Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, June 27th, 2014 9:06 am

Fire Academy Friday: Advanced Cleaning of Turnouts

LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics.

NFPA 1851 and NFPA 1500 training modules are valid for any brand of PPE.

In this week’s video, learn how to perform an Advanced Cleaning on your turnout coat and pants. Covers thorough cleaning of turnouts using a cleaning agent, how often an Advanced Cleaning is needed and who can perform an Advanced Cleaning. It also defines the difference between Routine Cleaning, Advanced Cleaning and Decontamination.

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

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Posted by Francesca Solano | Fire and Rescue, General, Safety, Training
Thursday, June 19th, 2014 9:06 am

How to eliminate LODDs in fire service training

By Sarah Calams

For Fire Chief

The International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council met Monday to take a close look at how to keep firefighters safe during training drills.

This year’s International Fire and EMS Safety and Health Week theme is “train like you fight.” Fire departments are encouraged to focus on safety, health training and education during the week of June 15-21.

An IAFC webinar presented by Allan Rice, of the Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission, and Assistant Fire Chief Jeffrey Segal, with the Baltimore City Fire Department, focused on how to eliminate line-of-duty deaths and the lessons learned from past incidents to prevent them from happening in the future.

“We have to be very careful that we step people in from the shallow end and that we walk them into the deep end through a series of planned evolutions,” Rice said. “We have to avoid the temptation to throw people into the deep end to find out if they know how to swim.”

The North American Fire Training Directors’ presented these 10 rules of engagement for safe fire service training.

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Posted by Francesca Solano | Fire and Rescue, General, Safety, Training
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 9:06 am

Back to Basics: Engine company ops – master streams

By Mark van der Feyst

For Firefighting In Canada

The primary job function of an engine company is to suppress fire by using different-sized hoses and delivering water from its source to the fire. One such method of water delivery is master streams.

Engine companies have a few options when it comes to master streams. Most engines have a fixed master stream device on top of the apparatus (see photo 1). This device is armed with either a straight-tip nozzle or a combination nozzle. The advantage of a straight tip is its reach when flowing water. A straight tip provides a true straight stream or solid stream of water for better fire penetration and fire knockdown (see photo 2). Tip sizes can vary in diameter from 35 millimetres (1 3/8 inches) to 50 mm (two inches)

A combination nozzle provides a straight stream pattern but not a solid stream of water. Instead, the stream comprises many droplets of water in a straight-stream pattern. The stream patterns can vary, from straight stream to a wide fog, which is useful to protect the apparatus when it is exposed to radiant heat.

A firefighter must be assigned to operate the master stream on top of the engine and ensure that the stream is appropriately directed for effective fire suppression. This operation takes one firefighter away from the engine crew, leaving a three- or four-person crew.

Read the full article here.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, June 13th, 2014 9:06 am

Fire Academy Friday: Advanced Inspection for Proximity Garments

LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics.

LION Fire Academy is certified to offer Continuing Education credits and satisfy the NFPA 1851 training requirements for Advanced Inspection, Advanced Cleaning and Basic Repairs.

This week’s video covers how to perform an Advanced Inspection of proximity coat and pants.  Learn how to determine if your proximity gear is fit for duty, if additional inspection or testing is required, if repair is needed, or if your proximity coat or pants need to be retired.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, May 30th, 2014 10:05 am

Fire Academy Friday: Using Your PPE Safely

LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics.

LION Fire Academy is certified to offer Continuing Education credits and satisfy the NFPA 1851 training requirements for Advanced Inspection, Advanced Cleaning and Basic Repairs.

In this week’s video, learn how to use structural fire fighter PPE safely in dangerous fire ground conditions, plus:

  • Limitations of your gear
  • Types of heat exposures
  • How burns can occur
  • Operational tactics to help avoid burns
  • The problem of stored energy
  • And the dangers of moisture in your PPE

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, May 23rd, 2014 9:05 am

Fire Academy Friday: Advanced Inspection of Helmets


LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics.

