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So Many Decisions

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With this picture in mind, what does your second in unit do? Does it backup the first in crew with a hand line? Does it perform ventilation? Just where do you order this second in crew and what are the tactical priorities?

Some Good Forcible Entry Techniques

This video was suggested to me by a buddy of mine.  It is a good video showing some different methods of forcing doors.  This is a skill that too often gets overlooked.  I will posting some more videos of forcible entry soon.  In the meantime, if you have a method or technique that you would like to share, post or send it to us to post.

How Do You Operate?

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These questions came up in a recent conversation with several people on multiple occasions. I am really interested to know how the rest of the country is doing it and what trends are being followed.

What Is Above You?

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By lifting the tiles and breaching the ceiling, we know how far the fire has advanced before committing people into these buildings. The concealed spaces are important for initial fire attack in these situations. It might indicate that the front door is as far as you go.

Great Article-Important Information

Check out theis article by Lance Peeples from the Webster Groves Fire Department in St. Louis County. I Lance very well and he is a great fire service leader and carries the torch for increased training on the basics and for firefighter safety.

Factors to Consider

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What if this was a vacant house and the you noted the same conditions and “red flags?” Would it change how you approach this fire?

Special Tribute to FDNY and All Firefighters

In addition to remembering our fallen troops, I thought it would be fitting to add a special post to remember our fallen Brothers and Sisters in the fire service.

Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire Remembered

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These factors are all too familiar.  We see the same failures in these large loss of life fires in assembly occupancies.  We sometimes take our inspections and prevention activities lightly because it is not “fun” or interesting to some.  Remember these fires and the lives that have been lost because of poor prevention measures and a lack of life safety measures in these buildings.

Since We’re Talking Ventilation…..

There are some things that can be learned from this video. We weren’t there from the onset, but valuable information can be taken away from this video.

Be Careful Using PPV–Good Video

This video is from the Salt Lake City area and shows what can happen when you have hidden fire and use a positive pressure fan with crews inside the building.

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