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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

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The Discussion EVERY Shift MUST HAVE
Thanks for having the stones to put this info. out there. If through your efforts and others we can save one brother or sister then you have made a positive change in the fire service and that is really what we should all aspire to do in one way or another.
2014-08-13 14:00:30
Can YOU Talk About IT? | Fire Critic
The Discussion EVERY Shift MUST HAVE
[…] The Discussion EVERY Shift Must Have […]
2014-08-13 03:05:08
Holding 1&1: First Due, What Do You Do?
I ride on a 3 man engine. Our policy is that the 2nd due establishes the water supply. Looking at the still picture, I believe I would knock it down with the 2.5in initially. and have the 1.75in mop up. Being first due on this and pulling the 2.5in sucks cause another engine is going…
2014-08-06 20:48:30
Matthew Erdman
Holding 1&1: First Due, What Do You Do?
I was left patiently waiting for the deck gun to be used.
2014-08-04 18:47:20
Bill Schnaekel
York City Working: Positioning in the Alley
Thanks to Bill Carey and the Backstep for sharing!
2014-07-23 16:38:08
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