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March 2016 Blog Posts (32)


When is it time to move on…..


“When it comes to forcible entry, we must have options. We must have a plan A, B, C, D, and so on. Even residential forcible entry does not have a “one size fits all” method to success. In order to have multiple plans, we must be adaptable with our tool selection. We also must recognize when our methods aren’t working and when it is time to move to the next plan.” Chapter 19, Page 192.


 The benefit of the internet and social media…


Added by Dan Shaw on March 13, 2016 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Basics of Bailout:Podcast

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Bailout is a last option for us when things go bad. We can do all of the right things and still find ourselves in trouble. It doesn't and won't happen often when we train and operate in standard manners, but we have to be prepared.

This podcast discusses some basic concepts that we at Engine House Training, LLC teach and believe in regarding firefighter bailout.  I have a also attached the .pdf for the build out of the low prop we use for instructing and…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 10, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments


Yesterday was International Women's Day, and I want to give a special shout-out to all our sisters out there doing the same job as us guys - yes, I said same! To show my support, I posted a painting that puts focus on tough women on Facebook, and the response has rustled up some spirited conversation - and emotions. Unfortunately there have been some…


Added by Paul Combs on March 9, 2016 at 7:07am — 1 Comment


Often, we run into smaller/secondary entrapments that can be just as challenging as entrapments by the doors, dash,…


Added by Isaac Frazier on March 8, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Todays reality

 Today’s reality: OJ Kolodziej

In the fire service lately, there seems to be this feeling that lines have been drawn in the sand. What I mean by this statement is either you are going aggressive through the front door every time, or you are standing outside to reset it from the yard. 

The reality that all of us are missing is this, fire does not really care what side of the line you are standing on. Fire has and always…


Added by Oj Kolodziej on March 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Legal Series – Suspensions from duty

Question – I have been recently suspended for transporting a patient in my fire engine. Is this legal?

Response – Suspension is one application of a discipline process and is generally used to take personnel off the line to investigate a policy violation, wrongdoing or some other act or actions committed by an employee. Suspension must be in a discipline policy and the conditions under…


Added by John K. Murphy on March 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

MAYDAY Simulation Exercise

Are you ready for the MAYDAY? whether in command or as a company officer/firefighter, we must practice our mental approach and involve scenarios in the classroom that enables members to go through the event mentally not just the physical rescue knowledge such as R.I.T. operations. If you are an incident commander, search out audio from MAYDAY events and utilize the same simulation exercises you train your members on size up for the mental approach to our worse case scenario on the…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on March 6, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments


The 360˚ Lap
“The building involved was a three-story, wood-frame structure with a basement and was constructed on a sloping grade that caused the building to have a different appearance depending on the side being viewed. Firefighters entering the building saw only one side and were not aware of the building’s actual arrangement. The firefighters’…

Added by Dan Shaw on March 6, 2016 at 4:24pm — 1 Comment

What Is Happening to Firefighter Passion?

            As a young kid growing up in suburban America, I like most of you, developed an unexplainable desire to become a firefighter.  The sound of the federal blaring down the street would draw me to the front window every time the local engine company went on a run.  Firefighters and firefighting was something that seemed bigger than life!  When you stop and think about it, it’s crazy so many of us knew exactly what we wanted to be when we grew up; even before we knew how to count to…


Added by Adam J. Hansen on March 4, 2016 at 11:35am — 3 Comments

Outnumbered Does Not Mean Outgunned

     How is it that the Navy SEALs (and other special operations forces) are able to continuously prevail in combat situations where they are grossly outnumbered?  What is it that allows them to defeat their enemies despite overwhelming adversity?  You may think the answer is simply their extensive cache of high-tech equipment, but you could not be any more wrong.  While possessing the most advanced hardware certainly bolsters their capabilities, they are merely supplemental in nature.  As…


Added by Nicholas Papa on March 2, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments


On the recommendation of a friend, I read Lawrence Gonzales' book Deep Survival: Who lives, who dies, and why*. The book…


Added by Jonathan Brumley on March 2, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Limited Manpower - Horizontal Ventilation: 4 Quick Tips


Added by AB Turenne on March 1, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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