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A Winter Consideration

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Knowing where the fire department connections and hydrants are located prior to them getting covered or blocked by snow is helpful in locating them, but it still doesn’t help in gaining access if they are blocked by tons of snow.

Missouri Winter Fire School

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With these lineups the Missouri University Fire Rescue Training Institute offers some of the best classes and instructors from all over the nation. If your close or looking for something to do, you need to get here to experience the networking and Brotherhood that this conference has to offer. Look me up, we can get a drink; or two.

Challenges on the Roof

Take some time and discuss how you would operate on these roofs with your crews. Are there some experiences that you might have had on these types of roofs that you can share?

Through the Floor Rescue

Here is a video from our friend Dale Pekel that shows a technique for rescuing a firefighter through a floor.  Everyone has their own thoughts and methods for different types of rescues and this one is no different.  It is not applicable for all downed firefighters but has a place in your tool box.

Size Up Drill

I still believe that a size up is a size up and the information you gather during it, along with experience, training and knowledge, will direct you into the right direction. If the building is tenable or not; if it has burned before; if it is in poor condition; it doesn’t change how you size up. What changes is how you use the information.

Get the Whole Picture

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As I walked out the back of the building this is what I saw. Unremarkable, really. However, to the right is the drive that leads from the front of the building.

What Hydrant?

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Do any of you have a policy on cleaning up around hidden hydrants? Who paints them and what color scheme do you use? Are they identified by size or gallons per minute? Do you share that information with your mutual aid companies

Attack the Doors: Part 2

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So, since then we were granted permission to make entry, using our Knox Box keys, and take a look around. I found the interior side of these doors to be interesting.

What’s in the Cab?

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I have seen and talked to many who do things a differently in regards to tools and implements of destruction in the cab of the truck. As we all know all tools and items are supposed to be secured if it is to ride with us in the cab. (There is my disclaimer, so please don’t point out the obvious.)

Good Roof Vent Video

Here is a good video an actual roof ventilation on a two story house. It is a little rough from the helmet cam and I am not a big fan of the music on these types of videos, but the intent on showing a good roof vent is really good.

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