Over the course of my career, it’s nearly impossible for me to know exactly how many fires I participated in the suppression of, motor vehicle accident extrications I’ve been involved with.
The fear of failure thrives on partial information, which is all we’ll get until we arrive on scene.
Function and intensity are great, but it’s important for firefighters to consider what functional movements and what intensities are important for their jobs, daily tasks, and goals.
The list can go on and on, but the important thing to remember for any young health and safety program is to take small steps.
On June 18, 2007, nine career fire fighters died when they became disoriented and ran out of air in rapidly deteriorating conditions inside a burning commercial furniture showroom and warehouse facility.
On March 22, 2018, two male career fire fighters, ages 50 and 29, died following a structure collapse while working to extinguish hot spots following a structure fire in a 140-year old mill building.
I yelled to my nozzle firefighter, "We need to leave now." He didn't move, so I yelled again, "We need to leave now."
After seeing the fire, the fire fighter stated that everything went black and he felt an intense blast of heat.
You are literally only as strong as your core--specifically, your transverse abdominus and the other lumbar stabilizers it co-contracts with.
The unsecured cylinder began to spin, rotate and bounce off the engine bay floor until it became an airborne projectile.