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March 2011 Blog Posts (34)

Forcible Entry: What Are You Doing?!?!

Forcible entry is always an interesting discussion around the service. On one side, you've got the forcible entry purists (myself included). These guys can force a door with a safety pin, a rock and a piece of duct tape. Despite their McGyver-esk skills, they prefer the irons.


On the other side of the discussion are the mule kickers. Often mistaken for SWAT Officers, these guys prefer the old size 10 for forcible entry. Kick... grimace... repeat. Sometimes it works, sometimes…


Added by Matt McDowell on March 11, 2011 at 1:24pm — 4 Comments

CO Turn Cyanide Turn False?


On Tuesday, March 8th, 2011, my fire department was toned out for a CO without illness call in our district at 0724 hrs. 


Chief gets on scene and establishes command.  I was on the first-due engine with a driver, a firefighter and me as officer.  I advised the firefighter to turn on the multi-gas meter while responding non-emergency. 


As I call arriving, my chief advised me to check with the homeowner and investigate.  I took the gas meter…


Added by Timothy Gaffney on March 11, 2011 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

Maple City Sorrow

Blog note: On March 6th, many of us paid tribute to the memory of Assistant Chief Dennis Olson of the Monmouth, Illinois Fire Department, who died in the line of duty on that day in 1993. This blog raises many questions, may raise many dormant feelings, but it is done with the utmost respect for family, friends, community, fire department and most of all, Assistant Chief Dennis Olson.

Monmouth, Illinois is known as the “Maple City” in west central Illinois.



Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 10, 2011 at 10:40am — No Comments

Injured NC Firefighter Recalls Fall Through Collapsed Floor


 A firefighter who fell through a floor while fighting a house fire this weekend said he's happy to be alive and thankful for his co-workers.

"I feel very fortunate," said Winston-Salem Fire Captain Darron Southern. "The good Lord was looking out for me. It was bad enough to fall down and fall eight feet. But, to only receive a bruised shoulder, I…

Added by Fire Engineering on March 10, 2011 at 9:39am — No Comments

It's Not Just About You

At Traditions Training we consistently state at every program we teach... we must be "Combat Ready" as firefighters.  For some "Combat Ready" might just be taken as a "slogan" or a "buzz -word" of the week.  Other's see it as something they have to do personally, a facet of readiness that may just save a life: be it your own, your brother…


Added by Richard Riley on March 9, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

RIT Teams

This is a simple blog.  I want to know who all runs RIT Teams?  What type of training does your department require?  Is this annualy or monthly? 

Added by Todd Jennings on March 9, 2011 at 4:35pm — No Comments

TX Firefighter in Intensive Care After Mobile Home Fire

From the Killeen Daily Herald:

A mobile home fire at the corner of Beeline Lane and Amy Lane early Monday morning sent one Harker Heights firefighter to the hospital and displaced four adults.


The firefighter remained in the Scott & White Intensive Care Unit in Temple with fellow firefighters by his side on Monday evening, Fire Chief Jack Collier…

Added by Fire Engineering on March 8, 2011 at 9:53am — No Comments

Spartan to Acquire Classic Fire

Today Spartan Motors, Inc. announced that it will acquire Classic Fire, the Ocala, FL-based fire apparatus…


Added by Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip on March 7, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

FL Firefighter Injured in Floor Collapse

From the Associated Press by way of

A Daytona Beach firefighter is recovering from injuries after the first level of a burning home collapsed and dropped him into the basement.

The firefighter was searching for victims in Friday night's house fire when the floor gave way. He was taken to the hospital with a leg injury. He has not been identified.

Read the full report… Continue

Added by Fire Engineering on March 6, 2011 at 8:59am — No Comments

Near-Miss Page on Facebook

Hey Everyone,


Be sure to start following the National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System page on facebook.  It is a great resource to obtain "Report of the Weeks", training information, and current trends delivered right to your newsfeed!

Added by Dave Stacy on March 4, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments



I'm not sure what else I can say about the current political climate and keep this blog PG rated. I think I'll just let my cartoon say it all.



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Added by Paul Combs on March 2, 2011 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

When is Enough Training, Enough

Traditions Training presented a lecture program in a Washington D.C. suburb this past weekend.  The class focused on “Incident Command” and “Company Officer Development”.  As I looked across the room, scanning the crowd to see who was in attendance, I was rather stunned.   Sitting in the program were two of the most…

Added by Richard Riley on March 1, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Amazing we still have to have this conversation

Everyone Goes Home just released a new seatbelt PSA. It's already been posted at least once on the Fire Engineering Community site. It still fascinates me that we need to have this conversation...that we haven't just done the right thing and started buckling up. It's such a simple thing. It can be a hassle, yes--if you've never "practiced" donning what you need to don while…


Added by Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip on March 1, 2011 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Turbine enclosure fire.

Hi All, I'm coming from oil and gas company. I would like to know what is best approach to handle Turbine enclosure fire. In this scenario we assume that the safety device such as water mist etc is faulty. The fuel used for the turbine can be either gas or diesel.Appreciate your response. Thanks.

Added by sazali bin alias on March 1, 2011 at 3:33am — No Comments

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