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Ladder Rescues--Training is the Key

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“What are you going to do at 3:00 in the morning when you get that call with people hanging out of windows with an active fire?”

We’ve all heard or said that in regards to our training and preparation at some point in our career. It’s safe to say that it can be considered cliché because it is mentioned so often. But, without a doubt and with no debate, it is true!

On July 20, 2016 my department responded to a report of smoke in…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 22, 2016 at 9:26pm — No Comments

With or Without the Hose Line?

Link to Podcast HERE

In the last few weeks I posted about being aggressive. In that post I mentioned that we, our department, will search without a hose line.  This…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on July 15, 2016 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Basics of Calling the Mayday

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 1, 2016 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Tool or NO Tool?

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By Jason Hoevelmann with Steve Heidbreder

Tool or No Tool?

     When we go to conferences or sit around with other engaged firefighters there is no lack of lively conversation and debate. From world affairs, to sports teams, bands and of course, tactics! There is no better time spent with other firefighters learning about what others do and why. That is the key, WHY, things are done the way…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 13, 2015 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Ground Ladders Discussion and Podcast

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This episode is a discussion about ground ladders. It’s a basic piece of equipment that has such a huge value to us on the fire ground, but in many cases, get’s forgotten.  They’re forgotten until they are needed, and then it could be a life and death situation for firefighters and victims.

We talk briefly about some…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 7, 2015 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Winter Operations Checklist and Podcast

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Attached is an outline we used for a quick winter operations class at work. I ran across this the other day and thought it would be appropriate to post now.  The podcast is here for this topic as well.  Feel free to add and use this as you see fit. If you have some great tips on operating in the winter, please share with…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on December 1, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

To Be Up or Down

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In my years as a younger firefighter, both as a volunteer and during my career training, it was driven home that we enter building fires with a low profile.  More specifically on our hands and knees.  I was never going to question my instructors, the books or the more veteran firefighters that mentored me.  However, the more fires I got to fight, the more I started to…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on November 29, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Location, Location, Location!

With all of the debate about exterior versus interior, I wanted to share a video that I use in many of the tactical classes that I teach and offer a few observations.  First, this is a video that is used for learning, not to critique the methods or tactics that were or were not deployed during this fire.  Second, we were not there and do not know all of the circumstances surrounding why they made their decisions.

Overall, I think they did a pretty good job in the end.

When I…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on September 9, 2015 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

Ownership Nugget

It's great to say you take responsibility for a mistake or to say that you need to improve or make changes.  That's only half the battle though.  You must take meaningful steps and actions to actually correct the mistakes, make the improvements and changes that are needed.  Taking action is the part of taking responsibility and ownership that is hard, not verbalizing them.

Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 4, 2015 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Being the Right Kind of First

I was lucky to have some great officers and leaders influence my career path in the fire service, and in life.  They were always offering sound advice and sharing their experiences. Some I heeded right away and others I had to learn the hard way.  Either way, their words and actions provided me a template to use to work to be a good firefighter and, later on, officer.

Now I have the opportunity to pass along the valuable bits of information that was passed to me along with my own…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on June 2, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Mind the Hose!

Stretching an attack line dry is a tactic for a set of very specific situations. A couple that come to mind are exterior stairwells, protected interior stairwells, and for tenable halls/corridors from a protected stairwell. With all of these, somebody must be assigned to mind the hose before it's charged and it must be laid out correctly in the stair well. In the photos below, you'll notice the hose on the 'inside' of the stairwell; it…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on April 7, 2015 at 10:22am — No Comments

The Benefits of the Low Prop in Firefighter Bailout Training

We have the distinct honor and pleasure to offer our Firefighter Bailout class at FDIC 2015 this year as one of the HOT classes.  We feel, like most, that we should train and drill constantly on the basics like engine company operations, search, ventilation, fire behavior, ladder work, forcible and the list goes on, to prevent the need for a firefighter to…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 26, 2015 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Building the Modified Low Prop for Bailout

By popular demand we have made the build plans and photos from the updated bailout prop (originally create by Dale J. Pekel) available for you to download and share. Be sure to visit our websitewww.enginehousetrianing.com and join our email list for more great content like this. Click here for the .pdf file--->…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 26, 2015 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Four Simple Rules for the Company Officer

I talk a great deal about the role of the company officers and how they influence the members of your department.  When teaching officer development we hit hard on setting and establishing expectations and ensuring that there is follow-through with those expectations.  I was recently asked about expectations for my company officers.  They aren't too different from what I expected from my crew members when I was a company officer.

 
When I sit down with my crew and…
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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on March 18, 2015 at 2:15pm — 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.

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

A Story of Survival with Kansas City Fire Captain Charley Cashen

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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.…



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

Choosing the Right Bailout Kit

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Choosing the Right Bailout System for Your Department

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

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