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Firefighting and Preserving the Fire Scene: Finding the Balance

Wed, Mar 25, 2015

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

First-Due Battalion Chief: Information Is Vital

Wed, Sep 26, 2012

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

Being Thorough at Every Call

Thu, Jul 5, 2012

Daniel Sheridan examines why an odor-of-smoke call can be one of the most frustrating calls to which firefighters will ever respond.

First-Due Battalion Chief: Avoiding Complacency

Thu, May 24, 2012

Internet videos have put firefighters' actions under greater scrutiny than ever. Remain vigilant and treat every call as a learning experience, Dan Sheridan writes.

Sizing Up the Situation Before Arrival

Mon, Feb 13, 2012

Having advance knowledge of the fireground can help firefighters perform some size-up before they even arrive on scene. Dan Sheridan writes about two incidents where having prior knowledge helped firefighting operations.

Routine Emergencies: Firefighter Response to Natural Gas Leaks

Mon, Jan 16, 2012

Dan Sheridan has some suggestions about how to keep firefighters safe when responding to natural gas leaks.

First-Due Battalion Chief: The Can

Wed, Dec 21, 2011

A firefighter with the Can can sometimes partly or fully extinguish a fire, but when in doubt, stretch a hoseline, Dan Sheridan writes.

First-Due Battalion Chief: The Odor of Smoke Call

Thu, Oct 13, 2011

With the coming of the heating season, firefighters may see an increase in odor-of-smoke calls. Dan Sheridan writes that you must take such calls seriously, as the smell of something burning can often indicate serious fire problems.

First-Due Battalion Chief: Playing in Your Own Sandbox

Fri, Sep 30, 2011

It takes time for firefighters to adjust to a new rank and learn the scope of their responsibilities on the fireground, Dan Sheridan writes.

Getting on a Positive Water Source

Mon, Aug 15, 2011

Dan Sheridan recounts several fire incidents that demonstrate the importance of firefighters establishing a water supply.

Seeing the Big Picture

Wed, Jul 13, 2011

An incident commander needs to stay in front of the fire building during firefighting operations and establish command so that he can keep his eyes on the overall incident scene, Dan Sheridan writes.

Apparatus Positioning At Multiple Dwelling Fires

Thu, May 19, 2011

Engines and ladder trucks all should be in a position at a fire that will allow them to operate according to their respective function.

No Room-and-Contents Fire in High-Rise Multiple Dwellings Is Routine

Fri, Apr 29, 2011

Firefighters respond to routine room-and-contents fires on a daily basis in every corner of the world, but the potential always exists for one of these fires to turn very ugly quickly without warning.

The Mayday

Thu, Mar 31, 2011

A close call involving one of his firefighters who became trapped at a third-alarm fire causes Dan Sheridan to reflect on firefighters' reluctance to call the Mayday and the causes of firefighters getting into trouble on the fireground.

Expect the Best, Plan for the Worst, and Prepare To Be Surprised

Wed, Feb 23, 2011

It is incumbent on the incident commander at every fire to think of the worst-case scenario and how he would handle it. Dan Sheridan shares some stories about the unpredictable nature of fire incidents.

Overhaul and Extension

Fri, Jan 28, 2011

Overhaul is not the glamour side of firefighting, but it is a critical operation to prevent extension and rekindles. Daniel Sheridan shares some overhaul stories from New York fire incidents and discusses how to balance being thorough and being professional.

Scaffolding on Buildings and its Effects on Firefighting Operations

Wed, Nov 24, 2010

Good reliable information is vital to the success of any fire operation. Scaffolding and netting on building exteriors can obscure size-up., Dan Sheridan writes, creating problems for firefighters responding to incidents in these structures.

First-Due Battalion Chief: Collyer's Mansions

Tue, Oct 19, 2010

At firefighting operations inside homes with extreme clutter and filth, also know as Collyer's Mansions, firefighters must slow down, think outside the box, and closely examine their priorities and goals.

First-Due Battalion Chief: Size-Up on the Fireground

Wed, Sep 15, 2010

Knowing the location of the fire is integral before we commit firefighters to the attack. Daniel Sheridan recounts two incidents he responded to which underscore the importance of a good fireground size-up.

Respect for Fire

Thu, Aug 12, 2010

Dan Sheridan recounts two fires from early in his career which dramatically influenced his understanding of fire behavior and of the danger of flashover and other dynamic fire events.

First-Due Battalion Chief: Going with Your Instinct

Mon, Jul 19, 2010

Dan Sheridan recounts an incident at a loft building in New York City in which his instincts proved to be right and argues that battalion chiefs need to trust their gut feeling when trying to anticipate events on the fireground.

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