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FIREFIGHTER QUOTES, TRAINING QUICK TIPS and SIGNATURE MOVES

TRAINING QUICK TIPS

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SIGNATURE MOVES

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FIREFIGHTER QUOTES

Fire Spotlight trainings hot off the fire

FIREFIGHTER TRAINING TIPS

Experienced firefighter training tips covering a multitude of fireground scenarios. Click on the tips below for details.


FIREFIGHTER TRAINING TIPS

Experienced firefighter training tips covering a multitude of fireground scenarios. Click on the tips below for details.


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“When you set up on a real building, don’t just set it up, pull it back down and leave. Set it up, climb up there and look at the actual transition”


Magic City Truck Academy, LLC Instructor, William Knight
Structure Fire

“Add a Halligan to the butt spur end so that it counterbalances the hooks”


Magic City Truck Academy Instructor, OJ Kolodziej
Structure Fire

‘”Strike” perpendicularly incase you miss, but try not to miss.’


— Paul Capo, When Things Go Bad, Inc. instructor FORCIBLE ENTRY

“They have shown that when you give yourself mental messages, your nervous system goes from the threat response, where you want to rip off your mask and get the hell out of there, to the challenge response, where your body is like, ‘F!@k ya, lets do this’. All because of what you say to yourself in your brain.”


— Olivia Mead, CEO and Founder of Yoga for First Responders MENTAL HEALTH

“You’ve got control of your nervous system if you’ve got control of your breath.”


— Olivia Mead, CEO and Founder of Yoga for First Responders MENTAL HEALTH

“You get them out of that atmosphere as quick as possible and sometimes that is the window. You need to have that plan available from the very beginning.”


Search OR Rescue Awareness Structure Fire

‘A quarter of the length of the ladder is where you want to be from the building for proper climbing angle.’


Ladder Throwing Tip Structure Fire

“Don’t call for water until you have (the line) flaked out how you like it.”


Hose Management in 5-Story Stairwell
Hose Management

‘The weight of the coupling will suck this whole line down so we’ve got to tie this off. We’re always gonna tie it off below the coupling.’


Hose Management in 5-Story Stairwell
Hose Management

‘If you feel that 50 foot coupling in your hand, you should be the fifth floor. If you’re at the third floor and here’s the coupling, you have a pile on the ground, so don’t let more flake off your shoulders as you walk up.’


Hose Management in 5-Story Stairwell
Hose Management

‘Take the nozzle. Advance and pin the hose to the ground so you don’t lose control of it. Then using your big muscles, pull it up the stairs.’


Two Person Hose Team Upstairs – ‘When Things Go Bad’
Hose Management

To move from standing… you’re not walking with it, you’re stepping forward. Always leaving a nice strong base deep and wide, never crossing over with your feet. The transition from there, is down to your knee, then right back to the same position.


Two Person Hose Team – ‘When Things Go Bad’
Hose Management

LIFT: Determine where the fire is
LIFE: Check for life in the immediate area
LAYOUT: Look for anything to help hose team get inside the building more efficiently


Jake Dickes, Son’s of Irons Instructor
Structure Fire

“Make sure our extrication is patient driven and not ego driven.”


Beaver Lane Fire & Rescue Chief, Toranze Lee
Vehicle Extrication

“Think of a Ratchet as a Gear Shift”


Ratchet Training
Vehicle Stabilization

“‘Never put your hand in the mouth of an alligator. Always stick them in the ass.’ So wrap it from the back, that way you keep your hands out.”


Ratchet Training
Vehicle Stabilization

“When you need length and strength, you need to go to the Paratechs.”


Nick Griffin, Beaver Lane Fire Department — Heavy Lifting and Stabilization Training
Vehicle Stabilization

“That (truck) has a high carbon steel frame. It’s made to twist and turn, or else if it didn’t it would break. If you got enough anchor points, you can get a lot more twist out of that frame on that truck then you realize.”


Nick Griffin, Beaver Lane Fire Department — Heavy Lifting and Stabilization Training
Vehicle Stabilization

“Webbing is going to elongate. Chain is not. So if I throw chain in and I ratchet it down to capture that suspension, I know it’s not going anywhere.”


