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January 2012 Blog Posts (40)

High Rise Markings

If you have a high rise or respond on mutual aid to a high rise district, do you know if they are marked for floor identification? If so, do you know how they corresspond with the interior labels? High rise buildings are marked differently, if at all. In our area the windows are typically marked with a reflective sticker, one on every fifth floor. Where this gets tricky is when the interior floors are labeled differently.

This high rise has red circle on the corner on the fifth floor…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 19, 2012 at 9:34am — No Comments

FD vs. Aircraft Carrier Operational Similarities - Company Drill

This training idea was sent from David Walsh, Chair of the Fire Science Program at Dutchess Community College in NY.

In this video about an aircraft carrier, note the many parallels between…

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on January 17, 2012 at 9:58am — No Comments

We have a physical job

For this week's blog entry, my goal was to discuss the physical rigors of Firefighting. Looking at my notebook of one liners and random babble, it occurred I already have a well written piece on the subject. A cohort of mine operates a website, actually a movement, called FIRE SERVICE WARRIOR. If you haven't checked out that site you should, then buy his book. {insert plug here} "The Combat Position" Fire Engineering Books {end plug}. So the guys that have taken the reigns have really received… Continue

Added by Christopher Huston on January 17, 2012 at 3:26am — No Comments

Check Your Dance Card

http://doug-mitchell.blogspot.com/2012/01/check-your-dance-card.html

I admit it, it's happened to me... and I am sure that it's happened to you too. Honestly, it’s just easy to let it happen.  You can try to justify it, in your own mind by saying that; it's just that we love what we do, and we want to do it all the time!  When fire presents itself, we want to get right in there and go to work. …

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on January 11, 2012 at 9:53am — No Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: SC

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 4th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter David Crenshaw has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Anderson County Fire Department.

David Crenshaw

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 63

Gender:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 10, 2012 at 2:02pm — No Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NC

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 3rd Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Fire Chief Samuel Butler has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Evans Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department.

Samuel Butler

Rank: Fire…

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 10, 2012 at 1:49pm — No Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: FL

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 2nd Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter William Elliott has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Pompano Beach Fire Rescue.

Name: William "Jumbo" Elliott

Rank: Firefighter

Age:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 10, 2012 at 1:46pm — No Comments

THE MAN IN THE MIRROR

It is a fresh new year - full of hopes, dreams, and challenges. Many of us will use the new year as a launching pad for personal improvement and an opportunity to accomplish important goals. Maybe yours is to advance within your department, to finally run that extra mile, or simply lose a few pounds - whatever it is, it's a great time reevaluate and implement…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 9, 2012 at 3:26pm — 15 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: CA

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 1st line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Cristano Leo Lionell has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out his family members.

Crisanto Leo Lionell

Rank: Inmate Firefighter

Age: 54

Gender: Male

Status:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 9, 2012 at 1:11am — No Comments

Failure equals success

Edison may have quoted "I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work." In our line of work we must succeed the first time and it’s usually “trial by fire”. How we can always be successful is that we learn from both our failures and successes.



Recently my company was dispatched to a chimney fire. It was the typical M.O. We…

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Added by Christopher Huston on January 8, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Gasoline Tanker Training

This drill idea is from Phil Burden in SC.

If your out or on your way back from a run and see a gasoline tanker making a delivery at a filling station, stop and ask the driver if he has any time to review some of the parts of the tanker.  Read on.

Pass it on!

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on January 6, 2012 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Don't Bring a Knife To A Gunfight

As the title says, if your life is in the balance, you want to be sure that you are as prepared as possible right?

Then why is it that on fires in cities and towns big and small, you can find videos or pictures of firefighters getting off the rig without tools? Or worse... carrying a tool then not using it?

I work with some great firemen who you know will grab the same tool everytime they get off the rig because they are masters at using the tool efficiently and expertly. I…

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Added by Jake Hoffman on January 6, 2012 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Don't Bring a Knife To A Gunfight

As the title says, if your life is in the balance, you want to be sure that you are as prepared as possible right?

Then why is it that on fires in cities and towns big and small, you can find videos or pictures of firefighters getting off the rig without tools? Or worse... carrying a tool then not using it?

I work with some great firemen who you know will grab the same tool everytime they get off the rig because they are masters at using the tool efficiently and expertly. I…

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Added by Jake Hoffman on January 6, 2012 at 12:04pm — No Comments

First Due Friday; 2-Story Balloon Frame Rockin' on the Peninsula

Watch the video of this heavily involved 2-story balloon frame house. Note the wind and the exposures. Give us your RECEO breakdown, initial actions and initial rig placement. Have fun!

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!!!

Added by Matt McDowell on January 6, 2012 at 10:58am — No Comments

R.I.P., BROTHER!



Hard to believe it's been four years since I lost my friend and mentor. It took a few years after his death to put my feelings into an editorial cartoon and I desperately hope this message will help others out there!



Listen and be involved in their lives - be there for them!



R.I.P., my…

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Added by Paul Combs on January 6, 2012 at 9:37am — 1 Comment

The Sickness

I occasionally get requests for advice on problems others are having in their respective departments. The topics range from how to get away from officer elections, officers who don't train, senior firefighters who are not buying in to new ideas and how to get their departments to train more. Every situation is different and it is tough to offer much without being directly involved. So, inevitably, I offer a diplomatic thought, which I hate to do. But, we know there is always two sides…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 5, 2012 at 12:25pm — 2 Comments

2012: A Year for Active Choices and Conditioned Decisions

“The National Fire Protection Association list 13 attributes that the job of firefighting requires. Most are physical- the ability to climb a lot of stairs, lug a lot of gear, move heavy hoses around, rescue large people and the like. But one goes under the helmet. The NFPA says a firefighter ‘must be capable of critical, time sensitive, complex problem solving during physical exertion in stressful, hazardous environments (including hot, dark, tightly enclosed spaces)…

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Added by Brian Brush on January 5, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

U.S. Fire Administration Announces 2011 On-Duty Firefighter Fatalities

EMMITSBURG, MD — The United States Fire Administration (USFA) announced today there were 81 on-duty firefighter fatalities in the United States as a result of incidents that occurred in 2011. This represents an almost seven percent decrease from the 87 fatalities reported for 2010. The 81 fatalities occurred in 33 states, one U.S. territory, and one overseas U.S. military facility. Texas experienced the highest number of fatalities (seven). North Carolina experienced six firefighter deaths…

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Added by Brad Hoff on January 4, 2012 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Your Chance to be the Chief's Aide (Cool Video)

Get a front row seat next to the Battalion Chief for this working Multiple Dwelling fire in Brooklyn.  Listen to the BC give great radio reports, great size-up information and even take time to talk to the neighbors.  Nice video with links to the popular conversation on Facebook.

Other things you'll see:

  • The Command presence
  • Notice the professionalism of the operating crews
  • Notice the window A/C unit falling to the street (around :40)
  • Notice the…
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Added by Matt McDowell on January 4, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Do ya feel lucky? Well, you shouldn't...

Have you ever heard someone say on the fireground or back at the firehouse, "Man I sure was lucky on that one", I have and I thought to myself, why do they say or feel that way? Shouldn't we be saying, "Man, if it weren't for my training I wouldn't have got out of that situation". Your training is what you fall back to each and everyday. When the stuff hits the fan or you find yourself in a sticky situation, don't rely on "luck" but what you have learned throughout your career to see you…

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Added by Bryan Altman on January 3, 2012 at 8:23pm — No Comments

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