Monthly Archives: July 2013

Coordinated Exterior Fire Stream with Victim Rescue

Raw video: Rescue at Englewood fire by Chicago Fire Department While I don’t know all the variables on this incident.Things such as if the adjacent room where the victim is located is connected or not? However this coordinated use of … Continue reading

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Trend, tried or true?

Overwhelming. One simple word to describe the amount of information that is out there streaming right now. Most likely at this moment hundreds of Fire Service Professionals are sorting through the posts, the images, the videos, the articles…the list goes … Continue reading

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What happened Johnny?

When Johnny visited his Aunt Jane in that small town with Volunteer Firefighters, he realized his dream. Johnny could grow up to be just like his dad, both a hardware store man and a Firefighter. Over the years Johnny saw … Continue reading

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CAFS Secrets Told

I’ll share another tactic that I have been using with CAFS for many years. Have you ever tried to light a match in smoke and wondered why it goes out? Do you know what oxygen turns into when it combines … Continue reading

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Vehicle Fire Smoke

Many have used the saying “Today’s fires are not the same as your Grandfather’s” when describing the modern structure fire. This statement very true however it also the same for vehicle fires of today. In this article we are going … Continue reading

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Gas Cylinder Fires

Gas cylinders are a convenient way to transport and store gases under pressure. These gases are used for many different purposes including: chemical processes; soldering, welding and flame cutting; breathing (e.g. diving, emergency rescue); medical and laboratory uses; dispensing beverages; … Continue reading

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Fire Department Access Issues

Gaining access is more than just forcible entry! This post will address other access issues for the fire department and give you solutions.             Recent video of fire department access issues. Trees are not the … Continue reading

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Limited Staffing Incident Action Plan Considerations

When the volume of the problem outpaces the resources available to handle-the problem wins. When the Incident Commander (IC) develops a strategy and selects what is believed to be appropriate tactics but the resources are not there the risk to … Continue reading

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Are we discouraging correct learning?

How many times have we gotten upset at a new recruit for asking a seemingly silly question in the middle of a task? Responses to these new motivated learners can get a multitude of results including injuries in the future, … Continue reading

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Boat Fires

No matter where you are located there is a good chance you might have water in your response jurisdiction. Where their water there are boats. In this post I would like to challenge your thoughts on how you and your … Continue reading

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