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Pre-Rigged Systems for Hauling/Lowering a Downed Firefighter

Pre-Rigged Systems for Hauling/Lowering a Downed Firefighter

When dispersing equipment and tools amongst your apparatus and response units, a lot of time and…

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Added by AB Turenne on May 11, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Dr. Seuss and the Pack Conversion

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Added by AB Turenne on May 1, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Adapting Innovative Techniques to the Needs of your Department

Take a look around the fire service and you will find that many of our operational guidelines, practices, and equipment all have roots in other areas outside of firefighting. Things like our command Structure, breathing apparatus, and vent saws were all around prior to being repurposed to fit our operational needs. The same opportunities exist today.  Don’t reinvent the wheel—make the tools fit your specific department, response area, and resources.

Over the last few months, I…

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Added by AB Turenne on January 16, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Making Fire Department Training More Cost Effective

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Added by AB Turenne on January 10, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Door Control and the Spring Clamp: A Recipe for Safety and Success

There is one thing we can all agree on: There are a million ways to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (I prefer smooth PB, strawberry jam, wheat bread, cut into 4 squares), and at the end of the day it still tastes great. In terms of fire service tactics, we have a lot of tools and options at our disposal as well.  Yes, we must save viable victims. Yes, we must locate and extinguish the fire. Yes, we must protect the exposures and limit further damage to the structure/property. More…

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Added by AB Turenne on November 29, 2016 at 9:38pm — No Comments

5 Steps to Preplanning for Elevator Emergencies

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Added by AB Turenne on September 6, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Recycle, Re-Use, and Rescue

With the plethora of tools and equipment available in the fire service, it’s safe to say that there is a tool for every need.…

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Added by AB Turenne on August 16, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

3 Uses For A TIC On The Hazardous Materials Incident Scene

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Added by AB Turenne on July 27, 2016 at 6:35am — No Comments

The Halligan Bar: Close to 70 Years of Versatility

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Added by AB Turenne on May 22, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Limited Manpower - Horizontal Ventilation: 4 Quick Tips

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Added by AB Turenne on March 1, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

4 Ways to Practice Like You Play

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Added by AB Turenne on February 6, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Mechanical Advantage for Limited Manpower

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Added by AB Turenne on January 16, 2016 at 8:25am — No Comments

The 1410 Drill: Developing Effective Engine Company Skills for Limited Manpower Situations

For quite a few years now, “doing more with less” has been normal operating procedure for most fire departments across the United States, regardless of the location or make-up of the department. Budget restraints have hindered staffing of career departments, and the increased commitment and requirements on volunteers has taken a drastic toll on retention rates. Firefighters everywhere must now take steps to do the same job with the same level of pride and effort, but do it with fewer resources… Continue

Added by AB Turenne on October 12, 2015 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Curbing Carcinogens, For Our Own

Being in the fire service, it is inevitable that you will be subjected to grief, loss, and a world of other assorted emotions. It is also likely that in addition to the suffering you will see in the field, you will also experience the same range of emotions from your co-workers.

In the firehouse I work out of, we operate with a small roster of 26 officers and firefighters that share the workload of three (3) separate shifts. Regardless of your time in service or the shift you work, it…

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Added by AB Turenne on March 1, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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