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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Firefighters and the Risk of Asbestos Exposure – Mark Hall, Guest Blogger
Being a firefighter must be real tough job, thanks for giving us an insight about the many risks in that field.
2014-01-16 09:04:59
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Power Saw Decompression Valves – By: Andrew Brassard
Some smaller chainsaws like the Stihl 025 are very hard to start because they are not equipped with a compression relief valve. Anyone who owns one of these saws will probably tell you that it was not as hard to start when new as it became later on. My theory, as to why this happens,…
2013-12-23 18:04:43
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Another Rex Tool Modification – By: Andrew Brassard
Andrew, I am looking to have this mod done. The first thing I need to do is purchase a Rex Tool. Do you recommend getting the original Rex and cut the handle of as you have done here or buy the Lil Rex and try to modify that version? Thanks bro, Chris
2013-02-03 15:34:13
History of Lock Pulling Tools
I cant believe how quickly things have moved on. Imagine how things will have moved in the next 100 years. wow. Remember cassette tapes... people will be saying.. remember ipads hahaha
2012-09-03 06:12:14
Asbestos and Mesothelioma Lawsuits The Best Asbestos Lawyer
Firefighters and the Risk of Asbestos Exposure – Mark Hall, Guest Blogger
[...] exposure, ask your doctor about asbestos, cancer and other health complications.Create a video blog Bruce Peters asked: Exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of serious health problems late...s, were exposed to asbestos at some point during their occupational history. A number of occupations [...]
2012-08-15 12:36:40

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