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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…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 6, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 1, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Inside Balloon Frame Construction

This short clip show balloon frame construction from the inside. With Engine House Training, LLC this summer, we had the opportunity to hold a class in this building. It was going to be torn down and the interior wall coverings in most of the house had been removed. That exposed the balloon frame construction characteristics that we so often speak of but seldom have the chance to see.

Use this however you like and share it.  Hopefully,…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 18, 2011 at 10:48pm — 2 Comments

Firefighter Removal from Basement--Webbing Assisted

Here is a quick video of how to use a piece of webbing to assist a firefighter out of a basement window. Understand, that depending on the height of the basement, the length of webbing needed may need to be longer. A 30 foot piece of webbing tied in a loop will work for most situations. The reason the loop is used is so if the webbing slips, it wont completely slip out of your hands if your one of the firefighters pulling on the outside.
Thanks for reading and watching…

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 18, 2011 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Basement Self Rescue

The importance of having a tool with you can’t be stressed enough.  Besides using it for forcible entry and venting windows or other operational functions, it can save your life.

It should be a habit that every time you come off of the truck for an alarm there should be a tool in your hand.  And take a tool that you can do something with.  Some of the most common tools are the Halligan and a flat head ax. You can take a pick headed ax and/or a sledge hammer, depending on what your…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 17, 2011 at 8:57pm — No Comments

A Winter Consideration


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 12, 2011 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

Pass It Forward

Some training partners and I recently had the opportunity and honor to travel to rural Missouri to help with some safety and survival training. It was a one day event on a Saturday and the department and area that we were in is staffed solely with volunteers. We realized very quickly that these men and women were eager and a little anxious at the same time about this series of drills.

My background in the fire service started in a volunteer department and I am still very involved with…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 9, 2010 at 9:49pm — 1 Comment

Get the Whole Picture

This is just a reminder to get the whole picture when doing inspections and pre-plans. Just don’t get lazy when doing these prevention functions. Especially on larger buildings that require some effort to get around.

Recently I did an inspection at a local nursing home. It had been awhile since I had been there because we have the crews do most of these inspections. There were some things I had forgotten about and had I not taken some extra time, would have missed.

As I… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 23, 2010 at 8:47pm — 1 Comment

Fundamentals, Basics, Training, Oh My!

Last night I had the pleasure to listen to and get in on a discussion on Art Chief Reason’s new FirefighterNetcast radio show. The show was fantastic and the content was interesting and stimulating. However, the topic that came up that really got my attention was when he and Dave dove into the subject of risk vs. benefit and safety vs. extinguishment. I know, I know, this has been beaten with a sledge hammer over our collective heads for the last year or so. But, I just can’t figure one thing… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 18, 2010 at 9:57pm — 8 Comments

Are You Making a Difference?

Ahhh, the good ole days!

Are you making a difference? It is a simple question that requires a “yes” or “no” answer. So, which is it?

The fire service is full of opportunities for people to take advantage of to better themselves. Are you taking advantage of those opportunities?

It is easy to go to work and sit down at the kitchen table and complain about what needs to be done that day. It is easy to come into work and… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 15, 2010 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment


I have been reading books on historical figures and great leaders. I find these people fascinating and intriguing. Many of these individuals have been studied on their leadership style and characteristics in great detail. However, the parallels to these great politicians, executives, generals and peace keepers is that they were aware of their surroundings and those around them. They all understood there was a greater cause.

In the fire service, the same can be said about our great leaders.… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 17, 2009 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Attitudes of the Spartans for the Firefighter

I recently watched the movie “300” and I find it to be inspiring and historically interesting. I have seen it maybe three or four times and this most recent viewing it made me stop and think. These Spartans were a proud, honorable and highly trained group of men and society. It was an honor to die protecting Sparta.

Sound familiar? The fire service should be a place that we are proud, honorable and in trying to save a life, we are revered for giving our lives to save another. At least that… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on May 17, 2009 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Be the Change Agent and Stay Positive

I was talking to some old friends that I had worked with when I had originally got hired as a career firefighter. We were discussing the “good old days” and having a good laugh. We all have moved on to different departments and districts since then, but we all agreed that those were some the best times of our careers. The pay and benefits weren’t great, we had our share of issues with the city, but we were a tight group and we had a blast on duty.

Most of us have moved on to bigger… Continue

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 10, 2009 at 10:43pm — 1 Comment

Everyone Goes Home Summit

I am goint to attend this in March. I am really looking forward to this, especially the presentation on the Charleston fire. It will be my first time to attend anything at the NFA, and I am going alone. Is anyone on this site going to attend also. I would love to meet some of the great fire service people from this community. Stay safe and take care.

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 22, 2009 at 7:36pm — 4 Comments

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