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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.


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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.

Water Rescue-Rope Throw

This is a skill that needs to be practiced to be effective. Flash flooding happens very quickly and can require us to take fast action. Be ready and be safe.

Bailout Anchoring Techniques

I recommend trying these and modifying them as you play around with them. There is nothing like practicing and trying new methods when it comes to firefighter operations and drills.

Elevator Operations

This is a good video on operating a typical elevator. I understand that there are many different types of elevators and different operating methods, but most are very similar to this. You can have different types of keys but the systems should be pretty standard.

Visiting Chicago

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I will hopefully get to posting regularly soon. We just got back from Houston last week and now we are visiting Chicago for a few days.  So until I get back in the routine and have regular access to internet and my computer, here is a picture of the Engine 8 house in Chicago. It […]

Happy 4th of July, Thank a Soldier

Happy 4th of July! Thanks to all who serve to protect our freedoms. Stay safe and pray for our soldiers and their families.

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