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Hose Line Kink!

Since the weather has been getting warmer it is allowing more time to train outside and get some real good engine work in. Been practicing a lot of moving lines up stairs. With a 3 person engine it makes it ...

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The Fire Service Real World

Editors Note: This is a post from my brother Danny who serves as an Urban firefighter in the Capital City of Virginia. He has an extensive experience in working in career, combination, and volunteer fire departments. He is assigned to ...

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SNOMAGEDDON!

Well the snow and other winter weather has hit us here in Virginia and most other southern states hard once again leaving a lot of our fire companies looking like this! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jetstg39n-4] Even on shift last night in the ...

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Radio Communications Drill

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIclEzOlYL0] I saw this video and had to post it. Everyone knows that communications on the fireground are always a hot topic. They are usually listed in every NIOSH report, every after action review of every call, and every ...

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The Nozzle Forward

This weekend in Fairfax County I attended the “Nozzle Forward” Program taught by Aaron Fields from Seattle Fire and his instructor cadre. I had this idea that when I got back I would give a review type post about the ...

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The Triple Split

A lot of engine companies out there utilize the “triple layer load”. It is a great hose load for low man power as 1 firefighter can deploy the entire cross lay in about 65 feet, and have the working coupling ...

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What’s on the end?

One of the techniques the department I work for utilizes is a leader line for stretches over 300 feet. This leader line is 3 inch hose, dead loaded in the rear next to the 5 inch supply hose. The length ...

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