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January 2013 Blog Posts (13)

Jamb Mounted Forcible Entry Technique Prop

By Brian Brush:

A few months ago I began to sketch out some ideas for a forcible entry prop. We had some scrap steel at the station, a few left over 6′x6′ posts from a recent structural collapse training and being the Rescue Company, all the tools necessary to take ingredients and idea into reality.

My initial idea was to build a prop that we could mount…


Added by Brian Brush on January 30, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments


Bueller? Bueller? Bueller...?  Oh, we've all sat through this class, haven't we?! A class where the instructor reads each word from the never-ending source of dull PowerPoint slides with all the excitement of Ben Stein's character in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I feel inspired just thinking about it!

I have often said there are two types of instructors -…


Added by Paul Combs on January 27, 2013 at 11:30am — 3 Comments


Fire Service in Nigeria was established by the Fire Service Act (law) of 1963 and since then has not been reviewed. Fire Service today in Nigeria is still the only statutory organization established by law to undertake or render services as regard to fire and its related cases. These services include fire fighting, fire prevention, search and rescue services, humanitarian services etc.

In line with meeting up with these demands, both the Federal, all thirty-six (36) states of the…


Added by Martin O. Agbili on January 21, 2013 at 2:18am — No Comments


Carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen chloride, acrolein, hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, benzene, toluene, cadmium - these are some of the known carcinogens that are produced during vehicle fires. So why in the world would we attack a vehicle fire without an SCBA?!!

Pack-up, people!

Click link below to see more of Paul's…


Added by Paul Combs on January 20, 2013 at 8:52am — 1 Comment

2012 Sucked So I Will Simply Move On

I’m not going to sit here and reflect on a year that was filled with so many disappointments.


I like to think that I am an eternal optimist, but did anyone else notice the negative tone of wherever you looked? It was everywhere.


ONE positive that I noticed is that, firefighter fatalities were down in 2012. Since 2009, firefighter deaths have been well below the “100 per year” threshold. Also noteworthy is that deaths attributed to cardiac issues were also…


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on January 13, 2013 at 4:32pm — No Comments


Smoke detector programs are a great way to help protect your community, assist folks that may not be able to afford them, build trust, and give an overall feeling of goodwill between you and the people under your watch. School programs are another great way to insure that most households have at least one smoke detector hopefully being installed and…


Added by Paul Combs on January 11, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Great Challenge Workouts for the Firehouse

Happy 2013!  This is the time of the year where we all scramble to make up for lost workouts and pledge to get in shape.  Personally, I think the best way to get into shape is to not fall out of it in the first place.  One of the best things to do this time of the year is not only set goals but to assess where you are currently.  Today I've created some "challenge" workouts that you can use to assess your fitness progress and to get a good efficient workout.  There are…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 9, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

A Mad Lib "On Firefighting"

“[A] FIREFIGHTER  who is uncertain whether he can SAVE someone, or [a] FIREFIGHTER who for religious or moral reasons knows he will not ENTER A BURNING…


Added by Matt McDowell on January 9, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments


While signing books on Monday during FDIC, a large (pushing 375 lbs) firefighter approached me with his slightly slimmer, but still girthy entourage of three. I extend my hand in greeting, which was met with a chest puffing and the comment "I don't like the way you make fun of big people!" Being taken off my guard by his comment, I respectfully asked if he is a front…


Added by Paul Combs on January 8, 2013 at 11:30am — 26 Comments

Quick Roof Lesson

This is a quick drill for you company officers and acting officers. So much of what we do is coach and mentor our younger firefighters. When we are out and about we need to take the time point out things that might be obvious to us, but maybe not so much to others on our crew.

Use these photos to explain the challenges, dangers, benefits and tactical oppportunities with this roof. Share what you see and pass it on. You might pick up on something that someone else does not. But, maybe…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 7, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Check your Dance Card, Part 3 "The Dance"

It's on...

We have been leading up to our dance with this "beauty of fire" in both Part 1 and Part 2 of "Check your Dance Card."  Feel free to go back and take notes as we journeyed closer and closer to this 'beauty.'  We have…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on January 4, 2013 at 9:44pm — No Comments


The attached vidoe is a very short and simple clip about how teach firefighters to low profile. As we tell firefighters in our classes, removing your SCBA should be a last resort, but a skill that you must be proficient at. Being prepared is as much about mastering the basics as it is about being able to perform in the event that conditions dictate survival skills must be used.

Some quick pointers about low profile SCBA use:

–Know your air supply and that of your…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 4, 2013 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Modifying Tools

By: Brian Brush

It should be no surprise that firefighters appreciate quality tools. The more we know about the tools of our craft, the greater our ability to leverage our skills and efforts. With that said, there are times when the original tool, regardless of the quality, does not completely meet your needs due to regional differences, manufacturer limitations, or simply a lack of communication between the end user and vendor. With this article, I’d like to provide you an example of…


Added by Brian Brush on January 1, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

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