Engine Company Principles, Part I

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This series will look in detail at three principles of a disciplined and effective engine company: Prepared to Work; Knowing the Response Area; and Basics of Handline Stretches. Each will look at points to address before the alarm. Prepared to Work The modern firefighter comes out of his or her introductory training with basic knowledge […]

Fire Dynamics, Addendum

“The evolution of our tactical capability will only be enhanced by the evolution of our mental agility.” These are Bobby Halton’s words in his description of the NIST Fire Dynamics for the Fire Service presentation. To me, that’s a rather amazing and daunting statement, “mental agility”. There is a continual emphasis to sharpen our states […]

Fire Dynamics for the Fire Service

I attended this event yesterday at NIST and was very impressed. There were many members from Montgomery, Fairfax and Prince William counties. I also saw a few of us from PG and DC and out-of-towners as well. A lot of the information presented was the prologue to the PPV research done at Governors Island. Later […]

Considering LODD Medical Information

Also see: “Is It the Job or Your Body?” The intent is not to devalue or criticize the loss but to understand that there are differing methods of determining the data being presented. These differences may influence reported statistical data.Maybe it’s not always the guy who is in poor shape. Maybe it is the combination […]

Implied Communication, Updated

The following is about a fire where there are some questions within the department regarding the strategy and tactics used. This is only about the fireground communications and not the operations themselves. Link to the fireground transmissions can be found on STATter 911 or one of the individual department websites. Note, 6 August 2008. After […]

Is it the job or your body?

The 2007 Firefighter Fatality report was released this week by the National Fire Protection Agency. 102 firefighters were killed, compared to 89 in 2006. Still the fire service maintains the traditional “100 die on average each year” average. The general numbers were reported this Spring, but the complete report shows numbers that may be surprising […]

Have Tool, Will Destroy

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It is a common reaction on the fireground; give a member a tool and he or she will have a Pavlovian impulse to destroy something. The theory could be aligned to being on the truck (or squad) and having the assignment to “force” entry, “vent” the building, and “open up” for hidden fire. In some […]

Shootings and Being Shot At

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It is one matter to be a soldier and fly into a hostile area expecting to be shot at.It is an entirely different matter to be a firefighter and shot at while trying to fight a fire.The tragic death of Firefighter Ryan A. Hummert [1] is something that cannot be critiqued in a NIOSH report. […]

The Probie’s Guide to the Engine Company

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The article series “The Probie’s Guide to the Engine Company” was originally planned to address topics seen on the fireground, discussed in the apparatus bays or dayroom and to enhance the fundamental training I expect a new firefighter would have. I can only go with what early initial training I received (MFRI Basic Fire) and […]

Talking Back to Basics

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A new approach to back-to-basics training was recently delivered at Firehouse.com. The latest post on Training and Tactics in over a year, Chief Doug Cline leads a discussion on training philosophies with Battalion Chief Jeffery Pindelski and Buddy Hyde. Together they discussed what is needed to be looked into regarding the training of firefighters and […]

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