Tag Archives: firefighter

What is Aggressive?

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First, let me say that this post has nothing to do with the debate about interior versus exterior, so if you’re trolling for something like that, just move along. No, this is one post in a string of future posts that will address some situations I’ve recently seen regarding aggressiveness and the lack of on […]

Secondary Means of Escape

Operating on the roof during a building fire requires us to have a secondary means of escape. This will likely be the responsibility of crews on the ground. But, if resources are such, the vent team may need to place both sets of ladders prior to making the roof.

TIC–Some Food for Thought

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I posted a couple of pictures  a few days ago that showed a living room taped off.  The room looked normal and unaffected by whatever had gone on there. There is a great deal of information about using thermal imaging cameras to locate fires in basements.  This is a good practice to get in when […]

How Far We’ve Come

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I love this picture. Not because it is an easy target for us safety minded guys who like using these kinds of pictures for training purposes. No, I love it because this was just how it used to be. It still doesn’t make it right, but, in small towns all over America and the world, […]

Winter Hazards on the Scene

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Be careful, and remember, if it can happen, it will. Winter conditions can make an already challenging incident even more complex and dangerous. Stay safe and warm out there.

More On Engineered Lumber

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc-IZhpIYwk] I know this is older but is worth mentioning and showing again. Be careful out there and take time to look for basements.  Stay safe.

Know Your Buildings

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIyZx8uIMh0] Here is an older, but good reporting video from Dave Statter on building construction and how it affects our efforts. Stay safe.

Company Discussion 1: Residential Fire

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This is a house that we all have in our jurisdiction somewhere.  Take a look at the scene and start your size up. What hazards do we have just from looking at the propert?  If the outside looks as it does, what can we suspect the inside looks like? Will this affect our efforts and/or […]

Our Lady of Angels Fire Anniversary

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On this date in 1958, Our Lady of the Angels School started like any other day. Kids got up and got their school uniforms on and made their way to classes, just like every day.  This day would end tragically and would be one of the main reasons for our modern day fire codes. Before […]

Routine Preplanning

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This picture doesn’t show anything spectactular or out of place.  What it does show is what every community in every jurisdiction has; subdivisions. These subdivisions will have dozens to hundreds of houses built by a single contractor or just a handful of the same contractors.  These are prime locations for EMS calls.  Those EMS calls […]

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