Featured Blog Posts – February 2012 Archive (23)

2012 Ford Explorer

Below are a few pictures of the 2012 Ford Explorer taken at a recent car show.  As you scan the pictures think about your cut zones and the need to rip some plastic to look for new vehicle technology. Read on.

Click over to Boron Extrication for more.

Pass it on.  

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on February 28, 2012 at 9:42am — No Comments

Portable Pond Set-Up - Company Drill

Over the next few weeks several water shuttle related company drill topics will be added.  In Ohio the terminology is tanker, however, it is synonymous with other regions tender terminology.   Many of these skill set times are evaluated when ISO comes to visit you, but more importantly the training will improve your operations.  *Keep track of your times and the evolution description for later use with ISO.  …


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on February 26, 2012 at 1:06pm — No Comments

San Francisco FD Berkeley Way Double LODD Report Issued: Routine Fire….

“On Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 10:45 a.m., the San Francisco Fire Department responded to Box 8155, at 133 Berkeley Way. What was seemingly a routine working fire in a single family residence quickly transformed into a fierce and unrelenting incident with ultimately tragic results...Read the report excerpts and follow the links on CommandSafety.com…


Added by Christopher J. Naum, SFPE on February 24, 2012 at 9:46pm — No Comments

First Due Friday; Attached Garage w/ Heavy Fire & Extension

What would your FD do for this attached garage fire?  What would you do to address the extension issues?   Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations.  Enjoy!


Be Safe

Added by SAFE Firefighter on February 24, 2012 at 8:44am — No Comments

Surprise Interior School Bus Fire

The video below shows a surprise live fire training session involving a school bus.  Although realistic, be cautious in setting up a surprise scenario.  Here are a few things to think about ahead of time if your the instructor in charge: Read on.

Pass it on!

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on February 20, 2012 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Truckies Come Home!

Emphasis has been on Rolling Stock -- Not Tactics

by: Lou Angeli


(St. Louis, MO ) - Ever since Neil Svetanics, former Chief of the St. Louis Fire Department, popularized the "Quint Concept" 20 years ago, the nation's fire departments have gone crazy for quints. The concept that some said was a only a passing fad is still claiming new…


Added by Lou Angeli on February 19, 2012 at 1:47am — No Comments

Trombe Walls

Since ancient times, people have used thick walls of adobe or stone to trap the sun’s heat

during the day and release it slowly and evenly at night to heat their buildings. Today’s

low-energy(green) buildings often improve on this ancient technique by incorporating a thermal

storage and delivery system called a Trombe wall.



Added by John Shafer on February 18, 2012 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Challenges Everywhere

Hey, here are some pictures sent to me by a Brother who is going out the DOING the job. The whole job.  He and his crew are getting out and checking on things.  Bob gets IT and thanks for the pics.  These are in his still area and these are buildlings that get inspected and then they go right back to doing this kind of stuff.   We have to be prepared for everything and anything.  Imagine being the RIT and forcing the back door to make access for a Mayday and dealing with the mattresses?…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 17, 2012 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Pot vs. Booze?


Added by Timothy O. Casey on February 17, 2012 at 2:05pm — No Comments

My Suicide.

I have to preface this post. I have been requested to write a personal story for a publication that deals with grief, bereavement and an increasing occurrence of suicide in firefighters. This is a very personal story and an exposure for me, but I am willing to share it in the hope it might help another. So understand I don't share this in an effort to generate sympathy from you. I share it with hope in my…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on February 15, 2012 at 4:29pm — No Comments


CFD-Chief Thomas Hoff:

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Chicago Battalion Chief Thomas Hoff dying in the line of duty. He is the Father of Chicago Fire Commissioner Bob Hoff.

HERE is a link to the information on the LODD from the archive at IFSI (Illinois Fire Service Institute):…


Added by John Jacquette on February 14, 2012 at 8:22am — No Comments

Fire Behavior - Company Drill

The following is a post with several insights and references on fire behavior, especially today’s fire behavior.  It’s not about guts or glory, but a priceless discussion on what the fire is doing in the buildings we are entering.

David Walsh (Program Chair for…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on February 13, 2012 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Podcasting from Missouri Winter Fire School 2012

This past weekend we at Engine House Training, LLC had the distinct honor to interview and just talk with some of the leaders of the fire service at the 31st annual Missouri Winter Fire School. We were able to sit down with Billy Goldfeder, Dave Dodson, Forrest Reeder, Doug Cline and John Norman. To say the least, it was a great time. Click on the photo below to hear all of the podcasts. We also sat down with some of the great firefighters that attended. Challenge coins were flashed with two…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 12, 2012 at 10:21pm — No Comments

3:1 mechanical advantage for RIT

In a RIT Class I was taught how to make a 3:1 mechanical advantage system using three extra large carabiners and my personal escape rope.  You have a figure 8 with one carabiner to the victim, and a few feet behind the figure 8, away from the victime, a butterfly is made.  The rope works its way up to an anchor with the second carabiner.  The rope runs through this second carabiner, your anchor, and then the ropre runs through the third carabiner attached to the butterfly.  I'll try and get…


Added by Richard Davis on February 12, 2012 at 12:21am — 1 Comment

RIT Locating a Mayday FF - Company Drill

This post is from Lt Jason Deptula (Vermilion Twp. FD).

I’m sure we all practice RIT procedures in some fashion, here’s a twist to keep your crews focused on their situational awareness.  Send your attack team through an exterior door at your station or training center and let’s call that our “A” side of our working incident.  Have them proceed through a series of halls or rooms with a couple left or right hand turns.  While they are making their way through…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on February 11, 2012 at 8:32pm — No Comments



You are an engine company, not an Italian restaurant.

Despite what hoseload you choose to use, how you configure your hosebed and the number of members arriving as an engine company there is no excuse for spaghetti. It is even made worse when the engine is nosed in or "beached". Your 150' or 200' hoseline is…


Added by Bill Carey on February 10, 2012 at 10:41am — No Comments

First Due Friday; Surf's Up! We Need More Than the Surfboard On This One!

Check out this video.  Heavy fire from the top floor.  Pre-arrival and post arrival footage.  What would you do?  What do you of their tactics?  Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations.  Surf's up!


Thanks and Be Safe!

Added by SAFE Firefighter on February 10, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Ladder Truck Placement - Company Drill

Here’s a pretty easy drill for ladder truck placement training.  Phil Burden, JD Vasbinder, and Tom Wilcox have been doing this for years.

Pick a day, but Sunday’s work best when traffic is light.  Get your crew out of the recliners and take your truck out for a ride.  Pick a building, discus placement, set it up, recognize hazards, check out the roof, and see where and what you can reach.

Make it a Sunday morning habit and you will soon have greater efficiency and knowledge on…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on February 6, 2012 at 10:19pm — No Comments

History, Knowledge and Power

There is a saying that states, " With knowledge, comes power." History is an important part of that knowledge. Recently, I attended a class on the history of the fire service. And with the exception of the instructors assembled, everyone in that class had 5 or less years of experience. I represented the dinosaurs with 30+…


Added by Andy Marsh on February 3, 2012 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Search: Do you have a plan?

I would first like to say that the use of the following article is not meant to be an armchair quarterback or to be critical of the department involved. However I do feel it can be a learning opportunity for us, to at least review some basics of having a search plan.


A man died in a blaze after four firefighters failed to spot him during two searches of a burning building, an inquest heard today. Danny Holt, 33, collapsed in his lounge after a chip pan caught fire –…


Added by John Shafer on February 3, 2012 at 12:52pm — No Comments

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