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Irons & Ladders



  • 00:31 UTC First Ladders Class of 2016First one of the season. It filled very quickly last year, grab your spot today if interested!


  • 18:40 UTC Chain Link Gate Forcible Entry VideoHere is a new video covering some options on chain link gates that are locked up with padlocks and chain. This is a great option for the outside firefighter to make quick work of these common problems with the hand tools that should always be with you.

The Fire Critic




  • 15:53 UTC Sons of Valor, Parents of Faith by James J. O’Donnell
    Retired FDNY Lt. James J. O’Donnell has published his first book "Sons of Valor, Parents of Faith". His 30 year career ended with his last response being 9-11. Since then, he has returned to his studies in Theology and Religious education. All proceeds from the book are earmarked for FDNY charities. The book is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. 

Vent Enter Search


  • 10:00 UTC Cover that Bowstring

    Throwback Thursday post: Original posting date June 29th, 2007. Firefighter Scott Lyons from FDNY Tower Ladder 79 sent in these photos of another deceptive building feature. It’s the infamous parapet wall hiding a bowstring truss roof. It’s important to remind yourself when reading a structure that certain occupancies are more prone to using bowstring truss […]

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  • 18:02 UTC Charlie Side Problem

    Sean Parker submitted these photos of what Leesburg (FL) Engine Company 62 found. These doors were found behind a business while out in their first due. It looks to be a heavy steel door with collar protected dead bolts, set into concrete block wall. What are the possible, if any, forcible entry challenges? What would […]

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  • 10:00 UTC Organization is Key

    Throwback Thursday post: Original posting date December 29th, 2008. Lt. Ray McCormack from FDNY Ladder 28 sent in this method of organizing the set of elevator keys. Most rigs simply carry the elevator keys exactly how they came from the supplier on a large ring. This large ring may work for keeping the keys together […]

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