I just recently finished reading “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell. In this book Luttrell paints a horrific picture of death and survival for a United States Navy SEAL recon team. Luttrell, the lone survivor, discusses tough decisions that were made and their consequences. (more…)
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Mick Mayers ran a very good article about what it is we (firefighters) call ourselves. His points were that our identity is often formed by our actions and in the case of firefighters our actions say that we are more than ‘firefighters’.It is well worth reading, especially for the contrast of ideas that he presents such as, identity by performance; identity by worth (self and others’); and identity by values (tradition). It made me think how the ideas impact our self-image and how it is hard to tell John Q. Public what is is we really do. (more…)
The 30-Second Drill is to provide a brief drill/discussion subject that can take no more than 30 seconds to read and reply to. A second purpose is to learn the differences and similarities of the answers across the viewing audience.
To participate answer the three questions based on your department. Include your department’s state (MD, PA, AZ) in your reply. Don’t reply to other reader’s comments; they will be removed. There will be a followup to each drill posted afterward where further discussion can be done.
What is the average number of personnel you can expect from a company assigned to RIC, RIT or FAST duties in your area? Where on the fireground are they expected to be positioned? Does your department specify what tools shall be gathered by the RIC, RIT of FAST company?
Hooks and, depending on where you work, rakes are relatively inexpensive items when compared to other essential equipment carried on your ladder trucks. There tends to be plenty of them on the rigs and you can always find one holding up a truckie or RIC member. However, they have absolutely no value when you leave them in their holders or down on the street. The video below is interesting for the many highlights it contains, but no more so than the use of the ‘foot hook’. Not knowing the building, fire and department specifics doesn’t necessarily matter. The point is not to bash or quarterback the operations but to take a look at how it is we might become distracted or simply forget something in the height of the battle. (more…)