Heavy Lifting and Stabilization Training at Secrest Wrecker Service — Monroe, NC
Vehicle Stabilization

“The King Ring is the ring you want to attach too if you can. It’s gonna provide the most strength that we can have.”


Heavy Lifting and Stabilization Training at Secrest Wrecker Service — Monroe, NC
Vehicle Stabilization

“Cars are really just beer cans and pop cans. They crush down onto the victim. To get the victim out, you don’t need to put the pop can back to where it was.”


IndyCar Dr. Andrew Stevens, Colorado State Firefighters Association 2021 — Parker, CO
Vehicle Extrication

“When you’re off duty, be off duty.”


— Andy Starnes | Instructor and Founder at Insight Fire Training LLC
Self-Rescue

“Start at the top and wrap down. If I start at the bottom and wrap up, (the rope) binds on itself because it comes over.”


— Parker CO, Fire College | “When things go bad”
Rapid Intervention -Stairwell Rescue

“So many people don’t see victims as victims because of how they perceive a prostitute.”


— iEmpathize | Addressing Human Trafficking Victims Training Course
Human Trafficking Confrontation

“When you are putting a chain on the strut, put the welded piece closest to the strut.”


— Parker CO, Fire College
Vehicle Stabilization

“When in doubt, cheat out”


— Parker CO, Fire College | Rescue 42’s
Vehicle Stabilization

“Beware of airbag cylinders.”


— Parker CO, Fire College | Team Holmatro
Vehicle Extrication

“You want to do diagonal cuts on your seatbelts. If you don’t cut seatbelts when you’re doing the blowout or the laydown, they will hang you up every time.”


— Parker CO, Fire College
Vehicle Extrication

“A space containing more than 23.5% of oxygen is enriched and enhances combustible flammability”


— Tim Johnson, Confined Space Instructor
CONFINED SPACE

“We’re not lifting the dash 18 inches like the textbook training. A lot of times people’s feet are pinned underneath the dash, we’re just trying to get the dash to where it used to be.”


— Parker CO, Fire College
Vehicle Extrication

“If we anchor this (rope) right where the hose is coming off the engine, I know that if I reached the end of my rope, I should be close to the nozzle. I can sweep that area for the nozzle or the men.”


— Parker CO, Fire College
RAPID INTERVENTION

“Pedals are strong front to back. They have no lateral stability. You can just fish in there and hook the webbing around the pedals.”


— Parker CO, Fire College
Vehicle Extrication

“Make sure our extrication is patient driven and not ego driven.”


Beaver Lane Fire & Rescue Chief, Toranze Lee
Vehicle Extrication

“Think of a Ratchet as a Gear Shift”


Ratchet Training
Vehicle Stabilization

“‘Never put your hand in the mouth of an alligator. Always stick them in the ass.’ So wrap it from the back, that way you keep your hands out.”


Ratchet Training
Vehicle Stabilization

“When you need length and strength, you need to go to the Paratechs.”


Nick Griffin, Beaver Lane Fire Department — Heavy Lifting and Stabilization Training
Vehicle Stabilization

“That (truck) has a high carbon steel frame. It’s made to twist and turn, or else if it didn’t it would break. If you got enough anchor points, you can get a lot more twist out of that frame on that truck then you realize.”


Nick Griffin, Beaver Lane Fire Department — Heavy Lifting and Stabilization Training
Vehicle Stabilization

“Webbing is going to elongate. Chain is not. So if I throw chain in and I ratchet it down to capture that suspension, I know it’s not going anywhere.”


Heavy Lifting and Stabilization Training at Secrest Wrecker Service — Monroe, NC
Vehicle Stabilization

“The King Ring is the ring you want to attach too if you can. It’s gonna provide the most strength that we can have.”


Heavy Lifting and Stabilization Training at Secrest Wrecker Service — Monroe, NC
Vehicle Stabilization

“Cars are really just beer cans and pop cans. They crush down onto the victim. To get the victim out, you don’t need to put the pop can back to where it was.”


IndyCar Dr. Andrew Stevens, Colorado State Firefighters Association 2021 — Parker, CO
Vehicle Extrication

“When you are putting a chain on the strut, put the welded piece closest to the strut.”


— Parker CO, Fire College
Vehicle Stabilization

“When in doubt, cheat out”


— Parker CO, Fire College | Rescue 42’s
Vehicle Stabilization

“Beware of airbag cylinders.”


