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Suburban Firefighting: Plan B, Force Multiplier

Thu, Dec 8, 2011

Whether you're a firefighter, company officer, or chief officer, having an effective Plan B is a force multiplier and may safe lives on the fireground. Jerry Knapp offers a humorous story to describe the importance of having a backup plan.

Suburban Firefighting: Target Hazards: Telephone Company Walk-Through

Fri, Oct 28, 2011

Firefighters must familiarize themselves with specific, high-hazard occupancies in their neighborhood. Jerry Knapp takes a tour of a telephone switch station in his reponse area and examines the potential problems that could occur during a fire at this building.

Suburban Firefighting: Two Powerful Leadership Tools, Part II

Thu, Sep 29, 2011

In his second article on leadership in the fire service, Jerry Knapp suggests a way of making sure your fire officers' priorities are set and goals are achieved in a pragmatic fashion.

Suburban Firefighting: Two Powerful Leadership Tools, Part I

Wed, Aug 31, 2011

Jerry Knapp reviews two crucial elements of leadership for firefighters.

Suburban Firefighting: Target Flow and Automatic Nozzles

Fri, Jul 15, 2011

Automatic nozzles are a great part of the firefighter's arsenal, Jerry Knapp writes, but you can't be sure of exactly how much water you're flowing through them unless you conduct flow testing of your nozzles and fire attack system.

Suburban Firefighting: UL Study on Ventilation and Fire Behavior

Wed, Jun 15, 2011

Jerry Knapp writes that fire departments should incorporate the findings of an intensive Underwriters Laboratories investigation into the effects of ventilation on house fires into their approach to fighting fires in residential structures.

Suburban Firefighting: Gopher Houses

Mon, May 23, 2011

Jerry Knapp warns about applying standard house fire tactics to "gopher houses," dwellings that have extensive legal (or illegal) compartmentation that may house numerous people.

Suburban Firefighters: Ready or Not, You Will Be Called First

Fri, Apr 15, 2011

Suburban firefighters will likely be the first to respond to an assortment of different types of incidents in their response area--whether they've trained on the incident or not. Jerry Knapp talks about the value of knowing the type of incidents you will likely face and having a mission statement that defines your role.

Suburban Firefighting: Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Thu, Mar 17, 2011

Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are often our most misunderstood call, writes Jerry Knapp, but understanding a few simple facts about CO makes firefighters' jobs much easier and more effective.

The 360-Degree Size-Up

Thu, Feb 24, 2011

Should you expect a flashover at every structure fire? Jerry Knapp discusses the importance of a 360-size up and firefighters' expectations regarding fire conditions at structure fires.

Suburban Firefighting: Tactics, Strategies, and Critical Concepts

Thu, Jan 20, 2011

Suburbs bring to mind quiet, sleepy little towns, but, in reality, the “burbs” contain a wide variety of fire hazards with which firefighters must contend. Jerry Knapp discusses some important concepts and approaches for suburban firefighting.

Technology Roundup: First Responder Input Welcome

Sat, May 1, 2010

Emerging technologies and technologies introduced during the past few months are diverse and, as expected, their primary objectives are to improve first responder safety and efficiency. Firefighters themselves identified a number of these new technological needs, many of which became realities through the cooperative efforts of the fire and emergency services, fire service organizations, government agencies, industry, and academia. The new products and studies are apparent in virtually every aspect of emergency response.

Inspections Maintain the Edge

Mon, Jun 1, 2009 How do you maintain your company and department personnel’s efficiency?

Specifying PPE: The Technical Aspects

Wed, Mar 18, 2009 Tim Pillsworth details the most important performance characteristics and some personal preferences based on experience for good, safe, and cost-effective design for your PPE.

New Technology to Improve Firefighter Safety & Efficiency

Wed, Mar 18, 2009 The fire service must always be willing to try new technologies. Jerry Knapp discusses enhanced optical illumination, an advancement that may substantially impact fireground safety.

Engine Company Skills Can Make or Break Your Department

Sun, Feb 1, 2009 We were second due as our engine pulled up to the scene. Heavy fire was showing from the fire building and was rapidly extending into the third exposure (B-2) of the attached row houses.

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