Featured Blog Posts – March 2015 Archive (10)

"MINDSET" on Backstep Firefighter

A healthy dose of fear is good. Too much is debilitating

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If you read the magazines, social media or take a class, you can’t help…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on March 29, 2015 at 7:52am — No Comments

Using Your Crystal Ball

Does your size-up typically look beyond the moment you arrive? With a good working fire, this may be an obvious part of a response. But what about for those responses where we arrive and believe there to be no fire? If nothing is burning, is there really anything to size-up?

While a good size-up should give us a clear picture of what we have and what we need to do to mitigate the situation, we must also consider the events that we may or may not actually see happening, as well as…

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Added by Ben Peetz on March 28, 2015 at 5:39pm — No Comments

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…

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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 websitewww.enginehousetrianing.com and join our email list for more great content like this. Click here for the .pdf file--->…

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

MOVIE MAGIC MENTALITY

NEW March Fire Engineering magazine cartoon: Movie Magic Mentality
http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A614624

Added by Paul Combs - Fire 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…

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Added by Ben Peetz on March 20, 2015 at 8:24am — 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…
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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 18, 2015 at 2:15pm — No Comments

NO IRISH LUCK

NEW Fire Engineering blog cartoon: No Irish Luck!

http://community.fireengineering.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1219672%3ABlogPost%3A614108


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

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