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Water Supply Stuff

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  Water Supply Issues Just a few issues and concerns with water supply, something most of us take for granted.   Hydraulic Reserve Having one good water supply is never adequate. What if something goes wrong?  Lose your water and lose the building and maybe people too.  Even if you only plan for one water […]

FDIC 2016: Giving Back

I wrote this column for the New Jersey FMBA.  I reprinted it here because I like it. This column is being written from my hotel room in Indianapolis where I have the great privilege of attending and speaking at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC International). This is the Disneyland for firefighters, the Greatest Show […]

Tips for the Street Firefighter

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Reminder: Always probe with your weight on the back foot. Gravity never takes a day (or a minute) off. When making those forays across a floor above a fire area, across the roof, or in any area where structural integrity is suspect, personnel should use a tool to probe ahead of them. Don’t, however, let […]

Mayday Checklist

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This is a checklist for Command Mayday checklist.  I used to keep it in the pocket of my turnout coat.  Use it, modify it, whatever.  Merry Christmas _____ Acknowledge MayDay _____ Clear Radio Traffic — (Dispatch emergency transmission) _____ Attempt to determine Who/What/Where info. Conduct PAR if  unknown. Consider Dispatch to replay tape _____ Switch fire […]

The Rig and the New Firefighter

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Just had a other thought about the rig thing I just posted.  For new firefighters as they come into FF1, one way you can ensure they check out the rig is to give them the following homework:  Produce an inventory of the apparatus you are assigned to.  This is a way to force them into […]

Know your Rig

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  One of the most basic requirements of a firefighter is to know his equipment.  Even more basic is to know where it is on the apparatus.  There is nothing worse than having to rummage through the compartments for a tool that your officer has ordered and expected you to return with.  The consequences of […]