Archive for July2010

Blog Carnival 5: Minimum Standards?

Personally, I believe that there needs to be, at least at the state level, a system that requires continuing education and minimum job performance evaluations. I have heard that the last thing the fire service needs is more unfunded mandates required by non-firefighting personnel. To that comment, I agree. However, it cannot be overlooked that we are in a time and era of firefighting like we have never seen before. We have all heard someone say that “this ain’t your father’s fire service anymore.”

What Do You See?

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As an officer that will be making the initial decisions on this building you have a great responsibility to know as much about this structure as you can. It will certainly help you to make the best possible decision about your tactics.

Changes in Building Features

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When firefighters become lost or disoriented we are taught to find a window or door on an outside wall. The inside of this building may feel like windows to the gloved hand, but in reality it has been blocked up.

Adapting–The Rest of the Story

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So, lesson 1 is big fire equals big water. If the fire is advanced enough that you will run out of water, it wont make any difference what size your line is. But, the larger line will put out more fire in that short amount of time.

Excellent Training Opportunities

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Don’t miss these training opportunities. The Brotherhood Instructors provide all facets of fire service training. You really need to attend one of their trainings. Here is some training from Traditions Training.  Again, if your looking for some of the best training offered, these two groups of guys can get for you.

New Smoke Detector Ordinance in Albany, CA

Here is a good read from Albany, CA. The city just passed an ordinance making photoelectric smoke detectors mandatory in new construction. This is a huge step and you should take some time to do some research about the pros and cons for each type of detector. Real quick, photoelectric detectors are more conducive for […]

Removal Up Stairs–Video

This is a video we did for a company drill. I know that everyone has their favorite method and some will not like using webbing for this. This is just an additional option you have. It really does give a little assistance with lifting. We have found we have a bit more leverage using the webbing.

Adapting

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If you are the first arriving unit and officer, explain where your going and what your doing. I’ll give you a little information to help you along.

Residential or Commercial Alarm?

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Firefighters are falling through floors immediately after entering. Roofs are collapsing much earlier than before. Contents are causing fires to burn faster and reach untenable temperatures much earlier in the fire. The larger area requires the firefighters to search longer and further into a building than in the past.

Crisis Leadership

Building on my FDIC presentation, leading the department in tough times.

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