Firefighters and the Risk of Asbestos Exposure Firefighters, policemen, emergency medical service workers and all other public servants put their lives at risk each day to protect and serve their local residents. For firefighters, certain risks and hazards exist that are often unknown, unseen and unexpected. One such risk is asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a […]
Anyone who has ever forced a challenging door in zero visibility knows it can be one of the most difficult forcible entry challenges a crew will ever face, for those of you that have not… This challenge still awaits you. Weather it is an apartment door on the fire floor of a garden apartment, the […]
Not all forcible entry has to be forcible, in some cases a little knowledge and some finesse will get the job done quicker than some more traditional methods. One such instance is Electric Roll Up Doors and Gates. With a little bit of knowledge and a screwdriver entry into these gates can be very fast […]
Brotherhood Instructors believes in having multiple plans in mind for any forcible entry situation. A back-up plan for forcing an outward opening door can be cutting the locks. We prefer to gap the door away from the frame and cut the throw of the lock as opposed to cutting the door, known as the "bird […]
Firefighters assigned to the roof play a critical role in numerous fire ground tasks. Vertical ventilation, building information, and checking for fire extension to the cockloft or attic space are just a few of these tasks. Vertical ventilation and checking for extension can often be done together by taking a skylight and opening the skylight […]
We have done numerous articles about skylights, here is another. These building features can be an asset to firefighters assigned to the roof as a means for quick ventilation. Their location, many times above the interior stairs, makes them an ideal vertical ventilation location. Relieving the interior stairs of smoke will help civilians evacuate, possibly […]
Growing up I played lacrosse, not the typical hockey that most Canadian kids played. I was fortunate enough to play at a very high level and had the privilege of playing for some great coaches. They taught me not only about the game of lacrosse but great lessons about life that I carried over into […]
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.