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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, […]

Basics of Size-Up and Smoke Reading

Here is a good video from our buddy Dale Pekel. Dale has a series of great training videos. In this video, he shows some basics about size up and reading smoke.

Great Training Opportunity

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You just can’t afford to miss this. The price is right and the location is in the middle of the country. I just can’t say enough about the classes and teaching style of the Brotherhood Instructors.

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?

Take the Entire Window

Do yourself and those inside a favor, take the entire window.

More On VES

Since this has become a “hot” topic, this is an excellent presentation provided by Fire Engineering on their website.  The presentation is given by Captain Mike Dugan of the FDNY, Ladder 123.  This is a great presentation that is not only for VES, but for some basic operations for truck work. Please watch it and […]

Training for VES

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When discussing this tactic in some circles there is great debate. In fact, I have heard outright intolerance for VES.

Company Discussion Series

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Get your crew together and make your assignments. There’s a fire and we need to make assignments.

Vent, Enter and Search

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Would you use VES on this fire? What tactics would you use instead or in addition too to search for occupants?

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