5-14-17 Run Down & Update

Concealed Spaces & Voids Training Bulletin 

Fire Attack Video From FDIC

Check Out All the New Content at Pete Lamb.com!

May and June Issue of Fire Nuggets 

2.5″ Vs. 3″ as an Attack Line

Consistency is Key

Avoiding Reality, Risk Aversion, or Just Plain Laziness 

What Do You Consider a Risk?

Gallons Per Second! Punch it in the Throat!!

Access & Egress 

The Sheep Dog

The Company Officer: Competency First

**** Update****

I will be returning to normal weekly posting starting with today’s rundown. The Past few months have been full of studying for Fire Tests, Working, and a Host of Other Projects.


The Next Big Project on the docket is the LODD Page. It is still a work in progress, however i plan on getting the first phase of it done shortly.


Also, i plan on Updating and revising the entire website over the summer.


Thanks to Everyone for your continued support!

LODD Squirrels Nest Fire

“Squirrels Nest Lane Fire”

Captain Robin Broxterman 

Firefighter Brian Schira

April 4th, 2008

Colerain Township, Ohio


Broxterman and Schira were assigned to Engine 102 along with a fire apparatus operator and another firefighter. Their unit was dispatched along with other firefighters to the report of a fire in a residence. Engine 102 was the first unit on the scene and laid a supply line up the extended driveway to the residence. Broxterman reported moderate smoke showing and established command at 0623hrs. While donning her PPE, Broxterman was advised by her driver that the home’s resident said that the fire was in the basement. Schira advanced a handline to the front door. Broxterman and Schira entered the structure with a dry handline and called for the line to be charged. Engine 102’s other firefighter entered the interior after checking the deployment of the supply line. At 0627hrs, Broxterman radioed that E102 was making entry into the basement and reported heavy smoke. After a request for water, the handline was charged at 0629hrs. At 0634hrs, the second firefighter from Engine 102 told another officer that he could not find his crew. The officer reported this fact to command and mayday operations were initiated. A second alarm was requested and a rapid intervention crew was deployed. Broxterman and Schira were located buried under collapsed structural components and were declared dead at the scene. The cause of death for both firefighters was smoke inhalation.


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How Do You Make It Personal?

How Do You Make it Personal? After All we owe it to THEM, The CIVILIANS!

Someone Recently asked me if there is anything I do to Study Fatal Fires in my State.

Below is the Powerpoint Format I use. I Try to make it as Personal as I can based on the Information Available online. NONE of these Particular Fires I was at, however Based on the Information I put myself there and Play What If’s. I Put in my own Different Factors (Staffing, Time of Day, Location of Fire, ETC…)

To Take it a Step Further I Look up the Actual Radio Traffic Using Broadcastify, Look up Pictures and Videos and Even Make Simulations.

So I ask you: What Do YOU Do to Make it Personal?

When Studying these Fires Look Particularly at: Fire and Smoke Conditions, Where the Victim was Found and In What Conditions they were in, Actions the Fire Department Did, and How it Affected the Rescue Effort.

We are NOT Bashing or Monday Morning Quarter-backing the Departments involved, Instead We are Trying to Learn from their Experiences!



2017 Civilian Fire Fatalities in Ohio