Fire Training

Proper cleaning, maintenance, and storage of PPE is essential to improving firefighter health and safety

Firefighter Health

Proper cleaning, maintenance, and storage of PPE is essential to improving firefighter health and safety. By Groves Incorporated In 2014, NFPA 1851 was established to set requirements for the proper selection, care and maintenance of firefighting protective gear to reduce health and safety risks associated with improper maintenance, contamination or damage.  Sections 6.1 through 10.1.1 detail procedures for the inspection, ...

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Champaign Fire Chief Credits Lives Saved To “System” Working In Their Department

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EMS Trendsetters – 12th Annual EMS / Fire Conference held November 13-15th, 2015 in Bristol Wisconsin

  Don’t miss this opportunity to attend one of the premier EMS/Fire conferences of the year! You have the opportunity to earn up to 20 Hours of CEU’S. Come see some of the nation’s greatest educators including; Chief Billy Goldfeder, Marty Coomes, Janet Taylor and many more! The conference is located at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 – 75th St Bristol, WI. Click ...

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Buffalo Fire Images During Overhaul on May 15, 2015

Excellent images from Kevin Brautlacht from Buffalo New York this past week. More photos can be found here “Buffalo firefighters made quick work of a fire in a vacant house at 70 Kosciuszko on May 15, 2015. When firefighters arrived they found a fire on the first floor of a one and a half story wood frame extending into the ...

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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 Assumptions of Others…Forget What They Say!”

“The Assumptions of Others…Forget What They Say!” We are given an amazing opportunity every day we crawl out of bed. A dream…to so many, we get to say that we are part of the American Fire Service! We have the opportunity of a lifetime to do great things with our lives while providing services to the community that not everyone ...

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Videos: All 5 Parts of The Wind Driven Fire Series Here in One Spot. Take The Time to Watch, Learn, and Share

The video’s are the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) videos that were put together after comprehensive testing regarding wind driven fires.  Take the time to watch these videos.  As somebody once told me, “It can be just as windy on the second floor as it can on the tenth floor at times, so don’t think this only pertains ...

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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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“Collyer’s Mansion Conditions” – Tactical Considerations For Hoarder Houses

“COLLYER’S MANSION CONDITIONS” -Tactical Considerations For Hoarder Houses By: Jake Hoffman Whatever you call them, buildings full of junk present an immense amount of danger to crews operating on the fireground. When faced with Collyer’s Mansion conditions, does your operational strategy change? How do you communicate this as a company officer to the Incident Commander? Fires like these aren’t common, ...

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Close Call: Firefighter Breaks Wrist Using K-Saw on a Job

A brother firefighter would like to share his experience while cutting a chain link on a job.  The firefighter suffered a broken wrist during this incident. The amazing part of this is he continued to work at the fire with a broken wrist. This article is from FF/PM Michael Torres. The accident was from a candidate that he know. Thanks ...

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