine bay. He called you about 15 minutes prior to shift change and told you he was going to be a little late, he had a flat tire about 5 miles down the road. You asked if he needed help and he stated no, he was already in the process of putting the spare tire on and wouldn’t take him but 10-15 minutes. You said “Ok, see you in a few.”

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Added by Chad Menard on March 22, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 17th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department Billy R. Jarvis 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 Allen Fire Department.



Billy R.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 21, 2015 at 1:50pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 18th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter John Shoup 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 Ashland Volunteer Fire Department.

John L.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 21, 2015 at 1:30pm — 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 16th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Forestry Fire Pilot Jerold "Jerry" Bonner 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 and the Alma Helitack Base in Santa Clara County.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on March 21, 2015 at 1:27pm — No Comments

MOVIE MAGIC MENTALITY



There is absolutely no substitute for continued training, study, and self-improvement - especially in these days of fewer and fewer fires. Experience alone is not enough - open a book, read a trade journal, or better yet, get to the drill grounds and train.

Just because you think you know, doesn't…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 21, 2015 at 9:50am — No Comments

MOVIE MAGIC MENTALITY





There is absolutely no substitute for continued training, study, and self-improvement - especially in these days of fewer and fewer fires. Experience alone is not enough - open a book, read a trade journal, or better yet, get to the drill grounds and train.

Just because you think you…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 20, 2015 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Duct system fires pose real challenges

A fire in ventilation ductwork last week resulted in the evacuation of an automotive manufacturing plant in Michigan. Crews spent nearly two hours isolating the fire within some very large ducts used in the manufacturing process.

Ventilation ducts are used in many facilities, whether for dust extraction, material handling, or air quality management. In every case, fires within ductwork present several concerns for firefighters. Here are just a few…

  • Ductwork circulates…
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Added by Ben Peetz on March 20, 2015 at 7:24am — No Comments

A New Way to Pop-Flip in the Firehouse

The fire service is filled with many great traditions, some good and some not.  One of the fun things that happens in a lot of firehouses is the "pop-flip" for a round of sodas.   Unfortunately, sodas are a huge reason we are staying unhealthy- they have a ton of chemicals and sugars that pack on extra bodyfat.  Don't believe me?  Keep reading.

Drink Diet Soda?…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 19, 2015 at 8:54pm — No Comments

1/250th Of A Second

A photograph is a technological wonder, a moment in time captured, frozen and recorded so that it can be viewed again and again. A viewable memory.

 

To me this is one of society’s most amazing accomplishments. The advent of this capability has lead to countless advances in everything known to man.

 

For example, movies and video. The rapid capture of many photographs then played back in series to imply movement and action.

 

It’s incredible to think…

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Added by Brian Bastinelli on March 19, 2015 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Knowing Your Limitations

Fictitious San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan coined a profound statement in the 1973 movie Magnum Force. His famous quote, growled from the throat, A man’s GOT to know his limitations has stuck with me since the first time I heard it.

In today’s fire service we should heed the Inspectors words while engaged in our daily effort to survive and defeat the Red Devil. All members of a company…

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Added by Jeremy Rebok on March 19, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments

Four Simple Rules for the Company Officer

I talk a great deal about the role of the company officers and how they influence the members of your department.  When teaching officer development we hit hard on setting and establishing expectations and ensuring that there is follow-through with those expectations.  I was recently asked about expectations for my company officers.  They aren't too different from what I expected from my crew members when I was a company officer.

 
When I sit down with my crew and…
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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 18, 2015 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment

Hump Day SOS - Prevent RIT

This is one of those Hump Day SOS's that I still get an occasional email about. I've even seen it show up in a few folks presentations. This will make the 3rd time sending it out but sometimes things just need to be repeated for new members following the blog that…

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Added by David Rhodes on March 18, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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