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It’s That Simple

In most parts of the country we are fighting less fires.This is dangerous and makes it even more important to drill regularly. The officers of the past had years of actual firefighting experience to lean on and pass on. We are losing that experience and that requires us to train as a crew in order to know what is expected, what our company capabilities are based on available resources and to create those experiences that are hard to come by. It all falls on the company officer.

What’s Your Take?

Here a few pictures from a recent trip to Nashivelle, TN.  We were walking back from LP Field after the half-marathon and this building was right next to the pedestrian bridge we were on.  I stopped and started taking pictures and thinking. Of course I got behind and my wife had to explain to everyone else in the group that I was a just a wierd firefighter who does this all of the time.

Common Diseases and Health Problems of Firefighters

The dangers of firefighting are not always readily apparent. Obviously, the most visible hazard is the fire itself and the severe damage it causes to the structure the firefighter must enter. However, even without serious injury, firefighters have a high risk of long-term health problems as a result of their occupation.

Moving and Flood Water–Be Careful and Prepared

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Some fundamental reminders; Don't drive into flood or moving water.  You have no idea what the conditions of the driving surface are underneath the water. It may be shallow but the power of water can  alter and significantly damage the road surface below the water line. In some instances that portion fo the road could be washed away completely

Where Goes the Second Line?

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However, sometimes the bigger issue becomes where to take the second line? What apparatus does it come from and what size should it be?  What about the length?

Basement Rescue Video

These two techniques are great and you can see that one must be comfortable and well trained in the use of the SCBA. Confidence comes from continued use and training.  You must master the basics and know your tools like the back of your hand.  This allows you to perform the more advanced tasks without worrying about the simple things because they become second nature.

Basement Considerations

By seeing all four sides of the fire building we can see if the seat of the fire is in the basement and may allow us a more direct attack from the same level as the fire reducing the chances of floor failure.

Kitchen Suppression Dump Test and Suggestion

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When these systems are designed they are equipment specific. Meaning that the flow points are determined by the type of cooking appliance and its location under the hood and suppression system. Moving or replacing any appliance requires reevaluation of the system and could mean an alteration to keep the system adequate.

Black Diamond X2 Boots

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My general opinion is that these boots are well worth the price tag, which is reasonable. I will continue to wear these boots and would have no problem recommending them to friends and colleagues. However, I would not recommend them for running, soccer, basketball or SCUBA diving. But, they are great for fighting fires and operating on emergency scenes.

A Firefighter’s Own Worst Enemy @ FDIC 2011

Now, here is a link that Fire Engineering did to highlight my class which is very much appreciated. Check out all of the overviews and comments about FDIC 2011 and keep checking back here this week to see all of the activities from FDIC 2011.

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