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How Safe is your Door Entry?

Posted on April 17, 2008 at 5:57pm 0 Comments

Door Entry Procedure ....

1 There was no obvious fire in the building as firefighters arrived on-scene but there was a strong smell of burning and some smoke was seen issuing from a chimney in the six-story building. As Firefighters opened the door leading onto the stairway, heavy smoke suddenly turned to flame. The intense fire that followed killed several firefighters caught above in the stair-shaft

2 Firefighter X, along with three other… Continue

UK Firefighters Life Loss rate Highest for 30 Years

Posted on April 5, 2008 at 11:30pm 2 Comments

'UK firefighters have never been at greater risk when fighting structure fires than they are today! ...Firefighter life losses in the UK are currently at their highest rate for over 30 years! Our firefighters have never been so at risk as they are now but the situation is going to get much worse, with massive depletion of resources being proposed.

Statistically, prior to 2004, the UK Fire Service incurred traumatic operational fatalities at a fairly consistent average of about… Continue

SCBA - Manage your Air!

Posted on March 29, 2008 at 9:09am 4 Comments

'To many firefighters, ‘air management’ still means waiting for the low-air vibration alert or alarm to sound, signaling it’s time to leave the building. This occurs when three-fourths of the air supply has been consumed. Many consider that such a procedure is acceptable during a routine room-and-contents fire in a small building. However, take a look at how many firefighters have ‘run out of air’ in residential fires and lost their lives! In larger structures, or where there are large numbers… Continue

'The Fire Came Down on Us'

Posted on March 8, 2008 at 7:24pm 1 Comment

"It seemed like a routine house fire in the early evening .... the fire began in the first floor living room and burned slowly at first but with enough intensity to burn through the ceiling into the second floor. When we arrived on scene there was heavy dark smoke issuing from the chimney and all windows in the front were heavily darkened from smoke. There were just five of us on one engine.

We managed to get in quick and pull an unconscious woman out from the first floor before… Continue

3-Person Crews - Standard Operating Guidelines

Posted on March 2, 2008 at 3:23pm 2 Comments

I was in Johannesburg lecturing at a conference when a firefighter came up to me. “Paul, all the text books on fire-fighting tactics seem to take it for granted that there is going to be adequate resources and staffing on-scene at every structure fire. Furthermore, just about all of the standard operating procedures I have seen are written for staffing of five and above. In our little town we will get three firefighters responding to a structure fire on a single engine and they will be there… Continue

Firefighters Trapped in Madrid High-rise Fire 2005 - Inside Story

Posted on February 28, 2008 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Madrid High-rise Fire 2005

Fire came heading directly at Milara’s crew as the fire gases above their heads ignited. He took the nozzle himself and applied a series of nozzle pulsations into the flaming gases. This had no effect on the fire so he resorted to a series of long bursts of water-fog, trying to reach the entire volume of flaming combustion gases that filled the overhead. There were desperate attempts to halt the fire at this point in an effort to stop flaming gases from… Continue


Posted on February 27, 2008 at 5:30am 0 Comments

03:08am As we climbed the 50ft wooden escape ladder the fire flashed over from a window below us. Flames came belching out onto the ladder, which had just transported us to the third floor level. My hands felt slightly ‘crisp’ but we had arrived safely. I watched out the window as the ladder was suddenly removed and wheeled away for urgent use elsewhere. The ladder itself was still on fire!

03:11am There we all were, the five of us huddled together on the filthy floor of a derelict… Continue

Euro Firefighter

Posted on February 25, 2008 at 5:18am 2 Comments

There was a fire in 2007 on a European fire-ground that represented a typical ‘routine’ approach faced by firefighters all over the world. The fire involved a small single-story abandoned warehouse but there were surrounding buildings that posed some moderate exposure risks from a developing fire. The initial response consisted of just five firefighters on a single engine, with limited backup for the next twelve minutes on-scene.

As this book will show, a lot can happen in twelve… Continue

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At 4:40am on July 3, 2008, EuroFirefighter said…
Yeah take a look at my old firehouse at Shaftesbury Avenue by Cambridge Circus right in the heart of the west end of the city - theatre land. They'll make you welcome I am sure.
At 9:30am on July 2, 2008, Michael Bleifeld said…
Hey, comming to London next week for a five-day-trip with a guy from my firehouse. We visit the LFB Museum at 10th, is there anything else about LFB that we should have seen??
At 7:48am on May 22, 2008, Leo Cartwright said…
On July 5th my wife and I fly out to London for the World Road Rescue Challenge. This is being held in Cardiff – Wales, I am so looking forward to seeing the United Kingdom of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. I have never been north of Australia, so bring it on. Departing Cardiff on the 13th July, Barbara and I will be taking a tour of Ireland from the South to Dublin, spending 2 nights; from Dublin across to the North of Wales into Scotland up to Edinburgh; another 2 nights; down through Scotland into England, spending 1 night in London, then Home by the 27th July.
If any of my FFN friends are involved in this year’s world Challenge, Road Rescue. I hope you let me know and catch up with me over there.
Yours Leo
At 4:37am on April 17, 2008, Aznam Ashraf Bin Abu Zarin said…
thanks alot my brother..hope we can meet oneday.
At 12:35am on April 17, 2008, Aznam Ashraf Bin Abu Zarin said…
hi paul..i aznam from malaysia..i think we have kuala kubu baru..that time i still under training to be friend is fuad rio,syauqi n many more..nice to meet u..
At 9:42pm on February 27, 2008, SufianHassan said…
Thank Paul...once FireFighter...Always FireFifgter!!
At 1:02pm on February 27, 2008, Justin Payne said…
thanks man. worked hard on it. stay safe out there
At 9:57am on February 27, 2008, Justin Payne said…
just wanted to say hello
At 5:30am on February 27, 2008, EuroFirefighter said…
Hello all brothers in Malaysia - It is great to see you on here! I enjoyed working with all you guys at KKB in 2006 and 2007 and was treated so well. The hospitality and friendship I received in your great country will always be remembered.
At 1:33am on February 27, 2008, SufianHassan said…
Hi real name is Sufian and I am trained in same squad as Fuad...hope to be your friend=)

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