Structural Firefighting



Preincident Intelligence of Inactive Buildings, Part 1

A fire department that does not have full sight of the district it protects is not likely to be successful when confronted with unrealized hazards, writes Eric Bachman.


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Texas Firefighters Exposed to Hazardous Chemicals

Fort Worth fire authorities say 20 firefighters were exposed to hazardous chemicals at a commercial structure fire

Firefighter, Residents Hurt in Indiana Apartment Fire

A Jeffersonville (IN) firefighter was taken to a hospital for observation after a ceiling partially collapsed while h...

Occupants Rescued from Cliffside Park (NJ) Fire

Several occupants of a 2 1/2-story wood-frame dwelling were rescued as thick smoke and flames raced through their dwe...

Firefighter Among Eight Injured in New York City Fire

A firefighter and seven other people were injured in a high-rise fire in the TriBeCa neighborhood of Manhattan, New Y...

High-Rise Safety Initiative Files Suit as NYC Blocks Petition from 67,000 Voters

The High-Rise Safety Initiative, a group of 9/11 family members and concerned citizens who are sponsoring a ballot me...

Funeral Details Announced for Fallen New Carlisle (IN) Firefighter

Funeral details were announced for New Carlisle (IN) Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Middlebrook, who died in the line of ...

Columbia Gorge Fire Threatens Town

Firefighters told residents of 70 homes in the Columbia Gorge community of Rowena to evacuate on Wednesday. Another 1...

Reelcraft Offers Reel Mounting Assembly for Easy Overhead and I-beam Mounting

Reelcraft Industries offers mounting assemblies for mounting Series 7000 reels to an I-beam or for overhead support.

Cooler Weather Slows Siskiyou Mountains Fire

The spread of a major wildfire in the Siskiyou Mountains along the Oregon-California border has slowed as temperature...

Firefighters Respond to Palisades Park (NJ) Structure Fire

Smoke alarms did their job when Palisades Park (NJ) volunteer firefighters were toned out to an alarm activation in a...

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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.


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.


Roundtable: Door Control

What steps has your department taken to add this "evolution" or assignment of door control in your department? How would your department handle this fire usng the new procedure? Share your thoughts with other Fire Engineering readers.

Industrial Firefighting

Kimtek's MEDLITE Transport a Perfect Fit for 2014 Yamaha Viking

In its new lineup of larger side-by-side utility vehicles, Yamaha Motor Corporation has introduced the 2014 Yamaha Viking, a new UTV model that readily accommodates the Kimtek MEDLITE Transport skid units.


RIT Operations: Short Ladder for Firefighter Removal

Salem (VA) Fire-EMS Lieutenant C. "Mike" Elston offers this Traditions Training drill which uses a short ladder as an alternative to a stokes basket.

Structural Firefighting

Texas Firefighters Exposed to Hazardous Chemicals

Fort Worth fire authorities say 20 firefighters were exposed to hazardous chemicals at a commercial structure fire

Wildland Firefighting

Junction Fire Reaches 95 Percent Containment

Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a wildfire in the Oakhurst area.


Intelligent Response Structures, Part 1

Eric G. Bachman offers this two-part article on reinforcing the need to develop a response structure methodology.

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Son of Garden Grove (CA) Mayor Called 'Unsafe' as Firefighter

August 23, 2014 The son of Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater was hired as a city firefighter despite a criminal record, and his wor...

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