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    Lifting and Stabilizing: Cribbing Overview

    Lifting and Stabilizing: Cribbing Overview
    I want to look at the "art" of stabilizing and lifting over the next few issues. I think we tend to spend a lot of time on the actual extrication techniques but sometimes overlook the stabilizing of the vehicles. How much time do we spend training on stabilization? I can do an entire weekend class just on stabilizing and lifting of ...
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    Lifting and Stabilizing: Vehicles on Their Sides

    Lifting and Stabilizing: Vehicles on Their Sides
    I have been in Rescue for over 32 years and have taught for over 25 of those. I attended church this past Sunday, which I try to do when I’m not teaching, and came across something in our bulletin that I wanted to pass along to everyone. We were honoring our past and present teachers in the church, and I found ...
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    The Front Bumper Donut Roll Load

    Many of the pumpers manufactured in recent years are equipped with pre-connected handlines mounted in the front bumper. These lines are usually small in size (1” to 1-3/4”) and are most commonly found in lengths ranging from 50’ to 150’. They are very effective for fighting the smaller type fires such as vehicles, grass, rubbish, and dumpsters, etc. The hose tray ...
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    Upper and Lower Body Workouts Using Super-Set / Pyramid Methods

    Upper and Lower Body Workouts Using Super-Set / Pyramid Methods
    Many people like to do calisthenics based workouts using pyramids and super set routines. In fact, with the right mix of exercises you can create a perfect workout that balances the entire body. Here is a question that prompted the following article: _Stew,_ _Do you have any lower body workouts in the pyramid form? I would like to put together a ...
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    Fitness Training and Rescue Work

    *+Flexibility is Key+* First of all, anyone in fire and rescue should be flexible with an ability to move at a moment's notice. After hours of sitting at the firehouse, then jumping out of a truck and pulling someone out of a burning building at full speed can injure even the most athletic individuals. Stretching at least your legs and lower ...
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    Master Stream Operations: Bringing In the Big Guns

    It is extremely important to have the capability of producing the best possible stream with the delivery appliance of choice. This, of course, will have a direct effect on achieving the quickest possible knockdown. Throughout the years most of the attention has been given to the handline. There have been several types of nozzles used with various techniques. All have ...
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    First Impressions

    “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This statement certainly applies to the interview portion of the firefighter exam, where you only have one opportunity to make a favorable first impression. Even before the start of an interview, the first thing the raters will notice about you is your overall demeanor and appearance. Your eye contact, facial ...
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    Big Truck Extrication - Part 1: Anatamy 101

    Big Truck Extrication - Part 1: Anatamy 101
    This is the first of a three part article on big truck extrication. *We are going to first take a look at basic truck anatomy. In article two we will discuss scene approach, hazards, and stabilization. In part three we will talk about extrication techniques.* Trucks have been around since shortly after the coming of the motorized automobile. They have become ...
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    Extrication for the EMT?

    Extrication for the EMT?
    I hope everyone’s summer went well. You know we tend to do less training in the summer, due to the heat, vacations and other family things. Now that fall and winter are here, our training will probably pick up some, as it should. Of course, when you read this, we will be into or finishing the holidays and the winter months ...
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    AM and PM Workouts

    AM and PM Workouts
    One of my favorite things to do is to workout in the AM and PM. I find often due to my schedule that a tough workout needs to be split into to different workouts in the same day. Here is the question posed: "I would like to know if when I workout in the morning at home, on the days I ...
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    Saving Our Own Starts With Attitude

    Saving Our Own Starts With Attitude
    At a recent fire I overheard the incident commander tell the mutual aid rapid intervention team, “Thanks for coming; my guys would have killed me if I assigned them as RIT.” Take a minute and think about that. If you are assigned as RIT at a fire, is that your attitude? If it is, stop reading, you’re wasting your time. If ...
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    Hazardous Materials Response

    Hazardous Materials Response
    We all learned during our basic EMT class that we should always park upwind from the accident scene in case there are hazardous materials involved. Now lets be honest, how many of us even think about parking upwind, or for that matter even know which way the wind is blowing when we leave the station? When responding to most accidents, we ...
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    Extrication: Do We Really Train Enough?

    Extrication: Do We Really Train Enough?
    The million-dollar question, do we really train enough in vehicle extrication? In our minds, most of us would say yes. In reality, the answer is probably no. Can we truly train enough? We could if extrication was the only responsibility we had in fire, rescue and EMS. But we know that most of us have many more responsibilities than just extrication. ...
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    Informed Field Guide: HAZMAT

    Click on the image to download: HAZMAT   : Mixed/Unidentified Cargo   : Protective Clothing   : Spill or Leak   : Initial Isolation/Protective Action Back to Guide Index
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    Informed Field Guide: ICS

    Click on the image to download: ICS - Incident Management Guidelines   : Develop Organizational Structure   : Basic Assignment Examples   : Safety Officer/Rehab Unit Leader   : Staging Area Manager   : Strike Team/Task Force Leader   : Planning Chief    and more... Back to Guide Index
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    Community Service

    One of the important aspects of being a firefighter is community involvement. This comes in many forms. To some it may be as a little league or soccer coach, while others are involved in the boys and girls club. Some may be active at church. Whatever you choose to do, it is important to be active in the community. Many candidates ...
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    United States Fire Academy Directory

    Maryland Back to Directory Home Aberdeen Maryland Fire And Rescue Inst Po Box 1032 Aberdeen, Maryland 21001 Phone: (410)272-2288 Annapolis City Fd Training Division 1790 Forest Dr Annapolis, Maryland 21401 Phone: (410)263-7975 Anne Arundel Co Fd Training Academy Po Box 276 Millersville, Maryland 21108 Phone: (410)222-8341 Baltimore City Fire Academy 6720 Pulaski Hwy Baltimore, Maryland 21237 Phone: (410)396-9984 Baltimore Co Fire ...
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    The Age Factor

    The Age Factor
    Everyone has an opinion of age when it comes to hiring new firefighters. Some people feel that a younger candidate has a better chance of getting hired because, after all, the fire departments are looking to hire a candidate for the next 30 years. If a fire department hires a 21 or 22 year old, the department can train the recruit ...
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    Best Explosions Caught on Tape

    For those whose lives are focused around fire and rescue, this one is for you. We have compiled this series of incredible and jaw-dropping explosions for your viewing entertainment. Now sit back and be prepared to have your mind blown! #15: Chemical Tanker → [page] Chemical Tanker Comment on this Video #14: Backdraft Levels 2-Story Building → [page] Backdraft Levels ...
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    Rochester, NY: Metro Fire Scanner

    Rochester, NY: Metro Fire Scanner
    The Rochester Fire Department is a Paid Department of over 500 Firefighters protecting the Population of approx 250,00 people in a City located on the south shore of Lake Ontario from 18 strategically located stations. The Rochester Department also responds to numerous emergency situations, such as, vehicle extrications, medical emergencies, high-level rescue, hazardous materials incidents, structural collapse, swift water rescue, and ...
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