Stories About Firefighting

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Looking for something productive and interesting to do on a Wednesday? Look no further than Firefighter Storytellers. Tiger Schmittendorf has the program scheduled on Firefighter Netcast with special guest Chief Glenn Usdin.

Rosie Soul and the Rock and Roll Cowboys

I don’t normally put this kind of stuff on my blog, but Eddie Buchanan has done so much for the fire service, I feel obligated to give him and his band Rosie Soul and the Rock and Roll Cowboys some well deserved props.

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?

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! A video of a song that I really feel is fitting. Take a moment to think about our fallen Brothers and Sisters this past year and their families.

Type II Construction

So, what is Type II construction. The easiest way to define a Type II building is that is has the same structural characteristics as a Type I in that it is non-combustible construction. The major difference is that it is not protected.

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.

Type I Construction

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We hear it all of the time in the fire service and many of us agree; we don’t spend enough time training and learning building construction and fire behavior. So, in the spirit of practicing what I preach, here is a short lesson on Type I construction, or otherwise referred to Fire Resistive construction.

Pass It Forward

What I am asking all of us to do is to pay forward the opportunities, experiences and hard work that we have been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of. I know that you can’t always accommodate all situations, but we, as a fire service cannot forget about the less fortunate in our own profession. I feel we have a duty and an obligation to find these smaller departments and offer them our help and not wait to be asked.

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.

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