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February 2012 Blog Posts (27)

Soaring with EMS Eagles in Dallas

Which is better: letting pain and muscle spasm immobilize an injured spine or doing it with the same tools we’ve used for decades?  Should hypothermia begin DURING the arrest?  Do response times make any difference whatsoever in patient outcomes?  The answers to these and other hot EMS topics were intensely debated in Dallas last week at the 14th annual Gathering of Eagles, EMS State of the Science Conference.

The U.S. Metropolitan Municipalities EMS Medical Directors…


Added by Mike McEvoy on February 29, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Take a Bow, Bowring™!


Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 28, 2012 at 8:49pm — 1 Comment

Secondary Hose Stretch

Does your engine have a reserve or secondary line? This line is not a main per-connect, "the second line" or the back up. This line functions as a reserve set up. 

Certain situations may require positioning your hand line to another area. The problem it creates, once it’s charged the time and effort to re-position increases. The line in operation would be shut down, possibly drained, and redeployed which under some circumstances is a labor intensive ordeal. A dry, fresh line is much…


Added by Christopher Huston on February 27, 2012 at 11:07am — No Comments

Portable Pond Set-Up - Company Drill

Over the next few weeks several water shuttle related company drill topics will be added.  In Ohio the terminology is tanker, however, it is synonymous with other regions tender terminology.   Many of these skill set times are evaluated when ISO comes to visit you, but more importantly the training will improve your operations.  *Keep track of your times and the evolution description for later use with ISO.…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on February 26, 2012 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Personal Change

Disclaimer: As an Advocate for the Everyone Goes Home program, I have a duty to see the mission of reducing Firefighter Line of Duty Death fulfilled. This post was written due to my frustration with the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives being both misconstrued for personal agenda and as a shield to hide behind. In addition, the statements below are not part of the implementation process for the initiatives. My goal is to break down a key element of LSI #1, accountability and personal…


Added by Christopher Huston on February 24, 2012 at 5:10pm — 1 Comment

First Due Friday; Attached Garage w/ Heavy Fire & Extension

What would your FD do for this attached garage fire?  What would you do to address the extension issues?   Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations.  Enjoy!


Be Safe

Added by Matt McDowell on February 24, 2012 at 8:43am — No Comments


I am not sure if this cartoon is whimsical or prophetic, but it's a fact that we are all doing more with much, much less these days. Better limber up your toes, folks - they're going to be needed!




Added by Paul Combs on February 23, 2012 at 2:26pm — 6 Comments

Check your Dance Card Part 2: "getting closer"

Getting Closer...

In part one of “Check your Dance Card” we discussed a few items to take a look at before we enter the fire building and start our dance with the “beauty of fire.” In part 2, we…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 22, 2012 at 10:33am — No Comments


“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”- Alexander Graham Bell

The word focus has an interesting origin. This term comes from the Latin word for fireplace or hearth. One can only assume that the definition is a central point, the source of heat in the home long ago. In modern times, this still holds true, as many fireplaces…


Added by Christopher Huston on February 19, 2012 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Challenges Everywhere--Get In the Buildings

Hey, here are some pictures sent to me by a Brother who is going out the DOING the job. The whole job.  He and his crew are getting out and checking on things.  Bob gets IT and thanks for the pics.  These are in his still area and these are buildlings that get inspected and then they go right back to doing this kind of stuff.   We have to be prepared for everything and anything.  Imagine being the RIT and forcing the back door to make access for a Mayday and…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 17, 2012 at 9:29pm — 1 Comment

One Month Down

Ok, so I have made the big switch from EMS supervisor to Truck/Roving officer and it has been a month. It is a completely different beast. As an EMS supervisor, the work came to me, I had no time to sit back and relax, I was constantly on the go. However as a truck officer, I find there is more down time. I am spending time getting to know my truck and crew. I have already had a few issues but nothing that I couldn't deal with. Unfortunately, my comfort level with my new crew and my general…


Added by Aaron Edwards on February 15, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments



I hate bullies! Always have, always will. Unfortunately, this is a leadership trait of far too many company and chief officers. As I see it, there are fundamentally three types of supervisors:

Leaders: Their ability to motivate and empower firefighters to excel is their key to success. People enjoy working for leaders and they have the highest…


Added by Paul Combs on February 14, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments


When the zero visibility crap hits the hot and smokey fan, it's your training that makes all the difference between life and death, success and failure. Technology is great, but there is NO substitute for knowing the basics in any fire service discipline, strategy, or skill. Train, train, train, and then train some more!!!…


Added by Paul Combs on February 14, 2012 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Got Stickers?

Got Stickers?


Firefighters, absolutely love stickers and decals.  I know that you know what I am talking about, and... it's ok.  It is absolutely fine to be proud of who you are as a firefighter, be you a career or volunteer member.  You should be proud of your fire company and your fire department. Affixing decals and…

Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 14, 2012 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Fire Behavior - Company Drill

The following is a post with several insights and references on fire behavior, especially today’s fire behavior.  It’s not about guts or glory, but a priceless discussion on what the fire is doing in the buildings we are entering.

David Walsh (Program Chair for the Dutchess Community College Fire Science program) summarizes a short article below that appeared in the 2011 2nd issue of …


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on February 13, 2012 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Podcasting from Missouri Winter Fire School 2012

This past weekend we at Engine House Training, LLC had the distinct honor to interview and just talk with some of the leaders of the fire service at the 31st annual Missouri Winter Fire School. We were able to sit down with Billy Goldfeder, Dave Dodson, Forrest Reeder, Doug Cline and John Norman. To say the least, it was a great time. Click on the photo below to hear all of the podcasts. We also sat down with some of the great firefighters that attended. Challenge coins were flashed with two…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 12, 2012 at 10:14pm — No Comments

New Website for Firefighters

Hey guys, check out this new website I launched: is aimed at providing members of the fire service with state of the art, unique, and best of all, free training material. Through the use of modern technology and research, the crew at is excited to provide life saving information to firefighters across the United States and the…


Added by Dave Stacy on February 12, 2012 at 2:32pm — No Comments

RIT Locating a Mayday FF - Company Drill

This post is from Lt Jason Deptula (Vermilion Twp. FD).

I’m sure we all practice RIT procedures in some fashion, here’s a twist to keep your crews focused on their situational awareness.  Send your attack team through an…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on February 11, 2012 at 8:34pm — No Comments

THE FIRE LINE: Adjustment Period

I'm not here yet, but will be someday:) Once a firefighter, always a firefighter!!!


Added by Paul Combs on February 10, 2012 at 3:14pm — 9 Comments

First Due Friday; Surf's Up! We Need More Than the Surfboard On This One!

Check out this video.  Heavy fire from the top floor.  Pre-arrival and post arrival footage.  What would you do?  What do you of their tactics?  Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations.  Surf's up!


Thanks and Be Safe!

Added by Matt McDowell on February 9, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

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