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VEIS: The Engine Company's Perspective

Dan Kerrigna writes, From the engine company perspective, failure to consider adjusting tactics in response to VEIS operations can potentially increase the risk to the very people you are trying to protect.

Engine Company Videos

Ray McCormack

Interpretive Dance: Hose Stream Comparison Test

Ray McCormack weighs in on a recent hose stream comparison test video.

Tactical Safety: Back to the Future

Those who clamor for early adoption of new firefighting tactics have to realize that people's lives will hang in the balance and not every test bur...

Tactical Safety: A Prevention Message

The fire service needs to give itself credit for the successful operations and protection of lives and property that happen every day, Ray McCormac...

On The Line

On the Line: AAA: Triangle of Incident Survivability

Anticipation, action, and analysis are three components that can help improve firefighter survival on the fireground, Dave DeStefano writes.

On the Line: Second Due is Second to None

Although every firefighter wants to be first in, each task on the fireground is important if the operation is to be conducted safely and efficientl...

Primary Tools for Primary Search

David DeStefano reminds firefighters of the importance of basic tools when conducting a primary search.

Engine Company Articles

Positive Power

In last month's column, we continued our discussion about how a boss personally uses the power that goes with his position. We included a fairly lo...

VEIS: The Engine Company's Perspective

Dan Kerrigna writes, From the engine company perspective, failure to consider adjusting tactics in response to VEIS operations can potentially incr...

Fires Involving Roofs

Members of the Chicago (IL) Fire Department responded to a report of a fire involving the roof of a building built in 1905.

Drill: Engine Company Operator Tools

Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue Department Battalion Chief Dan Shaw presents this new drill that focuses on the successful actions of a disci...

What Would You Do? Car Accident, Wires Down

This firefighter training simulation from Skip Coleman involves a multi-car accident that causes a power line to fall on top of another vehicle.

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Training Minutes: Firefighter Self-Rescue

Check out a series of Training Minutes videos on firefighter bailouts and self-rescue.


Big Storms, Big Emergencies

In this course, discuss the reason unusual conditions lead to unusual problems during big storms and discover how to preplan with your local utilit...

First Due Battalion Chief

Firefighting and Preserving the Fire Scene: Finding the Balance

The company officers and firefighters all play a huge role in every fire investigation, Danny Sheridan and Steve Chasteen write.

FDIC International

Patrick J. Kenny: “Mayday” for Mental Health

Patrick J. Kenney discusses the awareness of mental health in the fire service.

Dunn's Dispatch

Dunn's Dispatch: Rekindle Fires

Preventing a rekindle is a team responsibility. Vincent Dunn discusses the implications of a rekindle and the importance of overhaul operations.

Industrial Firefighting

Industrial Fire Burns at Sacramento Recycling Plant

Firefighters have a handle on an industrial fire that smoldered late into the night.


Throw Back to Basics: Bailout

Brian Zaitz has a new training bulletin on the fundamentals of firefighter self-rescue and bailout training.

Wildland Firefighting

Aerial Patrols Help Firefighters Spot California Wildfires

Daily aerial patrols are helping firefighters detect wildfires before they can grow into something much bigger.


New Hurricane PSAs Urge Residents to Prepare

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has produced new Public Service Announcements (PSAs) urging hurr...


MORE Intelligence

When a tool is left to deteriorate and personnel skills are not consistently reinforced, the expected end result is ineffectiveness, writes Eric G....

Top News

Air National Guard Firefighter Laid to Rest with Full Honors

August 1, 2015 Hundreds gathered Friday to honor National Guard firefighter Capt. James "Truck" Hicks, 44, who died after ...

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