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Considerations for the QUINT Company Officer

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There has been a lot written, taught, debated and lectured on in regards to fire apparatus that fall under the definition of a quint.  If you look it up, there are several definitions of what a quint is and should be to be considered so, but it boils down to a very simple description.  The […]

What are going to do at 3 AM……When THAT Call Comes In?

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  “What are you going to do at 3:00 in the morning when you get that call with people hanging out of windows with an active fire?”   We’ve all heard or said that in regards to our training and preparation at some point in our career. It’s safe to say that it can be […]

Ground Ladders: A Quick Discussion Podcast

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This episode is a discussion about ground ladders. It’s a basic piece of equipment that has such a huge value to us on the fire ground, but in many cases, get’s forgotten.  They’re forgotten until they are needed, and then it could be a life and death situation for firefighters and victims. We talk briefly […]

Opportunities for Training: Not Just on the Drill Ground

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Many times we pass on opportunities to train or learn something although many situations lend themselves to doing so. Look for ways to incorporate the situation or circumstance that you are dealing with into a learning moment. The pictures below are of a company training on aerial ops with a candidate operator. It was a […]

VES with Ladder Bail

This is a video of a drill we do. It starts as a VES drill with the firefighter ascending the ladder and then clearing a window. The space is smoked up and the fierfighter enters, starting his search for the door. While he’s searching we throw a rug or piece of plywood ontop of them […]

Tools for a Purpose

We have taught a lot of classes and trained extensively on numerous firefighter operations. One thing that always interests me is the choice of hand tools by firefighters. Each has their own preference and favorite, but in many cases when challenged as to why that specific tool is their tool of choice, the answer is […]

Release the Ladder Rack!

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As apparatus drivers when we pull up to the scene of a working fire we are thinking about charging the appropriate line, getting the right gallons per minute to your interior crews and finding a water supply source before the tank water is exhausted. That is a lot to do and you normally do it all on your own. Well, there is one more thing I would like you to add to your list.

Multi-Tasking Training

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This was more than just putting it up there, he really had to get it right and take into account working firefighters and water flow since we were adding to the evolution.

Back to Basics Part 3: Assignments

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Know your assignments and do them. The best attack is a coordinated one when everyone is doing what needs to be done to accomplish the overall goal; safely get in and out after putting the fire out and removing all victims.

Ladder Bail Out Plus…..

Take a look at this video and watch and listen to the communications. There is a lot to learn here and these guys were under a lot of pressure. You can just feel it how they are talking and acting on the fire ground.