Charles Lindberg’s thoughts about VES

Well maybe he wasn’t exactly referring to VES when he said this, but it certainly seems applicable.


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Working on the site

Hey, you probably noticed that the site is being re-developed. We are switching some things around with our web-hosting. It’s going to be much more user friendly in the next few weeks. Anyway, this week may be a slow week with updates… I’m currently enroute to FDIC. I’m sure I’ll have a lot of great info to share. -Jimm-

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What does “Residential” mean to you?

This discussion recently occured at the firehouse, and I want to see what everyone thought. If during an initial on-scene report the term residential is used what does that mean to you? Below are some questions to provoke your thoughts…

Is it used to suggest that the building is potentially occupied?

Is it used to suggest a type of constriction?

Is it used to suggest the potential of a light weight timber truss roof assembly? 

Would you use the term for a single family dwelling? What about a garden apartment?

Does it suggest the size of the structure? What about a large residential?

Let us know what you think.


Tips from the Bucket

As you know we are still in the developmental stages of the site. One of the suggestions was to create a section to share different ideas and techniques. We’ll here is the first attempt: Tips from the Bucket The site should go under major overhaul in the next week or so, and become much more in-depth and user friendly. Please e-mail us with suggestions and tips. -Jimm-


Pro-Active RIT

RIT is one of the most important jobs on the fire-ground. I know most people don’t like getting assigned RIT, but think about it, RIT is there to save a brother. The best thing a RIT team can do is be pro-active, not sit around and wait for the mayday. Pro-active RIT should be standard fire-ground practice.

As we’ve said before, we don’t know what happened before or after this picture… But I sure as hell wouldn’t be passing up a hand-line. How about a ladder? As soon as crews went to the 2nd (above the fire, if not sooner) I believe a ladder should have been placed (maybe even two, side A, side C) and announced on the radio. In all fairness It looks like a ladder is coming off the engine, but it could have been too late (fortunately it wasn’t.) One firefighter ended up jumping and the others made it down the late placed ground ladder. This photo and the sequence of other photos can be found on -Jimm-


It’s all in good fun

The Truck’s perspective: 

The Engine’s perspective:

’nuff said. -Jimm-


Truck work is often mis-understood…

I’m not sure this is what they had in mind when they said: “vent from the platform.” -Jimm-

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Amazing Video

We are trying like hell to “save” this video, but we are having some trouble. If anyone has any ideas let us know. the “grabs”, look at the conditions prior to vent and after vent.Besides the “grabs”, look at the conditions prior to vent and after vent.Even the reporter, who knows nothing about fire talks about the benifits of vertical vent. 

Besides the “grabs”, look at the conditions prior to vent and after vent.Even the reporter, who knows nothing about fire talks about the benifits of vertical vent. Comon Ponzie, you gotta respond to this one!-Jimm-


Get the roof…


…then get the hell off the roof!

How many people does it take?

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One of the many things we plan on accomplishing with this venture is to publish a newsletter. In the first issue I’m going to write a column about Building Construction, and how it influences Truck work. If all goes well, it will be a re-occurring column. I felt this clip-art was appropriate. Frank Brannigan was a good man, and will dearly missed. …Know your enemy!-Jimm-

Clipart from

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