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You place yourself in harms way mission after mission—and surviving the mission is what the Survival Zone is all about. What you wear, how you wear it, what you bring to the fight and how you use it, what you know and don’t know all affect your ability to survive. The difference between survival and disaster can boil down to the most seemingly insignificant issue. The serious firefighter knows that nothing is insignificant.

The Survival Zone will give you insights into how others face insurmountable odds and survived; how the use of the right tool can make the difference; why properly constructed and properly worn gear is a sign of the professional. The survival zone provides information about mental toughness, the latest in survival training, gaining the edge in any situation from confined space to swift water rescue. Survival favors the prepared mind. Share your survival techniques and tips and read about those who found themselves challenged and were ready. There is no second place in survival.


Overcoming Stale Firefighter Syndrome

Spending some time each shift thinking of the job can only help make your company and your firehouse a more functional and efficient resource for the entire fire department, writes David DeStefano.

Firefighter Near Misses

Maryland Firefighter Escapes Injury in Barn Fire Explosion

A Waldorf (MD) firefighter evaded injury in a diesel tank explosion during a barn fire early Tuesday.

Video: Nevada Firefighter Discusses Near Miss at Explosion

A Clark County (NV) firefighter recounted a near miss he experienced on a recent call.

Massachusetts Fire Chief Stable After Fall from Deck

A Massachusetts fire chief was in stable condition after falling several feet while responding to an incident last week.

Mayday, At Least Two Dead, Several Injured including Firefighter in Louisville (KY) Fire

Two people were killed and five people injured, including a firefighter, during a large fire early this morning in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mayday, New Hampshire Firefighters Escape Injury in 2-Alarm Fire

Firefighters became trapped and issued a Mayday during a two-alarm fire that displaced nine people last night in Franklin, New Hampshire, according to a report.




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.

Expect Fire

Expect fire each time your rig rolls out the door, David DeStefano writes.

On the Line: First-In Engine Reporting Defensive on Arrival

Each company must be prepared to immediately establish and operate in the defensive mode with the same efficiency as it does conducting an offensive fire attack, writes David DeStefano.

On the Line: The Dependable Driver/Operator

Maintaining the rig in a state of readiness and ensuring the safety of the members are top priorities, writes David DeStefano.

Ready for RIT

On the Line: AAA: Triangle of Incident Survivability

Anticipation, action, and analysis are three components that can help improve firefighter survival on the fireground, Dave DeStefano writes.

On the Line: Second Due is Second to None

Although every firefighter wants to be first in, each task on the fireground is important if the operation is to be conducted safely and efficiently, David DeStefano writes.