Wet Stuff On the Red Stuff… The Nozzle Position


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


Rapid Intervention Roles & Responsibilities

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….


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What is a “combat ready” engine company?

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?

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Unique Tools of the Trade Part II

The sign above Pete's gear locker at Rescue 2, the true Vulcan God of Fire Lt. Pete Lund

The sign above Pete’s gear locker at Rescue 2, the true Vulcan God of Fire Lt. Pete Lund

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…

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Unique Tools of the Trade by Lt. Pete Lund

I remember every phone call from Pete that started off with “You will not believe what JAF made this week”. JAF was better known as Jack-Ass Fabrications out of the shop at Rescue 2 in Brooklyn. His crew of fabricators were always coming up with the next best tool to end all tools. We at Kentland were always fortunate to be recipients of these tools as Pete would bring them down to try while he was riding the bar on Tower 33. As we would be sitting back in the office talking about the production of these tools the story would always go to the fireman that created the tool or the firemen that help develop it. These stories in his typical New York fashion had me always laughing out loud and usually in tears from laughing so hard. I wanted to share these tools with our readers and also give you a glimpse of the founder of Traditions Training Lt. Pete Lund, our friend and mentor and of course a great story teller. These descriptions were written by Pete for each of these tools…

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