Category Archives: The Hot Topic

In remembrance of the Athletic Club Fire

Overview: Two Indianapolis firefighters and an elderly male guest died in an early morning fire in the Indianapolis Athletic Club. This fire received widespread media coverage since it occurred while the building housed the jury hearing testimony in heavyweight boxer … Continue reading

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Wild Land & Urban Interface Fire with Helmet Cam

For those of you who follow our Facebook page. You already know that this week theme for Words of the Day is about Wildland & Urban Interface fires. So this drill day post will go right along with this week … Continue reading

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Beware of Parapet Walls

What is a Parapet Wall? Parapet Wall is a low wall that rises above the roofline, it provides a decorative appearance as well as providing some protection from the elements; parapet walls do not withstand lateral loads very well. Why … Continue reading

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Heavy Fire in Wood Frame with Collapse caught on Cam!

A special thanks to Boise Fire Department for sharing this incident. “This is a perfect example of hard and consistent training paying off in the field and saving lives ” says Boise Fire chief Dennis Doan. “Identifying the imminent collapse … Continue reading

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The Built Enviorment – Mixed Construction

Over the past few weeks I have been keeping my eyes and ears tuned to what is around me. As we were putting together the latest training Module “Building Failure and Collapse”, I was looking for as much information and … Continue reading

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Fire Behavior & Fireground Tactics Videos from 2013 IAFF John P. Redmond Symposium

A special thanks to IAFF & Harold A. Schaitberger General President for posting these excellent class videos from 2013 IAFF John P. Redmond Symposium on the Occupational Health & Hazards of the Fire Service. Fire Behavior and Tactical Considerations class: … Continue reading

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Recently Released Fire Behavior Videos

A special thanks Dan Madrzykowski &  Keegan Tozaki for releasing these on their YouTube pages.   Also be sure and check out all the amazing things that Dan Madrzykowski and all the folks at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … Continue reading

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One problem, multiple solutions.

We must learn from the mistakes of others as some do not come with a second chance. Fire Training Toolbox is NOT about pointing fault but finding solutions. If an event occurs many are quick to point blame and judgement … Continue reading

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No “I” in team but there is in VEIS

The first time I was taught Vent, Enter, Search it was a simple lesson. Vent the window, enter the area to be searched, search for occupants on the way to finding the door, close that door, finish your search. In … Continue reading

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Backdraft Video

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