Engine Company Operations

Chicago Fire Department Paramedics Told To Turn In Their Bunker Gear

 Article from Chicagosuntimes.com Fran Spielman: The Chicago Fire Department is making another round of changes that, a union leader warned Monday, could put the lives of paramedics and the general public in danger. Two years ago, self-contained breathing apparatus were removed from all 75 Chicago ambulances. In addition, 70 paramedics graduating from the fire academy were not issued fire helmets, ...

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Maintaining an Aggressive Culture with Science in Mind

Maintaining an Aggressive Culture with Science in Mind Research on modern fire dynamics and different fire ground tactics is a hot topic throughout the fire service for a multitude of reasons. Traditional cultures being at the forefront. Many folks in the fire service today, whether your tenure is on the order of 5 or 25 years, have known nothing other ...

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THE LOSS OF SKILL By: Ray McCormack

THE LOSS OF SKILL-By Ray McCormack Many in today’s fire service feel that there is resistance to change in regard to extinguishment techniques and other tactics, and they are correct. While resistance is what is felt, the reality is that changes need to be peer-reviewed–not just by a select few, but by departments, as well. Resistance toward change is one ...

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Excellent Raw Video With Turbulent Smoke Conditions In Joplin, MO 11-15-2015

{adinserter 1} Joplin House Fire 11-15-2014 from Marty Dashiell on Vimeo. “iPhone video of house fire on Range Line Rd from a passerby (directly across from Big Lots.) Resident of the house stated to me that they were watching tv and smelled smoke, then heard a loud “pop”, and realized the house was on fire, exited the home safely and ...

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Interpretive Dance Hose Stream Comparison Test By Ray McCormack

Interpretive Dance Hose Stream Comparison Test By Ray McCormack Above video courtesy of Dan Madrzykowski The four camera views of a hose stream comparison test has caused much debate. The video shows a home with two rooms on fire on the second floor with a common hallway and straight run staircase leading to it. The rooms are both on fire and ...

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Lt. Ray McCormack Discusses Acronym DICERS-VO

Lt. Ray McCormack Discusses Acronym DICERS-VO DirectedInteriorContainmentExtinguishmentRescueSearch VentilationOverhaul Directed Interior Containment, Extinguishment, Rescue, and SearchVentilation, Overhaul DICERS lays out the interior fireground with three time sensitive components and one component that overlays all and that is a directed fire attack. Extinguishment of the fire. Rescue of those effected by the fire and smoke.Search of the fire area and adjoining spaces. All fire ...

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Breaking down S.L.I.C.E.R.S for the street smart fire officer

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S.L.I.C.E.R.S. Breaking down S.L.I.C.E.R.S for the street smart fire officer By: Deputy Chief Kevin D. Schulz What is S.L.I.C.E.R.S? Let’s start with the fact that it’s an acronym. The definition of S.L.I.C.E.R.S. is a fire attack tactic used to reduce temperatures inside a building prior to entry by firefighting personnel for extinguishment or rescue. This is not meant to be ...

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Great High-Rise Firefighting Training Video out of Kansas City

Kansas City, Mo. City Communications Youtube Video Info: “The Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD) is committed to protecting our residents and visitors from a multitude of hazards. A major component of providing for that safety is maintaining a highly trained workforce to respond to and mitigate low frequency, high hazard events. The purpose of this PSA video is to provide ...

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