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Jason Hoevelmann's Blog – March 2012 Archive (4)

Jason Hoevelmann presenting "A Firefighter's Own Worst Enemy" at FDIC 2012

A Firefighter’s Own Worst Enemy: A Synopsis

When I created this class it was in response to my own attitudes and behaviors that I had developed over a period of time. During those 18 months of “darkness” I allowed outside influences to dictate my perception of the fire service, what my job is and should be and the direction of my future. Luckily, I had other influences around me that recognized I was drifting and helped to set me back on course.

After I was re-calibrated I…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 27, 2012 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Bailout Window Anchors

Check out this blog post by Frank Lipski, Co-Owner of Engine House Training, LLC and good friend on Bailout Hooks. Join the discussion and check out our site atEngine House Training, LLC.…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 22, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Tools for a Purpose

We have taught a lot of classes and trained extensively on numerous firefighter operations. One thing that always interests me is the choice of hand tools by firefighters. Each has their own preference and favorite, but in many cases when challenged as to why that specific tool is their tool of choice, the answer is not clear to them.

Some are bound by the fact that they work on a truck, engine or squad. Some are bound by their riding assignment based on what order they arrive on the…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 9, 2012 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Learn the Building

Here are some more pictures from my A Shift buddies, Jim, Bob and Dave at Florissant Valley Fire Protection District. These photos show the challenges of just getting into some of our buildings. It’s a lot easier to get a good look at the working mechanisms and traits of these obstacles during daylight and in non-emergent situations.

Take time to know what is behind these doors and grates. What are they protecting and how secure are they? Is just a…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 6, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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