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March 2015 Blog Posts (69)

The Benefits of the Low Prop in Firefighter Bailout Training

We have the distinct honor and pleasure to offer our Firefighter Bailout class at FDIC 2015 this year as one of the HOT classes.  We feel, like most, that we should train and drill constantly on the basics like engine company operations, search, ventilation, fire behavior, ladder work, forcible and the list goes on, to prevent the need for a firefighter to have to exit an…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 24, 2015 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Extrication "Quick Tip" #28 (COMPRESSION CUT)

During extrication courses, I commonly see students struggle with posts/pillars that are slightly larger than what can be severed with a single cut. This can be due to post thickness, width, or various trim pieces in the way. One often-overlooked method that works very well is a style of compression cut. As shown below, the post in the picture is just outside…

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Added by Isaac Frazier on March 23, 2015 at 9:12am — No Comments

FDIC International 2015 - The Bridge Between Research and Tactics

The fire service is evolving everyday and this couldn’t be more evident in a recent illustration by Brother Paul Combs. This past month’s illustration gives us insight on the necessity to understand, study and learn more about fire behavior.

The fire and the building its within is our enemy and we must know as much as possible about…

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Added by P.J. Norwood on March 22, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Firefighter Residency Requirements

Does your department require you to live within the boundaries of your city, municipality or community in order for you to keep your job or to be eligible to be hired?

These rules are called RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS affecting public safety officers and certain critical staff to live in or close to the community where they work.

Generally, residency requirements have…

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Added by John K. Murphy on March 22, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 17th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department Billy R. Jarvis has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Allen Fire Department.



Billy R.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 21, 2015 at 1:50pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 18th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter John Shoup has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department.

John L.…

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Added by Brad Hoff on March 21, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 16th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Forestry Fire Pilot Jerold "Jerry" Bonner has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the CAL FIRE and the Alma Helitack Base in Santa Clara County.…



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Added by Brad Hoff on March 21, 2015 at 1:27pm — No Comments

MOVIE MAGIC MENTALITY



There is absolutely no substitute for continued training, study, and self-improvement - especially in these days of fewer and fewer fires. Experience alone is not enough - open a book, read a trade journal, or better yet, get to the drill grounds and train.

Just because you think you know, doesn't mean you know... you know?



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Added by Paul Combs on March 21, 2015 at 9:50am — No Comments

MOVIE MAGIC MENTALITY





There is absolutely no substitute for continued training, study, and self-improvement - especially in these days of fewer and fewer fires. Experience alone is not enough - open a book, read a trade journal, or better yet, get to the drill grounds and train.

Just because you think you know, doesn't mean you know... you…

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Added by Paul Combs on March 20, 2015 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Duct system fires pose real challenges

A fire in ventilation ductwork last week resulted in the evacuation of an automotive manufacturing plant in Michigan. Crews spent nearly two hours isolating the fire within some very large ducts used in the manufacturing process.

Ventilation ducts are used in many facilities, whether for dust extraction, material handling, or air quality management. In every case, fires within ductwork present several concerns for firefighters. Here are just a few…

  • Ductwork circulates…
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Added by Ben Peetz on March 20, 2015 at 7:24am — No Comments

A New Way to Pop-Flip in the Firehouse

The fire service is filled with many great traditions, some good and some not.  One of the fun things that happens in a lot of firehouses is the "pop-flip" for a round of sodas.   Unfortunately, sodas are a huge reason we are staying unhealthy- they have a ton of chemicals and sugars that pack on extra bodyfat.  Don't believe me?  Keep reading.

Drink Diet Soda?…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 19, 2015 at 8:54pm — No Comments

1/250th Of A Second

A photograph is a technological wonder, a moment in time captured, frozen and recorded so that it can be viewed again and again. A viewable memory.

 

To me this is one of society’s most amazing accomplishments. The advent of this capability has lead to countless advances in everything known to man.

 

For example, movies and video. The rapid capture of many photographs then played back in series to imply movement and action.

 

It’s incredible to think…

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Added by Brian Bastinelli on March 19, 2015 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Knowing Your Limitations

Fictitious San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan coined a profound statement in the 1973 movie Magnum Force. His famous quote, growled from the throat, A man’s GOT to know his limitations has stuck with me since the first time I heard it.

In today’s fire service we should heed the Inspectors words while engaged in our daily effort to survive and defeat the Red Devil. All members of a company…

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Added by Jeremy Rebok on March 19, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments

Four Simple Rules for the Company Officer

I talk a great deal about the role of the company officers and how they influence the members of your department.  When teaching officer development we hit hard on setting and establishing expectations and ensuring that there is follow-through with those expectations.  I was recently asked about expectations for my company officers.  They aren't too different from what I expected from my crew members when I was a company officer.

 
When I sit down with my crew and…
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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 18, 2015 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment

Hump Day SOS - Prevent RIT

This is one of those Hump Day SOS's that I still get an occasional email about. I've even seen it show up in a few folks presentations. This will make the 3rd time sending it out but sometimes things just need to be repeated for new members following the blog that might of missed it and for those who didn't quite understand it the…

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Added by David Rhodes on March 18, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

NO IRISH LUCK



Simple St. Paddy's Day message... BUCKLE UP!







Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to buy prints:

http://www.artstudioseven.com/page-LE_Prints.htm…



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Added by Paul Combs on March 17, 2015 at 7:42am — No Comments

Attack Over Supply

Attention to detail is possibly one of the most under utilized tools in the fire service. This holds especially true when the masses begin to talk about Dragging hose, Forcing doors or Throwing ladders. The root words are pure work, not finesse. The unfortunate part is that in most cases technique, not power is the difference. In our rush to “Get’er dun” we run right past simple opportunities to make things more efficient, safer, and…

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Added by Brian Brush on March 16, 2015 at 11:14am — No Comments

Don’t Be Stupid With Your Smart Phone

As much as it pains me to say this: I was around when the first commercial cellphone was introduced to the world in 1973-invented by Martin Cooper.

Now, the only “portability” of telephones that existed prior to that date was “car” phones. Car phones were hard-wired into your vehicle. Typically, the transceiver box was mounted in the trunk with power being connected to the ignition. The antenna was mounted at the rear of the car near the roof…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on March 15, 2015 at 11:12am — 1 Comment

THE SUNDAY PREACH

"LOOK!"

Stealing from the old CPR technique of Look, Listen, and Feel, we apply the same sequence to our search tactics starting with the why and what we are looking for:

"The dwelling’s building style lends visual clues that may assist us in our operations. Visual building landmarks (doors, stairs, window

sizes, and layouts) can assist us in identifying floor plans, living vs. storage spaces, location of stairs, and presence or absence of basements. Before we even enter…

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Added by Dan Shaw on March 15, 2015 at 7:53am — No Comments

Is WHAT You’re Doing Becoming More Important Than WHY You Do It?

     I have to admit that this comes as a result of not a small amount of built up frustration over many years. I’m sure many, if not all of us have sat around the fire station table and asked, or tried to answer, the question “Why does this (insert activity) even matter?”. I continue to ask myself if we have forgotten WHY we do what we do, and as a result if what we are busy doing everyday has become more important than why we set out to do it…

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Added by Chris Langlois on March 13, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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