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Photos & Video from January's Truck Ops Classes

Traditions Training traveled to southeast PA twice in January, each time for  “Truck Company Operations” class.  The first program was held in Kennett Square with the Longwood Fire Company.  Two weekends later we returned to West Chester, PA for another program with the Parkesburg Fire Company and some surrounding departments…  Little did we know that one department would use some of these skills just hours later.

Thanks to members of each department for these photos from the classes:

On Sunday evening after the class, members of the Honey Brook Fire Company responded to a fire in a motel.  Deputy Chief Dan Brooks sent us the following account:

“Sunday night while recovering from the weekends class we were hit out for full company assist on the working Motel Fire. Members who attended the training, working with those who didnt, forced 10+ doors on rooms and provided ventilation and primary searches of the entire building mostly under poor to zero visibity. Using the skills we learned and reinforced, things went VERY well. THANK YOU!!!”

Nothing could make the staff at Traditions Training happier than to know that we might have provided even the smallest tip that helped someone do their job at the fire. Thanks to the members of Longwood, Parkesburg, Honey Brook, and the other department’s that attended January’s classes!

Fore more information on our Truck Company Operations, or other, programs – please contact us!  Also, be sure to check out our past blog posts on Truck Company Operations.


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Enrollment Open: Forcible Entry Academy in Lancaster, PA – 3/20 & 3/21

8-hours of high-intensity, hands-on, real-world forcible entry skills!

DSC04350Searching for victims, getting a line on a fire – all require that we first get inside!  Join our experienced instructors for 8-hours of essential information for getting YOU though the door.  Firefighters must practice forcible entry to polish their technique.  Each attendee will force doors MULTIPLE times to gain this needed experience using their existing and newly acquired skills.

This 8-hour hands-on program is highly-interactive and dynamic, focusing on giving you multiple options – using different tools, techniques, with or without a partner. Never find yourself out of ideas at the door again!

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New for Fall 2009! "Forcible Entry Academy"

Check-out our newly enhanced 8-hour forcible entry program…  A downloadable flyer is attached below.  Stay tuned to the TT Blog for upcoming open-enrollment programs.

If you’d be interested in hosting this class at your fire department or training academy, please contact us!

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Posted by | Posted in Blog, Combat Ready, Company News, Truck Company | Posted on 08-09-2009

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Officer's job on Roll-down gate operations

firephoto18As Nick Martin showed us in the previous post, there is a myriad of tasks that must be completed quickly and efficiently to gain entry through the roll-down door.

Often, as demonstrated in this photo, fire is waiting to eagerly meet you when you make the appropriate cuts and introduce that influx of oxygen the fire is starving to get.

While the members are working to apply the halligan or operate the saw, the Officer must fight the urge to jump in and help the fellas out. (more…)

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Posted by | Posted in Blog, Tips & Skills, Truck Company | Posted on 05-09-2009

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Some Tips (and video) on Cutting Roll-Down Gates

Roll-down security gates are a common security measure found in both urban and non-urban areas.  Often these gates must be opened before ANY firefighting activity begins.  Today I want to talk about some tips to help you in making the cut….

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Posted by | Posted in Blog, Tips & Skills, Truck Company | Posted on 31-08-2009

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The Garage Door revisited

Hopefully, we have all seen the video from the 80’s that shows the companies operating a handline on a house fire and members outside in the driveway watching as the door slowly closes, cutting off the line and causing the mad scramble to get the members, who are out of air, and banging on the door. If you have not, it is attached below. 

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Most of us watch the video and, as we do with a lot of close calls and LODD, wonder how could that have had happened. Well, as old as the video is the situation occurred recently while I was operating at a rather “routine” house fire. The situation concerning this incident was not an indictment of the actions of the personnel but rather another example of how a routine incident became anything but….

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Posted by | Posted in Blog, Engine Company, Tips & Skills, Truck Company | Posted on 17-09-2008