Always check over your head!

Here is a video clip from a recent three alarm motel fire in Phoenix. This is the fire where a section of roof falls and pins two firefighters. They were very fortunate, and were able to free themselves quickly. The moral of the story… Always check over your head! A quick hook into the ceiling will give you a good idea of the fire conditions overhead. As this video demonstrates, it’s even important to do prior to entry of the involved area. –Jimm-

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Vertical Vent…Whatever It Takes!

The boys from Houston Firehouse 19 showing us they’ll do whatever it takes. Make sure you click on “comments” below to read our thoughts about this job. -Jeff- 

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WP “Ordinary Residental” Job

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I believe this post discussed an awesome fire that I missed. My shift, my unit, my day off. I’m sure we discussed something about “what the term residential mean to you?” I’m sure we also spoke about how the term “ordinary construction” is one of the most abused and misunderstood terms in the fire service. This home pictured above was well over 10,000 sqft and worth millions of dollars. It was still under construction, and was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The fire burned undetected for a long time and was through the roof prior to units arriving on scene. I hate missing calls like this! –Jimm-

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Enter This!

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I believe this post discussed how sometimes building owners and contractors really don’t think like us. In the photo above, the building owner had this concrete structure placed over the front of the building to make it look more “aesthetically pleasing.” It’s blocking the window mounted AC units. Since I know this building, I can tell you that this facade is made of solid concrete! Think about the effect this would have on your tactics if you pulled up with heavy fire showing and found someone hanging out of the window awaiting rescue? No one ever said this job was easy! –Jimm-  

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Ladder Placement

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I believe this post discussed the importance of aerial ladder placement. EVERYONE better know how to operate ALL of the overrides on the aerial ladder! I’ll let the rest of the comments speak for themselves. –Jimm-



Webbing Tips

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I believe this post discussed the multiple uses of a simple piece of webbing. Pictured above is a convenient way of storing webbing in the removable knee pad found in many styles of bunker pants. Other webbing tips can be found in the Tips from the Bucket Page. –Jimm-

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Prioritizing Victim Rescue

On a working fire the Truck Company may be faced with multiple victims hanging in windows awaiting rescue. How do you prioritize who gets the bucket (or ladder) first? What are some of your considerations? Remember the loudest victim may not be the one in greatest distress. When teaching tactics, I always use this video to put it all in perspective. -Jimm-




That Amazing Halligan

Here is yet another cool use for the Halligan. Jeff just showed me this one. It’s so basic, but I had never seen it before. It’s a method to keep your saw in a safe place when performing roof ops. Burry the pick end into the roof decking with the saw hanging from the adz. Don’t forget saws and equipment should be hung on the unburned side of the roof operations out of your means of egress, but close enough for access. This method along with many others will be updated in the Tips from the Bucket section real soon. So many uses for a single tool, remember to think outside the box. -Jimm-


Stand Down for Fire Fighter Safety

Hopefully your departments are all participating in the stand down this week. It’s not a bad idea to take a day out and touch base on all the safety issues we sometimes forget about. The focus this year is on emergency vehicle safety. Over 25 firefighters die each year in vehicle related accidents… That’s unacceptable! If you can’t get to the scene, you can’t do any good. There are some great resources on the net from the IAFF and IAFC including PowerPoint’s and case studies. Take a look, stay safe, and dare I say it wear your seatbelt! -Jimm-

IAFF Emergency Vehicle Safety Program

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Toronto Bailout Video

Back in April we had a post titled Proactive RIT featuring photos from a job in Toronto. We have found a video clip from that incident. Check out those smoke conditions! Thanks to reader Todd C who took the time to point this out to us. Apparently the video was found on Thanks Todd! -Jimm- 



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