We will be presenting our Fighting Fires in Residential Buildings curriculum on Saturday 1/17/09 in Downingtown, PA (30 miles west of Philadelphia). For more information & registration please click here.
So far, we have over 100+ attendees attending. There is still plenty of room and registration will be open until the day of the class.
So this is a little separate from our normal topics, and you may ask – why the hell do I care what you read?
- If you’re reading blogs like this, you’re a “fire nerd” – or at least care a good deal about the job.
- Everyone needs a little inspiration or pick-me-up, especially in these times when the “modern” fire service can get you down.
As such, here are a few of my all-time favorite texts (did you know I can read?)….
By: Danny Doyle
Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire
The infamous statement “The fire goes as the first line goes” has either become a harsh reality to you or something that you might have read in the latest fire service journals. We are going to dig into that statement regarding the first line, one position at a time, starting at the tip! It could be said that this topic has been beat to death, “you can put a monkey at the tip”, or even “this isn’t rocket science!” Well… The only way to have a crew with continuity is to know the game plan and know each other! A “monkey” with a few good techniques, sure, “rocket science” no. Common Sense, YES! Continue reading
Happy Holidays, after a short break for vacation we’re back… A while ago Brian Rayner asked about some thoughts on RIT responsibilities, so while it took me a while – I usually come through.
I’m going to share with you the recently revised policies for the DCFD on this topic. Let me start off by saying that I don’t think this “the light”, or the only way. I do think it’s a good idea, and that they work well. But ultimately I’m just sharing what we do. Hopefully you guys have some better ideas to share back, or maybe you’ll pick up something to take back and make work for your department….
Tim Linke from Lincoln, NE sent me this basic but thought provoking inquiry. We all talk about being “combat ready”. Weather you use that particular term or not, if you’re reading this you’re probably interested in being your best, A+ performances all the time, etc…
So for those of us in an engine company – WHAT IS COMBAT READY?
To follow up on the previous article, there are two more tools that I wanted to share with all of you. I personally loved carrying these two tools with me when I was assigned to be the driver of the truck at Bailey’s Crosssroads. I currently still carry both of these in my Buggy in Clearwater. But enough from me I will let Pete tell you the story behind these tools and their uses…