— Parker CO, Fire College | Team Holmatro
Vehicle Extrication

“You want to do diagonal cuts on your seatbelts. If you don’t cut seatbelts when you’re doing the blowout or the laydown, they will hang you up every time.”


— Parker CO, Fire College
Vehicle Extrication

“We’re not lifting the dash 18 inches like the textbook training. A lot of times people’s feet are pinned underneath the dash, we’re just trying to get the dash to where it used to be.”


— Parker CO, Fire College
Vehicle Extrication

“Pedals are strong front to back. They have no lateral stability. You can just fish in there and hook the webbing around the pedals.”


— Parker CO, Fire College
Vehicle Extrication

“They have shown that when you give yourself mental messages, your nervous system goes from the threat response, where you want to rip off your mask and get the hell out of there, to the challenge response, where your body is like, ‘F!@k ya, lets do this’. All because of what you say to yourself in your brain.”


— Olivia Mead, CEO and Founder of Yoga for First Responders MENTAL HEALTH

“You’ve got control of your nervous system if you’ve got control of your breath.”


— Olivia Mead, CEO and Founder of Yoga for First Responders MENTAL HEALTH

“That (truck) has a high carbon steel frame. It’s made to twist and turn, or else if it didn’t it would break. If you got enough anchor points, you can get a lot more twist out of that frame on that truck then you realize.”


Nick Griffin, Beaver Lane Fire Department — Heavy Lifting and Stabilization Training
Vehicle Stabilization

“Webbing is going to elongate. Chain is not. So if I throw chain in and I ratchet it down to capture that suspension, I know it’s not going anywhere.”


Heavy Lifting and Stabilization Training at Secrest Wrecker Service — Monroe, NC
Vehicle Stabilization

“The King Ring is the ring you want to attach too if you can. It’s gonna provide the most strength that we can have.”


Heavy Lifting and Stabilization Training at Secrest Wrecker Service — Monroe, NC
Vehicle Stabilization

“When you’re off duty, be off duty.”


— Andy Starnes | Instructor and Founder at Insight Fire Training LLC
Self-Rescue

“When you set up on a real building, don’t just set it up, pull it back down and leave. Set it up, climb up there and look at the actual transition”


Magic City Truck Academy, LLC Instructor, William Knight
Structure Fire

“Add a Halligan to the butt spur end so that it counterbalances the hooks”


Magic City Truck Academy Instructor, OJ Kolodziej
Structure Fire

‘”Strike” perpendicularly incase you miss, but try not to miss.’


— Paul Capo, When Things Go Bad, Inc. instructor FORCIBLE ENTRY

“You get them out of that atmosphere as quick as possible and sometimes that is the window. You need to have that plan available from the very beginning.”


Search OR Rescue Awareness Structure Fire

‘A quarter of the length of the ladder is where you want to be from the building for proper climbing angle.’


Ladder Throwing Tip Structure Fire

“Don’t call for water until you have (the line) flaked out how you like it.”


Hose Management in 5-Story Stairwell
Hose Management

‘The weight of the coupling will suck this whole line down so we’ve got to tie this off. We’re always gonna tie it off below the coupling.’


Hose Management in 5-Story Stairwell
Hose Management

‘If you feel that 50 foot coupling in your hand, you should be the fifth floor. If you’re at the third floor and here’s the coupling, you have a pile on the ground, so don’t let more flake off your shoulders as you walk up.’


Hose Management in 5-Story Stairwell
Hose Management

‘Take the nozzle. Advance and pin the hose to the ground so you don’t lose control of it. Then using your big muscles, pull it up the stairs.’


Two Person Hose Team Upstairs – ‘When Things Go Bad’
Hose Management

To move from standing… you’re not walking with it, you’re stepping forward. Always leaving a nice strong base deep and wide, never crossing over with your feet. The transition from there, is down to your knee, then right back to the same position.


Two Person Hose Team – ‘When Things Go Bad’
Hose Management

LIFT: Determine where the fire is
LIFE: Check for life in the immediate area
LAYOUT: Look for anything to help hose team get inside the building more efficiently


Jake Dickes, Son’s of Irons Instructor
Structure Fire

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