Archive for the ‘Training Articles’ Category

Extrication Training: Tunneling Through the Floorboard

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Print This Post Print This Post

Instructor Jerry Swift takes us through an extrication maneuver, tunneling through the floorboard of a car on its side.

Extrication Training: 3rd Door Conversion (non-conventional)

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Print This Post Print This Post

Instructor Jerry Swift shows a non-conventional 3rd Door conversion technique in this video… Interesting tool to have in your toolbox.

Washing Instructions: Pro-Tech 8 Firefighting Gloves

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Print This Post Print This Post

Pro-Tech Gloves just published instructions regarding how to clean their gloves. Apparently there have been problems with people machine washing their gloves, which ruin the gloves prematurely. Gloves are supposed to be Hand Wash Only, in Warm Water, with small amount of Mild Detergent / Soap, and Hang Dry.

PR8 Titan - low res pic

For more information, below PDF attachment is the instructions from the manufacturer that detail the issue.


Extrication Training: Dash Lift

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Print This Post Print This Post

Genesis factory rep Anthony Fleming does a conventional “Dash Lift” with the new Genesis S53-XL spreader.

The Genesis S53-XL is the lightest weight, NFPA compliant 32″ spreader. Also has really good power and some really cool features… Has studs embedded in tips to assist with grip, even stronger gold tips (same material as NXTgen blades), etc.

Extrication Training: “Car Taco” – Part 2

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Print This Post Print This Post

Here is the link to Part 2 of the Car Taco, taught by Instructor Jerry Swift.

Extrication Training: “Car Taco” – Part 1

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Print This Post Print This Post

Check out this interesting video… Instructor Jerry Swift shows a new and unique technique for opening up an upside down car. Part 1 starts the process. Can you guess what he will do next?

How Are Rescue Tools’ NFPA 1936 Forces Measured?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Print This Post Print This Post

Fire service consumers have more ability than ever before, to actually review “third party” force testing results and accurately compare rescue tools’ performance. The travesty is in the decade plus since NFPA 1936 has been published, most customers only review manufacturer’s published maximum forces – which are not consistent, and are not third party tested.

The PDF document below explains in greater detail where NFPA 1936 forces come from, and how you – the consumer – can get this 3rd party information.

Use NFPA-1936 to Help Compare Rescue Tools’ Performance

Fuel Recommendations for Small Engines

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Print This Post Print This Post

I wanted to pass along some recommendations for small engines. We’ve seen A LOT of varnished fuel in fuel tanks recently. And in addition to engines that will not start, sometimes this results in expensive repairs such as carburetors needing replacing (or rebuilding, and after you look at labor – replacement is normally cheaper and more reliable). I recommend using the following procedures for all your small engines, whether for the fire service or used around the home.

1) Buy Quality Fuel! It is said that fuel being produced today only stays good for about 90 days from the time it is produced at the refinery. And with most fuel stations, the fuel is already about 60 days old by the time it is pumped into the fuel can, so you have 30 days before it goes bad, and “the clock is ticking”. And also, if you buy fuel from the discount guy…and there are a couple of chains that are known for being cheap, supposedly they get better deals buying already expired fuel (i.e. 120 day old fuel). This might be somewhat acceptable for an automobile, but for small engines – not a good idea!

2) Use Ethanol-Free fuel. It is available in many cities throughout the USA & Canada. Here is a link to a website that shows where Ethanol Free fuel is available: Use Ethanol-Free fuel if possible. Ethanol has some very strong negatives, including that it attracts moisture… Ethanol is supposed to be a major reason that fuel nowdays goes bad so rapidly. If you live in one of the states or provinces where Ethanol-Free fuel is not available, it may be worth investigating racing fuel…but no need if you can get good Ethanol-Free fuel.

3) Stabilize Fuel IMMEDIATELY. Don’t wait until fuel is bad to think about stabilizing it, do it immediately after purchasing it. I would recommend using Sea Foam to stabilize your fuel, as it is supposed to have additional advantages in addition to stabilizing your fuel, such as cleaning the fuel, ability to chemically isolate moisture to make it less harmful to the engine, etc.

Chevy Volt Tour Teaches Firefighters How NOT to Get Zapped!!!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Print This Post Print This Post

Chevrolet is taking its new Chevy Volt on tour to show emergency crews how to take electric and hybrid electric / gasoline vehicles apart in the event of an accident.

Here is a link to read the whole article… The article includes a 2-minute video related to extrication with electric vehicles: