Archive for February2011

Rex Tool Modification by Andrew Brassard

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When I first got on the job a good friend of mine told me “get yourself a K Tool, put it in your pocket and use it as much as possible”, this was great advice because I quickly became very proficient and effective at through the lock forcible entry. Always having the K Tool in […]

Forcible Entry- Cheap Case Hardened Padlocks – By Andrew Brassard

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These locks have been made to look like the American 700 series locks, high-security locks that are very popular because they look substantial and appear difficult to break open. To an unprepared firefighter, these types of locks can hold up quite well to traditional forcible-entry methods. These locks have a hardened shackle that can withstand even the largest pair of bolt cutters.

The Wide Adz – By: Andrew Brassard and Kevin Legacy

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The widened adz is accomplished adding nearly an inch of material to both sides of the adz. As legend has it, this modification evolved in the quarters of FDNY Rescue #2.

Parapet Walls – By Chris Collier

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In a recent Brotherhood Instructors, LLC. lecture we discussed parapet walls and their hazards to firefighters. Here is a little more explanation along with some photos to illustrate the point. Parapet walls were typically brick or block construction but have changed over the years to incorporate other construction materials as well.

Machinery Extrication Tool Kits by Andrew Brassard and Kevin LeGacy

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Machine rescue calls, sometimes referred to as “Man-in-a-Machine” calls are somewhat infrequent. The most common machinery rescue calls involve people trapped in dough mixers, conveyor belts, meat grinders and snow blowers, etc…

Coping Stones – By Chris Collier

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This simple construction feature can be hazardous to firefighters on the ground and those ascending to the roof if not understood.

Through the Lock Forcible Entry: Key in the Knob Locks – By Chris Collier

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This method of forcible entry is very quick (30 seconds or less) and creates very little damage if you know how to do it properly.

Trench Cuts: Where Do They Work? by Nate DeMarse

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Nationwide, there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the use of the trench cut. In this “Trench Cut” series, we will discuss the background of the trench cut and the specific types of structures for which it was designed. As with several concepts in the fire service, the trench cut has been adapted […]

Video – Forcible Entry: Outward Opening Door With Multiple Locks

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This video clip demonstrates conventional forcible entry techniques for outward opening doors.  At first glance this door appears to be only locked by a key in the knob lock.  The halligan is set approximately 6″ above the knob but when the door is pried it becomes obvious that there are other locking devices in place.  […]

Size Up for a Down Firefighter- By: Andrew Brassard

After locating a downed firefighter the packaging and removal process of the firefighter will be the next step. Packaging and removing a downed firefighter will without question be one of the toughest and most stressful operations that a firefighter will ever have to do in his/her career because we are now rescuing one of our […]

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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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