January 2012 Blog Posts (31)


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Added by Sean Coutorie on January 31, 2012 at 12:15pm — No Comments

High Anchor Point with 2:1 for Window Rescue

This is a firefighter or victim rescue company drill that intimidates some, but once you break it down and train, it can be done quickly with just a few firefighters.  The scenario simulates a heavy victim inside the window where rescuers cannot lift the victim out the window.  The high-anchor point with a modified 2:1 provides extra lifting…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on January 30, 2012 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Firefighter Survival Training

At a firefighter survival and rescue training this past Saturday (Ehove Fire Academy), we covered a bunch of the skills every firefighter should have in their memory bank.  This class could no doubt last a week or more.…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on January 30, 2012 at 12:23pm — No Comments

The Training Epidemic

Most of you probably read the title of this post and are thinking to yourselves. "What is this lunatic talking about?  We train all the time!" and some of the volunteer firefighters are thinking that the training requirements of your fire department are already harsh enough and are extremely difficult to manage with your family and work.

I agree with you.  The current "training epidemic" that is sweeping the fire service nationwide is not a lack of training, but a lack of relevant,…


Added by backsteprescue on January 30, 2012 at 9:26am — No Comments

Play this Forward.

Once you begin to acknowledge all random acts of kindness (No Matter How Small) Both the ones you receive & ones you have given~

You can no longer…

Added by John Jacquette on January 29, 2012 at 12:07pm — No Comments


I think I finally put it all together….I understand it now.  Call it an epiphany or a moment of clarity, but suddenly it all made sense.  During a recent class the instructor made several references to the standard EGH ethos, “We come first” and “Risk a lot to save a lot”.  As I listened though, I understood that while he spoke of these things, his perspective was different. …


Added by Dave LeBlanc on January 28, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Rescue 4 in Florida

Rescue 4 in Florida.

I wish to forward this posting on Fire Engineering from the 25th, here's the link.


Also on behalf of myself and the folks at the Remembrance Rescue…


Added by John Jacquette on January 27, 2012 at 5:32pm — No Comments

High Rise Markings

If you have a high rise or respond on mutual aid to a high rise district, do you know if they are marked for floor identification? If so, do you know how they corresspond with the interior labels? High rise buildings are marked differently, if at all. In our area the windows are typically marked with a reflective sticker, one on every fifth floor. Where this gets tricky is when the interior floors are labeled differently.

This high rise has red circle on the corner on the fifth floor…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 27, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments

First Due Friday; Heavy Fire on 2 Floors (Videos)

This week we've got a rippin' 2-story single family dwelling.  Share your strategies, tactics and experience! 


Added by SAFE Firefighter on January 27, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

New Interactive Tour has Children "fighting" the Clay Street Fire of 1873

Check out the new interactive tour we are creating at the Fire Museum of Maryland. Children learn about how the paid Baltimore City Fire Department was created and why.

Then the students fight the Clay Street Fire of 1873 on a 77 inch, Smartboard as they role-play as actual firemen from that time period, see the flyer attachment.…


Added by Rob Williams on January 26, 2012 at 10:25am — No Comments


Many of you have taken Firefighter Survival Training.  While it varies from place to place, depending on the instructors, the core information and intent is the same, to prepare firefighters to save themselves when things go wrong.  From bailouts to low profile maneuvers to breathing control, all these things are taught to teach firefighters what to do when things gone wrong and they get…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on January 26, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...what is today's date anyway

As i write this I realize I finally have the courage to put aside my uneasiness. My writing on this blog was a thorn in my daughter's side. In her childlike way, she thought millions of people read my blog and she didn't want her life and drug use an open book. However, we all know that writing is a form of therapy so I write away on this dreary NJ day.


I cannot say that the last 4 months of my life have been wonderful, but I can say that I continue to grow as a person and…


Added by Denise Imperiale on January 26, 2012 at 7:06am — 2 Comments

Oil Burners - White Ghost - Company Drill

By Dave Walsh, Chair, DCC Fire Science program

With winter upon us, it’s a good time to review one of the hazards this season brings; the “white ghost.” As we all know, basically only vapors burn; solids must undergo chemical decomposition…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on January 22, 2012 at 10:12pm — No Comments

last saturday i was promoted... however,for the second time in the same rank as bevor... well...only the best take twice^^

last saturday i was promoted... however,for the second time in the same rank as bevor...

well...only the best take twice^^


Added by Jan Fuchs on January 21, 2012 at 6:06am — No Comments

FD vs. Aircraft Carrier Operational Similarities - Company Drill

This training idea was sent from David Walsh, Chair of the Fire Science Program at Dutchess Community College in NY.

In this video about an aircraft carrier, note the many parallels between their operation and an FD incident scene operation. The entire video is only about 10 minutes but the stuff that can be related to the FD starts around the 3 min mark (really shows the expansive power of steam).  …


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on January 17, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments

A Quick Visit at the Pierre (SD) Regional Airport FD

On our return trip from facilitating a converstation at the South Dakota Fire Instructors Conference, Tiger Schmittendorf and I were given a tour of the Pierre Regional Airport FD.  Special thanks to …


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on January 16, 2012 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Water Rescue Throw Bags

This drill is from Lt. Bronner (PTFD). 

Objective:  Water rescue does not stop because of ice.  Lets face it ice is often a thin layer of “hard water” on top of your “regular” body of water.  Water rescue is a year round activity.  Don’t get caught in the trap of we don’t live on Lake _____.  Drive around your jurisdiction and take a…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on January 16, 2012 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Who i am

Hi all, i was a USAF Firefighter for 6 years,serving in Fla. Alaska & New Hampshire

I went to work for an International Airport FD and made the rank of Fire Capt-EMT, becouse of an fire related exposure i was forced to Retire, my illness can get very bad as times i am sick for days and weeks.

I am an Ordained Interfaith Minister and do Chaplain work for our local FD and for different Veteran groups and the Boy Scouts of America

God Bless


Added by Robert M Brophy on January 13, 2012 at 10:51pm — No Comments

The Pressurized Water Extinguisher, aka "The Can"

New contributor reminds you that "the can" is not a door chock.

PWE, PWC, piss can, water can, the can…whatever you want to call it, its’ an essential tool in a firefighters toolbox. Many take the can for granted. Often times, you will see it in the foyer, holding open a door.…


Added by Bill Carey on January 12, 2012 at 5:29pm — No Comments

"Not Gonna Do It" - Editorial

Graphic photo begins to be cool to share. Why?


There's a fine line between using images for news and self-promotion, between documenting an event or making an event into an advertisement. Recently a Associated Press photo is making it's way slowly across Facebook as one of those motivational…


Added by Bill Carey on January 12, 2012 at 5:19pm — No Comments

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