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January 30 Second Drill

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“For basement fires, the first line goes where?”

It Pays to be Single

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“There is something rather unique, other than the obvious, about working in a ‘single house’.”

Kicking the Little Guy

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“Evidently Engine 34, which is quartered with Tower Ladder 21, must have been out on a CFR-D run.”

The First Line Determines The Result

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“A fundamental basic to any successful fireground operation is a successful initial hoseline stretch. It seems simple enough, so why should we drill on it so much? Three main reasons:”


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“Probably the most comprehensive book about the work of the engine company that isn’t a bland textbook.”

Truck Appreciation Day

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Every now and then those on the truck are fortunate to grab fame and glory. After all, it is well within their duties to search for and rescue those in distress. Aside from the routine of breaking doors, windows, tools, posing for photos and watching the fire go out, a truckie may get the rare […]


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In a time when it appears that some in the fire service can no longer think for themselves without having attended the latest leadership seminar, we leave it to the backstep firefighters to remind everyone that the job still gets done, without having to text each other or use a powerpoint projector.Jacksonville (FL) firefighters were […]

“It’s all in the basement”

The following video from East St. Louis plainly illustrates the need to be a deliberate engine company. In viewing we learn that the lineman recognizes two signs of the first floor being compromised. We also see and hear how the lineman communicates to the rest of his company about:– First floor integrity/hazard– Need to check […]

To Stretch or Not To Stretch

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A tale of two engine bosses On 3 December 2008 a box alarm was transmitted for fire coming from the hot tub at 4806 Jamestown Road in Bethesda, Maryland[1]. Prior to units arriving, dispatchers transmitted the Rapid Intervention Dispatch and Task Force alarms. The reason for the quick additional alarms was most likely that the […]


The arrival of fall means many things. Football season. Muzzleloading season. An early look at spring training for the Red Sox. An increase, however slight, of some degree in working fires? Perhaps that is the reason that lately there has been an increase in the number of figures in our fireground media world focusing on […]

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