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Jason Hoevelmann's Blog – December 2011 Archive (6)

Tactical Thoughts: 1

Take a look at the pictures and ask a few questions. There are always variables that we don't know about using a still photograph, but we can put ourselves in that picture and think about what we would do. The idea is to consider different approaches and outcomes and keeping ourselves ready should a similar even occur.

1. Is there tenable space in this…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 30, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Anatomy of a Basement Fire:Basic

Here is a short video that you can use for a drill or training night. Feel free to use however you like. This is from a recent basement fire and what was looked for and what was done. There are some considerations to think about. This is not everything for all basement fires. Just a simple tutorial. Feel free to add your experience and ideas to this video.

Stay safe,

Jason…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 21, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Heavy Timber Considerations

Heavy timber construction is still among us, it just isn't as common as it once was. If you read the books, they will describe true heavy timber construction as having no void spaces and obviously using large dimentional lumber. These buildings were used for mills, warehouses, factors and other commercial uses. Today we are seeing some increase use in heavy timber construction at lodges and resorts.

The more urban metropolitan areas have been dealing with these old building for a long…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 16, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Judge Not

I've done it and you've done it. It is going to happen again and it's going to happen soon. With every line of duty death the Monday morning quarterbacks come out and tell us all what they should have or should not have done. We preach and teach to learn from these tragedies by understanding the circumstances surrounding the incident. But, what are we doing to make sure that this doesn't happen?



Our job is dangerous. Worcester Fire Department is a highly trained department and… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 11, 2011 at 8:38am — 8 Comments

The Purpose

This is a very simple post but one that I am finding is ever more important. Take a look at the picture and what is the first thing that you think of? What do you see? We've all done this drill or scenario and we have all at one point or another felt the anxiety of being "stuck" in a box, tube or tight spot. Some may have had instructors that guided us through and others may have been screamed at they needed to get out or they were going to die in there.

The main purpose of this post…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 6, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Smoke and Mirrors

I have been involved with training for a long time. One thing I have learned over the years is that training does not need to be wrapped in smoke and mirrors. It doesn't have to have a "trick" or wild and crazy obstacle courses. I see so many training officers and instructors spend so much time building almost impossible mazes, courses and drills that the purpose of the exercise is lost.

Recently we set up a new training division and basically started over with our training schedule and…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 1, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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