Spin Hitch


Check out the updated Tips from the Bucket page for a great method of using webbing to move a victim. Firefighter Jeff Spinelli from Winter Park Firehouse 62 came up with it. It’s called the Spin Hitch, and it works real well for moving a victim up a set of stairs. Thanks Spin for sharing this, and sorry it took so long to get on the page. -Jimm-

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Lt. Scott Egan from Orange County Engine 50 sent us this interesting structure. You are going to have to check out the supplemental page for a full description of this one. -Jimm-

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Challenging Extrication

On top of everything else, many Truck Companies find themselves tasked with vehicle extrication. So it only makes sense that we include some extrication related material. I think you’ll find this video good enough to get the discussion started. All I can say is: Man that dude is LUCKY! –Jimm-


Not That Well Done!

My cousin sent me some photos of a job in downtown Chicago in the South Loop. He knew we would enjoy the irony of the sign.

He is an avid blogger, and actually got me started into blogging. He has two Chicago based blogs: Kiplog and FoodBlog. They are not fire oriented, but are definitely on my list of daily reads. My personal favorite entry on FoodBlog: The Northside Chicago Irish Pub Crawl, read through it and you’ll understand why.

Here is another awesome shot (from the B side):

Thanks again Paul! -Jimm-



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Too Funny for Description

This video is so funny I can’t even write a description! –Jimm-


Meter Fire

How about this… You get called to a structure fire. The outside team is going around back to control utilities, and the meter itself is on fire. The electrical disconnect is at the meter and it to is also involved in the fire. What do you do? – Jimm-


Cutting Candy Bars?


Saw maintenance is very important. You need to take care of your saw in order for it to take care of you! (Corny but true) I’m big believer in starting the saws each day, and really taking a good look at it: (chain or belt tension, blade condition and tightness, condition of pull cord, fuel level etc) are just a few things that should be observed. This picture is how a saw was turned over to me at shift change once. Obviously the chain is way loose, and it looks like they cut through a candy bar or something. Check your saw after each use, store it with the switch in the ON position, top off the fuel, take some pride in your equipment! Clean blades tend to cut better.

I know we have been slacking on updating the articles section; we’ll probably get it going after the first of the year… We will also include an article on saw maintenance, and its importance. –Jimm-


FDC’s Confuse Me

Now you know that I’m a Truck guy, and some of that Engine stuff confuses me, but for the life of me I cannot ever remember ever seeing an adapter for this connection on the rig.

This is an actual picture (not photo-chopped) taken from outside of a business in my first due. The story goes like this: During a routine inspection, a Fire Inspector advised the business they needed to label the FDC outside of the building. The maintenance man called the Inspector back a few days later to clarify… The Inspector advised him to “simply label the hose connection outside.” (The real FDC is actually on the other end of the strip mall.) Confused, but without hesitation, the maintenance man did exactly what he was told. I would have loved to hear the conversation during the re-inspection.

We are the Fire Department, we are the professionals, be careful, people may do EXACTLY what you tell them to. Company Officers need to keep this in mind!-Jimm-


7 Alarms…

Our friends over at TheBravestOnline.com have a posted another excellent video. The video is of a seven alarm apartment fire outside of Houston. Apparently, they were faced with significant access issues from blocked cars. You’ll notice the excellent use of tow trucks early on in the event to rectify the situation. Those wreckers were hookin’ and draggin’! Good call by the IC! He knew he was going to have a large number of apparatus on scene, and needed the room.

It’s nice to see the extensive use of ladders to the second floor. The importance of secondary means of egress should never be overlooked.

We need to remember: big building + big fire = big water!

We post these videos as a learning tool, and look forward to reading your thoughts and comments. –Jimm-

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