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Douglas Mitchell, Jr.'s Blog – February 2016 Archive (3)

The preconnected stretch...

The Sunday Preach:

The preconnect... are you handcuffed?

Most engine companies have several preconnected attack lines and "the invention of this hoseload allows for quick racking and deploying and can greatly assist in limited staffing departments." 

As they lay in rest on your engine in a preconnected fashion, they are a fixed length "...the implementation of the preconnected hoseline provided a safety blanket that firefighters could rest…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 29, 2016 at 8:15am — No Comments

Single... or am I?

The Sunday Preach:

Single... or am I?

"Legally or illegally, many of these homes have been converted to accommodate the addition of extended family or even an entire other family, effectively making them two-family homes." (Page XIV).

Many of the single…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 21, 2016 at 12:32pm — No Comments

"Mind the Step"

The Sunday Preach:

‘Mind your Step’

"We must recognize the importance that staircases have in all of our operations, from pre-fire control to overhaul. We must understand their structural building components, know the materials used, their limitations, and how to prevent and overcome problems impeding our goal of going up or down the stairs. Anytime we are going up or down steps, we must be extra alert. We must also recognize and plan to utilize a secondary means of egress…


Added by Douglas Mitchell, Jr. on February 7, 2016 at 3:57pm — No Comments

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