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Jarrod Sergi      

Looking Out for Your Guys

Jarrod Sergi offers his take on what this phrase really means.
Skip Coleman      

Garden Apartments

Skip Coleman provides another search scenario based on a fire in a three-story garden apartment.Read More >>
Chris Langlois      

Remove the Victim or Remove the Fire?

Chris Langlois on the age-old firefighting debate.
Mark Munroe      

Are You Ready?

Fire departments need to be prepared to respond to active shooter and terrorism incidents, Mark Munroe writes.
David Rhodes      

Is the Mission Lost?

David Rhodes brings you the Hump Day SOS.
Brian Brush      

Some Nozzle Problems

Brian Brush reviews questions about the nozzle study conducted at his department.




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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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ISFSI Gets AFG Grant to Develop Training on Modern Fire Research

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) announces that they are the recipients of a 2014 Department of Homeland Security AFG grant to develop and deliver curriculum using the modern fire behavior research of the last two years.

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