We often hear from companies complaining about being pulled off a roof, that in their opinion was still safe to be operating on. The first question I pose to them is “were you keeping command updated on your progress and roof...Continue reading
Last week, a South Carolina firefighter had his vehicle stolen at the station while he was on duty. In the early morning hours of Thursday, May 30th, Phil Hutcheson (Hutch) became the victim of auto theft. As an unidentified subject drove...Continue reading
It’s hard to imagine what life was like without social media, the internet, or even access to computers but it wasn’t that long ago. I don’t consider myself that old, but I vividly remember that we entertained ourselves in so many...Continue reading
The following video is an excellent training resource on vertical ventilation on panelized construction and is part of a video series produced by LA County Fire Department. ...
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,...Continue reading
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...Continue reading
We can all agree that operating on the roof above a heavily involved structure can be dangerous if we are not paying attention to fire conditions, but the fire may not be the only hazard we are faced with. We must...Continue reading
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...Continue reading