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What’s In Your Pockets?

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Without becoming a walking toolbox, what essentials do you carry on your person?

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?

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.

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?

Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire Remembered

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These factors are all too familiar.  We see the same failures in these large loss of life fires in assembly occupancies.  We sometimes take our inspections and prevention activities lightly because it is not “fun” or interesting to some.  Remember these fires and the lives that have been lost because of poor prevention measures and a lack of life safety measures in these buildings.

Since We’re Talking Ventilation…..

There are some things that can be learned from this video. We weren’t there from the onset, but valuable information can be taken away from this video.

Cleveland School Fire of 1923

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That night 77 people lost their lives at a school event that should have ended with celebration and refreshments. Instead the community was tasked with finding the bodies of those who did not make it out.

Fundamentals, Basics, Training, Oh My!

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We have heard of and there are some teaching victim profiling; determining if there is someone in the building or not and if it is survivable. While I understand what is trying to be done in regards to keeping ourselves safe, why should it be any different from your size-up and basic training as a company officer? A building is tenable or it is not, no matter if it is occupied or not occupied.

The 360: Basement Bulk Heads

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The picture is a bulk head for a basement. We have always been taught and trained to look for and create a secondary means of egress for upper floors. Well, it’s no different for basements.

Fireworks and LP Gas: Good Mixture?

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This is a fireworks wholesaler and storage facility. As you all know, fireworks are flammable and have been known to cause some catastrophic fires and explosions.

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