Monthly Archives: September 2013

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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Building Are Disposable – Firefighters Are Not! Part 5

There are so many variables to consider when you are making strategic and tactical decisions on a structure fire. There is little time to make these life changing decisions most of the time. Some of those variables are: What is … Continue reading

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Where we are now

The fire service has a very strong tradition. One of which I’m very proud to say I’ve been a part of for almost 15 years. The fire service in general has changed much in my time in service. It is … 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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PTSD – The Silent Killer

We all think that as Firefighters we are immune to feelings when it comes to our job , WRONG , we are human beings who deal with it. By far am I no expert but I’m one who has it. Admitting … Continue reading

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We have came a long ways but still more to do!

Spent two days with the national fallen firefighters foundation discussing the 16 life safety initiatives and the next summit in Tampa in 2014. The fire service should be proud of that accomplishment BUT there is still so much to do. … Continue reading

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