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January Roundtable Responses: Public Education

Read Fire Engineering readers' responses to this month's question: What public education programs does your department provide to the civilians in your community?

January Roundtable: Public Education

What public education programs does your department provide to the civilians in your community? Send us your responses for publication in an article on the Fire Engineering Web site.

December Roundtable: Psychological Screening

Does your department conduct psychological screening for new firefighter candidates? Share your comments with other Fire Engineering readers.

November Roundtable: Training with Industrial Fire Brigades

Does your fire department participate regularly in drills with the industrial fire brigades in your community? Share your responses with other Fire Engineering readers.

October Roundtable: Engine Operator Qualification

Do your engine drivers have to participate in a “qualification” program to become certified to operate the engine? Share your experiences with other firefighters from around the U.S. and the world.

September Roundtable: Heavy Rescue

Does your department provide "Heavy Rescue" and what types of rescues or specialities does that entail? Join the discussion with other firefighters from around the nation and globe.

August Roundtable: Risk Management

At what level in your organization does risk management come from the most?  Post your response and discuss with other Fire Engineering regulars.

July Roundtable: The Selections Process

What is the selections process for officers in your department? Share your comments with other members of the fire service.

June Roundtable: RIT Operations

To what extent, if any, does your department allow the rapid intervention team (RIT) to operate or work outside of the structure during a fire? Share your replies with other Fire Engineering readers.

May Roundtable: Helmet Cams

Does your fire department permit the use of helmet cams? Share your replies with other firefighters and first responders from around the nation and world.

FEMA Announces National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is pleased to announce the 2010 National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards, which will recognize innovative practices and achievements of Citizen Corps Councils across the nation that are making our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any emergency situation.

April Roundtable: Computers and Training

To what extent, if any, does your department use computers in your daily training or do you personally use the Internet to supplement your training?  Share your response with other Fire Engineering readers.

March Roundtable: Handling Obese Patients

What equipment and procedures do you have in place to move/transport morbidly obese patients? Share your response with other Fire Engineering readers.

February Roundtable: The Economy and Apparatus Purchasing and Maintenance

What effect has the economy had on your department’s apparatus purchase and maintenance programs? Read Fire Engineering readers' responses and add your own comments.

January Roundtable: Smoke-Control Systems

Do you feel you are adequately trained in the use of smoke-control systems in new buildings? Read the full responses of Fire Engineering readers to this month's Roundtable question.

Search in Burning Buildings: Plan for Success

“Search is the most dangerous fireground operation.”
—Deputy Chief (Ret.) Vincent Dunn,
Fire Department of New York

December Roundtable: Tobacco Use

Does your department have a ban or a no-use policy on tobacco? Read Fire Engineering readers' full responses to this month's Roundtable question.

November Roundtable: Mass Decon

Do you practice mass decon only within your department, or do you practice with hospitals and transport units? Do you believe mass decon is worth the effort? See responses from Fire Engineering readers and share your own views.

October Roundtable: Minimum Engine Staffing Levels

What is the minimum staffing on your engine company? Has it remained constant over the past 30 or so years? Read the full responses from FIre Engineering readers.

Roundtable: Apparatus Purchase and Maintenance

What effect has the economy had on your department's apparatus purchase and maintenance programs? Send us your response for possible publication in our Roundtable column.

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).