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Crude Oil By Rail Information and Hazards

Jeff Simpson discusses the response tactics firefighters should employ when responding to these hazardous materials incidents.

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Traditions Training Drill: Window Roll

Wichita (KS) Fire Department Lieutenant Chad Cox offers this Drill which allows a firefighter to make a more efficient entry through a window.

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The Dangers of Hoarder Fires

The dangers don't stop when the fire goes out, writes Ryan Pennington.

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Create a Brand for Your Department

Although it’s important that we meet our service delivery benchmarks, we need to think outside of the box and find ways to reach out to the community so we are more visible, writes Jacob McAfee.

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Foamed-in-Place Insulation

In this new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel examines this type of insulation that is being used more frequently than it has in the past.

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A High Level of Risk

A High Level of Risk

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.

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Understanding "Nothing Showing"

Some very notable individuals and organizations have voiced opinions relating to the effectiveness and consequences of using this term, writes Thomas N. Warren.

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Construction Concerns: Wood Framing: Sill Plate Anchors

In this new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel examines the role sill plate anchors play in wood-frame structures.

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The Job

Effort at the Station

How does a leader deal with team members who are aren't putting forth solid effort in the firehouse? P.J. Norwood shares some ideas on how to deal with such situations.

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Implementing a Suicide Prevention Program

If you have considered including suicide prevention in your training regime but keep pushing it further down your list of priorities, think again, writes Mary VanHaute.

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Breaking Down Building Intelligence

Jack Murphy and Sean DeCrane propose a real-time solution to enable fire suppression forces to stay ahead of the construction industry and ever-changing building systems.

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The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 15 - House Pride

Our people, our accomplishments, our traditions, and our heritage all can contribute to what I like to call house pride, writes Thomas A. Merrill.

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Measure

Do your job right, because you said you would, Mark vonAppen writes.

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"2-A-Days"

Danny Owens asks, are firefighters really "occupational athletes."

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Intense Interval Overhaul to Burn Fat

Aaron Zamzow offers 10 minutes of interval training to lighten your load.

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The Company Officer Balancing Act

Paul Strong discusses the company officer's many responsibilities.

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What is the Relation Between a Transitional Attack and a Lobster?

Chris Willis on this vital operation.

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Talking to Myself

Mark vonAppen on what's important to new officers.

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Training Guides

PPE TRAINING GUIDE

This Training Guide should be mandatory reading for every firefighter. The information is of unparalleled importance. If a firefighter does not understand the limitations of his personal protective equipment, then he is at tremendous risk and places his entire company at tremendous risk. Understanding the limitations and capabilities of personal protective equipment should be the first field-oriented training a firefighter receives. J. Randall Lawson does an outstanding job describing the effect that heat has on gear and how the unprepared and uneducated firefighter can be burned.

The care and maintenance of gear is critical to its performance. Every firefighter should understand and be able to do a basic inspection of his gear and should be required to perform the inspection regularly. Gear should be routinely cleaned, inspected, and repaired when necessary. Mitch Lopez provides an excellent explanation of the NFPA 1851 standard and how to make that standard a reality for your organization.

The purchase of personal protective clothing is arguably one of the most critical functions an officer can be responsible for. Knowing how gear works, the different layers of gear, and the types of layers on the market requires diligent and comprehensive research. Many factors come into play in the selection of the appropriate gear, and Andrew Pompe provides the direction every officer needs who is delegated this incredibly important function.

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Roundtable: Officer Development

What preparation for promotion does your department formally provide once the testing is complete and the list is established? Share your experience and knowledge with other firefighters from around the nation and world.

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