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Standpipe Operations: Clearing a Clogged Fog Nozzle

Fredericksburg (VA) Fire Deptartment Firefighter Donald L. Wedding offers this Traditions Training drill which illust...

Drills: The Survival Essentials

Our next series of firefighter training drills from Forest Reeder focuses on developing firefighter survival skills.

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 18—Delivering the Drill

Remember, the training ground is the time to identify your department’s strengths and weaknesses. Repetition is one o...

Drill: The Louver Cut

This drill from Kyle Stephens looks at the "louver cut" and some advantages to this type of cut.

Drill: Vertical Fire Travel

Vertical fire spread can quickly make a "one-room job" escalate to a multiple alarm fire. Doug Mitchell dis...

Drills: Aerial Operations

Continuing our series of targeted firefighter training drill series, this week's group focuses on aerial operations a...

Drills: Truck Company Work

Check out an assortment of drills from Forest Reeder reviewing some basic truck company skills that you can use to tr...

Drills: Engine Company Work

Check out a collected of engine company training drills from the Fire Engineering archive.

Improving by Evaluating

When one takes an open and honest look at his performance and measures it against established standards, it opens the...

Drill: New Architecture = New Tactics

Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Scott Kraut offers this new Traditions Training dill focusing on one t...

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 17: Planning That Drill

It imperative that the drills be well thought-out, planned, and coordinated to deliver the maximum impact and to keep...

TT Drill: "Give Us 15 Feet More"

Samuel Hittle offers this Traditions Training drill which focuses on how to gauge the amount of line to feed the nozz...

Commercial Search Training Drill: Finding Lost Firefighters

Alex Langbell reviews a large-scale drill conducted by the Yakima (WA) Fire Department Training Division simulating t...

Firefighter Training Drill: The "Outboard" Forcible Entry Saw

D.C. Fire Captain Danny Troxell shares a drill that describes converting a rotary saw blade to the outboard side of t...

Five Steps to a Successful Annual Training Plan

My boss, a former U.S. Army infantry battalion commander, would constantly give me his thoughts about using a "m...

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Standpipe Operations: Clearing a Clogged Fog Nozzle

Fredericksburg (VA) Fire Deptartment Firefighter Donald L. Wedding offers this Traditions Training drill which illustrates ways firefighters can fix a fog nozzle if it becomes clogged or comprised.

Simulations

San Diego County Releases Butane Hash Oil Study

Various forms of marijuana hash have been in use since Egyptian times.  In the 1960’s it is believed that major hashish production and distribution started in Morocco.  A new method of extracting THC from marijuana has caught on like wildfire in the last few years, Butane Hash Oil (BHO) or some call it Butane Honey Oil (BHO).  This is a method where flammable butane gas dissolves the THC resin and concentrates it when the butane boils off.  That is the problem with this dangerous method.  The flammable butane vapors accumulate low to the ground and can find ignition sources causing an explosion.  These explosions have severely burned the BHO lab operators.  Not only do the lab operators get burned this often results in major damage to the dwelling structures where this BHO lab was in operation.  Often innocent people are involved in these incidents as the fire spreads.  

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California State Firefighters Fired After Homicide Investigation

Two state firefighters were fired Wednesday and another has resigned after an ethics investigation prompted by the murder of a CalFire battalion chief's girlfriend.

Live Burns

Tactical Safety: Back to the Future

Those who clamor for early adoption of new firefighting tactics have to realize that people's lives will hang in the balance and not every test burn will end up successful, Ray McCormack writes.

Props

Traditions Training Drill: Less Expensive Metal Cutting Props

Kentland (MD) Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Roger A. Steger Jr. offers this new Traditions Training drill focusing on creating affordable rotary saws for firefighters.

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It’s All About the Experience

Frank Ricci, Justin McCarthy, and P.J. Norwood offer indespensible advice on how to be the best fire service customer representative your department could hope for.

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Humpday Hangout: The ISFSI and Firefighter Training

Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton talks firefighter training with Steve Pegram and Chad Hoefle of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI).

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Ventilation: East Coast vs. West Coast

This training program from the Firefighters Support Foundation addresses the differences in regional ventilation techniques and provides some "tricks of the trade" for more efficient and effective application of techniques.

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