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October 2013 Blog Posts (34)

Ventilation Decisions

Ventilation decisions

Take a minute to watch the video below before continuing with the article. Pay attention to what is going on, and what effects the actions of the firefighters has on the fire conditions.

Our purpose here is not to pick apart the performance of those…


Added by Dave Werner on October 15, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments


Pick up the flag

Iconic pictures from the World Trade Center, Iwo Jima, Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor all share a common thread. During the chaotic aftermath of these unspeakable horrors someone quieted fear, started healing pain and suffering, restored hope and returned focus of mission. They stepped up and inspired others to engage as a team. They picked up the flag.

The position of flag bearer is one of great honor, then and now. During the Civil War, the regimental…


Added by Warren Cersley on October 15, 2013 at 11:03am — 2 Comments

Full Door Forcible Entry

Most of our fires occur in residential structures. The primary access door to most single family dwellings and multi-family units are inward swinging doors, secured with a key in knob lock and a dead bolt above. This is not an absolute, this is a majority. If we think about theses locking mechanisms and the fact that they are centered at the jamb this point is going to be very tight, but as we work away from these mechanisms we may see an opportunity.…


Added by Brian Brush on October 15, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Search Scenario #4 Quadraplex Apartment Search

Still not a lot of people out there willing to tell me how they would search these scenarios.  To those of your that have "spilled their guts", Thanks.  

This scenario occurs again at 6:30 a.m..  I never mentioned this but for all of these, lets assume zero visibility in any area that shows smoke.  

It is unknown at the time of the fire if any or all apartments are rented with victims inside.  The attached photo has letters in the windows to signify apartments (A, B, C and…


Added by Skip Coleman on October 15, 2013 at 10:19am — 18 Comments

CLOSE THE DOOR a civilians guide to saving lives and property!

Please share this valuable life saving presentation! This module was created for you to share with your communities, and create more awareness of the importance of CLOSING THE DOOR!  (Click on photo to access FREE online module)

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Also for more information on Closing The Door fire prevention click on the links…


Added by John Shafer on October 13, 2013 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Alternative to LUNAR for Mayday

Here is a very good article on the LUNAR concept for Mayday and consideration for an alternative that is more fireground friendly and effective.

Scott is a fellow instructor with Engine House Training, LLC and a Lieutenant with the Metro West Fire Protection District.

LUNAR....Is There an Alternative?

As a Fire Service, we have done a good job…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on October 10, 2013 at 12:56pm — 3 Comments


Having a little Halloween inspired fun with our "morning" people today. 


Click link below to see more of Paul's work or to order prints:…


Added by Paul Combs on October 8, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

"It is all what you make of it"

My entire life, my parents have told me “it’s all what you make of it.” Like any kid, I would roll my eyes and say, “ok whatever”. The truth is, everything in your life is “all what you make of it.” As a firefighter in today’s fire service, this statement is true more than ever.


I believe that we can all agree that the fire service is changing. In some ways there is change for the better and in others, it seems the changes occurring are having a negative effect on the…


Added by Justin Graney on October 7, 2013 at 9:43am — No Comments


My first rescue.

My first rescue came on a hot summer afternoon in Southside. This period of years provided plenty of practice opportunities to improve our skills, to cut seconds off of the time from dispatch to fire attack, to learn to appreciate the timing and coordination between the vent and fire attack, and the symphony that is an engine and truck company working in harmony.…

Added by Warren Cersley on October 6, 2013 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Answering the Call

To date, my department has lost FOUR of our own in the Line of Duty/ On-Duty. All of these were killed/died prior to me joining the department. I did have the opportunity to meet the four families of our fallen during our Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service that was held at the end of August. I wrote a short piece on the article…


Added by Andrew Catron on October 5, 2013 at 11:19am — No Comments

Solar Power & Firefighting Training Materials

Do you know what Photovoltaic (PV) is?               

What are the safety hazards with PV?


What  tactics should be used at fires with PV present?


How do I secure utilities on a PV system?

If you are not able to answer these questions, then hopefully this post can give you…


Added by John Shafer on October 3, 2013 at 9:12pm — No Comments

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: ID

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 81st Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Smokejumper Mark Urban 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 BLM Boise Smokeumpers.

Mark Urban…


Added by Brad Hoff on October 3, 2013 at 1:36pm — No Comments


Added by Paul Combs on October 3, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments



“Character arrives before reputation and anything else.”  Me.

For many years, I worked part time for an oil company. I pumped gas, delivered fuel oil (pulled the hose) to homes and businesses and drove a tractor trailer. Sometimes I delivered gasoline to service stations or I hauled fuel oil from the corporate terminals in Richmond to our facility.

I didn’t realize that I was recalling character lessons, life…


Added by Warren Cersley on October 1, 2013 at 6:45am — 1 Comment

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