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DICERS-VO for Extinguishment

February 17, 2014

DICERS is a fire extinguishment model utilizing interior tactics to extinguish fires. Ray McCormack explains the individual aspects of this firefighting acronym.

Tactical Safety: The Three-Mile Bridge

December 23, 2013

The fire service is always traveling by bridge as it heads back and forth on topics of concern and popularity and for the passage of new ideas.

Tactical Safety: It's About Nozzle Reach, Not Stream Reach

December 9, 2013

Stream reach does not equal extinguishment, Ray McCormack writes, rather nozzle reach equals extinguishment.

Tactical Safety: Improving Your ISO Rating

November 20, 2013

Fire departments that work to discover their shortcomings and work to resolve them are in tune with the foundational principles of service, Ray McCormack writes.

Tactical Safety: The Stockholm Department

November 12, 2013

Firefighters will often defend their own department even when it's hard for others to understand why, Ray McCormack writes.

Tactical Safety: No Two Fires Are the Same

November 5, 2013

Contrary to popular opinion, you will likely encounter fires that, for all intents and purposes, are the same, Ray McCormack writes.

Tactical Safety: Taking Sides

October 28, 2013

There are some who want to keep firefighters from interior operations at all costs, Ray McCormack writes. We need to get our people inside to find the savable and the injured.

Tactical Safety: Much Ado About Nothing

October 18, 2013

Ray McCormack comments on commitment and avoiding injuries during live-burn training.

Tactical Safety: Video Killed the Fire Star

October 10, 2013

Fireground video shows firefighters for what they are, Ray McCormack writes, and in many cases they reveal fireground dysfunction.

Tactical Safety: Chasing Fire

September 30, 2013

Hoseline placement at a window puts you in a position to chase fire, Ray McCormack writes.

Tactical Safety: The Writings of NIOSH LODD

September 18, 2013

The death of a firefighter is a tragic event, and the collective fire service must learn from these events, Ray McCormack writes.

Tactical Safety: Don't You Just Hate Traditions

June 25, 2013

Ray McCormack offers his take on those who are upset with fire service traditions.

Tactical Safety: Shelter- Breach - Escape

June 20, 2013

The possibility of becoming trapped by fire is something all firefighters need to consider, Ray McCormack writes.

Safety ADHPD (Attention Deficit Hyper Photography Disorder)

June 11, 2013

Ray McCormack comments on armchair critics of fireground photos posted on the Web and everything they're missing.

Love Is Not Enough

May 16, 2013

It's common for firefighters to say they love the job, but Ray McCormack argues that you need something more: engagement.


April 19, 2013

The FDIC is like a giant charging station for the fire service, and it's all about learning and sharing experience and knowledge, Ray McCormack writes.

Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Copying

February 5, 2013

In the world of fire service authorship and tactical invention, there are originators and there are copycats, Ray McCormack writes.

Tactical Safety: Building Diversity in the Fire Service

January 31, 2013

Preplanning, good detective work, and flexible operations aid us in making sure building diversity does not outpace tactical safety, Ray McCormack writes.

Tactical Safety: How Do You Like Your Stakeholders

January 17, 2013

Ray McCormack reflects on the meaning of the terms "customer" and "stakeholder" in terms of the fire service and how they can affect firefighters' thinking.

Tactical Safety: Great Expectations

January 2, 2013

Do you have great expectations for yourself, your department, and the fire service itself this year? Ray McCormack on becoming better in 2013.



RAY McCORMACK is a 30-year veteran and a lieutenant with FDNY. He is the publisher and editor of Urban Firefighter Magazine. He delivered the keynote address at FDIC in 2009 and he is on the Editorial Board of Fire Engineering Magazine. For more on Urban Firefighter, visit http://www.fireengineering.com/urbanfirefighter.html.