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Cool Tool Ideas

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Using multiple tools can make forcing entry much easier and more effective, so it is beneficial to have more than one tool.

Back to Basics Part 2: Bring Your Tool!

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Taking a tool could mean the difference in you making it out of a bad place or not. Not to mention it gives you additional reach while doing a search.

Making Sure Beams Fail

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Steel will deform and twist and this beam will meet little, if any, resistance during a fire. I understand that a pocket of concrete will not keep this beam from dislodging, but it there is a reason for properly pocketing these beams.

Fire Officer Basics: Part 1

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Although everyone is responsible for safety and identifying unsafe conditions, the officer must continually keep a watchful eye on conditions.

Who Needs Junction Boxes?

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Just keep your eyes open and take note of this kind of stuff. These situations do start fires.

Ladder Bail Out Plus…..

Take a look at this video and watch and listen to the communications. There is a lot to learn here and these guys were under a lot of pressure. You can just feel it how they are talking and acting on the fire ground.

Back to Basics Part 1: Ladders

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Whatever the circumstances, ground ladders are important and vital. Drill with them and make them a tool that is expected to be used.

Nashville Report on Cancer in Firefighters

Watch the video and stop to think about how we are exposed. Although we know about this, but, maybe we are getting the word out and the media exposure will help the cause.

Firestopping Collars

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No what your builders and contractors are using to protect penetrations in fire rated walls, ceilings and floors. Make sure they are doing it right.

Leadership and Respect

As an officer, you have added responsibility and become a management tool in one form or another. Although you have just been promoted and will now be viewed as an officer, your people will recall your prior actions to determine your initial level of respectability. Right, wrong or indifferent, what you did and how you acted and how you treated others before you were promoted will play a large role in how you are viewed and their respect for you or lack of respect will be based on those previous observations.

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