Fire Engineering Training Community

Where firefighters come to talk training

June 2012 Blog Posts (21)

An expression of gratitude.

Passion overflows in the fire service in forms of pride, dedication, commitment and sacrifice. Modern society with our "overwhelming" connection to media has pros and cons. The ability to share your passion is certainly on the positive side of the coin. Fire Engineering is certainly a leader in fire service training, news and information. Add to their repertoire developing the next generation of Firefighters, Officers, Instructors and Leaders. This training community is a testament to this…


Added by Christopher Huston on June 29, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments


      As I had stated in a prevoius blog, The best thing that I had ever done was to join the "FOOLS", thanks in part to my good Friend Jeff Schwering , even thou Jeff and i have never met face to face , we've formed a great friendship , bouncing Ideas off each other, discussing the everyday rants we face as Officers  and just being there when we needed to blow off…


Added by Mike France on June 29, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Test

What's the difference between training and experience?

Training will always give you the test last.

Experience will always give you the test first.

Train, train, and then train some more, so when experience hands you that test...

you're ready!  

Training is such a vital part of our work. 

I hear firefighters complaining about having to train, and passing up opportunities to train. 

Unfathomable!!  They want to play, but they don't want to…


Added by Kim Fitzsimmons on June 26, 2012 at 10:01pm — 6 Comments


You gotta love those frequent flyers!

Buy a print of this illustration:


Added by Paul Combs on June 26, 2012 at 1:41pm — 2 Comments

Searching Recreational Vehicles During Fire Incidents in Industrial Areas

Searching Recreational Vehicles During

Fire Incidents in Industrial Areas

Many jurisdictions have an area that contains heavy commercial or light industrial occupancies that is commonly called an “industrial park” or “business park”. Often times these areas have buildings with large square footages and outdoor storage and loading areas. The…


Added by Chris Sterricker on June 25, 2012 at 5:18pm — No Comments

We Take Care of Our Own

             As a person who has been in the Fire Service for more than 25 years , i have seen some things that we used to do and Now we do not do many of those things . The days of "WE" are growing very short ,it is now all about "ME", i'm reminded of a Former Chief of mine always correcting me , saying there is no "I" in "WE" and boy was he ever so right , but the funny thing was he never practiced what he preached me.

            I was the guy that sat back and said "I'l never wear…


Added by Mike France on June 22, 2012 at 8:47am — 2 Comments

Firefighter Fitness- Exercise Upgrade, The DB Row

What makes a good exercise for firefighters?  Any?  All?  Well, if you want to get technical then "yes and yes."  Today I want to give a quick upgrade for the row movement, firefighters, emts, and paramedics are asked to lift heavy things in akward and unbalanced situations.  Keeping this in mind, I often ask firefighters how and if the exercises that they perform on a regular basis challenge their balance, strength and core.  The DB Row is a great exercise and with a few manipulations can…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 21, 2012 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Union Thugs?  I think not!!!

Union Thugs?  I think not!!!


Added by Dennis Weidler on June 19, 2012 at 4:57pm — No Comments

School Bus Roof Lift

When you see this post’s title you may wonder, when would I need to do that.  The scenario is a rare one, however, what if a school bus crash causes significant crumpling of the roof effectively trapping the driver and students that are towards the front of the bus.  Here’s an option for school bus roof removal involving a coordinated effort with firefighters and a heavy wrecker.

Involving heavy wreckers at our extrication scenes involves prior training for the coordination to work…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on June 19, 2012 at 8:23am — No Comments


My first June commentary speaks to the perception that firefighters are not worth the money and benefits they have fought so hard to obtain - and to the epiphany when the contrary is realized.

In short, last November Ohio defeated SB5 which would have severely limited the bargaining procedures of public employee unions. This only after a lofty battle…


Added by Paul Combs on June 18, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

How Do You Communicate?

