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
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
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
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
Keys to the City-8hr. H.O.T.
We will be holding a 8hr. Forcible Entry class titled “Keys to the City” at Valencia College’s Fire Rescue Institute on March 13, 2018. To register call Valencia College at 407-582-6688. As the forcible entry team, you have the pressure of the entire fire ground on you. The door must be opened to allow searches […]
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Posted on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 01:51:17 GMT
Maekin Healy from Santa Clara (CA) Fire Department sent in a way to store ratchet straps for easy deployment. Here is a simple tweak to help avoid multiple twists in your Auto Extrication straps during deployment. During storage, attach the hooks to the trigger. Next, simply lay the strap out flat, fold and roll like […]
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Posted on Wed, 27 Dec 2017 19:09:51 GMT
Forks and the Mortise
When learning forcible entry the discussion of where to place the forks of your Halligan will inevitably come up. Your options are above the lock, below the lock or between the locks if there’s more than one. All options have their place but there is one particular type of locking mechanism where placing the fork […]
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Posted on Thu, 21 Dec 2017 22:47:02 GMT
Joseph Dorsette, from Broward County Sheriff’s Office (FL), recently submitted his findings that were discovered during an alarm at a residence. While conducting a 360 he noticed the single-wide mobile home behind the actual alarm had been modified into a double-wide, with an extra addition. The existing single-wide mobile home appeared modified, the car port […]
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Posted on Sun, 01 Oct 2017 16:04:10 GMT