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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 […]

Collyer and Blankets in the Projects

Relating to the Collyer Mansion article on this month, there was a 2-alarm fire in the Bronx in Co-op City this week. Unless you happened to be listening to the FDNY online you would be hard pressed to find any information about this job. Fires in major cities are a dime a dozen to […]

Spring Training

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On Thursday, 12 February, the Red Sox struggled their way through an oppressive Florida winter to begin the first day of Spring Training. Last weekend, in the Washington D.C. area the thermometer hit the upper fifties and people could be found on The Mall in shorts and t-shirts. Spring, or any slight hint of spring, […]

Staffing Effects Research

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From Dave Statter, WUSA9 ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA)- Firefighters crawling inside a burning building to put out a fire. But this is a test. If this had been an actual emergency your local fire department may not have four firefighters on board each fire truck as they did on Thursday at the Montgomery County Fire Rescue […]

Tactical Benchmarks

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The latest edition of Radio @’s Training and Tactics Talk presented a brief outline of what will be Chief Doug Cline’s future radio programs. Chief Cline begins to look at real tactical operations that occur in the field; a comparison of these between big city and rural departments; and the tactics that have to […]

Training Opportunity

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Elmsford Fire Department Annual Lt. Andy Fredericks, FDNY Memorial Seminar and Exhibits Hosted by the Elmsford Fire Dept. Saturday, February 7, 2009 Registration, refreshments and exhibits begin at 7:30 a.m. Program 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. “Lightweight Construction” Presented by Battalion Chief Bill Hines, FDNY, ret. “Strip Mall Fires” Presented by Deputy Chief Tom Dunne, […]

Training Opportunity

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Andy Fredericks Training Days will be hosted annually in Alexandria to continue Andy’s legacy of excellent instruction on the basic operations of structural firefighting. This three day lecture series covering fundamental fireground operations will be delivered by friends of Andy, each of whom had the opportunity to share in Andy’s life work.Not only will these […]

In Defense of Jumping

“”I think it takes a particular coward to criticize procedures that you don’t understand particularly when they apply to places that you don’t have the bravery to go,” FDNY Battalion Chief John Sullivan said. “Friday the 23rd families and members of the FDNY gathered togther at a church in the Bronx and one in Brooklyn. […]

Fire Dynamics comes to MFRI

Executive Development Seminar: Fire Dynamics for the Fire ServiceThursday, February 19, 20099:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute4500 Paint Branch Parkway College Park, MD 20742301-226-9900 or 1-800-ASK-MFRIFeaturing:Daniel Madrzykowski Steve Kerber Building and Fire Research Laboratory National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Gaithersburg, Maryland This presentation will discuss how building geometry, materials, furnishings, […]

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