Primary Search is Negative

These are four words that are relatively simple in their meaning but have significant meaning as far as fireground operations go. – Dave LeBlanc

First due companies prepare to attack this fire. The search needs to be organized, taking advantage of the time allowed in the building, especially if things go wrong. (Barrall/FITHP.net)

First due companies prepare to attack this fire. The search needs to be organized, taking advantage of the time allowed in the building, especially if things go wrong. (Barrall/FITHP.net)

It is a cold evening in January when a call is received for a building fire. A first alarm is dispatched along with a request for a line box engine* from the neighboring town. Continue reading

Spring Break for Ghetto Firefighters

aftd2010logo There are two individuals who serve as a literary barometer for me and fire service writing. Not a month goes by that I don’t look at what they have each produced and weigh the option of continuing writing. One is managing fire department communications in the Washington, D.C. area. The other was taken from us nearly nine years ago. His work still speaks loudly.

The 2010 Andy Fredericks Training Days information is out. No doubt it is probably the best money you will spend, especially if you are a local, and may well be one of the strongest upcoming regional training events that a group of fire service ‘inklings‘ could endorse. Continue reading

Unscientific Culture Study: Boston

Cowboys, who do they think they are jumping in there without any SCBA on…

Fire in Dorchester, Boston, November 1982. Courtesy ‘fourdeuce1′. The tactics may have changed, but the principles still apply. Continue reading

Creativity Lost

If you arrive to find your SCBA has entered the building ahead of you, reconsider entering said building.

Many of us are constantly looking for new ways to train on old subjects. Creativity helps spice up an otherwise dull lesson. Unfortunately, if creativity loses sight of the lesson’s goals, then the value of training is decreased. Case in point, the SCBA drill captured in this video. Continue reading