February 2015 Blog Posts (11)

Of Falsehoods and Agendas on Backstep Firefighter

Challenge what you read.    Dave LeBlanc


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…


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…


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

A Quick Drill for First Due

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 18, 2015 at 12:20pm — No Comments

5 Week Officer Development Program

Don't miss this online, live video-based, 5 Week Officer Development Program.  Click the link below for information and to register.




Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 17, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Story of Survival with Kansas City Fire Captain Charley Cashen


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 17, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio--EHT talking PTSD and Mental Health

If you missed tonight Blog Talk Radio you can listen to the archive here. We had a great conversation with Clinical Psychologist Rocky Liesman discussing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how to identify the need for intervention.…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 12, 2015 at 8:59am — No Comments

Choosing the Right Bailout Kit


Choosing the Right Bailout System for Your Department


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 11, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

You Maybe an Alcoholic Firefighter if you Drink Like This

This is how I as an alcoholic drank off duty and how bad it got, to the point of suicide.http://ineverwantedtobeafirefighter.blogspot.com/

Added by Timothy O. Casey on February 6, 2015 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Playing in traffic......

In our district, we cover a lot of highway. I-94, U.S. Hwy 12, U.S. Hwy 20 and S.R. 149, several miles of two and three lane highway is ours to protect. With a majority of our service area being industrial, with steel production as well as finishing mills, we have an extreme amount of truck traffic. We have been lucky not to have had any members injured or any accidents while working calls. With that being said, I think we have out tactics and training to thank for no unfortunate incidents.…


Added by Rob Wesley on February 6, 2015 at 1:11pm — 2 Comments

The 2 1/2" Line: Sweat, Effort and Persistence

How do you run your 2 1/2" lines?

What types of nozzles?

Pre-connect or static?


What is your preference and why?

This is a valuable weapon when deployed correctly. However, some are of the opinion that it's just to big and heavy to use for an initial attack or with just one person. What are your experiences with handling the big line?…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 2, 2015 at 9:33pm — No Comments

FDIC HOT Class for 2015

We all know that getting water on the fire as quickly as possible is the best way to avoid bad situations. We also know that some of the best in the business have been confronted with situations beyond their control even after doing all the right things and were forced to make very tough decisions for survival.

Our, (Engine House Training, LLC), class is not an excuse for a lack of training in fundamental…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on February 2, 2015 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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