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Jeremy Rebok      

Who Are You?

Jeremy Rebok on how planning and setting priorities can positively impact you and your team.
Frank Viscuso      

What Is Your Mission?

It is important that others know what you stand for and what you expect to accomplish, Frank Viscuso writes.
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Go Take a Walk

It's crucial to get acquainted with buildings in your response area, Jarrod Sergi says.
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Jake and Vinnie

Art Goodrich announces the return of his firefighter fiction series, The Adventures of Jake and Vinnie©.


Dan Miller      

Search Happens

In light of recent fire science research, search techniques may have to be altered to more "targeted search" tactics, Dan Miller writes.



Are You Ready to Get Set After You Reset?

Joe Pronesti offers an option for placing and advancing the first line in light of recent fire research.





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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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Breathing Apparatus Focus of Probe into Connecticut Firefighter Death

Investigators working to determine how Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell died in a house fire last month have turned some of their attention to his breathing apparatus, examining whether it was working properly and whether his air tank was full when he entered the burning building.

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