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Throw Back to Basics: Air Bags

Brian Zaitz offers this new drill on air bags which, while not routinely used for extrication, are a critical tool in the extrication cache.

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Throw Back to Basics: Air Bags

Brian Zaitz offers this new drill on air bags which, while not routinely used for extrication, are a critical tool in the extrication cache.

Drill: Engine Company Operator Tools

Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue Department Battalion Chief Dan Shaw presents this new drill that focuses on the successful actions of a disci...

Throw Back to Basics: Riding Assignments

Riding assignments and riding boards provide for clearly defined roles, tools assignments, and fireground expectations. Brian Zaitz provides an exa...

Drills You Won't Find in the Books: Roll-Up Doors--In or Out?

The second drill in this series deals with the forcible entry of roll-up doors. After you cut the door, do you push the panels into the building, o...

Drill: Forcible Entry—Outward Opening Doors and Limited Space

Donald L. Wedding offers this new drill that demonstrates using the “spike” of the halligan to force narrow outward opening doors (less than 30 inc...

Throw Back to Basics: Catching a Hydrant

This week's firefighting basics training bulletin from Brian Zaitz focuses on an activity that may not always be given much thought: catching the h...

Drills: Fire Behavior and Building Construction

In this set of firefighter training drills by Forest Reeder, he takes a look at some aspects of building construction and their impacts on fire dyn...

Firefighter Training Drill: Extending Ladders?

There may be an instance that calls for just a few more feet out of the ladder when you have nothing left. In this firefighter training drill, Scot...

The 12 Saw Positions Drill

Columbia (SC) Fire DepartmentBattalion Chief Nick Martin offers this new drill that focuses on building comfort and familiarity with “uncomfortable...

Throw Back to Basics: Forcible Entry for the Lone Firefighter

This training bulletin focuses on the one-firefighter force of an inward swinging door, commonly found on the front of most single-family residenti...

Lawsuit: Oakland Firefighter Rolled Fire Truck at Airport to Avoid Plane

A veteran Oakland firefighter rolled his fire truck at the Oakland International Airport last year because he was swerving to avoid a way...

Throw Back to Basics: Buddy Breathing

This simple drill from Brian Zaitz will ensure that if your firefighters face a low-emergency they are trained and proficient in how to handle it.

Firefighter Training Drill: Elevator and Stairwell Identification

Drills You Won't Find in the Books: Elevator and Stairwell identification Drill

In the first of his new drill series, Raul Angulo has a firefighter training drill on stairwell and elevator identification, including instructions...

Drill: The Company Officer

Fire Department of New York lieutenant Douglas Mitchell Jr. offers this new Traditions Training drill that discusses the importance and the respons...

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The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technolgoy (NIST) are sponsoring an event at NIST.

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What Would You Do? Sewer Fire

This fire involves a fire of unknown origin and materials in a city sewer system.  All traffic in the area has been stopped. Skip Coleman has ...

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What Would You Do? Sewer Fire

This fire involves a fire of unknown origin and materials in a city sewer system.  All traffic in the area has been stopped. Skip Coleman has another firefighting simulation for you and your crew to consider.

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You begin as a learner and then become a leader-teaching others. It's "the circle of fire service life." PATRICK J. CHAMPAGNE   ...

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McHenry (IL) Fire Protection District Firefighters Conduct Live-Fire Training

Fire photographer Tim Olk recently captured some photos of firefighters with the McHenry Township (IL) Fire Protection District conducting live-fir...

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Lockport (NY) Firefighters Pursue Training Center

Firefighters with the city of Lockport, New York, have gotten approval to install a new fire training center in a former restaurant, according to a...

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The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 20—Safe Driving Policies

Thomas A. Merrill follows up his previous article on apparatus driver programs with this article, which offers just a few of the many important pol...

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Ideologues and Their Bad Behavior

There are some in the fire service today who speak about and write about how we should change. About what we should change.

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Video on Effects of Fire on Stored Ammunition

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI) has produced a free 30-minute video showing the effects of fire on stored ammuniti...

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