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Firefighters and the Risk of Asbestos Exposure – Mark Hall, Guest Blogger

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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 […]

Forcing Doors In Zero Visibility – By: Andrew Brassard

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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 […]

Pressure Reducing Valves – By: Chris Collier

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Lack of water on the fire is a fire ground problem that seldom stands alone.  When water is not being applied to the fire at the proper rate we can all agree that things get worse on the fire ground.  When we look at fires where maydays or firefighter fatalities occurred we can often find […]

Electric Roll Up Gates – By: Andrew Brassard

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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 […]

Cutting the Locks

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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 […]

Checking for Extension

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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 […]

Video – The Quick Louver – By: Jamie Morelock

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Check out the latest addition to the Brotherhood Instructors, LLC. Video Training Series.  Instructor Jamie Morelock reviews the vertical ventilation tactic known as the louver cut.

Covered Skylights – By: Chris Collier

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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 […]

“Chalk Talk” Forcible Entry Size-up – By: Andrew Brassard

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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 […]

“Slipping Through the Cracks” – By: Josh Materi

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Does this look familiar?  Have you been to a fire where companies failed to remove bars off the windows?  I am sure by now we all understand how important this is to the safety of our members operating inside, much less the occupants that are cut off by fire.  So what’s the problem?    Is […]

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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.

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Eric
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
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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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