Skip Coleman

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.

Whom Do You Call on in a Disaster: Your Local USAR Team or Mutual Aid?

Read the full responses from Fire Engineering readers to the September 2009 Roundtable Question regarding disaster response.

January Roundtable: Automatic Fire Suppression Systems

Do you feel you are you adequately trained in the use of smoke control systems in new buildings? Send us your replies.

August Roundtable: Recruiting New Hires

Read all of our readers' response to this month's Roundtable question, which asks if candidates with knowledge of the job make better firefighters than those who are recruited.

December Roundtable: Tobacco Policy

Does your department have a ban or a no-use policy on tobacco? E-mail us your response for possilbe inclusion in this upcoming Fire Engineering Roundtable column.

July Roundtable: Officer Development Training

If you had to choose one, should your department's officer development center on leadership/management or strategy/tactics? Read the full responses to this month's Roundtable question.

November Roundtable: Mass Decon

Do you practice mass decon just within your department or do you practice with hospitals and transport units? Do you believe mass decon is worth the effort? Send us your replies.

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).