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On Easter morning, firefighters responded to this dwelling fire in Camden, New Jersey.

A fire consumed the upper floor of a two-story U.S. Post Office in Carlstadt, New Jersey. Photo by Ron Jeffers

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High-Rise 101

The time tested acronym, ALS-BASE provides an effective foundation to start procedures and training for high-rise operations, writes Demetrius Kastros.

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Professional Development for the Firefighter in 2014 and Beyond, Part 2

The essence of what it means to be a firefighter cannot fall by the wayside, writes John M. Buckman III.

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Ambushed!

If you have a little luck on your side, good situational awareness and “preplanning” will play an essential role in your survival if your crew is the target of an ambush attack, writes Jeremy Jones.

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Air Bag Avoidance, Part 1: Air Bag Locations

In part 1 of this four-part series, Brock Archer examines the types of air bags responders will encounter and where they are located in vehicles.

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Fireground Safety Tips

Thomas N. Warren asks, "So, what can the average firefighter, operating daily in his fire company, do to operate safely and improve the NFPA death and injury numbers for 2014?"

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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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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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Skip Coleman      

Two-Story

Skip Coleman has a new search scenario for a dwelling fire.
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Jason Hoevelmann      

Stay Calm

Being in control on the fire ground is critical for the fire officer, Jason Hoevelmann writes.
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David Rhodes      

Still the Reason We Go Inside

Dave Rhodes has the week's Hump Day SOS.
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Billy Greenwood      

Building the Battle Ready Firefighter

There are no short cuts for success, Billy Greenwood writes.
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Eddie Buchanan      

The 'Direct Hit Reporting System'

Eddie Buchanan asks, "How do we incorporate systematic learning and improvement from experience during application?"
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Becki White      

Out Front

If you find you have arrows in your back, it means one thing--you're leading the pack, Becki White writes.
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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: Saving Our Own

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