Category Archives: Fire Fighting

My First Interior Fire (a.k.a. Happy Birthday To Me)

Yesterday was the third shift of my current tour. It was also my 38th birthday. I’m usually pretty quiet about my birthday (being an introvert and all). However, my Captain, and one of the Rescue guys at my station discovered it was my birthday. Rescue Steve and Rescue Frank bought me a Chocolate Tres Leches cake (which was amazing and a very pleasant surprise! (Thanks Guys!))

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My First Tour

I’ve talked with quite a few firefighters about their careers. Aside from “this is the best job in the world,” the one thing they have all said to me is “I wish I would have kept a journal since the start of my career.” I resolved that I would do that starting with my first tour. After graduation I was riding pretty high on emotion and had three blissful days off before my first tour was to begin.

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The Irons

I was reading a document by John Vigiano (Retired FDNY Captain) entitled Forcible Entry Forcible Entry Reference Guide. Chapter 1, Forcible Entry History.







Apparently in the early years of FDNY, there was a bank robbery. The robbers set a fire to cover their tracks. In the aftermath of the fire, there was  tool found that the robbers had used. The tool was about 36″ long, and had a hook on one end and a fork on the other. The tool was dubbed “The Claw Tool”. They figured if it’s good enough to break into banks, it was good enough for the fire service. Many companies copied the tool and it became very popular.

The short-coming of the claw-tool was the fact that because the claw was curved, it make striking the tool a risky proposition.

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The Oral Board Interview

Each department handles hiring a little differently.

The process usually includes some or all of the following:

The Oral board interviews are the first round of interviews and usually after the written test (and sometimes after the CPAT). However, each department has their way of doing things.

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Fire Foto Friday – 6/19/2015


I have received a contingent offer for Firefighter Recruit from Tucson Fire Department! I am incredibly honored, humbled, and shocked to have made the cut. I was in a pool with some incredible candidates and some great future firefighters (PCC 15-01). I very much look forward to serving this community that I love so much and that has welcomed me with open arms since I landed here.

Thank you all for your unceasing prayers, support, encouragement and cheer-leading. God has carried me a long way. It is my prayer that he will carry me still to my mission. I could not have made it without you or without Him.

Thank you to my wife, and my daughters for their steadfastness. Thank you to my co-workers at HealthTrio, and my boss, Chris for their grace. Thank you to my firefighting role models for their support also.

I’m not going to tag the hundreds of people I need to thank, but you know who you are. Thank you for carrying me. Thank you for praying for me.

I am humbled, honored, excited, and ready to go. TFD is my big audacious dream, and serving Tucson is my goal.

God is good, gracious, and generous. All the time.

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Live Fire – The Dragon

Our last live fire evolution was going to be The Dragon. This is the prop we’ve been hearing about all semester, and the one we would be doing for family night.

The Dragon is a manifold that shoots diesel fuel and natural gas-fed flames. Captain Backherms has stated it’s up to 5,000,000 BTUs of heat.

The point of the prop is to demonstrate the heat-absorbing properties of water. As we approach the flames, we place a shield of water droplets between us and the flames. For all of its heat and fury, behind the water curtain you hardly feel a thing!

I can see why they chose this prop to use as a demo during family night, it’s spectacular to watch!

This was an exciting drill, and a powerful example of the power of water!