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Month of June

The month of June is quite a busy one.  Full of history, some good and some bad: In 1491, the first written record of Scotch Whiskey.  Seems pretty important to me, right?  Anyway, onto more important events this month On June the 6th, 1944, The Allied Forces  stormed the beaches at Normandy with 160,000 Troops during Operation Overload […]

Things that make you go “hmmm…”

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While detailed as the "Pipeman" on an Engine Company (assigned to the Hazmat Battalion), we were called to a 2 Story, middle of the group, ordinary construction dwelling for a report of a CO Alarm.  While investigating a small amount of CO, we located a small room that contained the hot water heater and the […]

Something to think about

During overhaul and firefighting operations, there are a number of hazards we take for granted. One of which is lath. Until the 1950's and some areas into the 1960's, using plaster and lath was the primary means of closing in rooms and covering walls. More information can be found here. In older towns and cities, […]

A Few Extra Hands

Let’s face the facts; in today’s fire service, career and volunteer departments are dealing with understaffed box alarm assignments. On paper; a 4 man company is "NFPA" compliant. We all know that the more manpower, the better. See the study that NIST did to see just how much more a few hands can improve operations. […]


Look for a new blog on Primary Search and roles of Special Services on the Fireground. Sorry it’s been so long…

Part 2: It’s only a Vacant…

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In the Northeast, it’s been cold for sometime now with some of us having major snow falls of 14+ inches this winter. So let’s imagine that it’s 6am and you’re dispatched as First Due Engine to a structure fire. The wind chill is down around 10 degrees with a strong wind. Your company pulls up […]

Part I: The things we have come to fear the most…

Every time one turns around or a new member joins the fire service, we preach about tradition and history. But, is it truly productive discussion, or just lip service? Are we really teaching our new members what they need to know in order to get where we are going? Or are we leaving that space […]

Stay tuned!

Stay tuned over the next few weeks.  The next 4 parts will contain Engine Company Operations, Searching Dwellings, Primary Objectives on Dwelling Fires and more!  Be safe and Thank you.


Welcome my Brothers and Sisters. Let me start by saying thank you for visiting my little part of the web. Over the next few weeks I will be posting a series of 5 blogs about Bread and Butter Company Operations. Depending on feedback and my ability to write something, there will be a series after […]