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Entanglement Awareness: Part 1

Ultimately we want to train and educate ourselves to avoid being entangled, but it is important to have the knowledge to know the situations where we need to be able to self-rescue or call the Mayday.

More On VES

Since this has become a “hot” topic, this is an excellent presentation provided by Fire Engineering on their website.  The presentation is given by Captain Mike Dugan of the FDNY, Ladder 123.  This is a great presentation that is not only for VES, but for some basic operations for truck work. Please watch it and […]

Training for VES

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When discussing this tactic in some circles there is great debate. In fact, I have heard outright intolerance for VES.

One Method for Overhead/Roll Up Doors

There are many methods to access roll up doors, this is just one. Try it out and let us know how it works.

Remembering Colerain

Remembering Colerain firefighters. April 4, 2008.

High Rise Hose Tips

Great video for high rise hose folds.

False Exterior Walls

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Not only will it hamper rescue efforts, performing ventilation or suppression from this side of the building would be challenging at best.

Hose Handling

Take the time to go over these techniques with your crew. If you cannot handle the hose, you will have difficulties getting the “wet stuff on the hot stuff” because you are fighting the hose line.

Downed Firefighter Drills

Great video from the Denver FD on RIT drills and carries.

High Rise Deployment Stretch

Here is a good video of stretching from a standpipe to the fire room. It looks like a good way to control the hose and to reduce kinks prior to charging it.

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