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SFFD Firefighter Memorials and Updates

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More details emerged Monday about last week’s fatal Diamond Heights blaze, as fire officials said an emergency alert accidentally went off on a nearby fire engine about the same time two firefighters’ personal alarms sounded inside the burning building according to published reports. Lt. Vincent Perez, 48, and firefighter-paramedic Anthony Valerio, 53, of Engine Company […]

San Francisco FD mourns the loss of a Second Firefighter LODD After Diamond Heights Fire

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San Francisco firefighter Anthony Valerio is the second firefighter to die from Thursday’s Diamond Heights fire. According to San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, Valerio had “significant damage to his respiratory system” and burns across his body after Thursday’s fire.

Don’t Count on Mutual Aid: “Let it Burn”

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Interesting discussions and dialog coming from the Grand Rapids Press and a series of articles on fire service delivery , capabilities, ratings and finances. The Series was written by Jim Harger a reporter for the Grand Rapids Press. An examination and comparison of staffing levels, training, service delivery and budgets was presented. Budget issues, efficiencies […]

Combat Ready and the Fire Service Warrior on Taking it to the Streets

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We’ll further explore how as Christopher Brennan states; “Today’s firefighter must be a warrior who will unflinchingly put his very life in harm’s way to accomplish a mission, but who is also fully informed about the path being chosen”.

It’s Not Just a Job: Message to the Recruits

What it means to be a Fire Figher. It’s not just a job; responsiblilty , privilege- its the service, committment and the calling. Take a minute to listen to the Training Officer’s words to the recruits at the start of the training session….Where do you fall in?

First-Due Residential Fire

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Video Clip provided by PGFD Captain Greg Zalenski, Station 812 -College Park (MD)VFD. A mid-morning fire in a Single family (SFR) residential structure challenged arriving companies as they went into operations. A video clip depicting the responding fire chief enroute and arrival provides a good sequence of the events, fire severity and fire growth. The 2,074 […]

BECOME SAFE on the Fire Ground

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BECOME SAFE  BECOME SAFE Building Evaluation Construction/Occupancy Operational Hazards Manage-Time & Elements Engagement Situational Awareness Assessment & Fluid Analysis Fire Behavior & Effects Evaluate & Execute There is an acute corollary of technical  knowledge and inter reliance on occupancies, construction, strategy, tactics, risk, safety, physics, engineering and fire suppression theory…FACT! There are Fundamental Domains that […]

Tactical Operations and the New Rules of Combat Engagement 2011 Seminar

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   A New Fire Service Training Seminar Series for National Delivery from Two Nationally Recognized Fire Service Leaders and Highly Acclaimed Fire Service Instructors,  Authors and Fire Officers; Tactical Operations and the Rules of Combat Fire Engagement 2011. Seminar Topics; The New Rules of Engagement Occupancy Profiling The New Fireground Extreme Fire Behavior Building Construction […]

Casa Grande Fire Fighting

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Immediately thereafter, the second floor flashed ,several firefighters took extreme measures such as jumping out of windows and running through walls to evacuate the structure.

Combat Engagement

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What Defines You? There are a number of insightful and thought provoking theories, debates, assertions, contentions and positions being postured, promoted or advocated in the realm of fire suppression and firefighter safety. Some continue to promote with renewed banter and unwavering passion certain attributes that they feel are fundamental to the fire service, just as others […]

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