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

Wed, Nov 19, 2014

It imperative that the drills be well thought-out, planned, and coordinated to deliver the maximum impact and to keep our members motivated to continue attending training sessions, writes Thomas A. Merrill.

TT Drill: "Give Us 15 Feet More"

Fri, Nov 7, 2014

Samuel Hittle offers this Traditions Training drill which focuses on how to gauge the amount of line to feed the nozzle team from the door or friction point when pushing, pulling, or making wheels.

Commercial Search Training Drill: Finding Lost Firefighters

Tue, Oct 28, 2014

Alex Langbell reviews a large-scale drill conducted by the Yakima (WA) Fire Department Training Division simulating the attempt to rescue disoriented firefighters in a commercial occupancy.

Firefighter Training Drill: The "Outboard" Forcible Entry Saw

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

D.C. Fire Captain Danny Troxell shares a drill that describes converting a rotary saw blade to the outboard side of the saw, making them more useful for forcible entry situations.

Five Steps to a Successful Annual Training Plan

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

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

Tagline Searchline Essentials

Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Scott Kraut offers this new Traditions Training drill focusing on the importance of maintaining your tagline or searchline during search operations.

USFA Coffee Break Training: A Screening Method for Juveniles Involved in Firesetting

Sun, Oct 12, 2014

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has a new training drill out in their Coffee Breaking Training series, this one on a screening method for juveniles who are involved in setting fires.

Key in Knob Through-the-Lock

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

Baltimore City (MD) Fire Department's Kyle Stephens offers this new Traditions Training drill that can be used to gain entry when time is not an issue.

Traditions Training Drill: Improving Fireground Radio Transmissions

Fri, Oct 3, 2014

District of Columbia Fire Department Captain Danny Troxell offers this Traditions Training drill that can be used to improve the quality of radio transmissions.

Traditions Training Drill: Reducing Visibility

Fri, Sep 26, 2014

FDNY Lieutenant Douglas Mitchell Jr. offers this new Traditions Training drill which uses wax sheets to practice working in light smoke conditions.

Firefighter Training Drill: Ingenuity in Firefighting Operations

Fri, Sep 12, 2014

How many times have the members of your fire department come up with a great simple tool that makes life easier when operating in your specific area? Check out a new Traditions Training drill.

Training Options for Your Dive Team

Thu, Sep 4, 2014

The Fort Wayne (IN) Fire Department is a mid-size department that has a very established and solid dive team with a modest budget.

The Nine Tire Drill

Tue, Aug 19, 2014

On March 7, 2008, two firefighters from the Salisbury (NC) Fire Department were killed when they were trapped by rapidly deteriorating fire conditions inside a millwork and manufacturing facility.

RIT Operations: Short Ladder for Firefighter Removal

Fri, Aug 15, 2014

Salem (VA) Fire-EMS Lieutenant C. "Mike" Elston offers this Traditions Training drill which uses a short ladder as an alternative to a stokes basket.

Traditions Training Drill: The "Well-Hole"

Fri, Aug 1, 2014

FDNY Lieutenant Douglas Mitchell Jr. offers this new Traditions Training drill that uses a "well-hole," a buiding feature that can reduce the amount of lengths you must stretch to reach upper floors.  

Traditions Training Drill: Window Roll

Fri, Jul 25, 2014

Wichita (KS) Fire Department Lieutenant Chad Cox offers this Drill which allows a firefighter to make a more efficient entry through a window.

Firefighter Training Drill: Vent, Enter, Isolate, Search (VEIS)

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

This drill focuses on a particular tactic that involves venting a room or area of a dwelling, entering the search area, and performing a search of that specific area.

Firefighter Training Drill: Parapet Walls

Fri, Jul 4, 2014

Doug Mitchell of Traditions Training provides an awareness drill on the dangers presented by parapet walls on buildings.

RIT Operations: Making the Stairs

Fri, Jun 27, 2014

Fredericksburg (VA) Fire Department Firefighter Donald L. Wedding offers this Tradidions Training drill which focuses on the sublevel removal of a downed firefighter.

Effective Teaching Strategies

Mon, Jun 23, 2014

I have served as an officer in the fire service for five years.

Making Sure Your Entire Water Delivery System is Combat Ready

Fri, Jun 13, 2014

Traditions Training's Dan Shaw emphasizes the importance of checking your hoselines for delamination of the liner from the exterior jacket of the hose.

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