Archive for September, 2012

From the Firehouse to the Fireground

VentEnterSearch’s own Jimm Walsh will be presenting his new leadership program titled From the Firehouse to the Fireground on Monday October 15, 2011. The class is being hosted by the Fire Instructors & Officers Association of New Hampshire and is being held in Concord, NH. This Tactical Company Leadership is the follow up for another one of Jimm’s leadership classes From the Jump Seat to the Front Seat. the program is built on basic leadership strategies and techniques and takes a unique look at leadership from a tactical perspective.

This program covers bridging the gaps between leading a company on a day-to-day basis in the firehouse, preparing members to be battle-ready on the training ground, and leading your members into high risk fireground situations by highlighting the similarities and differences in leadership tactics for various real-world applications.

Please click here to download the flyer for additional information and registration information.

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Aggressive Truck Functions & VES Class

VentEnterSearch’s own Jimm Walsh will be presenting a full day Truck Company presentation in Colchester, Vermont on Saturday October 13, 2012. The day will include two of Jimm’s popular Truck Company presentations: Aggressive Truck Functions for a Safer Fireground and V.E.S. is not a Four Letter Word.

The Aggressive Truck Functions for a Safer Fireground component of the presentation discusses the importance of aggressive truck functions and their positive impact on fireground safety and how they contribute to the success of crews on the fireground.

The V.E.S. is not a Four Letter Word component of the presentation discusses the widely misunderstood and underutilized tactic of Vent, Enter, and Search. It covers why VES is actually the safest most effective way to search a building and how to utilize VES in a safe and efficient manner to maximize effectiveness on the fireground.

Please click here to download the flyer for additional information and registration information.

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Elevator Key Ring

Assistant Chief Michael Wolfschmidt from Surf City (NJ) sent in these photos of a simple modification they have made to their elevator key ring. Simply adding snap rings to attach each key to the main ring allows for easy removal. It is much easier to manipulate the lock with the single key than the entire ring. Unfortunately the one downfall to this modification is that it defeats the purpose of having all of the keys attached directly to the ring: It’s easier to misplace an individual key.

Another idea is to make a smaller ring with just one or two keys for the most common elevator doors found in your first due. The smaller ring will be used most of the time, and is much easier to work with without having to remove keys. It is also a good idea to make two set of the smaller rings with identical keys. (Obviously the one in the picture below is missing a key, but you get the idea.) This approach allows for the truck crew to split up and approach the top of the elevator car (to secure the power) and the actual elevator door (to facilitate the rescue) simultaneously. These simple tricks speed up the rescue, and make our job much easier.

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