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Firefighting Basics: Ladder Tips

Mark van der Feyst shares six easy tips for making your ground ladder ops and training more efficient and effective.
John Buckheit and Mike Perrone on forcible an inward-opening metal door

Training Minutes: Inward-Opening Metal Door

John Buckheit and Mike Perrone demonstrate forcible entry techniques a lone firefighter can use to defeat the locks on tight inward-opening metal doors.
Small town with big city problems

Small Town, Big City Problems

Private-dwelling tactics and procedures that many small-town firefighters rely on may not work well in multiple dwellings, says Mike Ciampo.
Firefighter with multiple portable ladders at house fire

Firefighting Basics: Heel from the Front

Mark van der Feyst reviews some of the benefits of heeling a ground ladder from the front.
John Buckheit and Mike Perrone on avoiding injury when forcing entry

Training Minutes: Avoiding Injury When Forcing Entry

John Buckheit and Mike Perrone share some tips on avoiding injury and developing good technique for forcible entry operations.

Warehouse Roof and Overhead Door Tactical Considerations

Bill Gustin examines the construction of warehouse roofs and overhead doors, along with implications for safe firefighter response.
Clove hitch employed on ground ladder

The Halyard: Leave It Alone

Mark van der Feyst reviews a quick firefighter training drill on ground ladder use.
John Buckheit and Mike Perrone on using a hook and halligan to overcome a metal door

Training Minutes: Forcing Entry on a Metal Door Using a Hook and a Halligan

John Buckheit and Mike Perrone show how a lone firefighter can use a hook and halligan to force entry on a metal door.
Firefighters at the scene of a structure fire

April Showers

Mike Ciampo reviews some of the hazards firefighters can expect when contending with the spring rains.
Firefighter locking another member into a ladder

Tactical Operational Tips in Laddering

To be considered an effective, respected, and counted-on unit in the department, a truck company must be well-versed in portable ladder operations.