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  • Doctrine of Combat Fire Engagement

    By Christopher J. Naum - Friday January 29, 2010
    Considerations for changing fire flow rates, the sizing of hose line and the adequacies for fire flow demand and application rates, staffing needs for safe operations, considerations for defensive positioning and defensive operating postures must be...
  • DAY 49 - THE SHERBURNE AVENUE SMOKEHOUSE

    By Tim Butler - Sunday January 24, 2010
    January 22, 2010: This morning the class quickly hustled through a 65-question written test covering 5 textbook chapters and 17 Department SOPs. I aced the exam – my first perfect score on a written exam in over a month....   Following the...
  • DAY 48 - EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATOR'S COURSE

    By Tim Butler - Sunday January 24, 2010
    January 21, 2010:  Today was an absolute BLAST!  We enjoyed a field trip to the Dakota County Technical College campus in Rosemount, Minnesota to attend an Emergency Vehicle Operators Course. We arrived at Saint Paul Fire Training Center early...
  • 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...