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Extrication "Quick Tip" 15 (CROSSRAMMIN')

Many times there are situations in which the "chosen ones"-the spreader and cutter are not the best option for freeing a heavily trapped patient. When faced with heavy side intrusion, we need to consider cross ramming. It is incredibly beneficial when the side causing entrapment is…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on September 2, 2014 at 8:35am — No Comments

Be Prepared

The Boy Scout motto is, "Be Prepared".  We admire the people who seemingly can show up and simply figure things out on the fly.  It simply isn't true.  If hope and luck are what you operate on, you are asking for trouble.  Eventually the clock will…

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Added by Mark vonAppen on September 1, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Why do you train in extrication?

One of my favorite benefits of the Internet is the ability to communicate with extrication trainers from around the world.  So I asked several extrication trainers a simple question. In one to two sentences, why do you train in extrication?

Jorg Heck

It simply doesn't work efficiently without training...

Randy Schmitz

Well in a nut shell I think the removal of a patient trapped in the wreckage of an automobile or other…

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Added by Michael Smith on September 1, 2014 at 4:03pm — No Comments

B-Pillar Cut Quick Tip

Here's a quick tip on avoiding problems making a cut at the top of the B-Pillar.  The seatbelt height adjuster is another reason that you should always peel off the interior trim prior to making a cut.

The seat belt height adjuster can be found on the B-pillar and…

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Added by Michael Smith on August 31, 2014 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Free Webcast from FDIC: Applying Science Without Abandoning Aggressive Tactics

Take a look and let me know your thoughts?

A tactics class, not a data class! This program reconciles the new science with proven tactics to keep your members safe. Tactical implications with lessons learned from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, UL, and Yale studies without losing our identity are covered, as are command, size-up, fire attack, ventilation, and search. This new understanding is not as scary as it seems. What is considered new is based off tactical…

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Added by Frank Ricci on August 31, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

BOOTS AND MARGARITAS

Here's a little end of Summer silliness. Enjoy our last few days of warmth, brothers and sisters - snow is just around the corner.





Take care, stay safe, and always make a difference!

Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to buy prints:…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 30, 2014 at 9:55am — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 58th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief Dave "Chief 5" Anderson 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 Fort Shaw Fire Department. …

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 29, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Make It Count

We're only here for a little while.

Each day someone from each side(s) calls or writes me, pissed off at the world over all the debates in the fire service. Passion, tradition, pride, education, frustration, etc. it all comes to a head. I don't have all the answers and am very, very, very far from being a solution but the past has taught me that time is short. Make your time meaningful in your own way.



Keep it…

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Added by Bill Carey on August 28, 2014 at 11:44am — No Comments

Are you dedicated?

Seriously, are you truly dedicated to the fire service?

Before we debate your dedication to the fire service lets first look at the definition of dedication.

Dedication - the quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose.

You will quickly notice it does not mention or measure someone’s dedication. There is no calculation to quantify your level of dedication.  There are many levels that different individuals dedicate to the fire service. Some put themselves…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on August 27, 2014 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS - Losing Our Experts

Losing Our Experts

A few years back you had your engine guys and your truck guys. You had the guy in the department that was the expert in friction loss and nozzle flow. You had your expert in elevators. You had your guy that…

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Added by David Rhodes on August 27, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Rhetorical Lesson No.12: Would Fewer Basics Work in Reducing Our LODDs?

Is over a dozen too many for the upcoming and speed-reading generations?

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Back in 2004 we were given 16 items, "Life Safety…

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Added by Bill Carey on August 26, 2014 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Changing Terminology = Same Previous Tactics

I have recently been awarded my Graduate Membership from the Institute of Fire Engineers, and what a learning process it has been in regards to studying the fire service.  Much emphasis is placed on advanced studies and the compliance with firefighter safety and fire prevention.  Re-living previous studies and classroom presentations are a must in this business in order for you to progress as a firefighter, company officer, and as an incident commander.

Just yesterday, Captain Jason…

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Added by Jeremy Rebok on August 26, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

Morale and Excellence

It is impossible to strive for excellence and forget about the well being of your people. You cannot neglect morale. Morale is a choice in the sense that everyone must work tirelessly to protect it because we all have stake in the well being of the…

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Added by Mark vonAppen on August 24, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Head on a Swivel

The Sunday Preach:



'Head on a Swivel'



"Company Officers must not be completely focused on the locking devices on the door itself. Those are forcible entry firefighters' tasks. They must keep their heads on a swivel. While they must offer calm, focused advice to the FE team, they must also be watching smoke and fire conditions and watching the status of the hoseline." Pg.200, "25 to Survive: Reducing…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on August 24, 2014 at 10:40am — No Comments

The Firehouse Short List

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Added by Lt. Billy Greenwood on August 23, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

ICE BUCKET KNUCKLEHEADS



Many of us have accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, and have challenged others to donate and help bring awareness to ALS. Unfortunately, firefighters being the competitive creatures that we are, have been taking this a little too far and injuring themselves and others (much like the Cold Water…

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Added by Paul Combs on August 23, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments

Really?!?!

I'm going to be real careful about how I word this post as not to offend anyone. But I have to admit, I have been shaking my head about some posts for a while now and regarding some comments to posts.



I know that the new 'stuff' coming from UL, NIST, ISFSI and others is not popular with some, and I'm fine with that. I have no problem with that at all.



I know and understand that some in the fire service may have taken their tactics to one extreme or another for varying…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on August 22, 2014 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Uniformity of Appearance vs. Uniformity of Performance

Every fire department I’ve ever seen has a uniform.  With that uniform come rules and standards regarding its appearance and the manner in which it is worn.  Nobody hands out a uniform and says, “Here, wear this however you want.”  There is something to be said for uniformity of appearance and presenting a professional image to the public.  I care what I look like to the public.  YOU should care what you look like.  But more important than how we look, we should all care how we…

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Added by William Knight on August 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Women and Children First on Backstep Firefighter

Unselfish service toward others

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What does this mean? Quite simply it means that the less able are supposed to be assisted of the sinking ship before the able body males and the ship’s crew. Maritime law (or operational norm) grew from a sense of…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on August 20, 2014 at 7:48pm — 1 Comment

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 57th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chaplain Darrell Parker 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 Fairbury Rural Fire Department.



Darrell…

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Added by Brad Hoff on August 20, 2014 at 10:11am — No Comments

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