Historic Fires

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This fire took place in Nov. 23, 1963, the same day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The fire claimed the lives of 63 of the 84 patients in the facility. The fire started at approx. 4:45AM from what is believed to have been overloaded electrical wiring. After the fire recommendations made for all […]

New Posts

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I will keep taking pictures and posting them in regards to training and firefighter safety. I would also like you to post or send info to post any of the same. If you don’t want to post yourself, send me your pictures and comments at jhoevelmann2665@live.com and I will get them on. Thanks for looking […]

Commercial Roofs

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This is the top of an old shoe factory that still is in operation as mostly storage for the shoes and componenets. It is a two three story heavy timber with brick building. These can prove to be difficult to open due to multiple layers of roofing. When inspecting these, get to the roof to […]

Vintage Photos

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Just some old photos I have from our local fire department. I will post more every so often. I think they are really cool. Don’t forget your past and remember those who came before us.

What Bad Could Happen Here?

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This is an example of poor judgment. The firefighter in the door must have an SCBA on. There is still smoke pushing and you never know when that front room could light off. If this room would flash or even quickly push smoke and heat the full length of the door, this firefighter is in […]

Safe Crackers

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Not a great picture, but, it was fun. The police arrive with a safe from a search of a house. They were suspecting to find some drugs based on their informant. Since they couldn’t shoot the thing open, they did the next best thing; brought it to the fire department. This safe wasn’t all that […]

Overhangs, Concealed Spaces, Facades

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Here is a look at a concealed space on a mercantile building that is being added on to. This is not built into the building, but hangs on the outside. Fire can race through here and collapse on firefighters entering and leaving the building during suppression operations. Care must be taken to open this space […]

How Could They Think This was Okay?

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Okay, this morning I’m taking my kids to school and I have to pass this new McDonald’s in our jurisdiction. I have done inspections and the plan review, so I know what is supposed to be happening here. As I pass by I look to the left to see the progress and I see this. […]


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The next several blogs are going to come from class that I am creating that raises the importance of company inspections and how they affect our suppression efforts. As you can see in this picture, the FDC is blocked and was difficult to see from the road. Add night conditions and an ill prepared fire […]


Here we are, our first blog. We will post training and commentary on fire related topics. Submit your ideas and training method to increase safety for all firefighters. Thanks for visiting.

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