6-28-15 Run Down

Leadership Language- Coach HERE

Tactical Fire Problem- House Fire HERE

60 Second- Membership in 2 Departments HERE

The Rule of Air Management HERE

Probar Sarcasm HERE 

Tactical Tips for Garden Apartment Fires HERE

Who Is The Company Officer HERE

reading Hose Couplings HERE

Adaptable HERE

FE- Outward Swinging Doors & Limited Spaces HERE

Primary Search Tips HERE

24′ Extension Ladder Notes HERE

Catching the Hydrant Drill HERE

Engine Company Emergencies HERE

Making Critical Fireground Decisions HERE

Thanks For Taking the Time, Ethan Bansek


The Fireground- Solar Panels and Fires

Solar Panels and Fires

The Following comes to us from Mantua Township Fire District

“On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 1129 hours members of the Mantua Township Fire District and Pitman Fire Company No. 1 were dispatched to 177 Carriage Hill Circle for a reported dwelling fire. Engine Company 2212 responded within seconds with a crew of five and were advised that police were on location reporting fire through the roof of the residence. At that time the All Hands was requested dispatching mutual aide into the scene. Engine Company 2212 arrived as the first due company and reported a 2 1/12 story single family dwelling with fire showing from the solar panels on the roof. The crew from 2212 quickly forced the front door to the residence and stretched an 1 3/4″ handline through the front door to check for active fire in the attic area. Crews also deployed another 1 3/4″ handline to knock down the visible fire on the roof.

Once the exterior fire was knocked, interior crews reported that there was no extension into the interior of the residence and held to the solar panels on the roof. Due to the energized solar system on the roof it was determined to avoid any risk to staff and await the arrival of Ladder 2816 to soak and cool the roof. A response from the solar panel company as well as Atlantic City Electirc was also requested to safely secure the power to the residence. Once the power was secured and the all visible fire was under control, crews performed salvage and overhaul of the dwelling to assure no further damage. At that time the scene was turned over to FM 22 for investigation, and the cause of the fire currently remains under investigation by the Mantua Township Fire Marshal’s Office.

Units on location: Engine Companies 2212, 942, 1312, Ladder 2816, Tender 2214, Squad Company 2218, Utility 2217, RIC 516 as well as BLS 8265 and 8266.”





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Learn about solar panel fires before you have your own like Mantua Township Fire Department did last week. Free online training program from UL-FSRI HERE

PV Systems Report HERE

PV Training Materials HERE****** GOOD STUFF!!!

More Resources HERE

Thansk, Ethan Bansek


Line of Duty Death 6-20-15

Michael P. Miller

Lieutenant Miller was found collapsed on the floor in the fire station near his bunk in the early morning hours of June 20, 2015, and was quickly attended to by other department members who found no vitals signs present. Lieutenant Miller was pronounced deceased in the location found at 04:55AM. Lieutenant Miller was working a 24 hour shift and had responded to his last alarm, an EMS call, several hours earlier. The nature and cause of fatal injury is still to be determined.

Green Bay Metro Fire Department
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 45
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident Date: Jun 20, 2015 04:00
Date of Death: Jun 20, 2015
Cause of Death: Unknown
Nature of Death: Unknown
Activity Type: In-Station Duties

If You Like Old & Antique Fire Apparatus, Do Not Miss This Event!

The Central Ohio Antique Fire Apparatus Association will be hosting it’s annual muster on June 27th, 2015.

This year we would like to expand our muster into an Emergency Vehicle Meet. All vintage professional car based ambulances, funeral coaches, police vehicles and truck based ambulances are invited as well as all vintage fire apparatus.

There will also be a flea market for vintage fire equipment and collectibles!

  • Saturday, June 27
    at 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Ohio Fire Academy

    8895 E Main St, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068

    For More Info Look HERE

Hope To See Everyone There!!

We Will Post Pictures As Soon As Possible from the Muster, as well as from some Buffing we will be doing!!

,Ethan Bansek,

A Request To the Pass It On Fire Training Community

We are looking for Resources (Chart, Document, Website,etc.) that Lists ALL Of the “Fireground” Related Line of Duty Deaths in 1 place. Preferably as far Back as The Mid 1800s.  This is going to be information for a Project that is going to be coming up.

