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March 2015 Blog Posts (69)

Building Construction at 2AM

Knowledge of building construction is critical for a firefighter.  2 good resources for this information is 'The Art of Reading Buildings' by Dave Dodson and John Mittendorf and 'Building Construction' for the Fire Service by Francis Brannigan.  But how do you recall 600 plus pages of information when you arrive on the scene of a fire?  What from those 600 pages is important right now in determining my actions?   Firefighters need to have a good understanding of building construction as a…

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Added by Grant Schwalbe on March 5, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

PADDLE TO SUCCESS

This throwback photo was taken in the seventies at the retirement party for Raymond “Raybo” Adams. Raymond was an “old timer” when I joined his company. He also was the star pitcher on the department baseball team and he could still “bring the stuff” as he aged.

The picture always reminds me of the old and the new and the generational differences that we hear so much about in the Fire Service. It also causes me to stop…

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Added by Warren Cersley on March 4, 2015 at 9:46am — No Comments

Front Seat Rider Considerations

“Engine 1 is on scene confirming 123 South Front Street with a 1 story occupied row of stores. There is smoke showing from the Alpha/Bravo corner. We’ve laid out from the hydrant at Front and Wayne…we’re going offensive with a 2” in the end unit…Engine 2 pick up our hydrant and Truck 1 come North on Front…

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Added by Jeremy Rebok on March 3, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Scene Size-Up, Is It Really That Big of a Deal?

       The scene size-up is the most important thing the first due officer can do. In my class I have a large section based solely on the scene size-up and the things that go into establishing one correctly. It needs to be accurate. It needs to be complete. It sets the tone for the rest of the incident and should be based off of Life Safety, Incident Stabilization, and Property Conservation. If we do not get this done then the strategic and tactical goals of the incident may not be what they…

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Added by Chad Menard on March 2, 2015 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

The Sunday Preach

"One Armed Bandit..."

"The invention of the remote microphone with incorporated speakers dramatically helped firefighters hear fireground audio...If your radio requires you to hold it in your hands and then put up to your ear to listen and to your mouth to transmit, is that really an effective use of your hands? Older style handheld radios might work for the chief in the street...but it is absolutely going to slow down every operation that you…

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Added by Dan Shaw on March 2, 2015 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Parapet Practices

The back of a commercial occupancy typically provides the best roof access for aerial ladders. Less customer parking (obstruction), fewer windows and doors to work around and parapet walls are not as common. Most commercial signage and aesthetic architecture is in the front of the structure allowing for simple access to the roof in the back.

The back side of a…

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Added by Brian Brush on March 2, 2015 at 9:55am — No Comments

Engine House Training Podcast--Tips for Promotion

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Episode 004

In this episode of the Engine House Training Podcast, Co-Owner and Lead Instructor Jason Hoevelmann discusses five critical things that you must be doing to prepare for a future promotion. Jason…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 2, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

"The One Armed Bandit"

The Sunday Preach:

"One Armed Bandit..."

"The invention of the remote microphone with incorporated speakers dramatically helped firefighters hear fireground audio...If your radio requires you to hold it in your hands and then put up to your ear to listen and to your mouth to transmit, is that really an effective use of your hands? Older style handheld radios might work for the chief in the street...but it is absolutely going to slow down every operation that you…

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Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on March 1, 2015 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Curbing Carcinogens, For Our Own

Being in the fire service, it is inevitable that you will be subjected to grief, loss, and a world of other assorted emotions. It is also likely that in addition to the suffering you will see in the field, you will also experience the same range of emotions from your co-workers.

In the firehouse I work out of, we operate with a small roster of 26 officers and firefighters that share the workload of three (3) separate shifts. Regardless of your time in service or the shift you work, it…

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Added by AB Turenne on March 1, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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