When is it time to move on…..
“When it comes to forcible entry, we must have options. We must have a plan A, B, C, D, and so on. Even residential forcible entry does not have a “one size fits all” method to success. In order to have multiple plans, we must be adaptable with our tool selection. We also must recognize when our methods aren’t working and when it is time to move to the next plan.” Chapter 19, Page 192.
The benefit of the internet and social media…Continue
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"Residential Recognition - Take off the blinders!"
"All our senses must be on alert. We must use all our five senses to gather intelligence about the bigger picture, then attempt to validate the smaller tactical pieces to make sure the outcome is what is anticipated. We must absolutely resist the temptation
to put the blinders on and run like a moth to a flame in our tactical decision making." Chapter 21, Page…
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Make Your Ladders Happy!
“Portable ladders want to be used at fires. They want to get out of their ladder racks and be used, see the light of day, be near the heat and smoke, and help you do your job more quickly and easily. They live to be thrown against residential building fires. It makes them happy. They love to be carried or dragged into place by one firefighter. They want to be placed at the level of the residential windowsill for best overall operations.” Chapter 22,…Continue
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“Beware of smoke from everywhere”
Basement fires, and their tell-tale sign of smoke from everywhere, is arguably the most dangerous fire we encounter. Sadly, this was made evident by the recent LODD of Patrick Wolterman in Hamilton, Ohio and the close call in Toledo with FF Dorner last month. The latter has taken the time to share his story, which is imperative for us to read and share to learn. The former, sadly cannot share his story, but yet we must learn…Continue
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“We bring water”
“What is consistent is that it does not matter what the specific situation is, hose will be laid in the street and we will be shortly filling it. There is a no valid excuse in hydranted areas why an engine company on a reported residential structure fire would
not lay out. The following are some excuses that may
• Complacency: “We have been to this place two
times today,” or “We never run…Continue
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"The Greatest Show on Earth"
Time is quickly approaching for FDIC which provides one of the greatest honors for any instructor but also provides a platform and opportunity to share your message.We are humbled and honored to be able to share the 25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD message again this year.
According to the USFA, in 2013 & 2014 there were 25 line of duty deaths that occurred in the residential structure when…Continue
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Don't be knotted up when seconds count!
Today we share the simple tip that can save you seconds when the portable ladder is needed to be quickly deployed and utilized for rescue or access.
"When a life hangs in the balance, the extra time it may take to untie this knot is absolutely avoidable
and unacceptable. The rope likely has a memory and has been sitting out in the elements, making it even
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It's Really The Only Time You Have
"We know that the SCBA is our only protection against the products of combustion. It protects our respiratory system from harm. There is a big difference, however, between wearing your SCBA and using it. We would never go into a fire without wearing one on our
backs, but sometimes, perhaps for a small incipient fire or in the overhaul stages, we don’t wear it. How many times have you been at a job where once one firefighter takes his or her mask…
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“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;
what we have done for others and the world remains and
is immortal.” Albert Pike (Introduction, Page 14)
We start our book with this quote and we end every class with this quote because it captures how we should conduct ourselves each and everyday. It forces us to perform a level of self evaluation and determine if our actions are…Continue
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"Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) is a topic worthy
of some discussion. Ladder companies that carry PPV fans must be well versed in their use. There is a tendency that if someone sets a PPV fan at the front door, it should be started and run. This is not always the case. PPV fans are excellent tools for removing smoke…
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"The key for the engine company to bring water to
each and every reported and actual residential fire is
several fold and begins with correct behavior. Every
single engine company, from the first arriving to the
last one on the final alarm, must come into the game
with finding and…
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"Happy Father's Day"
"We need to mentor and to mold that positive energy into the creation of good fireground habits. We can’t blame our recruits for being eager. It’s good when firefighters are ready to learn. Accept that eagerness as it is, and share with your experiences and knowledge. Be a mentor and role model to them. Make them the best firefighters they can be." Chapter 6, Page 55.
Today we celebrate one of the most important influences in many…Continue
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"Give your Ladders a little love"
"A clean tool is a happy tool, and portable ladders are no exception. Keep your ladders free and clear of fire debris and clean as needed with careful focus on the extension ladder's moving parts. Pulleys, ladder locks, and fly section channels are prone to collecting debris." Pg. 270, Chapter 22.
Often hidden in a compartment and out of sight, the portable ladder is thrusted into action at a working fire with an occupant…Continue
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"Never forget and always be grateful"
Today we take a moment to thank each and every veteran and their families for the sacrifice they have made to provide for our freedoms. We remember all of those brave soldiers who did not make it home and made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their life, for those of us resting under that blanket of liberty. …
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The 360- Degree Check
Whatever you call it - "The Lap", "360", "Walk around", it does not matter but what does matter is that you, or depending upon the size of the structure, have someone complete it and rely the information learned to the people going into harms way.
“In this incident, the first arriving engine crew was met by an excited homeowner who informed them that the fire was in the basement and directed them to the front door and down the stairs.…Continue
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THE SUNDAY PREACH
On this last installation of the look, listen, and feel approach to our search technique, we discuss how,…Continue
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