Mutual Aid Fire

June 27, 2009, 11:56 am
Filed under: Truck ops



It was noted this morning out front of FWB St-6 a couple of dudes pressures washing a large metal roof without the security of any type of safety devices. We surely thought this was going to be our next trauma alert. So the discussion ensued amongst the crew…do we cut the roof, when it’s wet, without the aerial? if not then at all?

As for me not a chance without an aerial. Maybe I am missing something here, inexperience with this type of construction, ignorant of a certain method of venting this particular set up, or just a puss…What is you’re course of action?


Cinderblock wall breach
April 7, 2009, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Truck ops

We at the FWBFD had some vacancies to do some training in recently. On the “A” the 1st question that was posed was: Can you breach a block wall faster with a K-12 than by hand tools?

It took significantly less time to breach (with a team of two dudes and a sledge) than to cut with the “K”.

The next discussion was on the the question of: Which two techniques, of getting through that same wall, (with the sledge) is better? This video was the result of that conversation. Reality being, that in our area having 3 FF to accomplish this task is a luxury…REMEMBER pace yourself & rotate manning often!

One more door!
May 21, 2008, 6:54 pm
Filed under: Truck ops

Ok, it’s been a while, life is busy aren’t we all?!…
We were on a call the other day, in 7’s area with E-1, for an alarm activation in a large commercial and ran across this door.

I had to get a picture, this door is on the 1 side near the rear, on a very large construction supply store on Racetrack Rd. This door is located by the Bathrooms and opens to a small foyer type area before entering into the hallway. and the building is an older converted grocery store with wide open spaces and a couple of 2nd story areas as well as office area inside the middle of the store. The entire store is stocked with home improvement items.

This is the door with the security bar in place…nothing to it right?…look closer

The bar is unique in how it is attached to the door, check out the spacing and where it is secured to the door frame…

This is the kicker, the door/bar is also secured with a pad lock(from the inside) note the arrows…we discussed as a crew on how to force this door. So now the scenario…

It’s 2:30AM, “light smoke” from the front and eaves and your crew is tasked to “open up the building” and force all the doors…Your size up is a metal door incased in concrete with pin bolts to tip you off on a cross bar type of security, go to work!

What would your crew do? what tools would you bring? Alternative means of ingress?

Food for thought
April 21, 2008, 6:04 pm
Filed under: Trade tips, Truck ops

Here is some food for thought.
Just imagine that you and your crew were sent to take the attack line in through the front door of a commercial occupancy, you have now penetrated over half of the way into the structure when things go horribly wrong! Your officer opts to exit through the rear and you now encounter one of these(click above pix). Moral to the story; always take the rear when interior operations are taking place. Stay safe brothers!

Matt Scallan
ECFR Engine19 C

VES Search Technique
February 6, 2008, 11:03 am
Filed under: Truck ops


VES or Vent Enter Search, search technique is commonly used throughout the country and saves civilians lives daily. This search technique is highly successful but carries a high risk to the firefighter especially if not properly trained. It is a simple search concept but I encourage firefighters to take it a step further in training by establishing pre-assigned position specific responsibilities…

In other words, knowing what you are responsible for and what you are going to do before the alarm comes in. I have trained with this search technique a lot throughout my career but did not give the pre-assigned responsibilities much thought until training one day with Midway Fire Department Lieutenant Larry Brewer. He explained to me how he pre-assigns duties with his guys on Ladder Co. 37 and train consistently on these responsibilities. After he explained it to me, the light came on! I have done this numerous times in my career where I sit back and think “Man, why didn’t I think of that…it just makes sense”….

Check out the whole article by : Capt. Stone of FWBFD here

Let us know what you think, how do you do it?, suggestions? Ideas?

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Vertical vent
January 11, 2008, 1:44 pm
Filed under: Truck ops

You have probably seen this video, but review is always good!

Houston FD L-19 vents the roof vertically on this one, note how rapidly the conditions improve. Also note the designated “RIT” team in full gear ready & STAGED for battle.