Traditions Training Blog Featured on Fire Engineering Podcast

Check out the 9/28 edition of Fire Engineering’s podcast, sponsored by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.  Hosted by DFC Steve Pegram (Xenia, OH), TT’s Nick Martin & Steve discuss fire service training resources on the internet, including our blog here at Traditions Training.

Thanks to Steve, Fire Engineering, and ISFSI for having us.  

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You mean the engine carries ladders?

Ok. I didn’t believe it either.  Height stricken nozzlenuts carry ladders too!  Most of the time they are under used and much lighter and less cumbersome.  Depending on the situation, the engine’s ladders can make a quick pick from a 2nd or 3rd floor.   The way the ladders are carried on the rig can make a huge difference!  Continue reading

What’s in My Pockets: Doug Mitchell

Left and Right Pockets 


Left and Right Pockets

We use tools to get jobs done.  We are always taught, from day one in probie school, always carry a tool in your hands. We are also taught to never give up your tool.  We have a multitude of tools that we can get from the rig depending on the task at hand, but we can’t bring everything, every time….

Our pockets allow us to have a place to bring some important tools with us on EACH run.  Selecting tools and equipment that you carry with you in your pockets, knowing where everything is, and verifying it each tour is extremely important.  On the blog, we have shared with you some of what we carry and why…Here is what I have with me.  My turnout gear has only 2 pockets on the outside of the coat, so I am sure like many of you, space is at a premium.  Ok here we go…

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“Command to Truck 8… Open the Roof”

So many things come into mind when this comment comes over the radio!  Everything from building construction, access, fire location and the roof condition.  Is the roof peaked, flat, wood or metal deck?  These are just some of the considerations that will dictate, what tools will make the climb!  All of which can be predetermined with district familiarization.  Just a look around during the automatic alarm call or a glance at the neighborhood on the way back to your quarters.  This can play a huge part in how efficient you and your company operate. Continue reading

Announcing a 2nd Session, Sunday 10/19: “Fire Attack for the Suburban Engine Company”

We are thrilled to announce that, due to demand, we WILL be hosting a 2nd session of this class on Sunday, 10/19 at the Montgomery County Fire Academy in Conshohocken, PA

Enrollment is limited to 30 students and we already have about 20 signed up.  So if you’re interested, sign-up asap!

For more information & registration, please click here.

Certificates of Attendance will be Awarded

What’s 500psi of air worth?

Look at the picture to the right, it’s the pressure gauge on a SCBA bottle.  Is this bottle full?  I say its not…  In the DC Fire Department the “books” say that when you check an air-pack, the minimum acceptable pressure is 4000psi.  But these are 4500psi bottles, so that’s 500psi you’re giving up!  By my math, thats a little over 10% of the SCBA bottle’s overall capacity – or about 6.5 minutes.

Unfortunately bottles like this get an “ok” during AM checks everyday – and I’m sure it happens all over the country.  You can call me “anal” or tell me it’s no big deal, but it is a big deal.  What is that 10%?

  • It was the last 10′ to the seat of the fire you couldn’t make.
  • It was the last bedroom you couldn’t search… The one with the civilian in it.
  • It was the last 5 minutes you wished you had before you died after you got trapped / disoriented.
Sorry to be the Grim Reaper, but thats how I see it… These bottles take just a minute to change, just a fraction of the 6.5 minutes it’ll give you later when you REALLY need it.

Be “Combat Ready“, everyday, every fire…

What I Carry In My Pockets: Brian Mcallister

(Continuing in our “Pockets Series”, Brian Mcallister offered to share some of his thoughts.  He is a close friend and one of the senior-men of DCFD TL-3 and a past Captain with the Silver Hill FD in Prince George’s County, MD) 

I believe every firefighter should be self sufficient and ready for as much as possible (Combat Ready).  With experience and information passed on by guys at scenes and the kitchen table you will over time figure out what works best for you and what you do as a member of your company.  The things I carry with me are what I deem best for me and the ability to perform my job as efficiently and safely as possible.

I have spent 7 ½ years on Tower 3 in the Washington DC Fire Department and have accumulated what I feel makes me proficient on a fire ground for our demographics.

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