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June 2016 Blog Posts (29)

MFA #31: The ABCs of AIA* - Modern techniques for interior firefighting

*Aggressive Interior Attack

At every structure fire that is not declared a defensive situation, and after we get past the currently controversial intervention choices (vent, flow water, both, or neither), firefighters of all tactical persuasions will then need to enter the building in order to complete the tasks that remain (search, extinguishment, ventilation, overhaul, salvage).  It is at that point that the traditional and modern fire attack (MFA) methods converge,…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on June 30, 2016 at 6:49am — No Comments

NFPA 1582 - not a return to work standard

In my passion for law and medicine as a practitioner of both professions, I often see individuals injured on the job arriving in my medical clinic for a return to work evaluation, most notably firefighters. Many times they are accompanied with the instructions from the department to use NFPA 1582 as the medical standard for the injured firefighters return to work. I will tell you in my humble opinion, this is not the standard to use for the reasons to follow.

NFPA 1582 is an entry…

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Added by John K. Murphy on June 27, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

First Due Deck Gun

The deck gun might be a regional term, I have also heard it called the monitor, or the “Stang”, but we are talking about the engine mounted master stream. Most engine mounted master streams, fog, or a stack of smooth bore tips have a flow range of 500 to 1000 GPM.

Before we go big guns blazing we can…

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Added by Brian Brush on June 26, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 31st Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter& Fire Chief David K. Britt 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 Severn Volunteer Fire Department.



David K.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 26, 2016 at 12:27pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 30th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter III Clifford M. Rigsbee 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 Honolulu Fire Department.



Clifford M.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 26, 2016 at 12:24pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 29th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Joshua Warren 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 Alexis Volunteer Fire Department.



Joshua…

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 26, 2016 at 12:18pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 28th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter-AEMT Douglas A. Clement 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 New Hampton Fire Department.





Douglas A.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 26, 2016 at 12:13pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 27th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Prentice "Jay" Tyndall 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 Hugo Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department.



Prentice “Jay”…

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Added by Brad Hoff on June 26, 2016 at 12:06pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 26th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Bradley S. Long 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 Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue Department.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on June 26, 2016 at 12:01pm — No Comments

What is Aggessive?

First, let me say that this post has nothing to do with the debate about interior versus exterior, so if you're trolling for something like that, just move along. No, this is one post in a string of future posts that will address some situations I've recently seen regarding aggressiveness and the lack of on the fire ground and in our daily activities at the firehouse.



Aggressiveness was first introduced to me at an early age when I began playing basketball. Our high system was built… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Managing the MCI

As incident commanders (IC) we are tasked to run a gambit of incidents. There are some incidents that can cause anxiety, of those 1 in particular can overwhelm IC’s quickly, the mass casualty incident (MCI). These incidents grow quickly and in order to manage it an IC needs quickly wrap his/her hands around it and dole out tasks. Below is a quick action guideline to assist you in with these incidents:

 

  • Quickly scan the incident for hazards to fire and rescue personnel…
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Added by David Polikoff on June 24, 2016 at 7:36am — No Comments

THE SPAGHETTI RETROSPECTIVE

Training is not just for the bread and butter tasks, but to sharpen skills that we rarely use, too. This cartoon focuses on one of those tasks: standpipe training, tactics and operation. Are standpipes a resource that we use often? Most of us would probably say no. Is utilizing standpipe…

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Added by Paul Combs on June 22, 2016 at 8:14am — No Comments

This is why we search: Part Deux

I don't know what kind of strange energy I upset with the fire gods, but take a look at these photos. …

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Added by Barrett Dorner on June 18, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

It's Just A Seat!

It’s just a seat!

The front right seat, company officer, lieu, cap, acting Officer, or whatever name you have for this seat it is not to be taken lightly. An officers position is to influence your people to be better, better at their craft, and better as a person. As an officer the right seat holds a tremendous amount of responsibility.

All too often when promotion time comes around you will see a majority of people running to…

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Added by Oj Kolodziej on June 17, 2016 at 5:07pm — No Comments

New UL research: Form your own informed opinions

New analysis coming in the beginning of 2017 from UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute.

That gives us plenty of time to take a deep breath and plan to handle this information appropriately.

Simply, we all need to begin by reading the entire report. The actual report. Not some random Facebook page's analysis of the analysis. Start with the raw material to get a full…

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Added by Barrett Dorner on June 17, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Four Tenets of Ventilation: Part Three - Coordination

    Coordination is arguably the most influential and critical of the four tenets.  There are three elements of ventilation that determine its impact on the fireground: timing; location; and amount.  While there is a set of fundamental parameters for which they follow, each of these variables is inherently unique to every incident.  Communication with the interior crews is essential to properly addressing those factors and ensuring that any actions taken will facilitate a specific objective;…

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Added by Nicholas Papa on June 15, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS: T-Shirt Management

T-Shirt Management

by David Rhodes 

This Hump Day SOS is dedicated to my good friend MG, you know who you are. Enjoy!

I am always amazed at how many critically important issues there are to…

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Added by David Rhodes on June 15, 2016 at 7:10am — No Comments

MFA #30: Tactical Disorder - The root of our disagreement

In the ongoing debate over structural firefighting tactics in the era of fire dynamics enlightenment, the topic inspiring particularly passionate sentiment does not so much regard tactics themselves, but the sequence in which they are performed.  Regardless if your belief is that almost all firefighting should be performed indoors and that the only valuable exterior action is ventilation, or if you have embraced all or some of the fire behavior research findings that…

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Added by Mark J. Cotter on June 15, 2016 at 6:41am — No Comments

THE BLAME - June Fire Engineering Magazine Editorial Cartoon

STAY FIRED UP!

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Added by Paul Combs on June 13, 2016 at 7:27am — No Comments

This is why we search

On the right, a "Code Red" structure -- we only enter if we *see* a savable life -- on fire twice yesterday. Missing 10' of foundation, numerous holes in the floor, and missing structural members.*

On the left, a house with roof crumbling around a truck company's…

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Added by Barrett Dorner on June 10, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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