Archive for April2011

Restricted Space Forcible Entry

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Short Handled Maul Limited Visibility Forcible Entry Wide Adz Forcible Entry Above are a few articles relating to forcible entry in limited visibility and tight spaces.  These techniques can be helpful in situations like the door pictured above.  What is your method of choice for forcing a door with a space restriction like this?  Have […]

Building Construction Features – Cornices, By: Andrew Brassard

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It amazes me that we teach safety officers to spot a gloveless hand at 100 yards but we spend very little time talking about the hazards of balloon frame buildings, knee walls, fire spread issues, ordinary construction, etc.

Awesome Grab in Indianapolis! & Bunk-Cribs

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IFD arrived and commenced an aggressive search and located both children. The children were found in a crib and under a bed. This story illustrates the importance of a rapid, systematic, thorough search. Here are some previous Brotherhood Instructors blogs about searching:

Video: Key-in-the-Knob – Through the Lock

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Our latest addition to our "Video Training Series" covers through the lock techniques for Key-in-the-Knob locks.  For additional information see our previous blog: Through the Lock Forcible Entry: Key-in-the-Knob Locks

Through the Lock – The Sunilla Tool

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The Sunilla tool is one of the oldest through the lock tools. Like many fire service tools, this tool was invented by modifying another tool.

Replacement Doors

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These doors come with a thin frame around them that is inserted into the existing door jam. This alleviates the need to replace the entire door jam and is much quicker.

More on the Wide Adz

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Kevin Legacy has been working with the Aazel Corporation on making a wide adz halligan.

Foot Bolts

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There are several ways to force these locking devices. One of the quickest is using the power saw to cut the bolt.

Video – Power Saw: Outboard Blade Conversion

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Having a power saw with an outboard blade is useful in various forcible entry situations.

Troubleshooting a Flooded Saw – By: Kevin Legacy

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In some departments a quick on-scene replacement for a flooded power saw is simply a radio transmission away. Unfortunately for most, this is not the case. Everyone who operates one of these saws should know how to correct this common problem on scene. When too much fuel and not enough air enter the combustion chamber […]

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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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