Fire Training

“Branding Yourself” – You Don’t Need A Title To Be A Leader!

“Branding Yourself” We have a standard we must adhere to in this business…and that is simply to prepare those who wear the uniform and donn the PPE every single time the bell rings. Those who call 911 are looking to us for answers on their worst day. Inherently dangerous…this job, craft, and profession is filled with ups and downs, challenges, ...

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NIST Conducts Study of Attic Fire That Killed Captain Herbie Johnson At The Request of The Chicago Fire Department

This video summarizes NIST’s analysis of a Nov. 2, 2012 Chicago house fire to provide insight into the conditions that unleashed a surge of searing gases, leading to the death of a firefighter. Computer simulations were conducted using the NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smoke view. The Full Line of Duty Death Report from NIOSH can be downloaded here: Captain Herbie ...

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Part 1: Are We Professionals On Game Day?

Article by: Mike Lopina Are we professionals on game day? Are we professionals? We call ourselves such and it matters not if we are career or volunteer. What makes us professional is that we respond to each and every call ready to perform at our best and we study our opponent day in and day out. Do we evaluate our ...

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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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What kind of relationships do you have with your brothers?

As many of you know, I’m a firefighter. I spend a considerable amount of time studying my craft and training for it. It’s a career that requires students and mentors. I’m blessed to be both. I’ve had some great conversations lately with my Brothers and Sisters. I usually mention to them what I believe this profession is all about. Contrary ...

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Truck Company Positioning-Threading the Needle “Toledo Style”

Threading the Needle: Toledo Style Check out this picture from the Toledo (OH) Fire/Rescue Department’s Facebook page. Like the Chicago post, a skilled driver made a huge difference in this incident. For fires where you know right away that there will be defensive operations, consider the “Detroit Blitz Attack” where the first engine dumps their booster tank on the fire ...

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Threading The Needle When Positioning The Truck “Chicago Style”

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 23 setting up for water tower ops at an extra alarm fire last weekend. If you are the driver of any aerial apparatus, how comfortable are you putting the rig wherever it needs to be to maximize performance? Do you practice setting up in unique and unconventional locations or do you set up in a predetermined ...

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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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Fifty-Five Traits To Be Successful When Wearing The White Helmet

1.Great coaches promote shared ownership and internal leadership. They create a ‘team’ attitude. 2.Great coaches have their players keep a notebook with plays, motivational quotes, and facts about the program’s history. 3.Great coaches are teachers at their most fundamental level. They teach firefighting; they teach life lessons. 4.Great coaches love the business; respect the business. 5.Great coaches work on their ...

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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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