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2012 Maydays

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A year of communication we hate to hear, but train to say.

Hyattsville Working:Truck 1 Supports Technical Rescue

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Three teens rescued from rising storm waters underneath 4th Battalion bridge.

Manhattan Scaffolding Rescue Highlights Agency Rivalry and Risk Management Decisions

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We have some of the best training and the best equipment to do this.

This Day in LODD, Structure Fire HistoryDisorientation, Radio Problems and RITs Driven Out, Missouri 1999

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En route to the scene, the victim had advised the IC that they might have radio problems, due to past experiences with their radios in this type of structure.

Allentown Collyer Mansion Job:Excavator Special-Called to Hoarder Fire

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10 hours later a excavator takes off Side Alpha.

Images from Leslie Collapse, MaydayCourtesy Michigan Fireground

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10 injured. For some, that’s two companies. For others, it’s half the department.

“It Just Wasn’t Our Day, I Guess”

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A number of men moved up to the balcony to attack the fire which had made its way to the auditorium ceiling just below the roof.

Collyer Mansion: Los Angeles Fatal

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“They made an aggressive interior attack on the home and were hindered by pack rat conditions. – They made an initial search and rescue, a primary search and rescue, and were unable to find any way inside.”

Boston Tower 10 Working:Tower Company Called to Construction Site Medic-Local

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Construction site heart attack brings out the tower.

Boston Working: Hyde Park Blast

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Engine 49 on the scene, with a pile of…rubble.

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Backstep Firefighter

“To provide a point of critical thought about certain acts and events in the fire service while incorporating behavioral education and commentary in a referenced format.”
Burton Clark
Rhetorical Lesson No.12: Would Fewer Basics Work in Reducing Our LODDs?
All we need is one lesson with two parts. Follow all the S.O.Ps 100% correct, 100% of the time. Reason, anything less can get you and others killed. It also makes you a professional and defines a good firefighter.
2014-08-29 13:43:35
John Pignataro
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Bravo sir ...This battle began in the early 1990's having been a career DC Fireman for 30 yrs and a still active volunteer fireman for 37 the mentality has changed since 1977. Your article is clear and to the point but I am afraid the fire service maybe lost to the folks who preach the…
2014-08-23 01:12:28
Ben Waller
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Actually, the "Women and children first" idea cane from the sinking if the HMS Birkenhead. Now known as "The Birkenhead Drill", this stemmed from the ship beginning to sink, an inadequate number of lifeboats, and the Royal Marines and soldiers on board being called to formation and standing in ranks while the ships crew put…
2014-08-21 11:25:14
Ron Ayotte
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
2014-08-21 02:49:30
Brian Gary
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Very well written. I couldn't agree more with your statements. The problems are many, but they perpetuate and increase with every new class of recruits that are poisoned with the idea that anyone who feels unsafe has a responsibility to act and stop whatever is going on. When I came on, my instructors told me…
2014-08-21 02:04:23
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