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Hoarding Conditions - "Outside the Box" Size-Up

Every time your company hits the street whether it's for a fire call, ems run, or training opportunities almost always present themselves to identify potential hazards in your area. This is especially true for hoarding conditions. As discussed in the previous post many size-up indicators of hoarding conditions can be easily found especially with contents that seem to "flow" from the structure. However no two scenes are ever the same, especially in differing urban and suburban environments,…


Added by Will Heiney on August 7, 2016 at 12:26pm — No Comments

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

The Nob,The Pipe, The Tip, The Nozzle

The Sunday Preach:
The Nob, The Pipe, The Tip, The Nozzle.
The 'Nob' requires someone to operate it. Most firefighting nozzles require approximately 8 pounds of force applied to the bale to open the nozzle for water delivery. While obviously this is not a feat of enormity, the nozzle…

Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on December 27, 2015 at 11:27am — No Comments

Firefighters & EMTs Struck by Vehicles in 2015

2015 has not been a good year for Firefighters and EMTs working at roadway incidents. As of today there have been nine (9) firefighters and/or EMTs struck and killed by vehicles in 2015. That is the highest number of fatalities from struck-by-vehicles that I have tracked over the last 15 years. "D" drivers are hitting our personnel and our fire apparatus with surprising frequency. "D" drivers are distracted, drunk, drugged, drowsy, disgruntled and/or just plain dumb. They outnumber…


Added by Jack Sullivan on December 17, 2015 at 10:49am — No Comments

Forcible Entry: Overhead Sectional (Garage) Doors

            There are many times throughout the year that we respond to structure fires in both residences, and commercial occupancies that have garage or overhead doors. These doors can challenge crews that are gaining access into them if they’re not familiar with how they work, how they’re made, and what cuts to make. Regardless of whether we’re gaining access for interior operations, defensive operations, or just to open it up for means of egress; we need to know how they operate, how…


Added by Chad Menard on December 14, 2015 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Evolution of Health and Wellness in North Carolina’s Fire Service

Evolution of Health and Wellness in North Carolina’s Fire Service

North Carolina has always strived to deliver the highest quality of fire training to its emergency service family. Year after year, we remain among the top states for offering IFSAC accredited fire and rescue certification programs. The folks at the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal (NCOSFM) have worked diligently to provide…


Added by The First Twenty on December 9, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Has the lack of "Field Experience" ruined the game?

If you were to walk into any firehouse on any given Sunday, most dayroom TV's will probably have the big game on.  Firefighters have their share of die hard football fans who rep the team hats, sweatshirts and jackets of their favorite team.  It seems the recent turmoil over NFL officiating has soiled the game most of us love. Sports networks and talk radio shows are a buzz over the…


Added by Fire Chief Billy Greenwood on December 1, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Hello, it’s me……The Deck Gun


The title to you older members can be hummed to the tune of the great Todd Rundgren hit song “Hello it’s me” but in all seriousness this article will focus on an often forgotten tactic the blitz attack, transitional attack, whatever you wish to call it using the apparatus mounted deck pipe or gun.

Like most students of the fire service I study hundreds and hundreds of fire videos every year and then choose from those the best ones to help with a…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on November 1, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Gaining the Readership Edge

Gaining the Readership Edge is not about spending time with your nose in the latest trade journal. Sure they all offer great information, with many great writers who have invested lots of time and effort putting pen to paper to educate others. No what we are talking about in Gaining the Readership Edge is the ability to take that book knowledge and applying it to the real-world.


We all know that in competitive sports, second place is the first loser.  Athletes (amateur or…


Added by Fire Chief Billy Greenwood on October 2, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

We are Old School

Not long ago I posted some videos and pictures on social media that included a tour at my old firehouse. They were pictures of fires, the firehouse, and of the guys in front of the truck after a “good job”. Most of the firefighters on the thread had a good amount of time on the job, or had retired. Some comments were mostly in jest, and meant to just mess with us a little. Although some of the comments were essentially…


Added by Jarrod Sergi on September 28, 2015 at 3:20pm — 1 Comment


What will you do when it's your turn to build onto what those who came before us started? Will you make it better? Will you have the courage to say "yes"?

Be the leader and build for the next generation to follow and exceed our progress.

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Added by Paul Combs on September 14, 2015 at 2:59pm — No Comments

September Simulation- Tool and Dye Factory

Hello, we are back to simulations after a month off, I will attempt to get a couple of sims out a month, again if there is a particular simulation you wish to see send me an email at In this particular simulation you have a fire in a legacy constructed building constructed in early 1900s, I have attached some thoughts to consider and also attached a kitchen table handout with still frame shots of the building to discuss with your members. Some key points again to…


Added by Joseph Pronesti on September 2, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments


Sometimes a little pride has to be swallowed to get the job done!

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Added by Paul Combs on August 31, 2015 at 1:46pm — No Comments



The Fire Service is similar to the patient waiting room at the local doctor’s office. Both are filled with all kinds of people from different places with assorted backgrounds, personalities, exposures, symptoms, complaints and outlooks. The one common denominator is that each person has come seeking a reason and an explanation for why they are feeling whatever it is that they are…


Added by Warren Cersley on August 15, 2015 at 8:57am — No Comments

Building Knowledge = Firefighter Safety

As an Officer, I expected the companies to know their buildings and implement adaptive tactics based on the building variables, compartment and fire dynamics and company composition capabilities.

First and foremost you need to know your buildings, their predicable performance, inherent anatomy and the manner in which fire will affect the building, the company and the occupants.

If you don't understand the building- how do you expect to be an effective fire suppression… Continue

Added by Christopher Naum, SFPE on August 14, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

What Type of Mentality Do You Have?

               This may be the most important blog I have ever posted. In order to make the greatest impact possible I have decided to also keep it short.

               When I was younger my parents never let me quit a sport once the season began. Their philosophy was "Finish what you started. If you quit when things get hard you'll quit anytime you encounter adversity in life." I will forever be grateful for that…


Added by Frank Viscuso on August 17, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Training for the Understaffed RIT Company

The topic of short staffed operations is often overlooked, despite it being an issue that many municipalities deal with across the country. Understaffed fireground operations, specifically understaffed rapid intervention team (RIT) operations, is an important topic to address for any fire department. Short staffed operations change the way we operate on the fireground. Understaffed RIT operations directly affect our safety on the fireground. Not being able to rescue a downed firefighter…


Added by David Topczynski on August 20, 2015 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Warrior Mentality - by David Rhodes   I was disturbed when I heard a fire service leader state that “we need to get rid of the fire service of the firefighter warrior mentali…

Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Warrior Mentality - by David Rhodes


I was disturbed when I heard a fire service leader state that “we need to get rid of…


Added by David Rhodes on July 1, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments


Be safe, be smart, and call for the proper resources when you're over your head!

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Added by Paul Combs on June 21, 2015 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Hump Day SOS How Many Have Sacrificed?

How Many Sacrificed Lives for Freedom?

David Rhodes


As we celebrated Memorial Day this past Monday I started wondering how many Americans have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom in wars and…


Added by David Rhodes on May 27, 2015 at 6:08pm — No Comments

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