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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.)

Attack this Door

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Not all doors are created equal. Take a look at this door and decide how you would attack it’s integrity to force it open. There is a lot that the characteristics of a door can tell you about how it is hung and secured.

VES Video

Here is a pretty good, basic video on VES (vent, enter and search).  It has good demonstration points from the beginning of the operation to the complete search of one room.  The thing I like about this video is the use of two persons for the VES. Although this can be done with one person, […]

Passing “It” On: Part 1

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It didn’t take a lot of class preparation or Powerpoint slides, just an eager firefighter and some older ones willing to share.

Whole New Meaning to Modular

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Make it interesting and stop at a building and put up your ladder just for practice. Sit and consider the obstacles or water supply issues with a certain area or complex. Just get out and do it.

Learn Something

Let’s learn something that will keep us safe and make us better and thank the guy who filmed and posted the video for the experience.

A Simple Move

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As you can see, this is an outward swinging door that should be reasonable easy to force with the right tools and skill. Of course, in my experiences people aren’t spending as much time as they should practicing forcible entry techniques.

Blog Carnival 5: Minimum Standards?

Personally, I believe that there needs to be, at least at the state level, a system that requires continuing education and minimum job performance evaluations. I have heard that the last thing the fire service needs is more unfunded mandates required by non-firefighting personnel. To that comment, I agree. However, it cannot be overlooked that we are in a time and era of firefighting like we have never seen before. We have all heard someone say that “this ain’t your father’s fire service anymore.”

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.

What’s In Your Pockets?

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

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