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.

Firefighter Near Misses

Missouri Firefighter Shot in Foot When Gun Discharges

An Osage County (MO) firefighter was reportedly shot in the foot while fighting a house fire.

Minnesota Firefighter Injured by Falling Door

A volunteer firefighter was badly injured while providing mutual aid at a fire in Fairfax, Minnesota, according to news reports.

Chattanooga (TN) Firefighter Injured After Being Hit By Car

A Chattanooga (TN) firefighter was seriously injured shortly after 9:00 Sunday night on East Brainerd Road.

Phoenix Firefighter Injured After Fall from Roof

A couple of Phoenix firefighters found themselves in what could have been a deadly predicament early Saturday morning

Texas Firefighter Crushed Between Trucks at Station

A Texas firefighter was hospitalized after being crushed between two vehicles at a fire station this morning.



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.

Primary Tools for Primary Search

David DeStefano reminds firefighters of the importance of basic tools when conducting a primary search.

On the Line: Crawl Before You Walk

Numerous firefighters are killed or injured when they fall from roofs, windows, stairways, shafts, or other openings. Performing accurate size-up, maintaining situational awareness, and reinforcing basic skills will make these events less likely, David DeStefano writes.

On the Line: Sweat the Small Stuff

Paying attention to the details on the fireground can mean the difference between a positive outcome and a firefighting tragedy, David DeStefano writes.