Added by John Mitchell on September 17, 2013 at 11:42am — No Comments
Thanks to those that posted comments. They were good and showed some different ideas which is what I want.
In this scenario, we have a fire in a split level residential house. The fire occurs at 0630 hours on a Sunday morning. As with all these scenarios, what you see is what you get! As a reminder, you are using your departments staffing, procedures and equipment.
Here is what i want to discuss:
First of all, let me be clear that this is not an indictment of the method itself. You will not read any dispute or argument here against its effectiveness and rapidity. Nope, it’s good alright. A solid ventilation operation was born out of the necessity and a belief in the importance of peaked roof ventilation. These firefighters developed, evolved, and refined a vertical ventilation method that accomplishes the tactical requirements and at the same time keeps the brothers on solid working…Continue
Come with me to the land of make-believe. Once upon a time, I thought I was a pretty good firefighter. I could pull pre-connected hose line, tie a few knots, and strap my SCBA to my body in well under one…
Added by Paul Combs on September 12, 2013 at 4:53pm — No Comments
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Still missing you, my friends. See you on the other…Continue
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Just because we have inserted the "I" it does not mean that anything has changed. All firefighters who have been taught the right way have been completing the "I" since day 1!
Firefighters have performed the "I" every time they have performed this high risk tactic. The "I" is…Continue
It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 79th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain Token Adams has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Sante Fe National Forest.
Added by Brad Hoff on September 9, 2013 at 12:19pm — No Comments
It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 78th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Assistant Chief Joe Darr has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Chillicothe Fire Department.
Added by Brad Hoff on September 9, 2013 at 12:13pm — No Comments
I have been in quite a few fire houses where the troops are just sitting around watching sportscenter or shooting the breeze with conversation. At some point one of them will say "what are we going to train on today?" or "what’s going on next drill night?" At that point someone will say either don’t know or that there wont be a training officer around so we will just talk about football, hockey (Go blackhawks), or our latest…Continue
Added by Chris Willis on September 9, 2013 at 11:33am — No Comments
Added by Colin Kelley on September 8, 2013 at 9:48pm — No Comments
There has been a lot of talk recently, the last few years especially, about the culture of the fire service. There have been all kinds of cultures thrown around: a culture of safety, a culture of extinguishment, a culture of tradition, a culture of nexters, etc. I think you get the point.
I'm going to keep this short.
First, cultures are created over long periods of time by attitudes, beliefs and habits. Cultures of anything are not easy to change or fix, if that is the…Continue
Firefighter/Technician Steve Brookbank, (Air Unit No. 1, Wash. DC) sent these two photographs in. This standpipe configuration is located on the upper floors of a high rise building.
The photograph on the left is of a 2 1/2" riser connection in the middle of a hallway corridor. You may notice that…
Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on September 6, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
In the fire service there are a number of companies and individual firefighters/officers that are always "going for the gold", trying to find better ways to accomplish our job and strive to assure the "basics" are always fresh in the minds of others.
This certainly plays true for Captain Daniel…
Added by Chief Anthony Kelleher on September 6, 2013 at 10:03am — No Comments
When I teach, I usually bring up the point that “there is always more than one right way to fight a fire and conversely, more than one wrong way to fight a fire”. What works (or worked) in Toledo may not work in New York and vice versa.
In my third book, “Searching Smarter” (published by Fire Engineering/Pennwell, 2011), in Chapter 2, I discuss the four types of search I am aware of; those being “Standard Search”, “Team Search”, “Vent Enter Search (VES)” and the “Oriented…Continue
When your department is short staffed and your Training Division is short staffed it makes it difficult to conduct quality training in the basics. That is why it is imperative that at the company officer level training in the basics continues. Although plentiful overtime is good in the short term in the long term it can lead to fatigue and lack of consistent training sessions. One of the things that the Training Division must balance is the amount of work hours firefighters are putting in…Continue
Added by Antonio Almodovar on September 5, 2013 at 7:35am — No Comments