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The Industrial Based Fire Department: A Beneficial and Unique Career Path

A career with an Industrial Based Fire Department can be a truly rewarding experience filled with the same level of camaraderie, brotherhood, and tradition of the surrounding local municipal departments.

 

Along with the same similarities such as training, morning rig checks, and stories shared around the firehouse dinner table, the Industrial Fire Service comes with other elements and experiences unique to the environment at hand that a firefighter wouldn’t normally encounter…

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Added by AB Turenne on August 23, 2020 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Establishing Engine Company Success by Estimating the Stretch

Establishing Engine Company Success by Estimating the Stretch

As the first arriving engine on scene to any working fire, you can set the tone for success or failure right from the stretch, literally. Determining the length of hose to pull from the bed first is a skill set that comes with education and experience that is earned and gained out in the…

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Added by AB Turenne on August 11, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

Low Angle Rescue: A Quick, Simple and Effective Approach

Low Angle Rescue: A Quick, Simple and Effective Approach

In this article, I will review a simple method of accessing an injured patient with a low angle rescue element involved.  Low angle rescues are generally considered to fall between 15 and 35 degrees. Examples include motor vehicle accidents involving vehicles down embankments and injured runners or hikers…

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Added by AB Turenne on June 15, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Irons: Forcible Entry & Door Control

The Irons: Forcible Entry & Door Control

Besides the standard ensemble of turnout gear, box light, SCBA, and a radio, it is expected for firefighters to dismount their apparatus upon arrival with the essential tools of the trade (TIC, Can, etc.) with an objective and goal in mind. Typically, this includes a set of irons which tend to be placed off to the side once a fortified door has been forced.

With the door…

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Added by AB Turenne on February 22, 2020 at 3:30am — No Comments

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…

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Added by AB Turenne on August 15, 2019 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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…

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Added by AB Turenne on July 20, 2019 at 3:30am — 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…

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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…

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

Dr. Seuss and the Pack Conversion

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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…

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

Making Fire Department Training More Cost Effective

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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…

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Added by AB Turenne on November 29, 2016 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

5 Steps to Preplanning for Elevator Emergencies

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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…

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

3 Uses For A TIC On The Hazardous Materials Incident Scene

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Added by AB Turenne on July 27, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Halligan Bar: Close to 70 Years of Versatility

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

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

Limited Manpower - Horizontal Ventilation: 4 Quick Tips

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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…

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

Mechanical Advantage for Limited Manpower

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

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