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Mind - Body - Skill: The Back-Up Firefighter

To follow up to my last post The Ominus Triad - Complacency, Fatigue, Mistakes I felt it necessary to provide an example. The Combat Position - Achieving Firefighter Readiness and The Fire Service Warrior present the true path for…


Added by Brian Brush on May 16, 2011 at 7:38pm — 2 Comments

Scopes of Situational Awareness

There is no shortage of discussion on the topic of situational awareness and rightfully so. If we can find ways to train firefighters to evaluate and process more information about what is happening around their task or operation the safer they will be. Unfortunately, there are a couple factors which seriously limit the scope of situational awareness that we can expect from those operating on the fire ground.…


Added by Brian Brush on May 16, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Ominus Triad - Complacency, Fatigue, Mistakes

We recently had a trauma surgeon present a EMS continuing education lecture for our department. Part of her lecture was in regards to current trends in trauma science and the use of the Damage Control concepts. Initially I was not very interested in the lecture, that is until she used the term "Ominous Triad of Death". How cool is that, you throw…


Added by Brian Brush on May 13, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Utility Players - The Medic

There is a chance that I may get punched in the face for the next statement but forethought rarely stops me. I was listening to a Rockies game and rereading the Urban Firefighter Article…


Added by Brian Brush on April 25, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Search and Rescue Seperation For Initial Training

In my academy we were not taught the art of search, instead we did "search and rescue" drills. When we entered a building be it the drill tower or an acquired structure we would immediately start our search as we were being trained to do. Right hand or left hand from the front door with the sole purpose of finding a victim or reporting primary clear. The monotony of the…


Added by Brian Brush on April 19, 2011 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Misapplication of the Trench Cut



The classic trench cut shown to the left has not changed by definition only by misapplication. The trench cut was developed during the 1960’s in New York city during an exceptionally busy fire…


Added by Brian Brush on April 12, 2011 at 2:19pm — 3 Comments

Wind Driven Fire Lessons Continue

It has been almost 2 years since 4/12/20009 when we lost Captian James Harlow and Firefighter Damion Hobbs in Houston Texas ( ). Nearly 4 years ago on 4/16/2007 we also lost Technician Kyle Wilson with Prince William County Fire (…


Added by Brian Brush on April 7, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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