Archive for January2011

Video: Removing Glass Block Windows

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Removing glass-block windows can be tricky and/or time-consuming if you are unaware of the methods to defeat them.  In this video, we explain the quickest and most-efficient methods of defeating glass-block windows. Of course any firefighter can simply start smashing blocks and get the window opened.  The point of this video is to use a […]

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

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Things are not always what they seem, this door is a good example of that.

The Hinge Side – By: Chris Collier

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I’ve heard many firefighters while discussing a door with multiple locks say, “I’ll just go for the hinge side.” If this is not something you have ever done before you are in for a real surprise when you try it.

Video: Forcible Entry: Through the Lock Failure

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Through the lock forcible entry tactics are a quick and professional method of forcing entry when employed by properly trained and equipped firefighters. However, circumstances beyond our control can sometimes cause through the lock techniques to fail.

Flat-Roof Operations: Safely Traversing the Roof

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This dangerous feature would be invisible if looking at it on the roof. It will look like a substantial roof from front to rear, and you will have no way of knowing about the presence of the shaft on the 4-side.

Video: Extending The 7-9-8 Ventilation Cut

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  This video demonstrates one method to expand upon the origional ventilation opening created using the 7-9-8 method.  Expanding the initial ventilation opening is better than creating a second.  Please feel free to reply with your comments or questions.

Control the Door – By: Nate DeMarse

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As the forcible entry and nozzle teams ascend to the second floor, they are met with a heavy smoke condition. As they near this apartment, heavy smoke and fire are pushing from the cracks in the door.

Video: Through the Lock – Rex Tool

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Note in parts of the video that the lock faces can and will break in some cases. A simple re-orientation of the tool as shown, will sometimes alleviate that problem and allow the operation to continue.

A Tribute to Major Richard Winters, Easy Company

I believe that all firefighters and fire officers in today’s fire service can take a lesson from Major Winters.

The Halligan Bar – By: Rob Fisher

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An excellent history lesson on the halligan sent to us by Lt. Rob Fisher from Snohomish County, WA. One of the most versatile pieces of equipment used by the fire service today is the Halligan bar. This tool has a rich history surrounding it.

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We specialize in the basic fundamentals of firefighting. While we believe that hazardous materials, terrorism, emergency medical and the various rescue disciplines are essential parts of the Fire Service, we also think that the basic fundamentals of firefighting have been overlooked in recent years. We are here to help turn that trend in the other direction.

FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

Power Saw Decompression Valves – By: Andrew Brassard
I have a question for you, is there any problem with leaving your chainsaw stored on the truck with the decompression valve pushed in? Wondering if moisture in the chamber might be an issue? We are attempting to be a little more efficient when it comes to our saws, but I can't seem to find…
2014-09-19 23:35:39
Firefighters and the Risk of Asbestos Exposure – Mark Hall, Guest Blogger
If you don't then it could end up costing you quite a lot to get new Husqvarna chain saw parts to exchange those that are damaged. An electric chainsaw is by far the cheaper model tto run. Well, I was pleasantly surprised with this little guy.
2014-08-18 14:37:18
Gregory Hurd
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I am the chief of training for the chillicothe fire department and I am interested in the Man-in-Machines class. Do you have any instructors in Illinois that could help us with this.
2014-04-08 15:10:43
David Baker
Rex Tool Modification – Part 2 By: Andrew Brassard
You prefer the Morris "Lil-Rex" to the Adz-Rex?
2014-03-04 06:21:59
David Baker
Rex Tool Modification by Andrew Brassard
Is the adz and Morris attachments equally effective? I carry the pig on my belt so it is always with me, so I was think of getting the lil-Rex (Morris/spike) tool.
2014-03-04 06:18:10

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