Ventilation: East Coast vs West Coast

The following video from the Firefighters Support Foundation is a great back to the basics training on Vertical ventilation. Abraham Madrigal does a great job explaining the difference between vertical ventilation on the East and West Coasts. He covers basic operations, saws, tool choices, and common building construction relative to different areas of the country....

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Essential Ladder Skills

The following video from the Firefighters Support Foundation is a great back to the basics training on essential ladder skills. Michael Wood does a great job explaining the importance of ladder carries, positioning, raises, climbing and moving ladders in emergency situations. He also covers common mistakes and how to correct them. Take time to watch this...

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“Too Busy to Train”

Have we as a fire service lost our focus on solid company level firefighter training? Since when did we replace training with “experience” or my personal favorite “WE ARE TOO BUSY TO TRAIN”? These excuses are simply not acceptable! Today’s fire service is not going to the same amount of fires as 20 years ago....

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Commercial Vertical Ventilation

Great training video from the guys at tailboard toolbox on vertical ventilation! This video does an excellent job highlighting all of the extra considerations involved with vertically ventilating a flat roof.  Most of us don’t get the opportunity to fight these types of fires as often as we do residential and we need to make...

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Forcible Entry – Proper Size Up

My passion for forcible entry was ignited the day I experienced what I consider to be one of my greatest failures. At shift change one morning my volunteer company was dispatched to a structure fire in a rural community with a reported victim trapped. We arrived second due to find a two story wood frame with...

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