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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




  • 00:51 UTC The Best Firefighter Calendars of 2019
    Once again, I give you the best firefighting calendars for 2019. I have enjoyed putting this article since 2010. For the most part, each of these calendars below represent dozens of people who volunteer their time to produce and market a calendar each year to raise money for their charity.

Vent Enter Search


  • 17:32 UTC Basement Bars

    Chief Hurshel Shank from the Gettysburg Fire Department submitted this interesting basement while at an automatic fire alarm of a single family dwelling. The only other exits that were noted were your typical smaller high basement windows. To exit this basement, one would have to open the sliding glass door, walk into the window well and climb the ladder to […]

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  • 10:25 UTC Apartment Bars

    Throwback Thursday post: Original posting date June 2nd, 2011. Jerry Smith from Baltimore City (MD) Truck 15 sent in these photos of some easily to defeat window bars. Jerry and the crew of Truck 15 A Shift were out performing some building inspections and found these bars on a local apartment building. Taking the time […]

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  • 10:18 UTC Strap Storage

    Throwback Thursday post: Original posting date December 27th, 2017. Maekin Healy from Santa Clara (CA) Fire Department sent in a way to store ratchet straps for easy deployment. Here is a simple tweak to help avoid multiple twists in your Auto Extrication straps during deployment. During storage, attach the hooks to the trigger. Next, simply […]

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