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South Dakota to Indy! Where will The Fire Critic and I be next?

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Just like last year, The Fire Critic and I will be having another "meet up". This year, we have teamed up with several other groups / organizations to make the event even bigger and better than last years! I know ... you don't know how that can be possible but TRUST ME .... you will NOT want to miss this event!! This year, we are calling it The 2014 Firefighter Turnout and you wont want to miss it!

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Into The Smoke

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"Kevin O'Toole and Ethan Sorrell were trapped in a house fire on February 24th, 2012 in Prince Georges County Maryland. They were both riding Truck Company 9 of the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department responding to a reported house fire in the first due response area of a closed firehouse. After making entry, conditions rapidly deteriorated causing Kevin and Ethan to be trapped and severely injured.

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Staffing saves lives!

10 15th st sw E9 crew

Shortly after his size up, Captain Perdue transmitted that he had multiple victims hanging out of windows (of the upper floors) and the hallway / stairwell heavily involved with fire.

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Ask a Firefighter

Captain Willie Wines Jr and Battalion Chief Bobbie Slayton 2010

Rhett and I get a LOT of questions from our followers who are seeking guidance and / or advise. For whatever reason, they feel "comfortable" enough with us to ask some of the questions they may not normally ask (especially to someone on their own Department etc).

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Responding in severe weather conditions…

Photo by Metro Detroit Fire Photography

There are other factors to consider here as well. What kind of attack will we be making? Offensive, Defensive maybe transitional? With all this additional time we've accumulated, the fire has certainly gotten a good jump on us. Is life safety involved (is someone trapped inside)?

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Providing Mutual Aid

Photo by Matt Schimmel

The term “Mutual Aid” is one we use within the Fire Service but it’s also pretty self ¬†explanatory. Mutual Aid is about opening a “network” of help (aid) between one another and that’s exactly what Rhett Fleitz (FireCritic.com) and I (along with MANY others) have been doing this past weekend. For Rhett and I, it started on Friday. We left ...

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Rekindle … Cold Weather Tips

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Due to the cold weather that’s blanketing much of the United States this week, I figured this “rekindled” post would be fitting. It was originally posted in December 2010. Feel free to leave you suggestions etc for cold weather operations in the comment section. “Cold Weather Tips” from December 2010… Burrrr is an understatement!! Record cold temps and snow falls ...

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