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In 30 years of fire and rescue, I’ve met a lot of Instructors.  Some were inspiring, some were depressing, and some were… just… there. In the depressing classes, it was obvious early on that the Instructor didn’t understand the material, didn’t really care about the subject, and / or seemed to have few concerns about … Continue Reading

Like most TR Instructors I know, I’ve fielded my share of questions from people who either have (or are working toward) TR certification about the new standard – NFPA 1006 2013 edition.  Some questions are simple confusion, but others are so far off base that you have to wonder who is spreading this layer of … Continue Reading

Recently, a British skydiver named James Lee was knocked unconscious when participating in a team jump.  His fall, faithfully recorded by his helmet-cam, shows his arms flailing as he plummets from 12,500 feet toward a certain death.  Fortunately for him, his teammates recognized his situation and worked together to stabilize him and deploy his parachute … Continue Reading

Confined Space Training – 4/14/2013 Sunday was scenario-based training in a live environment – Simulators and carefully scripted evolutions are all fine and good, but it’s hard to beat the value of a real problem in a real environment. This was an old hand-dug well 25 feet deep.  “Old” is the key word here, since … Continue Reading

Two Line-of-duty death reports came across my desk today – although not a surprise, they were painful, especially since we’re getting oh-so-close to Christmas.  Each of them is a tragedy, but when put together it’s more than a double – it’s a resounding condemnation of the way we do business. Timothy Jansen was 45 years … Continue Reading

TR Water Rescue class on August 24th (6-10p) 25th, 26th, & Sept. 15th & 16th in Robeson County. This is the NC certification class and we do have slots available. You will need to be TR General certified or have your General cerification within 1 year of completing the class. Email David @ or … Continue Reading

Get certified to scuba dive before it gets cold. Its a fun sport that can be really exciting if you like the water. If you are interested in becoming PADI certified in Basic Open Water Scuba, or you are or want to be involved with a dive team, we can take you from basic, advanced … Continue Reading

There is an old adage “If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem becomes a nail”.  In rescue, we often fall into the trap of thinking we only have one or two tools, and as a result the options we have for solving a specific problem are consciously limited.  Fact is, you … Continue Reading

Although I realize that nearly everyone who works in fire and rescue can provide compelling evidence that dummies actually do breathe, for the sake of this article we’re talking about non-breathing human likenesses, usually made of plastic. Specifically, training dummies, more specifically the advantages and disadvantages of using dummies in place of live victims for … Continue Reading

March training focused on two things REDS does very well – Water and Ropes. Saturday morning was spent in the pool with Victor as lead.  Major topics: Swimming with and without vests Victim tows Victim stabilization and removal from water Combative victims Saturday afternoon was spent checking out some nice equipment –  the TerrAdaptor and … Continue Reading

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