Roundtable

May Roundtable: Device Failure Backup Plan

Does your department have a plan for what to do if a technological device, like a TIC or your PASS device, fails on the fireground? Send us your replies for possible publication.

April Roundtable: The Budget Crisis

Has the budget crisis affected your department's ability to train and, if so, what are you doing about it? Send us your replies for possible inclusion in the April 2009 issue of Fire Engineering magazine.

March Roundtable: Straight Stick Aerial Policy

Does your department allow firefighters to be at the tip of a straight stick aerial when water is flowing? Send us your responses for magazine consideration.

February Roundtable: Fuel Costs

Rising fuel costs are a major concern for departments today. What is your department doing to offset these costs? E-mail us your replies for possible publication in a future issue of Fire Engineering magazine.

January Roundtable: Prefire Plans

Do your fire suppression units conduct prefire plans and, if so, what information do they gather and where does the information end up? E-mail us your replies for magazine consideration.

December Roundtable: Tattoos On Duty

Should a fire department have the right to require members to cover tattoos while on-duty? E-mail us your reply and it may get printed in a future issue of Fire Engineering.

November Roundtable: Atmospheric Monitoring

After salvage and overhaul are completed, do you conduct atmospheric monitoring before allowing property owners, fire investigators, and others to enter a structure? E-mail us your responses for magazine consideration.

October Roundtable: Engine Company Assignments

How does your department make initial engine company assignments at a working fire? E-mail us your response for possible inclusion in a future issue of Fire Engineering.

September Roundtable: Internet on the Job

Several Web sites have been developed for use specifically for firefighters. Does you department encourage participation on these sites and allow members to go online during work hours?

August Roundtable: Chief's Education Level

Given that some fire chiefs in the United States run very large organizations, is it acceptable to have a fire chief who only has a high school diploma? Send us your responses for magazine consideration.

July Roundtable: Officer Development

What steps does your department take to prepare future officers? Send us your replies for possible inclusion in a future issue of Fire Engineering.

June Roundtable: Safety Officer

Some departments have full-time trained safety officers who respond to fires. Other departments don't have that luxury. How is the safety officer position filled in your department at a working fire? E-mail us your answers for magazine consideration.

May Roundtable: The Tactical Channel

When do you switch to the tactical channel? E-mail us your answers and we'll select some replies to be published in the May 2008 edition of Fire Engineering magazine.

April Roundtable: Staffing and Training

Some departments still struggle with the number of members on apparatus. If training is also key, should we train with one- and two-person companies? E-mail us your replies for magazine consideration.

March Roundtable: Truck Company Functions

What primary fireground function does your (or your closest) truck company perform? Send us your replies and we may print them in a future issue of the Fire Engineering magazine.

Be heard: Fire Engineering's February Roundtable

Does your department respond all units dispatched to a reported structure fire code 3 (lights and siren), or do you do something different? Send us your responses and they may be printed in a future edition of the magazine.

January Roundtable: Response to sprinklered occupancy

What are your operational considerations when responding to an alarm or a fire in a sprinkler-protected occupancy? Send us your responses and we may print them in a future edition of Fire Engineering magazine.

Get involved with Fire Engineering's December Roundtable

Who is responsible for fire cause and determination in your department, and what is that person's level of training? E-mail us and your response may be printed in a future issue of Fire Engineering.

Talk To Us: Fire Engineering's November Roundtable

What's your department's stance on seat belt safety? Write in and you may find yourself published in a future issue of Fire Engineering magazine.

Voice your opinion in Fire Engineering's October Roundtable

What recent change has most influenced your department over the past 10 to 20 years? Send us your responses, which may be published in a future edition of Fire Engineering.

Skip Coleman

John “Skip” Coleman retired as assistant chief from the Toledo (OH) Department of Fire and Rescue. He is a technical editor of Fire Engineering; a member of the FDIC Educational Advisory Board; and author of Incident Management for the Street-Smart Fire Officer (Fire Engineering, 1997), Managing Major Fires (Fire Engineering, 2000), and Incident Management for the Street-Smart Fire Officer, Second Edition (Fire Engineering, 2008).