If you Know of a Location of this information,

Please Contact us- EBANSEK@GMAIL.COM,

or on our Pass It On Fire Training Facebook Page,

or on Twitter @Passitonfire

Thanks In Advance, Ethan Bansek

Line of Duty Death 6-10-15

Terry K. Sonner

Fire Operations Supervisor Sonner collapsed after he and his fire crew finished physical training at the Hammett Guard Station, Idaho. Fellow firefighters initiated medical treatment on scene but Sonner succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Boise District Bureau of Land Management
Boise, Idaho

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 33
Rank: Fire Operations Supervisor
Classification: Wildland Full-Time
Incident Date: Jun 10, 2015 09:00
Date of Death: Jun 10, 2015
Cause of Death: Unknown
Nature of Death: Unknown
Activity Type: Fitness Activity

6-14-15 Run Down

Commercial Building Fires- When to Go Defensive HERE

Passion HERE

Aerial Apparatus Deployment HERE

How is your Morale? HERE

The Intelligent Search HERE

Improving Morale from the Company Officer Level HERE

Hoarder Homes: Window Sill Removal HERE

Tactical Tuesday- Sounding the Roof HERE

Forcible Entry for the Lone Firefighter HERE

Strap the Can HERE

The Effects of Staffing Levels on Critical Decision Making HERE

12 Saw Positions Drill HERE

2 Cars in a Detached Garage Tactical Fire Problem HERE

Leadership Language- compassion HERE

Firefighter Training Podcast- All About Equipment HERE

60 Second Safety- Lack of Manpower HERE

The Underdog HERE

The Hydra-Ram HERE

Mental Poison HERE

Thanks For Reading, Ethan Bansek


Line of Duty Death 6-9-15

Wille O Sensenich

Firefighter Sensenich died from an apparent cardiac arrest several hours after responding to an electrical fire in a residential structure.

North Huntingdon Township Circleville Volunteer Fire Department Station #8, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 69
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Jun 8, 2015 20:35
Date of Death: Jun 9, 2015
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Heart Attack
Activity Type: Not On Scene
Emergency Duty: No

Line of Duty Death 6-4-15

Thomas. D Miserendino

Firefighter Miserendino arrived at the fire station on May 25th in full dress uniform to participate in the fire department’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade. Miserendino officiated over the memorial services at the fire station and then drove fire apparatus in the parade across town where he was scheduled to perform memorial duties during the town’s official ceremony at a local veteran’s park. Shortly after his arrival at the town’s ceremony, Firefighter Miserendino began to feel ill, and other members observed that something was wrong with him. EMS responded and he was transported to a local hospital for care. Miserendino was admitted for cardiac treatment and was discharged the next day. A few hours after returning home, he suffered an apparent heart attack, and was transported by EMS back to the hospital. Firefighter Miserendino remained there for treatment, however, his condition gradually worsened and he passed away at the hospital on June 4th.

Beachwood Vol. Fire Company #1, Beachwood, New Jersey

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 71
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: May 25, 2015 11:35
Date of Death: Jun 4, 2015
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Heart Attack
Activity Type: Other

Line of Duty Death 6-6-15

Ian Haxton

Veteran Fire Corps Crewmember Haxton suffered a medical emergency and collapsed 200 yards from the finish line while participating in the Wildland Firefighter Work Capacity Test. Medical care was immediately rendered by local emergency medical responders who had been staged on-site for the test. Crewmember Haxton was transported to an Advanced Care Facility where he passed away from a nature and cause of injury still to be determined. At the time of the fatal incident, Haxton was serving at the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Sasabe, AZ, preparing for a series of prescribed burns scheduled to take place at the Refuge.

Student Conservation Association – Veteran Fire Corps, Arlington, Virginia

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 31
Rank: Veteran Fire Corps Crewmember
Classification: Wildland Part-Time
Incident Date: Jun 6, 2015
Date of Death: Jun 6, 2015
Cause of Death: Unknown
Nature of Death: Unknown
Activity Type: Fitness Activity

Line of Duty Death 6-4-15

James “Donnie” Donald Keith

While at home several hours after responding to two fire calls, including one in a recreational vehicle at the Clear Creek Recreation Area Campground, Fire Captain Keith complained of not feeling well and suffered a cardiac arrest. Captain Keith was treated and transported to a local hospital by fellow responders where despite all efforts he succumbed to his injury.