LION Fire Academy is certified to offer Continuing Education credits and satisfy the NFPA 1851 training requirements for Advanced Inspection, Advanced Cleaning and Basic Repairs.

Learn how to determine if your structural fire fighting helmet is fit for duty, if additional inspection or testing is required, if repair is needed or if your helmet needs to be retired in this week’s video.

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, May 16th, 2014 1:05 pm

Fire Academy Friday: Basic repair of turnouts

LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics.

Most repair of turnout clothing must be performed by the manufacturer or a Verified Independent Service Provider (ISP). This segment defines the basic repairs that trained departmental personnel can perform and how to perform them.

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Posted by Francesca Solano | Fire and Rescue, General, Safety, Training
Monday, May 12th, 2014 11:05 am

Structural Firefighting: Rapid intervention and NFPA 1407

By Mike Mason

For Fire Engineering

By now, departments throughout the United States should be familiar with the need for rapid intervention and the extreme importance of its presence on the fireground. The relationship among rapid intervention policies; rapid intervention crews (RICs); rapid intervention training; and officers, RIC leaders, and chief officers can be overwhelming as can be meeting the standards of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1407, Standard for Training Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews. It is also necessary to correlate NFPA 1407 with other important standards that mention the need for rapid intervention.

RICs and firefighter survival go hand in hand especially when training and preparing a solid rapid intervention presence on the fireground. A fire chief or incident commander’s worst nightmare at structural fires is a Mayday. Just gaining control of such an incident can be daunting for some departments, as can be establishing the presence of a RIC at their structural fires. To survive the fireground, a rapid intervention presence cannot be questioned and should be provided for no matter what size team you can muster. Proactive training well before an incident occurs is needed in three prominent areas: firefighter self-survival, firefighter rescue, and firefighter RIC coordination.

All three areas require specific techniques and maneuvers that range from an individual firefighter’s actions to the actions of the RIC, RIC leaders, and chief officers. Departments should have a well-written training program and policies that contain proactive as well as reactive action plans. As we know, even the best training and written policies can never predict the event itself or what it may entail in saving one of our own.

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Posted by Francesca Solano | Fire and Rescue, General, Safety, Training
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 10:05 am

Back to Basics: Truck company ops – elevated master streams

By Mark van der Feyst

For Firefighting in Canada

One function of a truck company is to supply elevated master streams. An aerial apparatus or ladder truck has an aerial device of some sort with either a single nozzle or multiple nozzles attached to the tip of the aerial for water delivery. There are times when fire crews need to deploy large volumes of water from a higher elevation to suppress and extinguish a fire, either as a defensive tactic or to protect exposures.

Most aerial apparatuses built in the last 20 years have pre-plumbed waterways that run underneath the length of the aerial ladder. However, not all aerials have on-board water pumps; those that don’t require an engine or pumper to supply the water pressure required for the nozzle(s) to flow adequately. If this is the case, make sure the supply hose is connected to the correct intake. The intake for the aerial master stream is usually located on the back of rear-mount ladder trucks or on the side of mid-mount ladder trucks. The intake is labeled accordingly.

Some aerials have a single nozzle; others have double nozzles. The choice to have a smooth-bore nozzle or a combination nozzle depends on the fire department’s perception of the best way to deliver water.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, PPE, Training
Friday, May 2nd, 2014 9:05 am

Fire Academy Friday: Assembly and Disassembly of PPE


It’s Fire Academy Friday! This weeks video demonstrates how to properly disassemble and assemble your PPE.

After you’ve finished watching, take the test.

LION Fire Academy provides fire department members with online training on PPE and Continuing Education Units for successful completion.  Fire instructors can incorporate PPE education into their classes and have their students earn credits.  If you are a fire student or contemplating a career in firefighting, you’ll find helpful quizzes, videos and links on PPE and other firefighting topics.

NFPA 1851 and NFPA 1500 training modules are valid for any brand of PPE.

If you have suggestions on new training topics, or just have a question, please tell us.

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