Yeah, we've got a podcast! Introducing Refined By Fire

Refined By Fire is borne out of the the belief that stories are the living incarnation of truth. Nothing can be more true or real that what has actually taken place. Our mission is to unearth the stories of great firefighters. In understanding their successes and failures, we learn from it to better ourselves. In doing so, we honor those who came before us, and we honor those who we serve.

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The U cut - Pro Active Truck / RIT Ops On Board Ups

Much has been discussed on our job as it relates to pro active operations or softening the building. While this usually focuses on tasks such as throwing ladders, removing window bars, forcing open doors or opening boarded up windows on vacant / abandoned buildings (Yes, we believe they're occupied until our search proves otherwise), often overlooked is the discipline of coordinated ventilation or the prevention of over-ventilating the building unless fire attack crews and search crews are ready for it all while still softening the building!

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UncategorizedCody Trestrail
Just Open The Floor For Discussion...

New construction in single family dwellings. Open floor plans: a floor plan without fully enclosed spaces for distinct rooms. (i.e. living room, dining room, kitchen)

Open Kitchens: kitchens that are not walled off from the living space.

Both of these are a staple in new construction and it's tough these days to find many

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What is Impossible?: The 35' Engine Company Ladder

It seems that just about everything is up for debate in the fire service. Firefighters are jacks-of-all-trades and that includes the ancient art of debate. We argue about the big things, like safety of roof operations and tactical priorities. We argue the small things, like whether to carry six- or eight-pound axes, and the proper color of fire engines. Wanna sit back and be entertained? Place a combination nozzle and a smooth bore on the kitchen table at shift change. Better than the movies, and the refreshments are cheaper. One thing that seems nearly universally agreed upon is the complement of ground (or portable) ladders for an engine company.

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UncategorizedStephen Tyler