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David Topczynski's Blog – August 2015 Archive (4)

Understaffed Company Operations

I often get asked how I began teaching on the topic of understaffed company operations, or why I feel addressing short staffed operations is so important. The answer is very simple, because our lives depend on it. Most foundation level training programs are based on students working in teams of five or six, even in my own state. Realistically, that is just not practical for many firefighters across the country. Our focus is to take the skills and material taught in most training programs…


Added by David Topczynski on August 29, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Size Up- Not just What it is but What it was

While out running errands I came across the building that is pictured below. From the street it looks like any other Starbucks, Moes, Cold Stone, Remax and dentist office. But a closer look reveals the old smoke stack and a 360 reveals that it used to be some type of plant or factory. This changes our size up completely. It takes the building from being a possible Type II to a Type III or Type IV. Meaning that instead of truss being our main concern, now it's hidden…


Added by David Topczynski on August 22, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Searching the "Child Proof" Home

It wasn't until I was at a friends house recently that I realized just how "Child Proof" a home can be. There seems to be a gismo that can block any size opening or keep any type of knob from turning on the market. While this is great for the safety of our children these products can create a nightmare for us. There is in fact so many different safety products available that I will start by only discussing baby gates in this post. 

Baby gates come in just about any shape and…


Added by David Topczynski on August 21, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Training for the Understaffed RIT Company

The topic of short staffed operations is often overlooked, despite it being an issue that many municipalities deal with across the country. Understaffed fireground operations, specifically understaffed rapid intervention team (RIT) operations, is an important topic to address for any fire department. Short staffed operations change the way we operate on the fireground. Understaffed RIT operations directly affect our safety on the fireground. Not being able to rescue a downed firefighter…


Added by David Topczynski on August 20, 2015 at 3:17pm — No Comments

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