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THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON YOU CAN CONTROL!

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Good morning from Jumpseat Training. Warning….. the following  is nothing but a true RANT!!!  Proceed with caution, feelings may be hurt. Often I receive emails, text, phone calls, and fall into a pit when dealing with the people around us. From superior officers to the snot nosed probationary firefighter that is greener that fresh cut […]

Jumpseat Radio 046 Interview with the Swedish Fire Nerd Lars Ã…gerstrand

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In this weeks episode host Ryan Pennington sits down with Lars Ã…gerstrand from the Varnamo Fire and Rescue Service Sweden.  Lars travels the globe training firefighters on fire dynamics.  His science based approach to fire is a must see in the fire service!  Topics Covered History of fire training in Sweden Swedish Container Fire Training […]

Preparation requires plan A,B, and C.

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When was the last time things didn’t go as planned and you had to resort to plan b?  Being a firefighter requires adaptability to the situations faced.  Very rarely do fires occur in buildings with no set back, flat ground, clear spaces from aerial placement, and enough water to float the building down the street.  […]

Jumpseat Radio 018: Combat Ready firefighting with Tony Kelleher

Jumpseat Radio 018: Combat ready with Tony Kelleher   In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington brings Fire Chief Tony Kelleher on the show to talk about the “Combat Ready” mentality.  Being prepared, committed, and in the right mindset to handle the biggest emergency of your life each time the alarm bell rings […]

Have you mastered the Large Streams?

Good afternoon from the New and Improved “Views from the Jumpseat” site. We appreciate your patient as we build a new and improved jumpseat site.  As we build this site reflecting the views of all the street level firefighters it seems like we all have seen an increase in the amount of defensive attacks made on […]

‘Hoarder’ killed in Bethel Park fire

 By Peter Sullivan / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette An 83-year-old woman described as a hoarder was killed when her Bethel Park house caught fire this morning — burning faster because of its contents, fire officials said. The smoke at 85 Highland Road was reported at 5:01 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the blaze was already fierce. They tried to force […]

Out on Arrival

Good afternoon from the jumpseat.  During my last shift it hit me the three words that every firefighter don’t want to hear.  “Out on arrival” is three words that take you from being #jumpseatready to the aw man moment.  We all know what’s it’s like to hear the dispatch of a possible structure fire can clear a station […]