Archive for January2010

Working Off Ladders

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Don’t forget the basics. Let’s keep ourselves safe on ladders. Use your leg locks and/or lodder belts.

Vent, Enter and Search

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Would you use VES on this fire? What tactics would you use instead or in addition too to search for occupants?

Wood Trusses Can Be Killers!

Take a look at the difference between wood trusses and stick-built roofs. There is a difference when both are attacked by fire and one fails miserably.

Vertical Fire Stopping

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Fire stopping is crucial to maintain fire rated floor, ceiling and wall assemblies.

Fire Growth vs. Resources

This is a good example of the need for more resources. It concerns me when I see lines in a building and there is nobody at the entry point for a back up. In addition, we are constantly training on coordinated attacks. We have no available crews for ventilation or search and rescue that I […]

Multiple Story I-Joists Floors

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I-joists are used on all floors. Remember this when searching floors above the main level. Be careful and keep the construction in mind when making your attack.

Fire in the Middle

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Your first line placement is important, even on the simple fires. Make sure you pick the appropriate size.

Frozen Firefighters

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Winter operations make the job harder and more dangerous. Take precautions and be safe.

Venting the Roof

Take a look at this video and let me know what you see. I posted the still frame from this video and had some great responses. Now, here is the whole thing. What do you see and what would you do different if anything?

Accidental Green Roof

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This is not a real “green” roof. It may look like one, but, it was by accident.

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