Skip Coleman

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.

June Roundtable: Censorship

Should a fire department have the right to censor firefighters' comments to the media or public after a firefighter fatality or near miss? Fire Engineering readers share their reponses.

October Roundtable: Minimum Staffing

What is minimum staffing on your engine company, and has it remained constant over the past 30 or so years? Send us your replies for possible publication in our Roundtable section.

May Roundtable: Plan B If A Device Fails

View Fire Engineering readers' responses to our May Roundtable, which asked: Does your department have a plan for what to do if a technological device you are using fails?

September Roundtable: USAR Teams

In the event of a disaster in your community, does your department have its own USAR team/capabilities, or would you rely on mutual aid? E-mail us your responses.

April Roundtable: Training and the Budget

Has the budget crisis affected your department's ability to train. If so, what are you doing about it? Read Fire Engineering readers' replies to this month's Roundtable question.

August Roundtable: Firefighter Recruiting

Should fire departments actively recruit new hires who up until now were not interested in becoming firefighters or rely on those who want the job because of previous interest? Send us your responses.

March Roundtable: Operating at the Aerial Tip

Read Fire Engineering readers' responses to the March Roundtable question: Does your department allow firefighters to be at the tip of a straight-stick aerial when water is flowing?

July Roundtable: Officer Development

If you had to choose one, should your department's officer development center on leadership/management or strategy/tactics? E-mail us your responses.

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).