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Interpretive Dance: Hose Stream Comparison Test

November 10, 2014

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

Tactical Safety: Back to the Future

October 13, 2014

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 burn will end up successful, Ray McCormack writes.

Tactical Safety: A Prevention Message

October 9, 2014

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

Tactical Safety: Short Cuts - Long Heals

September 23, 2014

Taking short cuts can lead to bad consequences on the fireground. But when those short cuts fail to result in disaster, bad habits can be reinforced, Ray McCormack writes.

Tactical Safety: Risk a Lot, Save a Lot

September 18, 2014

When a firefighter is faced with a decision to risk their life to try and save another life, they have reached the pinnacle of what being a firefighter is all about, Ray McCormack writes.

Another Fire Station Burns Down

August 7, 2014

When a fire station burns down with the apparatus inside, the community of firefighters and the community at large has been dealt a serious setback in fire protection.

DICERS-VO: Protecting the Egress

July 30, 2014

Ray McCormack on how applying the DICERS-VO model allows you to protect your egress point on the fireground.

Tactical Safety: A High Level of Risk

July 16, 2014

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

June 20, 2014

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

April 30, 2014

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.

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.



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.

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