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.

Billy Goldfeder      

Stop the Excuses

Billy Goldfeder comments on the request by fallen Firefighter Stanley Wilson's widow to have a fireground radio transmission recording system.

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Firefighter Near Misses

Four Firefighters Injured After Falling Through Roof During California Casino Fire

Four firefighters were injured after falling through the roof at a three-alarm structure fire late Thursday in Los Angeles County, California.

Chattanooga (TN) Firefighter Injured in Duplex Fire

A Chattanooga (TN) firefighter was injured Sunday morning while working to extinguish a duplex fire.

Mayday, Firefighters Injured in Maryland House Fire

Five firefighters were injured after a roof collapsed on them during an early morning house fire in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Two Indianapolis Firefighters Injured After Fall Through Roof

Two firefighters were injured after falling through a roof while battling a fire in a vacant residence last night in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Injured Fresno (CA) Fire Captain Hoping to Leave Hospital Soon

Fresno (CA) Fire Captain Pete Dern, who was badly injured in a fire incident in March, is vowing to leave the hospital soon, according to a news report.

FIREFIGHTER SURVIVAL VIDEOS

 

ON THE LINE

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.