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  • DAY 47 - ICE WATER RESCUE

    By Tim Butler - Sunday January 24, 2010
    January 20, 2010:  Today’s class started off with a “post incident review” of the live burn evolutions held yesterday. These reviews are standard practice for fire departments, and are used following actual incidents or training...
  • DAY 46 - CONTROLLED BURNS

    By Tim Butler - Saturday January 23, 2010
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 We are into Week 11 now – just 13 training days away from graduation!   We continue to adhere to a fairly consistent schedule of morning lectures followed by a brief lunch for recruits and then afternoon practical...
  • WEEKEND WORKOUTS - THE HALF MARATHON

    By Tim Butler - Saturday January 23, 2010
    Monday, January 18, 2010: There are no classes today in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. I appreciate the extra day off from class, but the class preparation, studying, and physical training continued unabated over the weekend...
  • 2 ALARM FIRE @ 185 COMO AVE

    By Tim Butler - Saturday January 23, 2010
    Sunday, January 17, 2010, 0400: Three towering aerial ladders surrounded the building like the cranes of a giant erector set. Smoke and flame gushed out from the where the roof of the building used to be – before it had collapsed into the second...
  • DAY 41 - THIRD QUARTER PRACTICAL EXAM

    By Tim Butler - Saturday January 23, 2010
    DAY 41:  January 11, 2010  “Hit!......Hit!......Hit!......Hit!” With every staccato shout, my classmate, Brian, would swing an 8 pound flat head axe and sharply WHACK the Haligan bar I was wedging between the door jamb and the steel door. The...
  • DAY 40 - WARM, HAPPY, and DEAD

    By Tim Butler - Saturday January 23, 2010
    Day 40, January 8, 2010:  I’m crawling down a narrow tunnel – 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall – searching for a way out….out to sunshine….out to air! I was wearing full turn out gear and SCBA, and “on air,” and was carrying an axe and a...
  • Strategic Planning is Like Vacation Planning

    By Dr. Richard Gasaway - Friday January 22, 2010
    Think about what it takes to plan a vacation. You have to consider who’s going with you; what you’re going to do; when you’re going to go; where you’re going to go; why you’re going in the first place; and, how you’re going to get there. In...
  • Wieght Training Advice

    By Kenneth Raively Jr - Monday January 18, 2010
    Hello my name is Ken I am 44 years old and  I have just begun fire fighter 1 class.   am over weight and I am looking for advice from others to help figure out a good healthy diet plan to try and lose weight while I am in the middle of classes. I want...
  • Dis-entanglement Simulators

    By Doug Cline - Monday January 18, 2010
         In 1999 21 of the 112 deaths (18%) of the deaths were due to entrapment.   This wasthe second leading cause of fatal injuries to firefighters.   “The increased number offirefighter fatalities in 1999 and the diverse circumstances of...
  • The Principles of Fireground Battle (Part 1)

    By Ed Hadfield - Sunday January 17, 2010
    In 1912 British Major General J.F.C. Fuller published nine tenets known as, “The Principles of War”. In 1921 the United States Army published discussion papers on Fullers works. In 2010, almost 100 years later it is important for the Fire Service to...