Tom Kiurski describes a training session in which firefighters from his department practiced methods for turning windows into doors using an old shed that was to be demolished.
What firefighter wouldn't jump at the chance to do some school bus extrication? Tom Kiurski recounts how his department was able to get this unique hands-on training opportunity for its members.
Take advantage of the cold weather to reacquaint yourself with some little-used equipment and tactics. Tom Kiurski presents a sample training evolution with two ice rescue scenarios.
When the cold weather arrives, one alternative to outdoor evolutions is to hold a refresher course on rope and knot-tying skills. Tom Kiurski takes a look at how this training can be structured.
Tom Kiurski relates some of the training opportunities his department took advantage of when they secured a local big box store that was slated for demolition.
With the help of a member who owned a backhoe, Tom Kiurski and his department's extrication team were able to develop a number of challenging stabilization and rescue evolutions.
Tom Kiurski managed to secured a number of new vehicles for his firefighters to examine some of the hazards they present to responders.
Comparing your SCBA units with those in neighboring departments can help eliminate surprises in case of a mutual aid situation. Tom Kiurski writes about coordinating this type of training evolution.
Tom Kiurski and his crews train in a drill based on the scenario that killed Engineering John Nance of the Columbus (OH) Fire Department.
The acquisition of two side-by-side houses provided Tom Kiurski the chance to practice laddering and venting evolutions. Tom discusses drills you can perform to keep these basic skills sharp.