This post came to me while continuing to design my class for the South Atlantic Fire Expo later this summer. I have always been a huge proponent of calm radio traffic. The calmer the traffic the better the incident generally goes. Sure I have yelled on the radio, sure I have said some dumb stuff on the radio, but with experience comes a calm radio demeanor. This expectation isn't just for the officer either, it should be for everyone who has a radio. These days audio is broadcast and…


Added by Jonah Smith on June 18, 2012 at 7:01am — 2 Comments


There is an argument being made that we cannot have a safe fire ground. This job, inherently filled with risk, will never see a day where everyone goes home. Can we find middle ground where safety and our duty receive equal treatment? Life is overflowing with risk and we perform life altering/ending actions on a daily basis just as human beings. Life as a Fire Service professional gives us a different perspective. We have training and education to handle when those risks of living life catch…


Added by Christopher Huston on June 15, 2012 at 11:57pm — No Comments

We are Fathers, we are sons, we are Firefighters.

A romance for firefighting begins in each one of us, just as unique as those involved. Our stories are diverse, similar, extraordinary or maybe just ours. My love affair with this calling, the Fire Service, is not special or enthralling, it is just mine.

Sunday is Fathers Day. Some will mark the occasion possibly by serving breakfast in bed or a family cookout. My life has not led me down the path of parenthood in the traditional sense; our puppies are my "kids", so Fathers…


Added by Christopher Huston on June 15, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Simple Webbing Tips

Here is one of our instructors from Engine House Training, LLC showing some very simple techniques for webbing storage.   He is going to be running a series for different uses of webbing, so stay tuned!



Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 15, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Meat Grinder Rescue

A few weeks ago Andrew Brassard started a discussion via email about meat grinder rescue.  Below are some pictures and a couple points to ponder on this type of extraction from Brass.  Be sure to check out the Brotherhood Instructors LLC Man-In-Machine Operations class and find more training materials here.



Added by Paul Hasenmeier on June 14, 2012 at 8:14pm — No Comments

The Firehouse Meal

As you may or may not know, I'm a faculty member at a local Fire Science Bachelors program.  Currently, I'm in the process of designing a new class for our program about Fire Service Personnel Dynamics.  I find the topic fascinating, because the more you travel around and meet firefighters, the more you see how each department's culture is as different as it's equipment.  Some places everyone loves to promote, and other places people want to ride the back…


Added by Jonah Smith on June 14, 2012 at 10:27am — No Comments

The Quiet Voice of Seniority

Unless you shut your trap, it's a voice that can easily be drowned out among the others at the firehouse.  Amid the cacophony of noise in the kitchen of the firehouse, I was privy to a conversation today with one of the most senior firefighters in my department.  Needless to say, it left an impact on me, not so much in what he said as how he said it.  His emotion, choice of words, patient manner, and friendly demeanor spoke volumes about his character.

In a department the size of mine…


Added by Jason Jefferies on June 12, 2012 at 1:38pm — 3 Comments

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM- June Magazine Illustration

Well, as promised, here's my one-two punch commentary regarding fire service obesity (see previous blog post). We are aggressive when it comes to the hot-button dangers of lightweight construction, seat-belts, excessive speed, smoke toxins, etc... and all are important topics. But let's not forget the literal and metaphorical elephant in the room - our own weight and…


Added by Paul Combs on June 11, 2012 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

What's In Your Pockets: Wire Cutters

When we started offering classes and offering hands on training, the one thing we wanted to make sure of was that the training was as realistic as possible.  We had all attended hands on training drills and classes and we know what we liked as a student and what we didn't.  So, when we run our drills we want the student to have as realistic of an experience as possible in a safe…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 6, 2012 at 3:19pm — 4 Comments

Incident Command with a Side of Peanut Butter and Jelly

In 2004, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and it's sub-component the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is "a systematic tool used for the command, control, and coordination of emergency response", according to the United States Federal Highway Administration. ICS is based upon a flexible, scalable response organization that provides a common framework within which people can work together effectively.…


Added by Mackenzie-Anne Kelly on June 5, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Monthly Archives




















Policy Page


The login above DOES NOT provide access to Fire Engineering magazine archives. Please go here for our archives.


Our contributors' posts are not vetted by the Fire Engineering technical board, and reflect the views and opinions of the individual authors. Anyone is welcome to participate.

For vetted content, please go to

We are excited to have you participate in our discussions and interactive forums. Before you begin posting, please take a moment to read our community policy page.  

Be Alert for Spam
We actively monitor the community for spam, however some does slip through. Please use common sense and caution when clicking links. If you suspect you've been hit by spam, e-mail

FE Podcasts

Check out the most recent episode and schedule of

© 2024   Created by fireeng.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service