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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NIST Presentation Coming to Austin

Dan Madrzykowski with NIST is coming to Austin for a FREE 8 hour class. This class will cover recent NIST/UL studies, discuss recent local area fires, and end with a question and answer session.

Come see for yourself what it's all about. I guarantee you will leave with some new things to think about and the ability to form your own opinion. The online videos are great but seeing this in person with an opportunity to ask questions is much more powerful.

See below for registration links.

register for the September, 22nd Austin FSTAR Townhall event please visit:
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rescue Chain Grades

Do you know the grades of the chains you carry? Are they rated for towing or overhead lifting? If you are unsure (like I was), read this quick write up by FS Mike Reush (18C). 

Nice work Reush!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Elizabeth firefighter's heroic rescue of woman

Interesting rescue anyone know more about this?  Watch the smoke change as we make openings.  What can we do to control that smoke or buy us time? I like the use of 2 ladders side by side also. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Machine Rescue Class

Here are a few pictures from a machine rescue class with E14, R14 and E6.

Portable Band Saw vs. Reciprocating Saw

Do you have a portable band saw on the rig?  If so, do you prefer battery powered or corded?  Any other preferences?

We found that the portable band saw cut smooth with little vibration.  Also the blade dissipated the heat well.

Building Size-Ups

Stop by a building or strip center after your next call and size it up.  This random strip center had a drop bar, slide bolts, a piano hinge, a sliding door and a welded door.  In addition it can spark a conversation on FDC's, gas meters, electric meters, power drops, access, ventilation etc.