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Throw Back to Basics: Bailout

Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Brian Zaitz has a new training bulletin on the fundamentals of firefighter self-rescue and bailout training.

Innovative Collapsed Building Simulator to Appear at Keystone Fire Conference

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

"Imagine a hockey player showing up for training camp having not worked out all summer," said Riley Cote, former left winger for the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Ocala Fire Rescue Receives Public Education Training Tool from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Ocala Fire Rescue has been awarded an Intelligent Training System from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to expand the department's existing fire extinguisher training program.

Learning and Leading

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

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

Size-Up: Why Can't Johnny Read the Building?

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Why some probies miss critical scene size-up information and some officers miss what is right in front of them. Frank Ricci and Sam Villani III      

Developing Leaders for the Next Generation

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Professional development should encompass education, training, experience, and self-development. DOUGLAS K. CLINE

Leading Today's Fire Service Youth: Using History to Understand Motivation

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Although two qualities of today's youth-narcissism and entitlement-may not be conducive to the fire station or the fireground, their sense of civic duty and motivation are. JIM SILVERNAIL AND FRANK VISCUSO      

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

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Thomas A. Merrill follows up his previous article on apparatus driver programs with this article, which offers just a few of the many important policies, guidelines, or rules that departments should have in place to help guide their vehicle responses.

Documenting Performance and Evaluations

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Understand what you need to accomplish in an evaluation and how to explain it to firefighters in terms they understand. With a sidebar by RANDALL MILLER

"Performance Evaluation: A Manager's Primary Responsibility." LARRY MULLIKIN     

Throw Back to Basics: Air Bags

Thu, Jul 23, 2015

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

MD Firefighter Team Trains for High-Risk Rescues

Thu, Jul 23, 2015

The Baltimore Fire Department's collapse unit is one of the units, created across the country after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, that are called in unusual circumstances.

Raleigh (NC) Seeking New Firefighters

Wed, Jul 22, 2015

The City of Raleigh needs almost 30 new firefighters and they are wrapping up a month-long recruiting blitz.

Transgressions and Forgiveness

Wed, Jul 22, 2015

A friend called the other day and asked a question and hoped it would not insult me, but he was very upset and needed to vent to someone. 

IAFF Extends Invitation to Attend Firefighter Training

Tue, Jul 21, 2015

The IAFF invites journalists to join hundreds of North America’s dedicated fire fighters and paramedics as they hone the skills they need to stay safe while responding to dangerous incidents like the Boston Marathon bombing, the Ebola scare and countless other emergencies.


Washington D.C. Metro Adds Fire Liaison Staffer to 'Nerve Center'

Mon, Jul 20, 2015

Metro has added a fire/rescue liaison to its "nerve center" following the fatal smoke incident in January.

Construction Concerns: Porches, Decks, and Stairs

Mon, Jul 20, 2015

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at these common structures that responding firefighters may overlook.

What Would You Do? Sewer Fire

Fri, Jul 17, 2015

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.

Throw Back to Basics: Ground Ladder Markings

Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Ground ladders are critical firefighting tool; get them off the rig, practice with, them and ensure they are marked for use on the fireground, writes Brian Zaitz.

Selection and Use of Ballistic Protection for Fire and EMS Personnel

Tue, Jul 14, 2015

As fire and EMS personnel become increasingly exposed to scenes of violence, there has been a push toward these agencies acquiring body armor.

MORE Intelligence

Mon, Jul 13, 2015

When a tool is left to deteriorate and personnel skills are not consistently reinforced, the expected end result is ineffectiveness, writes Eric G. Bachman.

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