November 2011 Blog Posts (18)

Sawzall / Reciprocating Saw Ops

Many of us in the fire service are getting back to the basics and this post will dive into Sawzall / reciprocating saw operations.  I’ve included a bit of history, pictures, and some tips that will hopefully help contain your emotions prior to throwing this valuable tool to the side.  Don’t be fooled, it takes practice to rip through the side of a bus, rear of a semi-tractor cab, or building construction materials quickly.   


I include this…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on November 30, 2011 at 11:10am — 1 Comment

"Prepared to Work" Engine Company Principles, Part I

A post from 2008 in response to "word games" and other stimulating discussions...


This series will look in detail at three principles of a disciplined and effective engine company: Prepared to Work; Knowing the Response Area; and Basics of Handline Stretches. Each will look at points to address before the alarm.…


Added by Bill Carey on November 27, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Leaders Need Followers

A little different look at leadership. I hope you enjoy it and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 21, 2011 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

"Those Fires"? Maybe Andy Fredericks was Right

VCOS speaker puts you in service faster than a residential sprinkler. Bill Carey


At the IAFC's Volunteer Chief Officer Symposium in Flordia last week, an interesting statement was made about the future of our nation's fire service. USFA Prevention and Leadership Development Branch Chief Ken Farmer was…


Added by Bill Carey on November 21, 2011 at 5:23pm — No Comments

The No Fail Mission

The risk is great, the cost high, and the task is your responsibility. Ron Ayotte

I recently saw a picture that was posted on Facebook that came from an article that was on the Stars and Stripes website. For those who don’t know, Stars and Stripes is the military’s version of USA Today, featuring news and…


Added by Bill Carey on November 21, 2011 at 5:16pm — No Comments

of cowards and firefighting

Excerpt from new post at 


Former Penn State president Graham Spanier is among a group of academics I’d never want with me in a burning building. That’s a literal trust test firefighters use when going to fires, because they do not want to go into a burning building knowing the person who has their back is always looking for a way out without giving a damn about anyone else.  We trained to never go into a building alone, to always grip the turnout coat of the…


Added by Barry Greer on November 19, 2011 at 10:59pm — 3 Comments

Inside Balloon Frame Construction

This short clip show balloon frame construction from the inside. With Engine House Training, LLC this summer, we had the opportunity to hold a class in this building. It was going to be torn down and the interior wall coverings in most of the house had been removed. That exposed the balloon frame construction characteristics that we so often speak of but seldom have the chance to see.

Use this however you like and share it.  Hopefully,…


Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 18, 2011 at 10:49pm — 2 Comments

Fireground Mayday: An Emergency Within An Emergency

The mayday event isn’t something that can be managed by policy or training alone; it’s something that needs to be discussed and practiced throughout a firefighter’s career. The focus for mayday events has historically been on the reaction side of the equation, but its just as important to focus on prevention and preparedness measures that can be taken.

This is a pressing issue for fire and emergency service organizations because it isn’t a matter of if a mayday will happen but when…


Added by IAFC on November 18, 2011 at 8:42am — No Comments

Complementary Subscription to OpsNetlink

Are You Responsible for Managing Operations?

Sign up for a complimentary trial subscription to the IAFC's newest program, OpsNetlink. 

For a limited time, the IAFC is offering a complimentary 30-day trial subscription to OpsNetlink. See how it enhances your ability to manage day-to-day operations. You’ll have unlimited access to all the online benefits, resources and tools offered by OpsNetlink, including:

  • Weekly electronic…

Added by IAFC on November 16, 2011 at 9:17pm — No Comments

training video or powerpoints

I was wondering if anyone could help me with new training idea we are a vol. department and sometimes its hard tocome up with new ideas. So if anyone could help me out that would be great.


Dave Baxter

Added by David Baxter on November 15, 2011 at 4:38pm — 1 Comment

Hey, guys just signed up for May Day Firefighter Down, last weekend in January on Va Fire Programs site.

Hey, guys just signed up for May Day Firefighter Down, last weekend in January on Va Fire Programs site. Continue

Added by Donnie Widner on November 13, 2011 at 5:19pm — No Comments

bravest of the brave

    after all these years doing this, i found out that the true herors and the bravest of the brave are just plain kids. this past sat. my girlfreinds 9 yrs daughter was hit by a car in the cross walk. the car was doing 35 mph. after laying there she jumped to her feet madder than hell yeling and screaming..... she fought off 5 adults with a busted knee and hip, busted teeth and nose. in the hospital she refused to take pain meds. never onced complained of pain......




Added by tony on November 11, 2011 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Mercury Exposure

This information was passed on to me from David Walsh via Deputy Commissioner John Horan (OC Fire Services – NY).  The links below are very graphic pictures of severe effects from mercury exposure.  Of course its a potential hazard in many of our homes, but also on the fireground. 

Here’s a summary of the to-do’s if a CFL light breaks:

  • Have people and pets leave the room.
  • Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to…

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on November 11, 2011 at 11:26am — No Comments

PPE - Not All Gloves Are the Same

The IAFC recently launched OpsNetLink, a new service providing weekly reports featuring original content and analysis on issues and challenges unique to operations leadership and management as well as a dynamic and secure virtual community to facilitate the sharing of solutions in response to the daily challenges that operations chiefs encounter. 

In the most recent OpsNetlink report, the focus is on structural firefighting…


Added by IAFC on November 8, 2011 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Liquid CO2 Hazards

Liquid CO2 is a hazard that is now being found in restaurants.  These systems are decreasing the number of CO2 bottle changes needed, however, many of the hoses are plastic and subject to damage. When a hose develops a crack, the liquid CO2 expands at a high ratio quickly filling the area. Unsuspecting persons may quickly become unconscious as O2 levels decrease rapidly.  Continue…


Added by Paul Hasenmeier on November 8, 2011 at 9:57am — No Comments

What Are You Doing To Improve Your Instructorship

Whether you are an instructor, mentor, or supervisor you need to get a grip on your students.  The following highlights will reflect on my recent trip to Aberdeen, South Dakota and the lively bunch of attendees that helped keep the conversation realistic yet thought provoking.  As you scan through the topics consider what you are doing to improve your instructorship to ultimately improve the organizations you are involved with.  … Continue

Added by Paul Hasenmeier on November 6, 2011 at 3:28pm — 1 Comment


Are you certain this is the job for you?


Depending on who you are speaking with, there seems to a gap when it comes to how to accomplish our goals and not get killed or injured in the process. Words like “cowboy”, “aggressive” and “sally” are all used when someone takes issue with how someone else is getting the job…


Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 4, 2011 at 7:05pm — No Comments

If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding!

I read an article by an old acquaintance the other day.  I don't want to identify the author because this is not about the "who", but the "what." 

What a concept.  Here's an excerpt:

“There  was a code that said that the coach was always right and you NEVER

questioned a coach’s decision in regards to you. Like it or not, you had  to respect it. It was not an option!  Sound…


Added by on November 2, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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