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Indianapolis (IN) firefighters respond to a fatal apartment fire. Photo by John M. Buckman III

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Complete coverage of Fire Engineering's annual Fire Department Instructors Conference, with live video, radio, photos, and much more!

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Construction Concerns: Temporary Structures

Gregory Havel examines the precautions firefighters must take and the knowledge they must have when responding to temporary structures.

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Traditions Training Drill

Drill: Micro Search

In Part 2 of this two-part series on search drills, Samuel Hittle offers this Traditions Training drill regarding micro search functions.

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You've Received A Mayday—Now What?

The rescue may be very quick and simple, but the IC must take a worst-case thought process on the rescue until proven otherwise, writes Joe McClelland.

 

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Ten Tips for the 10-Year Veteran

Some firefighters tend to feel they can fulfill familiar responsibilities with their eyes closed and engage them on "autopilot," where they coast through each day, writes David DeStefano.

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Improvising Anchor Points

Different environments will pose different challenges when it comes to choosing and creating anchor systems, writes Mike Donahue.

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Professional Development for the Firefighter in 2014 and Beyond

We should not expect—or seek—uniform results in a quest for professionalism, writes John M. Buckman III.

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Assault Awareness Math by Paul Combs

Assault Awareness Math

What changes can you make to the Assault Awareness Math equation to stack the odds more in your favor? Paul Combs and Jeremy Jones on first responders facing violence.

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Search Drill, Part 1 - Macro Search

In Part 1 of this two-part series on search drills, Samuel Hittle offers this Traditions Training drill regarding macro search functions.

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The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 13 - Customer Service

Treat every response as an opportunity to deliver the professional volunteer message, writes Thomas A. Merrill.

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Seven Deadly Sins of Fire Service Leadership, Part 2

In Part 2 of his series, John K. Murphy offers some suggestions on how to avoid leadership sins.

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Mark vonAppen      

The Difference

Success comes from total buy in. All in or all out--the choice is yours, Mark vonAppen says.

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Ron Kanterman      

Deck the (Convention Center) Halls

Ron Kanterman looks back on FDIC 2014.
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Eddie Buchanan      

The Sunday After

Eddie Buchanan has his after-action report on FDIC 2014.
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David Rhodes      

Courage and Valor

Dave Rhodes pays tribute to fallen Bryan (TX) Lt. Gregory Pickard.
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Recalling Cowboy

Warren Cersley recounts a story from his department that offers insights on loyalty and brotherhood.
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Jason Hoevelmann      

FDIC: The Stone and the Blade

Be the stone that sharpens the knives and blades back home, Jason Hoevelmann writes.
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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.

Roundtable

Roundtable: Firefighting Tactics and Science

Has your fire department changed any tactics, evolutions, or procedures because of the findings of recent fire behavior studies? Share your comments with other firefighters from around the nation and world.

FDIC INTERNATIONAL

FDIC International is April 20-25, 2015.

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Corbett's Trivia: Sprinklers After MGM Grand Fire

In the wake of the Las Vegas MGM Grand fire in 1980, how many sprinkler heads were retrofitted in the building before it reopened?

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