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Grant Schwalbe
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  • Estero, FL
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Lives in:
Fort Myers, FL
Estero Fire Rescue
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
Firefighter 2, Paramedic, Fire Officer 2, Fire Instructor 3, Live Fire Training Instructor, Fire Inspector
Topics you provide training for:
Search, Engine Company Ops, FF Survival, RIT, Tactics, Incident Command and Company Officer Development.
Grant Schwalbe has been a firefighter since 1994. He began his career in Northwest Ohio and has been with Estero Fire Rescue (Fort Myers, FL) since 2003 as a Lieutenant/Paramedic on Engine 43. He is an Instructor for When Things Go Bad, Inc. and Fort Myers Fire Academy. Grant has taught at The Orlando Fire Conference, Wichita HOT, Ft Lauderdale Fire Expo and Fire Rescue East. He is the lead instructor for the 2017 FDIC HOT class Residential Primary Search: Making the Grab. He is a regular contributor to Fire Engineering Training Community and has been published in Fire Engineering Magazine. His areas of passion include Search, Engine Company Ops, Firefighter Survival, and RIT. Grant is a FL Instructor 3 and has an Associate’s degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

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Downed Firefighter PPE Removal

Firefighter CPR-A Different Perspective

Giving full credit to Leland FD for first showing us an option for Firefighter CPR.  As with anything we see online, on FB or in a video, we study it, try it out and see how it fits into our department, staffing and circumstances.  That being said, three things stood out to us as we trained on Firefighter CPR.  The compression guy was always in the way, We may not have 3 people available initially and perhaps most important is that we…


Posted on February 10, 2017 at 1:30pm

Attack or Search?

Imagine you are dispatched to a motor vehicle collision and when you arrive you see a driver unconscious with trauma to the neck and upper extremities bleeding profusely.  Without quick action he is sure to die.  But there are power lines on the car.  What comes first?  Deal with the power lines or go for the victim?


Many of us around the country are arriving…


Posted on December 21, 2016 at 10:20am

Civilian Victim Removal

When training on search, victim removal often gets very little attention.  Victims are most often found in one of two places:  a path of egress or in a bedroom. Logically, if the victim were 5-10 feet inside the front door, we would simply drag him/her out quickly.  But if the victim is found in a bedroom behind a closed door we must be careful not to do additional harm to this victim.  We say it often on our classes, “If you crawl through a smoky, hot hallway and open up a bedroom door and…


Posted on July 13, 2016 at 6:30am

Modified FDNY High Rise Load

Over the past 2 years my department has re-evaluated our high-rise setups.  In doing such we moved away from carrying 50’ of 2.5” hose, a gate-wye and 100’ of 1.75” hose to carrying 4 bundles of 2” hose.  Because we changed the hose configuration we also re-evaluated how we bundled it.


4 options

FDNY Load-Fit well in our compartments, deployed great, wanted a way to carry it over shoulder or bottle rather than on shoulder.

Denver Load-didn’t fit well in…


Posted on April 10, 2016 at 7:03am

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