From the Blog

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 @ Reds100@aol.com 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

As of today, twelve(12)  firefighters have died in the line if duty in the United States. Five of those deaths were vehicle accidents! The last death is an 18 (18!) year-old firefighter in Indiana, who was killed with his rig rolled on the way back to the station.  He had on a seat belt, but … Continue Reading

Remember when you got passed over for promotion because your co-worker’s dad happened to be an old buddy of the Chief?  Even though your training, experience, and expertise were superior in every respect, you still lost out: bet you still get mad when you think about it.  If you were bold enough to question the … Continue Reading

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