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The Benefits of the Low Prop in Firefighter Bailout Training

We have the distinct honor and pleasure to offer our Firefighter Bailout class at FDIC 2015 this year as one of the HOT classes.  We feel, like most, that we should train and drill constantly on the basics like engine company operations, search, ventilation, fire behavior, ladder work, forcible and the list goes on, to prevent the need for a firefighter to…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 26, 2015 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Building the Modified Low Prop for Bailout

By popular demand we have made the build plans and photos from the updated bailout prop (originally create by Dale J. Pekel) available for you to download and share. Be sure to visit our and join our email list for more great content like this. Click here for the .pdf file--->…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 26, 2015 at 4:08pm — No Comments


NEW March Fire Engineering magazine cartoon: Movie Magic Mentality

Added by Paul Combs - Editorial Caroonist on March 20, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Duct system fires pose real challenges

A fire in ventilation ductwork last week resulted in the evacuation of an automotive manufacturing plant in Michigan. Crews spent nearly two hours isolating the fire within some very large ducts used in the manufacturing process.

Ventilation ducts are used in many facilities, whether for dust extraction, material handling, or air quality management. In every case, fires within ductwork present several concerns for firefighters.

Here are just a few…

  • Ductwork…

Added by Ben Peetz on March 20, 2015 at 8:24am — No Comments

A New Way to Pop-Flip in the Firehouse

The fire service is filled with many great traditions, some good and some not.  One of the fun things that happens in a lot of firehouses is the "pop-flip" for a round of sodas.   Unfortunately, sodas are a huge reason we are staying unhealthy- they have a ton of chemicals and sugars that pack on extra bodyfat.  Don't believe me?  Keep reading.

Drink Diet Soda?…


Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 19, 2015 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Four Simple Rules for the Company Officer

I talk a great deal about the role of the company officers and how they influence the members of your department.  When teaching officer development we hit hard on setting and establishing expectations and ensuring that there is follow-through with those expectations.  I was recently asked about expectations for my company officers.  They aren't too different from what I expected from my crew members when I was a company officer.

When I sit down with my crew and…

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 18, 2015 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Bad news from Paris, France : Firefighter died in action, becoming first female FF died at fire in France

Died in action Paris firefighter Lance-Corporal Aurélie SALEL

On the night of Friday the 13th of March, firefighters from the Fire station of Bondy (city of Parisian north-east suburbs are engaged for a fire alarm in a house of the nearest city of Livry-Gargan.

During the attack, two soldiers of the Corps are severely burned. Quickly supported by their colleagues and by medical team of emergency ambulances, they are evacuated by helicopter to specialized hospitals in…


Added by Christophe LIBEAU on March 17, 2015 at 9:08am — 1 Comment


NEW Fire Engineering blog cartoon: No Irish Luck!

Added by Paul Combs - Editorial Caroonist on March 17, 2015 at 8:49am — No Comments

The Best Firefighter Workout?

This topic is near and dear to mine and your hearts and careers–Workouts for Firefighters and Fire Rescue Athletes. Over the last couple of months I’ve been researching, talking, tweaking and writing about some of the more popular workouts seen in firehouses across the world. 

You can read about them here and …

Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 8, 2015 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Of Falsehoods and Agendas on Backstep Firefighter

Challenge what you read.    Dave LeBlanc


Editor’s Note: The Facebook page below has corrected their post and attribute the error to incorrect second-hand information. The fire department PIO reported that there was no bailout and no firefighter injuries.

Every day there is discussion about the “new” tactics and how…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on February 26, 2015 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Opening of Equipment Flares Feed Plant Fire

A fire at an Iowa feed plant Tuesday demonstrates why firefighters must be cautious and consider the effects of every action when dealing with fires in compartmented areas of manufacturing equipment. Reports stated that a fire occurred within a cooling tower, and upon firefighters opening the tower, the fire flared up.

Fires within pelleting operations are common, especially if a malfunction or power failure causes a disruption in the flow of air or product within the system. Fresh…


Added by Ben Peetz on February 19, 2015 at 8:38am — No Comments

A Quick Drill for First Due

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 18, 2015 at 12:20pm — No Comments

5 Week Officer Development Program

Don't miss this online, live video-based, 5 Week Officer Development Program.  Click the link below for information and to register.




Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 17, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Story of Survival with Kansas City Fire Captain Charley Cashen


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 17, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio--EHT talking PTSD and Mental Health

If you missed tonight Blog Talk Radio you can listen to the archive here. We had a great conversation with Clinical Psychologist Rocky Liesman discussing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how to identify the need for intervention.…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 12, 2015 at 8:59am — No Comments

Choosing the Right Bailout Kit

Choosing the Right Bailout System for Your Department


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 11, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

You Maybe an Alcoholic Firefighter if you Drink Like This

This is how I as an alcoholic drank off duty and how bad it got, to the point of suicide.

Added by Timothy O. Casey on February 6, 2015 at 3:55pm — No Comments

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