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Are You Ready For The Christmas Fire?

I had a post similar to this a few years ago on the old site but a lot of these things need repeating. While a reduction of Christmas tree and Christmas decoration fires has been noticeable in the last few years ...

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What’s In Your District?

Every so often I post a “What’s In Your District” when I find interesting challenges or things that may make “normal” firefighting procedures difficult. I hope it highlights the importance of getting out in your own district and find these ...

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Ground Ladder Tips and Tricks

  Sometimes companies ignore ground ladders, but we can do a lot with them. I know with a three person crew on ladders, engines, and squads I expect the driver to be able to work independently on the exterior. For engine ...

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Adding Reality To Your Drills

I know this statement is going to shock some of you, but I LOVE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT! I really do! I love the calls, the shift, the brotherhood, the training, pretty much everything! I am the guy who after working ...

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2 A Days

I'm always reading articles about how in the fire service we refer to ourselves as “occupational athletes” but I question that statement and ask Are we really?

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What do you want to be?

There is a lot of debate about what is and what is not aggressive. A lot of people determine aggressive based on their location on the fire ground. I have often thought that aggressive should be defined as the actions ...

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Simple Hose Roll for DPO

This is just a simple trick that was taught to me and I have been passing on for years. Every engine company carries short supply hose sections of various sizes and lengths. I often found that when these rolls get ...

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