Fire Engineering Training Community

Where firefighters come to talk training

AB Turenne's Blog (19)

Health Assessment: Are You a Help or a Hindrance

 Health Assessment: Are You a Help or a Hindrance

Far too often people find it to be much easier to Monday Morning Quarterback those around them while standing idle from the outside than it is to take a long hard look at what their reflection shows in the mirror. The easy route shouldn't always be the path less traveled, but unfortunately seeing your own flaws is a difficult reality that no one wants to do.

In May of 2017, I…

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on August 15, 2019 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

Station Pride, Finding Indentity and Ownership

Station Pride, Finding Identity and Ownership

Belonging to a military family and coaching youth sports, there is an undeniable similarity that I have witnessed firsthand from both the brave soldiers and strong athletes that I have had the privilege of meeting. Each has expressed a great deal of pride and ownership within their groups (units and teams) and strived to represent their individual organizations to the best of…

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on August 10, 2019 at 9:29am — No Comments

Keeping it Functional and Keeping it Fun

Keeping it Functional and Keeping it Fun

With fireground training or firehouse fitness, it is critical to develop lesson plans or workouts with the goal of making them functional to the service your department provides, while more importantly keeping it…

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on July 20, 2019 at 3:56am — No Comments

The Firehouse Kitchen Table: The Perfect Podium to Promote Health and Wellness

The Firehouse Kitchen Table: The Perfect Podium to Promote Health and Wellness

Some of the best memories and learning moments in the fire service don’t take place on the fireground or in a classroom setting; rather they take place around the table while we eat as a shift or take the time to talk over a cup of joe.

Downtime in the firehouse can often lead to complacency or at times the…

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on July 6, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Pre-Rigged Systems for Hauling/Lowering a Downed Firefighter

Pre-Rigged Systems for Hauling/Lowering a Downed Firefighter

When dispersing equipment and tools amongst your apparatus and response units, a lot of time and thought is used to determine what the best fit for the best…

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on May 11, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Dr. Seuss and the Pack Conversion

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on May 1, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Adapting Innovative Techniques to the Needs of your Department

Take a look around the fire service and you will find that many of our operational guidelines, practices, and equipment all have roots in other areas outside of firefighting. Things like our command Structure, breathing apparatus, and vent saws were all around prior to being repurposed to fit our operational needs. The same opportunities exist today.  Don’t reinvent the wheel—make the tools fit your specific department, response area, and resources.

Over the last few months, I…

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on January 16, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Making Fire Department Training More Cost Effective

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on January 10, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Door Control and the Spring Clamp: A Recipe for Safety and Success

There is one thing we can all agree on: There are a million ways to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (I prefer smooth PB, strawberry jam, wheat bread, cut into 4 squares), and at the end of the day it still tastes great. In terms of fire service tactics, we have a lot of tools and options at our disposal as well.  Yes, we must save viable victims. Yes, we must locate and extinguish the fire. Yes, we must protect the exposures and limit further damage to the structure/property. More…

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on November 29, 2016 at 9:38pm — 1 Comment

5 Steps to Preplanning for Elevator Emergencies

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on September 6, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Recycle, Re-Use, and Rescue

With the plethora of tools and equipment available in the fire service, it’s safe to say that there is a tool for every need. Unfortunately, with most fire departments, (both career and volunteer), tight budgets can hinder the purchase of the latest and…

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on August 16, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

3 Uses For A TIC On The Hazardous Materials Incident Scene

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on July 27, 2016 at 6:35am — No Comments

The Halligan Bar: Close to 70 Years of Versatility

In a modern day fire service where the norm of preaching and teaching…

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on May 22, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Limited Manpower - Horizontal Ventilation: 4 Quick Tips

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on March 1, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

4 Ways to Practice Like You Play

            One of the greatest life lessons that many of us have been taught is to “practice what you preach”.  It is valuable guidance that encourages all of us to lead…

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on February 6, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Mechanical Advantage for Limited Manpower

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on January 16, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

The 1410 Drill: Developing Effective Engine Company Skills for Limited Manpower Situations

For quite a few years now, “doing more with less” has been normal operating procedure for most fire departments across the United States, regardless of the location or make-up of the department. Budget restraints have hindered staffing of career departments, and the increased commitment and requirements on volunteers has taken a drastic toll on retention rates. Firefighters everywhere must now take steps to do the same job with the same level of pride and effort, but do it with fewer…

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on October 12, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Curbing Carcinogens, For Our Own

Being in the fire service, it is inevitable that you will be subjected to grief, loss, and a world of other assorted emotions. It is also likely that in addition to the suffering you will see in the field, you will also experience the same range of emotions from your co-workers.

In the firehouse I work out of, we operate with a small roster of 26 officers and firefighters that share the workload of three (3) separate shifts. Regardless of your time in service or the shift you work, it…

Continue

Added by AB Turenne on March 1, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Policy Page

CONTRIBUTORS NOTE

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 www.fireengineering.com/archives.

Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton
We are excited to have you participate in our discussions and interactive forums. Before you begin posting, please take a moment to read our policy page HERE. -- Bobby Halton

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 peter.prochilo@clarionevents.com.

FE Podcasts

Wednesday

Main Street Firefighting

with

Joe Pronesti

CALL IN AND JOIN THE SHOW

1-877-497-3973 (Toll Free)
or 1-760-454-8852

Check out the schedule of
UPCOMING PODCASTS

© 2019   Created by fireeng.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service