Mount Zion Fire & Rescue, Jasper, Alabama

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 59
Rank: Captain
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Jun 4, 2015 11:00
Date of Death: Jun 4, 2015
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Heart Attack
Activity Type: Not On Scene

Line of Duty Death 6-5-15

David Knapke

Fire Lieutenant Knapke suffered a sudden cardiac event and collapsed while operating at the scene of a mutual aid structure fire in Mt. Orab, Ohio, on May 30. Knapke was resuscitated at the scene of the fire and flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. Subsequently, due to test results and in accordance with his end of life care plan, Lieutenant Knapke was moved to the Hospice of Cincinnati where he succumbed to his injury on June 5th.

Williamsburg Township Emergency Services, Williamsburg, Ohio

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 55
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: May 30, 2015 20:15
Date of Death: Jun 5, 2015
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Heart Attack

Line of Duty Death 6-1-15

Dale J Wege

Firefighter Wege responded to an emergency medical call at 1812hrs on May 31st. The following day at 1556hrs, Wege was found collapsed at home without a pulse and not breathing. Firefighter Wege was treated by fellow responders and transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander where he was pronounced deceased at 1645hrs.

Pine Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 59
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: May 31, 2015 18:12
Date of Death: Jun 1, 2015
Cause of Death:
Nature of Death: Heart Attack
Activity Type: Other

6-7-15 Run Down

Responsibilities of the Engine Company Officer HERE

Of Bunsen Burners, Thermocouples, Big Mustaches, and 3/4 Boots HERE

We’ve Always Done it That Way HERE

Overcoming Panic- SIT & Education HERE

Using the Ongoing Size-up to Build a Profile for Rescue HERE

Leadership Language- Knowledgeable HERE

Tactical Fire Problem- Cottage Fire in a Remote Area HERE

Normalization of Deviance HERE

RIT Equipment and Assignments HERE

Secrets of Firefighter Training HERE

Lessons Learned from the 1st Annual Columbus Fire Symposium

Lessons Learned from the 1st Annual Columbus Fire Symposium

On May 16th, I had the pleasure of attending the 1st annual Columbus Fire Symposium, in Columbus, Ohio instructed by Dave McGrail. Topics included High-Rise and Standpipe Considerations, and Engine Operations. Below are some of the lessons learned and reinforced.

Please look at Chief McGrail’s Website HERE   

Consider Chief McGrail’s book HERE 


Keep tuned to our site for information on future classes and seminars.

Lessons Learned from Morning Class (Firefighting Operations in High-Rise & Standpipe Equipped Buildings)

  • We are going to a Fire until proven otherwise, PERIOD!
  • Our goal Is to prevent bad things from happening
  • There is something to learn new everyday
  • You should use 2½ solely for High-rise operations
  • Most of our work is done in residential dwellings, however know what to do when a High-rise job comes in
  • Every call provides us with an opportunity to learn something about our area, or the building
  • RPDM- Recognition Prime Decision Making
  • Based on Experience.
    • Putting Knowledge and Information in your “Hard drive”
    • Every call will build your RPDM, either better or worse
  • You’re either getting better or worse
  • Normalization of deviance:
    • The normalization of deviance is defined as: “The gradual process through which unacceptable practice or standards become acceptable. As the deviant behavior is repeated without catastrophic results, it becomes the social norm for the organization.”
  • Normalization of Deviance cam lead to tragedy ( Space shuttle Challenger)
  • Have a “Fire” Based Mind-set
  • Proactive and Ongoing training in Hire-rise Operations with your Mutual and Automatic aid partners is key
  • A good majority of high rise fires initially start out as automatic fire alarms
  • Choose your Weapon with proactive thought and deliberation
  • “You need at least 100 firefighters in the building- working in the first 5 minutes of a High-rise fire” Vincent Dunn
    • Attack
    • Lobby Control
    • Staging
    • Base
  • The best accountability system is the incident command system
  • Staging should be 2 floors below the fire
  • 2nd alarm companies should stage and await orders 2-3 blocks out
  • Give L-CAN Reports early and often-
    • Location
    • Conditions
    • Actions
    • Needs
  • The Fire Suppression Branch Director is in charge of the:
    • Fire Floor
    • Floor Above
    • Floor Below
  • When arriving at the Location of Fire, Confirm the Floor Number
  • Have a Strong Tactical Reserve
  • Don’t Discount the use of an Aerial Ladder
  • Review the Alarm Panel before going up
  • Be mindful of overloading the elevator
  • ***** Be Cautious of Floor-to-Ceiling Windows (More on this In a later post)
  • Maintain integrity of doors
  • The Most important thing you can do is to call for help early

