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Cover that Bowstring

Throwback Thursday post: Original posting date June 29th, 2007. Firefighter Scott Lyons from FDNY Tower Ladder 79 sent in these photos of another deceptive building feature. It’s the infamous parapet wall hiding a bowstring truss roof. It’s important to remind yourself when reading a structure that certain occupancies are more prone to using bowstring truss […]

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Posted on Thu, 10 May 2018 10:00:41 GMT



Charlie Side Problem

Sean Parker submitted these photos of what Leesburg (FL) Engine Company 62 found. These doors were found behind a business while out in their first due. It looks to be a heavy steel door with collar protected dead bolts, set into concrete block wall. What are the possible, if any, forcible entry challenges? What would […]

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Posted on Wed, 02 May 2018 18:02:19 GMT



Organization is Key

Throwback Thursday post: Original posting date December 29th, 2008. Lt. Ray McCormack from FDNY Ladder 28 sent in this method of organizing the set of elevator keys. Most rigs simply carry the elevator keys exactly how they came from the supplier on a large ring. This large ring may work for keeping the keys together […]

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Posted on Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:00:28 GMT



A Welcomed Butt

Throwback Thursday post: Original posting date April 6th, 2014. In today’s fire service we continually have to do more with less. As firefighters we have the mindset to improvise, adapt, and overcome problems we encounter. Unfortunately, we are now forced to accomplish this with fewer personnel on scene. To overcome this we need to look […]

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Posted on Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:00:27 GMT



Aerial LED’s

Throwback Thursday post: Original posting date December 09th, 2010. The crew from DCFD 13 Truck #4 sent in these photos of an upgrade they made to the tip of their aerial. They removed the bulky spot lights often found on an aerial’s tip and replaced them with LED light strips. The main purpose of the […]

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Posted on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:00:57 GMT



Padlock Twist

Throwback Thursday post: Original posting date August 20th, 2014. Our friend Andrew Brassard submitted this video showing the Padlock Twist. A padlocked chain is an extremely common forcible entry situation we may come across. One popular method of defeating this set-up is to try and drive the padlock off the chain by inserting the pike […]

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Posted on Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:00:53 GMT



Heavy Irons

Throwback Thursday post: Original posting date January 21st, 2008. Sometimes the axe and halligan just won’t do. The time may come that you need a bigger hammer. One of the issues with carrying a sledge with a halligian is the fact that they don’t marry as well as the traditional irons. Here are two similar […]

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Posted on Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:00:40 GMT



Roll Down and Padlock Prop

Throwback Thursday post: Original posting date July 1st, 2011. Jerry Smith from Baltimore City Truck Company 15 sent in these photos of a new training prop being used by Truck 15. Jerry points out that they got the idea for this prop from the members of FDNY Tower Ladder 58. They prop is intended to […]

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Posted on Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:00:34 GMT



Hiding Behind the Door

Captain Dan Herberger from Batavia City (NY) Fire Department submitted a story that we should share at the firehouse table. Captain Herberger says “While I was looking for my daughter a few weeks ago, I opened the door to her bedroom and entered, not finding her after calling her name.  After a few seconds I […]

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Posted on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:00:56 GMT



Controlling Utilities

Throwback Thursday post: Original posting date June 12th, 2006. Controlling utilities is an important outside truck function. Regardless if your department uses inside/outside truck teams or not,(or dare I say no truck company at all) outside functions need to happen at every fire. This first picture was from a call my truck company recently ran […]

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Posted on Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:00:20 GMT



 

 
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