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Of Bunsen Burners, Thermocouples, Big Mustaches and ¾ Boots on BackstepFirefighter.com

The musings of a confused fireman firefighter

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Disclaimer: I am not, have never been, will not be, against any research that can be used to make our job safer. We all know firefighting is ‘inherently dangerous’ because it says so on every piece of equipment we wear. Anything we can do to improve our ability to…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on June 5, 2015 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Ownership Nugget

It's great to say you take responsibility for a mistake or to say that you need to improve or make changes.  That's only half the battle though.  You must take meaningful steps and actions to actually correct the mistakes, make the improvements and changes that are needed.  Taking action is the part of taking responsibility and ownership that is hard, not verbalizing them.

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 4, 2015 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Being the Right Kind of First

I was lucky to have some great officers and leaders influence my career path in the fire service, and in life.  They were always offering sound advice and sharing their experiences. Some I heeded right away and others I had to learn the hard way.  Either way, their words and actions provided me a template to use to work to be a good firefighter and, later on, officer.

Now I have the opportunity to pass along the valuable bits of information that was passed to me along with my own…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 2, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments

EMS Conference

I was at an EMS conference this weekend that promoted multi-agency training during different types of emergencis but focused more on mass-casualty incidents and the challenges of limited resources in rural areas. This was a great first step in training and communicating between multi-agencies and will hopefully continue and grow.

What do other fire departments do for multi-agency training especially in rural areas?

Added by Bryan Phillips on May 11, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Firefighters Without Borders Canada

Hello Guillaume;

My name is Bob Dubbert, and I am a Captain with Vancouver Fire Rescue. I am also the President of Firefighters Without Borders Canada. We are a nationally registered non-profit charity that delivers equipment, apparatus and training to firefighters and other responders in less developed countries. To date we have embarked on 17 overseas training missions and delivered over 700 tons of equipment and 49 emergency vehicles to 16 countries. Our website is…

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Added by Bob Dubbert on April 29, 2015 at 6:38pm — No Comments

5 Reasons to Eat Bacon in the Firehouse…

Before you go Hog wild (sorry, had to say it) on bacon please read the following disclaimer.  Let me state up front that saying bacon is “healthy” does not mean it’s healthy to eat it in huge quantities nor does it mean it’s healthy to eat large amounts seven days a week. Try to stick to small servings, blot extra bacon grease off to lower fat intake, and avoid adding extra salt or other high sodium seasonings.  I suggest to consume only 2 or 3 slices and only once a week.  Also,…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 13, 2015 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Mind the Hose!

Stretching an attack line dry is a tactic for a set of very specific situations. A couple that come to mind are exterior stairwells, protected interior stairwells, and for tenable halls/corridors from a protected stairwell. With all of these, somebody must be assigned to mind the hose before it's charged and it must be laid out correctly in the stair well. In the photos below, you'll notice the hose on the 'inside' of the stairwell; it…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 7, 2015 at 10:22am — No Comments

"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 - 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…

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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 - 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 …
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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

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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…

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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…

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

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