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11 July 2018
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Engine Company Operations: Solving problems by addressing the basicsBenjamin Franklin's first organized volunteer fire department in Philadelphia in 1736 had many commonalities to our fire service today, with one underlying component that may be the most important factor - water delivery.  Many things have changed since the first fire department, but the vital component of water delivery may be one thing that has changed the least. Water delivery to the fire area is the heart of the fire service and we must perfect every aspect of it.NIOSH reports on line of duty deaths are filled with investigations, interviews, and recommendations. Far too often the “contributing factors” section is filled with phrases such as “failure to deploy...
08 June 2018
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“Firefighter rescue from a lower grade, confined area, collapse voids, where basement situation can be one of the most difficult rescue efforts to perform. As was revealed in a firefighter fatality incident in Columbus, Ohio involving fire for you John Nance, the difficulty of raising the unconscious weight of a firefighter (approximately 200 to 300 pounds) vertically is extremely difficult and dangerous to both victim and rescuers. The following case study provided humbling experience that awakens the fire service to the need for improved training firefighter rescue and survival-Excerpt from “Firefighter Rescue and Survival” By: Ray Hoff and Bob Kolomay Pg: 195-198The Story:Saturday, July 25, started out as a routine day for Nance and the ...
02 June 2018
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The primary reason for placing an aerial in any particular place on the fire ground comes down to one thing: EFFECTIVENESSWhether the Ladder is being used for a rescue, access, egress, or for extinguishment, you want to place your piece of equipment in its most effective spot to accomplish the task at hand.Seen here is excellent positioning and “thinking outside the box” by the chauffeur of Ladder 56 at a recent fire in the Bronx. He was able to position his rig to gain access for Ladder 56’s roof firefighter. Low hanging wires are an issue throughout many cities and towns. By doing a quick size-up as a truck Chauffeur you might be able to get your rig into a working position. This skill set takes training and time to learn. But once master...
01 June 2018
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Welcome to Firefighter Proving Ground's new website!First, we want to thank each member of our community who follows us on our social platforms. As of today, we have 100,000+ followers on Instagram, 50,000+ followers on Facebook, and 900 followers on Twitter. You followers are the foundation of our community and we can’t thank you enough!Firefighter Proving Grounds, which was started in February 2016, was founded to form a new firefighter community for firefighters and the public that supports them. The material we post is aimed at motivating, inspiring, and teaching the next generation of firefighters, while showing the public the hard work all firefighters put in. Now that we have begun to build a strong community through social medi...
01 June 2018
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The question “how do I prepare for a job in civil service” comes up frequently.  There are some people who know from a very early age that they are going to seek a job in civil service, while others may come about this realization later on in life.  Upon reflecting on the question, the simplest and most direct answer is nothing more than four simple words “DO THE RIGHT THING.”  In a nutshell, that is the best way to prepare yourself to not only get a civil service job, but to succeeded in one as well.  We are going to touch on a few points, and expand on them, but this underlying answer will be seen over and over.The first point, and the one that we can control very easily, is to maintain a high level of physical fitness...

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