Tag Archives: staffing

Salisbury Working:10 Occupants Jump from House Fire Hours after City Council Rejects Staffing Grant

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Uncanny timing of inept city politics is highlighted by a working fire with people trapped.

Pine Bluff, Arkansas Video Highlights Quick Work by Minimum Staffed Crews

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Submitter of a past Backstep article is seen on tape hustling the hoselines.

Real World StaffingRequired Reading for The Front Seat Program on Firefighter Netcast

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We’ll be talking about the nation’s only 2-man ladder company. What? You say there are other minimum staffed companies out there? No way!

Two and Three-Man Crews Entry No.1:Gastonia, North Carolina

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NC engine company sets up their hosebed to make the best use of not only their three-man crew, but the second-due three-man engine company as well.

Two and Three-Man Crews – We Want You!

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Does your wagon driver get dressed and don SCBA, to back you up on the line, after he’s changed that line? If so, then we want to hear from you!

Victim Survivability Profiling.A Clarification

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“Every situation is a situation” and the fire you are responding to is one that you are seeing for the first time.

April at Backstep Firefighter

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April saw discussions primarily centered on risk, sizeup and personal responsibility.

Oregon Working: The Two-Men Engine Company

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For some of you, three on the engine or truck is a luxury. Others at times wish they had three. This highlights a point in our education that I hear and read of many times from suburban and rural firefighters.

Multiple Rescues on Brooklyn Firefighter’s First Day as Chauffeur

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He stopped at the third floor, where the woman and boy were. “They looked like they would jump,”

The 2011 Firefighter

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What do you think the 2011 Firefighting is going to be? Trained and confident? Or tentative and fearful?

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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
Bing-freaking-o!
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
Ric Jorge
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Atta boy David, customer service or customer satisfaction? The line is fine, and more often than not we can accomplish both with action, and a kind demeanor.
2014-08-21 01:41:12
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