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Lead Length or Weakest Link?      

Lead Length or Weakest Link?

Colin Kelley offers these considerations when making the initial stretch.

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Ray McCormack

Tactical Safety: A High Level of Risk

Why do fire departments resist change? Ray McCormack on new ideas and leaders who aren't focused on proficient firefighting operations and understanding the fireground.

Train Like You Fight Is a Theme

Training like you fight shouldn't be merely a slogan for one week, but rather should be the focus of fire departments all year long, writes Ray McCormack.

Staffing Reach

We hear a lot about staffing in the fire service. Ray McCormack says the main consideration is whether your staffing is adequate for the majority of your fire attack incidents.

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 efficiently, David DeStefano writes.

Primary Tools for Primary Search

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

Engine Company Articles

Challenges to Implementing PPA: Q&A

American Fork (UT) Fire & Rescue Chief Kriss Garcia recently conducted a Webcast entitled "Challenges to Imp...

Roundtable: Officer Development

What preparation for promotion does your department formally provide once the testing is complete and the list is est...

Fire Engineering Magazine Partners With Russell Johns to Launch an Online Career Center for Fire and Emergency Services Personnel

Fire Engineering magazine has announced that it is partnering with Russell Johns Associates (http://russelljohns.com)...

On the Line: Focus on the Basics to be the Best

Although stagnation remains at the root of failure, basic skills save the most lives (including ours) at fires, write...

Lt. Gregory Pickard's widow accepts Ray Downey Courage and Valor award at FDIC

Lt. Gregory Pickard, of the Bryan (TX) Fire Department (BFD), who died of the burn injuries he incurred while attempt...

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Featured Firefighting Articles

SURVIVAL ZONE

Firefighter Technology Roundup: USAR Locator and More

Mary Jane Dittmar reviews some new technology that may be of interest to firefighters, including a locator for urban search and rescue operations, wall-scaling technology, and a tool for increasing situational awareness over expansive fire scenes, such as in wildland firefighting.

SUBURBAN FIREFIGHTING

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 utility. Learn the hazards bystanders pose to first responders and how to identify critical and dangerous infrastructure in your area.

First Due Battalion Chief

First-Due Battalion Chief: Information Is Vital

When it comes to firefighting in modern buildings, building construction information can go a long way toward keeping firefighters safe, Dan Sheridan writes.

From the Jumpseat

From the Jumpseat: The Safety/Identity Conflict

Do the stories that make up how firefighters think of themselves actually make it more difficult for them to operate safely on the fireground? Mark J. Cotter reviews a scientific study that says yes.

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.

Engine

Challenges to Implementing PPA: Q&A

American Fork (UT) Fire & Rescue Chief Kriss Garcia recently conducted a Webcast entitled "Challenges to Implementing PPA." Here are his responses to some questions asked during the presentation.

Industrial Firefighting

OH Firefighters Fight Industrial Fire

Mentor (OH) police say firefighters are battling an industrial blaze at Metal Seal Precision on the 8600 block of Tyler Boulevard.

RIT

RIT Operations: Making the Stairs

Fredericksburg (VA) Fire Department Firefighter Donald L. Wedding offers this Tradidions Training drill which focuses on the sublevel removal of a downed firefighter.

Structural Firefighting

Woman Dies in CA High-Rise Fire

A body was found in one-alarm fire in a high-rise building near the San Francisco Golf Club Friday morning.

Wildland Firefighting

OR, WA Firefighters Making Progress as Dry Weather Approaches

Firefighters in the Northwest have made progress, with no new starts in the past 24 hours. But warmer, drier weather is sweeping the region.

HAZMAT

Crude Oil By Rail Information and Hazards

Jeff Simpson discusses the response tactics firefighters should employ when responding to these hazardous materials incidents.

PREINCIDENT INTELLIGENCE

Responsibility and Response Ability, Part 2

If a fire department does not know its responsibilities, the effectiveness of its response ability will be hampered, and responder safety will be compromised, writes Eric G. Bachman.

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Traditions Training Drill: Window Roll

July 25, 2014 Wichita (KS) Fire Department Lieutenant Chad Cox offers this Drill which allows a firefighter to make a more efficien...

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