Case Studies for Review:

#1 Meridian Plaza Fire

Cook County Administration Building Fire, Chicago

MGM Grand Fire 1978

Lessons Learned from Afternoon Class (The Exponential Engine Company)

  • Kinks have the potential to cause death
  • Understand all of our Weapons
  • Train frequently with the 2½
  • HABIT-
    • Defined as: An acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary
  • The 2nd Due Engines first Priority is to support the first Engine
  • Don’t get Locked into the Fire, Read the Smoke

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  • Lloyd Layman had 3 requirements for an Indirect Attack
    • No Occupants in the Area
    • Extremely High Temperatures
    • Little or No Ventilation in the Fire Area
  • Flow Test YOUR own lines, and know Their FLOWS
  • If you need more line advanced in, tell your control man how much you need, so he knows exactly what to pull
  • Reach and Penetration MUST be adequate for the fire presented
  • We Should NEVER be surprised by a fire

“The garbage man doesn’t get excited when he turns the corner and sees trash. Likewise, you shouldn’t get excited when you see fire. You should expect fire on every run.”- Andrew Fredericks

  • Use’s for 2 1/2
    • A- Advanced Fire on Arrival
    • D- Defensive Operations
    • U- Unable to Determine the Location of Fire
    • L- Large Unoccupied Area of Fire
    • T- Tons of Water Needed/ Two Companies/ Teamwork
    • S- Standpipe Operations
  • Set your rig up with many options
  • To Key to putting out a fire is to OUTMATCH The BTU’s being Produced with your GPM’S
  • In Some older buildings the Standpipe connection may be in the hallway and not in a stairwell. KNOW YOUR BUILDINGS
  • Every turn in the hose is a friction point
  • Smooth is Fast, Fast is Slow!

Case Studies for Review:

Regis Tower Fire, Memphis, TN

LA County Bank Building Fire, 1988

This is by no means all inclusive of the class or of Chief McGrail’s book, these are just some of the major items that stood out. Again, Please Check out Dave’s Website, and Book for much more Information.

Stick with Pass It On Fire Training, as we will be posting as soon as we hear, about the 2nd annual Training Symposium.

I Hope that you got some material out of this post.

Thanks for Taking the Time, Ethan Bansek


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An Update & Other Things

Today, we updated most all of our pages.

Please Check our Documents page, as well as our Links Tabs, i added many new things.

The “Worth the Time” Tab had the biggest update. I added many more videos, and other resources.

The “Drills” Page will be update with some more dills really soon.

Our “Photos” and “Tips of the Trade” Tabs are still in the works, I am hoping to have them done by the end of June.

We also will be creating and working on a “Lessons Learned” Page.

Also Make sure to look us up on Facebook, and Twitter for constant updates.

If you haven’t already, consider signing up for email updates, on the Homepage (Top Left). You Will get an email anytime I Publish a New Post.

Also Consider these upcoming events…

6-11-15-– Columbus, OH– Fire Tactics Seminar$20

Isakson Class 6-11-15

6-27-15— Reynoldsburg, OH– Central Ohio Antique Fire Apparatus MusterFREE More info HERE


9-23, 9-24, 9-25-15– Columbus, OH– The Ohio Fire and EMS Expo- More Info HERE


If you are near any of these great events, please consider attending for some great training and brotherhood!

Again, thanks for all the support with this project, If there is anything you need please, Contact us!

Thanks, Ethan Bansek