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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.


Your Ability to Call a Mayday Depends on How You Wear Your Radio

Raul Angulo offers a perspective on firefighters using a leather radio strap and holster to carry their portable radio under their bunker coat during operations and identifies a potential danger in the case of getting pinned down.

Firefighter Near Misses

Mayday, Firefighter Buried After Collapse at Detroit Fire

Firefighters declared a Mayday during a recent fire at a home in Detroit. Dave Traiforos has some shots from the scene.

Ohio Firefighter Injured in Fall Through Floor at House Fire

A Liberty Township (OH) firefighter suffered a serious knee injury after falling through the second floor of a home while fighting a fire this weekend.

Near Miss for Scranton (PA) Firefighters at Warehouse Fire

A recent report from the Times-Tribune took a closer look at a close call Scranton (PA) firefighters experienced while operating last Wednesday at a warehouse fire.

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.




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.