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Passing On - A Simple and East Way to Remember How to Lower LODD's

A Ransom Note To The American Fire Service

IF yoU CoMplY witH theSE


DeMAndS wE will LowER The NUMber of LODDss







tHe CloCk has StaRtED

tHE NeXt MovE is yoUrs

we wiLL be WATCHinG

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Added by Ray McCormack on October 5, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Group Milestone

The Start Water group just posted its 50th topic. I would like to thank the members of the Start Water group for their thoughts, insights, and time. The amount of topics and responses by the Start Water members is outstanding and in a class by itself. To all those who have not joined our group so far, don't worry there's still time to discover firefighting.

Added by Ray McCormack on April 12, 2009 at 8:45pm — 1 Comment

Tandem Attack Video

I keep reading how departments insist on using 13/4 lines for Standpipe operations. Usually the set up includes a gated Wye, so a second line can also be stretched to supplement the lower GPM's. How many departments have ever trained on a tandem attack. If anyone is interested in learning more about how to do this leave your information on the comment page. A video on this topic will be available early next year.
Ray McCormack

Added by Ray McCormack on December 31, 2008 at 8:16am — 30 Comments

Men Are From Smooth Bore Women Are From Fog

Pause then laugh!

This is not a debate on smooth bore vs. fog nor is it a male - female thing. It seems sometimes that the fire service can be broken down into two distinct camps. Some of the more popular Smooth Bore vs. Fog, Paid vs.Volunteer and PPV vs. VES.

Maybe there is another - Extinguishment vs. Failure

Extinguishment is at the heart of what we do. No other organization does what we do. Ask any firefighter how they felt putting out the fire and you will find the…


Added by Ray McCormack on September 29, 2008 at 11:54am — 13 Comments

Of Chiefs, Training Officers and Consultants

Fire companies using outdated equiptment and being taught outdated training methods is common in the American fire service and it cuts across all departments types and sizes. I have listened to firefighters talk about being unable to affect change within their company or department. These are not style issues. These firefighters are presenting factual data and willing to test their tools against what is currently in use. They are rebuffed at…


Added by Ray McCormack on June 10, 2008 at 10:10pm — 3 Comments

Thanks to the Start Water Group

I wish to thank the members of The Start Water Group for their fanatstic responses and questions. We curently have over a dozen topics to respond to. We have been able to strike a balance between real world concerns and academy training, appealing to both line firefighters and instructors. That balance I believe is exactly what this site should be about. All of the topics in the Start Water Group are relevant and timely. Please keep the responses comming. Remember we all do the same…


Added by Ray McCormack on April 1, 2008 at 9:04am — No Comments


There are still some fire service myths floating around out there I see. Firefighters operating under unsafe SOP's or none at all. Hard to believe. Staffing is always an issue. Having one firefighter per truck is not staffing it's a driver. Chiefs need to worry more about the fire floor than the apparataus floor.There are all levels of instruction and instructors out there. Get the reasons why we do something from the instructor not just the teaching points.

Added by Ray McCormack on March 19, 2008 at 11:12am — No Comments

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