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Trainer’s Corner: Training for today

Maintaining current skill levels and developing new ones for your members during a worldwide pandemic has been, and may still be, a monumental task. Feedback regarding what did and didn’t work for you will be vital information for the year ahead, for I do not think we are quite out of the woods yet. By Ed Brouwer

Back to basics: Firefighter survival

We’re at the point in our look at firefighter survival where we’re going to focus on emergency escape techniques. These are the tactics that any firefighter can employ to rescue themselves from a dire situation. Some of these options may be unorthodox in practice, but they have proven to save the lives of several firefighters. By Mark van der Feyst

Extrication tips: The evolution of steel

Through the early ages of auto extrication and up until present day, we as rescuers and those before us have always faced new challenges in the automotive industry. Something new has started to make rescuers shake their heads time and time again in modern day vehicle extrication: steel. It’s been in our cars since day one and is going nowhere but up. By Chad Roberts
CMC Rope Rescue Field Guide


Hot on the heels of the new 6th Edition of the CMC Rope Rescue Technician Manual comes the companion Rope Rescue Technician Field Guide, 6TH Edition. Also updated with the latest rope rescue techniques, this guide is spiral-bound, water- and tear-proof and at just 4x6” -it fits into radio harnesses, BDU and uniform pockets, so you can take it anywhere! >> Now available at the Firehall Bookstore, order your copy today!

Back to Basics: Ladder dating series — Working on the ladder

The ground ladder is looked upon as a device used to gain access to an upper portion of the building or to get down from an upper portion of the building, but there is more to the ground ladder than just access. Sometimes the need to work on or off the ladder must be done to accomplish certain tasks. As we continue our look into ground ladders, we are going to focus on working off or working on the ladder. By Mark van der Feyst » Read more...

Thermal imaging quick tips: Part 2

At a recent training event, students participated in a session on primary search with a thermal imager (TI). The session did not include live fire, so everything was the same temperature. To provide “energy” to the “victims,” hand/toe warmers were used and taped to mannequins. By Manfred Kihn » Read more...

CAFC Fire Rescue Canada 2021

September 13-14, 2021
Location: Virtual
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Firehouse Expo

September 14-18
Location: Columbus, OH
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OAFC 2021 Virtual Conference & Trade Show

September 21-23, 2021
Location: Virtual
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