Featured Blog Posts – June 2012 Archive (13)

Frontal Airbags and Pedestrian Airbags

Have you seen a vehicle crash where the front drivers and passenger airbags have not deployed?  The picture to the left is an example of the sensors not initiating airbag deployment.

This post is going to hopefully remind you to stay clear of un-deployed…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on June 30, 2012 at 10:35am — No Comments

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...June 29, 2012

this song got me through the academy 5 years ago. just wanted to share it since my daughter had sent it to me back then.




i was feeling sad tonight and it just popped up on my screen.


just had to tell someone who would understand the lyrics.



Added by Denise Imperiale on June 29, 2012 at 10:11pm — No Comments

The Medic

The medic stood and faced God. Which must always come to pass. He hoped his uniform was clean, He'd gotten dressed kind of fast.

"Step forward now, medic. How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To my church have you been true?"

The medic squared his shoulders and said, "No Lord I guess I ain't, cause those of us who wade in blood, can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays, and at times my talk was tough. And at times I've been…


Added by Ryan Angel on June 27, 2012 at 2:13pm — No Comments

My home town Colorado Springs CO. is on fire.


My home town Colorado Springs, Colorado is on fire. The beast known as the Waldo Canyon fire took three days to get here, but get here it did. Yesterday afternoon I stood in front of my house and watched as this beast clawed its way over a mountain ridge and then charged down the foothills and in to virgin territory.


It looked like a volcanic eruption the colors were intense black and brilliant orange, a true hell storm. I have seen many fires in…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on June 27, 2012 at 10:50am — 2 Comments

Old School vs. New School Extrication

The extrication world has changed over the years in more ways than one.  Vehicle construction, tool technology, and an evolution of techniques has created both challenges and advancements for rescue personnel.  As you read this post and watch the video below, reflect on some old school techniques that still work, but also embrace technology in the extrication world.  Read…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on June 25, 2012 at 6:56pm — 1 Comment

Notes from a Rookie Firefighter...June 24, 2012

Yesterday the department had a barbeque in the hopes of recruiting some new members to the fire department. Although only a handful of new people came by for a hot dog or burger, it was loads of fun. I guess looking back the reason it was fun was because no one complained about the department or SOPs or gear that's not new. The guys put up the ladder and demonstrated with some of our junior program members the proper techniques for climbing the ladder. There is something to be said for kids…


Added by Denise Imperiale on June 24, 2012 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Is the new Fire Chief Hitler?



The Fire Chief of my home town has had a YouTube video made about him. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the format; it has been used hundreds of times on YouTube. It is the famous Hitler rant.



Hitler sits at his desk surrounded by his staff of officers, all the…


Added by Timothy O. Casey on June 22, 2012 at 12:53pm — No Comments

School Bus Roof Lift

When you see this post’s title you may wonder, when would I need to do that.  The scenario is a rare one, however, what if a school bus crash causes significant crumpling of the roof effectively trapping the driver and students that are towards the front of the bus.  Here’s an option for school bus roof removal involving a coordinated effort with firefighters and a heavy wrecker.…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on June 19, 2012 at 9:21am — No Comments

360, 360, 360


This blog is in no way a replacement of or supercedes any and/or all Fire Department S.O.P./S.O.G.'s, or replace training in regards to fire ground operations.  This topic is to give a general understanding to firefighters in hopes to promote firefighter safety and improve fire ground…


Added by Lee Ashby, Jr. on June 18, 2012 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Meat Grinder Rescue

A few weeks ago Andrew Brassard started a discussion via email about meat grinder rescue.  Below are some pictures and a couple points to ponder on this type of extraction from Brass.  Be sure to check out the Brotherhood Instructors LLC Man-In-Machine Operations class and find more training materials …


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on June 14, 2012 at 9:13pm — No Comments

tales from a tailboard fireman

Here I am at 68. When I went through the Fire Academy in 1973, we had an old guy (55) waiting to retire who was teaching us knots. He told me," Kid, you're going to wake up and you will be me." He was so right. The time passes very quickly. I just read a book by a retired Chicago cop. I grew up there so it brought back lots of memories. There was one line that really says it all about the fire service: "Those hosers ( FFs?) sit on their butts most of the time, but when they have to do what…


Added by mike simms on June 13, 2012 at 2:22pm — No Comments

First Due Tackle

If you haven't seen it yet.  Check out First Due Tackle. Contributions welcome.  What's in your tackle box?

Pass it on!

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on June 11, 2012 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Forcible Entry Repetition

One of the greatest keys to forcible entry is practice and repetition.  We had a great training tonight with the members of the Berlin Township (OH) FD with my homemade prop that is nearing 800 forces.  This prop has been key to teaching forcible entry techniques over and over, especially on commercial doors.…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on June 5, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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