Basement Self Rescue

It should be a habit that every time you come off of the truck for an alarm there should be a tool in your hand. And take a tool that you can do something with. Some of the most common tools are the Halligan and a flat head ax. You can take a pick headed ax and/or a sledge hammer, depending on what your function or task is.

A Winter Consideration

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Knowing where the fire department connections and hydrants are located prior to them getting covered or blocked by snow is helpful in locating them, but it still doesn’t help in gaining access if they are blocked by tons of snow.

Missouri Winter Fire School

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With these lineups the Missouri University Fire Rescue Training Institute offers some of the best classes and instructors from all over the nation. If your close or looking for something to do, you need to get here to experience the networking and Brotherhood that this conference has to offer. Look me up, we can get a drink; or two.

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.

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