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Extrication "Quick Tip" #29 (Operating with THREE-PART 1-SQD Officer)

This weeks "quick tip" will be a little different from normal. It will be covered in a three part series so please do not scroll down and instantly think that steps are missing.



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Added by Isaac Frazier on March 30, 2015 at 9:36am — 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

PREPARING FOR THE "PIN"

As we pulled out of the firehouse at 0300 hours, the dispatcher informed responding…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on February 18, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip"#27 (Cable Barriers)

It isn't uncommon for entrapments in my response area to involve guardrails. This common occurrence was covered in Extrication "Quick Tip'' #23. Cable barriers are not common to my part of the country. However, there are many misconceptions to the emergency response to entrapments involving them. Here is some…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on February 11, 2015 at 7:11am — No Comments

When "Not" to Assume Command

The first officer on the scene, often a company officer from an engine or truck, establishes command upon arrival to all types of incidents, day in and day out. Ranking officers, usually chiefs, whether they show up simultaneously or some time later, often assume command out of hand.

When officers get comfortable and competent with managing incidents with all their many facets, whether high or low frequency, high or low risk, there is a reward system that exists in every one of us. It…

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Added by Dan Miller on February 6, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Extrication "Quick Tip" #26 (THE DEEP CUT)

(Yellow symbolizes the backside of the A post, Red is showing the sever from the additional (deep) cut)

One of the most common complaints I hear about completing dash displacements is the lack of actual "lift" or the feeling…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on January 19, 2015 at 9:50am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #25 (Pull the KEYS)

This week’s “quick tip” seems basic; however, it is incredible how often this quick step is being overlooked. We must get into a habit of turning off the ignition and removing the key on motor vehicle crashes. It is a quick, easy, and often overlooked step.…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on January 7, 2015 at 8:52am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #24 (Leap-Frogging)

LEAP-FROGGIN'

In my opinion, success at an…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on December 23, 2014 at 9:31am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #23 (Guardrail Entrapments)

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Added by Isaac Frazier on December 15, 2014 at 9:02am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #21 (THE DASH WON'T LIFT)

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Added by Isaac Frazier on November 3, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #17 (Fuel Line Pinch)

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Added by Isaac Frazier on September 15, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" 16 (FANCY NAMES?)

In extrication you will find thousands of names for each individual method. Many times I…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on September 8, 2014 at 8:16am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #14 (All About Time)

Many years ago I got into a habit of using a stopwatch to time fire and extrication evolutions. At first many thought it was to show how "fast" we were compared to trucks or to test my crew. But after doing it for a while firefighters realized that it wasn't a test at…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on August 18, 2014 at 8:38am — No Comments

Navigating Dangerous Waters

On April 14th 1912, a screeching sound awakened many on an “unsinkable” ship. This couldn’t be happening! They’d said it was impossible; that the ship was unsinkable. When I think of training, I consistently relate it in many ways to the…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on August 10, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Are you a WOLF or SHEEP?

If you…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on July 31, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Firefighter Workout- Intense Interval Overhaul to burn fat...

One of the best ways to incorporate fireground movements into your workouts is to perform what I call "10-minute interval overhauls."  These are 10 minutes of intervals that can vary in work and rest times that are performed after your strength training sessions.  You can read more about these "interval overhauls" by clicking here or see how to integrate them into an actual…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 25, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #12 (Fast Shears)

This weeks quick tip refers to what I call "Fast Shears". While working on extrication scenes we all know there is a long list of objects that will need to be cut (seatbelts, various plastic, wiring, wiring boots, weather stripping, patients clothing, etc). Many times they are small and "annoying" objects that don't warrant the psi and time taken using hydraulic cutters. Everyone claims to carry trauma shears or a cutting device, however more often…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on July 21, 2014 at 8:32am — No Comments

3 Ways to Be "Fit for Duty"

Be Physically Ready for Duty- Your Daily Fitness Checkoffs.

At the beginning of each and every shift firefighters, EMTs and medic meticulously go through and check their gear (or at least they should be) to make sure that it is ready for the challenges of the day. Our equipment must be functioning properly and our rigs must be fueled and ready to go. The question that I also want you to think about is whether or not your…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 17, 2014 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Efficiency Breeds Speed

While speed during extrication is often critical, it comes at a high price without efficiency.  We must first learn the tools, develop skills, learn the how’s and why’s, practice teamwork, train, become efficient, with the result being speed of the operation.  Speed is the rate of one’s activity, in this case extrication skills.  Whether at a fire, during an extrication, or on special operations, it takes efficiency and training to foster speed. In referencing the…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on July 15, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #11 (Directional Pull)

I am a firm believer in the phrase "Never say never, never say always". Just remember each technique you are currently using was more than likely created from firemen trying something new. Extrication Quick Tip #11 is showing a directional pull of a steering wheel using hydraulic speaders, chain, and an A post. This technique is quick and easy to set up with limited…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on July 9, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

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