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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


  • 19:27 UTC Brothers Helping Brothers Firehouse Coffee Club – Join Now!
    The Firehouse Coffee Club is a monthly subscription box that delivers one to two 10 to 12 ounce bags of coffee from a first responder or veteran owned company. Along with your monthly coffee you will receive gifts with your subscription from various first responder owned companies and items to help you or your favorite firefighter stay at the top of his/her game.


  • 13:10 UTC Element Armor’s “The Game Changer” Vehicle Wax
    Scott Tenney, a career firefighter/paramedic has come up with a series of car care products named Element Armor. A couple of months ago he sent me some of "The Game Changer" which is a spray on/spray off vehicle wax. I used it almost immediately on my jeep and have been happy with the quality and protection it gave my jeep since. When I give the jeep a wash, I can still tell it has wax on it because the water beads up. 


Vent Enter Search


  • 10:03 UTC Take a Penny, Leave a Penny

    Firefighter Plunkett submitted a neat idea on a Fire Department version of take a penny, leave a penny often found at convenience stores. Having wooden chocks and helmet bands at the ready as crews need them, of course replacing them as they are used.

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  • 18:54 UTC USAR Training Boards

    Maekin Healy from Santa Clara (CA) Fire Department submitted this great use of materials, with original credit going to the USAR crews from San Jose Fire Department. He stated having significant turnover in recent years; with so many rookie firefighters diving into the Truck & Rescue company niches, they’ve found these props to be very […]

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  • 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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