What’s on Your Stick?

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So, what do you have on your stick? What tools are mounted and do you like to have on the ladder? Does your device provide air or are you limited to what’s on your back? If there are roof/attic ladders on the stick, what are their lengths? Will they reach down from your tallest parapet wall?

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.

Lucky Stop

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If you get a chance to look at some of these buildings as they are going up, do so and look for these types of building components and fire stopping. Oh, the ceiling did have the proper rating with two sheets of drywall.

Seat Belts and SCBA’s: Practice

If we don’t arrive safely, we can’t do our job. We owe it to ourselves, the people we serve and our families to arrive to calls and back safely.

The Reason for the Denver Drill

You can see the desperation and helplessness on their faces as they work to exhaustion to save their downed Brother. They were doing everything that they could to rescue him and were met with almost impossible conditions and a situation that they were not familiar with.

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.

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.

We’ve Gone Pink

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Here is a request from our friend over at The Happy Medic about this great cause. Click the link to get the entire message from Justin.

How Do You Honor Them?

Even for those of us that understand the significance of the upcoming weekend, do we really make it mean something? Do we do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen to us, our fellow Brothers and Sisters and our families? The answer is probably not.

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