By: Captain Steve Heidbreder As many of you may have done over the Fatherâ€™s Day weekend, I spent some timeÂ thinking about the day and what it means to me as a father. I reflected on my ownÂ Father, my Step-Dad, my Grandfathers, and those that were a father figure in my life. IÂ then looked at myself […]
We have the distinct honor and pleasure to offer ourÂ Firefighter Bailout class at FDIC 2015Â this year as one of the HOT classes. Â We feel, like most, that we should train and drill constantly on the basics like engine company operations, search, ventilation, fire behavior, ladder work, forcible and the list goes on, to prevent the […]
Be sure to check out our HOT class at FDIC 2015: Firefighter Bailout Choosing the Right Bailout System for Your Department February 11, 2015Â byÂ Frank LipskiÂ Leave a Comment Introduction The process of choosing a bailout systemÂ for your agency can beÂ difficult to say the least. Â In this article, I am going to share with you my […]
The attached vidoe is a very short and simple clip about how teach firefighters to low profile. As we tell firefighters in our classes, removing your SCBA should be a last resort, but a skill that you must be proficient at. Being prepared is as much about mastering the basics as it is about being […]
This is a great drill from a great Brother and friend, Lance Peeples of the Webster Groves Fire Department in St. Louis County. Look for more great material from Lance in the future. Daily Drill 1: Standpipe Operations “The Daily Drill” is designed to spark discussion about operational issues in YOUR […]
In our classes we spend a lot of time showing firefighters how to stay out of and how to get out of bad situations. Our fire service is seeing an increase in firefighters who are falling through floors into basements or sub-levels. This is large part due to the engineered flooring systems that do not […]
When we get to an advanced level of skill sets, it typically comes from past experiences and hours upon hours of training. With that training and experience also comes the ability to recognize situations that are not typical. These non-typical situations will require us, if trained appropriately, to make the best possible decision for the best possible outcome. The mantra of always use two hands to pass and catch the ball with thumbs turned down may not work or be appropriate in a certain situation because the desired outcome is not going to be achieved.