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February 2012 Blog Posts (38)

Does Your Training Meet The Communities Needs?

Until recently I would have answered “yes of course we are Firefighters and Paramedic’s. We train to fight fires, answer all calls for emergency assistance including fire and EMS related calls and the thousands of other type of calls for service we respond to across the country daily!”

Today I sit and type because my assumption was very wrong! As my departments training officer is it my job to make sure that all training needs of my department are addressed. How do we as Training…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on February 13, 2012 at 2:30pm — 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 …

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on February 13, 2012 at 1:31pm — 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…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 12, 2012 at 9:14pm — No Comments

New Website for Firefighters

Hey guys, check out this new website I launched:

www.firefightingdynamics.com

FirefightingDynamics.com 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 FirefightingDynamics.com is excited to provide life saving information to firefighters across the United States and the…

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Added by Dave Stacy on February 12, 2012 at 1:32pm — 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…

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Added by Paul Hasenmeier on February 11, 2012 at 7:34pm — No Comments

THE FIRE LINE: Adjustment Period

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



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Added by Paul Combs on February 10, 2012 at 2:14pm — 10 Comments

Green Maltese makes a visit to UL

This post is only to share my experience with you. It is not meant to be a report because it was only one day of many tests that UL are conducting to produce the report on Impact of Vertical Ventilation for the fire service.

United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program funded Underwriters Laboratories to conduct these test to examine fire service ventilation practices as well as the impact of changes in modern house…

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Added by John Shafer on February 9, 2012 at 4:08pm — No 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!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO!

Thanks and Be Safe!

Added by Matt McDowell on February 9, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: PA

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 10th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Fire Chief David Flint has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department.

David M. Flint

Rank: Fire Chief

Age: 49

Gender:…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 8, 2012 at 10:22am — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: MO

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 9th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Senior Firefighter/Engineer/Paramedic Doug Haase Sr. has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the St. Charles Fire Department.

Doug Haase, Sr.

Rank: Senior…

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Added by Brad Hoff on February 8, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Love of the…Stress?

You can go to the many fire service-related outlets or social media sites every day and read comments left by firefighters as to why they love being firefighters.

The first book that I read on this subject was Dennis Smith’s “Firefighters”. It was a series of interviews that described in the firefighters’ own words on why they loved what they did. It was released in 1988 in hardcover.

More recently (2008), Rick Lasky released his “Pride and Ownership: A Firefighter’s Love for…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 5, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments

Strategically Social

If you take a minute to think about how our strategies and social skills are intertwined, you see the connection. Many levels and types of social skills are important aspects of our duty. How we interact socially affects how we will interact strategically.



If you have not read "Training Warning Flags", go through that first along with "Owning Training" as they are built upon each other.



Four of the five more significant warning flags are dependent upon the social skills of… Continue

Added by Christopher Huston on February 4, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Search: Do you have a plan?

I would first like to say that the use of the following article is not meant to be an armchair quarterback or to be critical of the department involved. However I do feel it can be a learning opportunity for us, to at least review some basics of having a search plan.

Article:

A man died in a blaze after four firefighters failed to spot him during two searches of a burning building, an inquest heard today. Danny Holt, 33, collapsed in his lounge after a chip pan caught fire -…

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Added by John Shafer on February 3, 2012 at 11:38am — 4 Comments

More Building Construction for Size Up

Here is a quick look at a building that offers more than one considering in regards to construction characteristics. The building in the photos is currently a resale shop. This building has been a tack shop, lawn equipment, sold boats and trailers. If you look hard at the front, it has been added onto.

 

 

The right side of the building was the original and the left was…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 3, 2012 at 10:39am — No Comments

First Due Friday; Bread & Butter House Fire? (Video)

What would do you do for this heavily involved attached garage fire?  Does the split-level layout change your strategies/tactics?  Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations.  Have fun!


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO!

Added by Matt McDowell on February 3, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

History, Knowledge and Power

There is a saying that states, " With knowledge, comes power." History is an important part of that knowledge. Recently, I attended a class on the history of the fire service. And with the exception of the instructors assembled, everyone in that class had 5 or less years of experience. I represented the dinosaurs with 30+ years. A portion of that class involved us watching a…

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Added by Andy Marsh on February 2, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

I could do nothing but stare and ponder……….

I had some running around to do before the FOOLS meeting last week.  I suppose because I was running from place to place, I didn’t think about what I was doing, just getting things done.  I didn't really think about it until yesterday as I was writing a condolence card to the family of Captain Walter C. Sumner of the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department in Pennsylvania. Captain…

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Added by Art Zern on February 1, 2012 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

The 360: Bulkheads

We have all heard and been taught to do a 360 of the structure during a working fire.

There is some debate, but this is becoming common practice and there are several things to look for.

The picture is a bulk head for a basement. We have always been taught and trained to look for and create a secondary means of egress for upper floors. Well, it’s no different for basements.

When you make entry, especially if the fire has not been isolated, make sure that either you open…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 1, 2012 at 12:21pm — No Comments

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