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Featured Blog Posts – September 2013 Archive (4)

The Holy Grail of Fire Attack?

With all the recent fire studies conducted by UL, NIST, ISFSI, etc. the fire service is undergoing a renaissance...or at least that's what I thought. The aforementioned organizations have pumped out volumes of empirical data that we can consume and digest to make our profession smarter, more effective and most importantly, safer. Although over the past couple of months I have heard too many people spout misinformation regarding the findings of these studies. Specifically, I have had…


Added by Nick Ledin on September 23, 2013 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

"Pushing the Fire"

Have you ever heard firefighters use the term "Pushing the Fire"? If so, did the firefighter have a clear understanding of the term? Although this is a valid term in the fire service, it seems there are some misconceptions regarding our actual ability to “Push the Fire”. Most commonly I have heard this term used when firefighters are discussing how they attacked a residential fire from one particular entry point because they didn’t want to “push the fire…


Added by Kevin Dippolito on September 20, 2013 at 1:41pm — 3 Comments

THE MILWAUKEE METHOD = A panacea for all steep pitched roof operations?

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…


Added by Colin Kelley on September 16, 2013 at 8:15pm — 6 Comments

T.P.P. and Functionality??

How functional are your "turn-outs"? It seems that most fire departments do a great job of ensuring above standard thermal protective performance (T. P. P.) but tend to come up short in the area of functionality! The "cut", internal pocket arrangement, and external fasteners can really make you gear work for you when you need it the most!…

Added by Colin Kelley on September 8, 2013 at 9:48pm — No Comments

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