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Large Residential Homes

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Residential homes are getting larger and larger. We need to train and prepare for fires in these almost commercial-sized homes with training and broad pre-planning.

Obstructed FDC

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Fire department connections should not be used as trash recepticles.

Roof Ops

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Should we be putting firefighters at risk during defensive operations?

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

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What see is not always what we get. Get a good look from all sides, it might just save your life.

You Never Know

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Don’t take it for granted that the “routine” call is “routine.”

How Far We’ve Come

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I love this picture. Not because it is an easy target for us safety minded guys who like using these kinds of pictures for training purposes. No, I love it because this was just how it used to be. It still doesn’t make it right, but, in small towns all over America and the world, […]

Winter Hazards on the Scene

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Be careful, and remember, if it can happen, it will. Winter conditions can make an already challenging incident even more complex and dangerous. Stay safe and warm out there.

Venting the Roof

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Does anyone see anything wrong with this picture? Using a roof ladder is a good thing.  Working in teams is a good thing.  What are some hazards we see here? What is the main problem with this operation?  Post your responses and I will post mine later. Stay safe.

More PIV’s

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These PIVs are on the same property.  There is only one system in the building but there are two PIVS and two hydrants. The owner cannot tell us if the building had different systems. My suspicion is that one building is older, which we know, and had a separate system.  The other system was built […]

Remember the PIV?

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Remember when doing inspections to check out the fire department connection.  We all do that pretty well for the most part, making sure that nothing is blocking it and noting where it is for tactical reasons.  However, I have seen crews miss checking the Post Indicator Valve when checking the FDC/Sprinkler System. It is just […]

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