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Firefighter Mode for Elevators

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason Hoevelmann Nov 2, 2011. 3 Replies

Apartment Fire Considerations

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Turnham Oct 18, 2011. 1 Reply

Read the Building and Size Up

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The Reason for the Denver Drill

I recently had the pleasure to spend some time with Chief Dave McGrail from the Denver Fire Department. Besides discussing high rise and stand pipe operations, we talked about the Denver Drill and the circumstances from which it was derived.Most have heard the story of Mark Langvardt and the fire that took his life. The following videos show just how difficult it was for Denver firefighters to rescue firefighter Langvardt. You can see the desperation and helplessness on their faces as they work…See More
Jan 28, 2020

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Florissant Valley Fire Protection District
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Co-owner and Lead Instructor of Engine House Training, LLC. I am a deputy chief/fire marshal with my combination department where I have been a member for 28 years. My career department I am a Battalion Chief and have been a career firefighter for 19 years.
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Firefighter all the time.
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I had an older cousin that was a firefighter and being 8 years older than me, he was my role model. So, since about the age of seven, this is all I have wanted to do.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
It's the greatest job on the planet.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Leadership, resources and training. Include political road blocks and things can be very challenging. Stay focused and stay positive and things will turn out okay. Only you can control your attitude.

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Ladder Rescues--Training is the Key

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 9:26pm 0 Comments


“What are you going to do at 3:00 in the morning when you get that call with people hanging out of windows with an active fire?”

We’ve all heard or said that in regards to our training and preparation at some point in our career. It’s safe to say that it can be considered cliché because it is mentioned so often. But, without a doubt and with no debate, it is true!

On July 20, 2016 my department responded to a report of smoke in…


With or Without the Hose Line?

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 7:18pm 0 Comments

Link to Podcast HERE

In the last few weeks I posted about being aggressive. In that post I mentioned that we, our department, will search without a hose line.  This seemed to raise some eyebrows and concern about what I…


Basics of Calling the Mayday

Posted on January 1, 2016 at 10:20pm 0 Comments


Tool or NO Tool?

Posted on December 13, 2015 at 4:25pm 0 Comments

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By Jason Hoevelmann with Steve Heidbreder

Tool or No Tool?

     When we go to conferences or sit around with other engaged firefighters there is no lack of lively conversation and debate. From world affairs, to sports teams, bands and of course, tactics! There is no better time spent with other firefighters learning about what others do and why. That is the key, WHY, things are done the way…


Ground Ladders Discussion and Podcast

Posted on December 7, 2015 at 8:31pm 0 Comments

For the podcast, click HERE

This episode is a discussion about ground ladders. It’s a basic piece of equipment that has such a huge value to us on the fire ground, but in many cases, get’s forgotten.  They’re forgotten until they are needed, and then it could be a life and death situation for firefighters and victims.

We talk briefly about some…


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At 12:02pm on March 28, 2014, Larry Record said…

Jason, I have just watched your video with the "doll house" ventilation prop.  Loved it.  Other members at my departments would like to know if you can supplt a blueprint and diminsions of this prop for us?  Any help would be helpfull.  Thanks, Larry Record.

At 12:59pm on July 3, 2011, Ernie Scheinert said…
Thank you for the add as well, Jason. I kind of figured that is what you meant with that comment. It would be nice if every department had the resources and manpower that those people seem to have. Anyway, thanks again and I am always looking forward to the knowledge and expertise that you bring to all of us!! Stay Safe

At 1:16pm on May 18, 2011, Moose said…
Hey chief, I liked your two topics in the forums, "Its that simple" and "Whats your take". I too gawk at things when my wife and I go out. And as a Captain I feel what your saying about training. I cant get my dept to train, its always equipment maintenance or truck checks...Still working on the chief. We have a new training tower in our county though so maybe that will change things.
Stay Safe.
Brian Jones
Captain, Carlisle FD
At 8:14am on January 10, 2011, adel said…
Hey everybody, here's hoping you all have a wonderful and SAFE New Year!
At 1:28pm on August 16, 2010, Gregory Borg said…
Waht does FF's enemy mean, are you the enemy of firefighters?
At 12:56pm on July 22, 2010, Roy Walker said…
Jason thanks for the emails they are much appreciated
At 9:58pm on May 21, 2010, Marc said…
Thanks for the PDF brother. if u have anything else on SAR, please let me know!!!

At 9:55am on May 17, 2010, DALE G. PEKEL said…
Hello Jason,

Thanks for the invite and add brother! I've visited your FFOWE site and you're doing an awesome job! - I also appreciate the "hat tips" you've given my way. It's very refreshing to see individuals like yourself who put in a tremendous amount of time to ensure the safety of our fellow firefighters. Keep up the great work - It's appreciated by more than you know.

Best Regards,
Dale G. Pekel
At 9:55pm on May 13, 2010, Derek R. said…
Thanks Jason, for the pdf. Just got it now and will take a look at it after.
Awesome of you for sharing your information to others, the way it should be.
At 1:41am on February 5, 2010, Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd said…
Back at you. Your posts are well thought out and thought provoking... I'm assuming that's your goal here and you are doing it well. I'm all over the map on the FFN after doing this gig for over 30 years. It's fun to give back once and awhile...

My passion is WMD hospital hazmat response and decon. I have been teaching this in the field nationally for a long time now and look forward to being able to focus on this endeavor once getting retired from the fire department and dealing with a couple of medical issues.

TCSS my friend,

Mike Schlags, Fire Captain, Hazmat WMD Specialist
Santa Barbara County Fire Department

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