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Officers, Take a Look Around You!

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This is why the officer/s need to be aware and not get tunnel vision.

First Impressions

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We are finding more families living together and they must make some accomodations for those added individuals. What I am referring to is the garage being converted into living space.

Apply the Lessons Learned

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Above all, don’t let the lives lost at any LODD be lives lost in vain. Learn from their mistakes, but don’t be critical, we have all screwed up and been lucky enough to get away with it. Be constructive and train on the recommendations so that you don’t repeat history.

Great Training Opportunity

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You just can’t afford to miss this. The price is right and the location is in the middle of the country. I just can’t say enough about the classes and teaching style of the Brotherhood Instructors.

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?

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