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Drill: The Company Officer

Fri, May 29, 2015

Fire Department of New York lieutenant Douglas Mitchell Jr. offers this new Traditions Training drill that discusses the importance and the responsibiities expected of this vital fire department position.

A Duty to Respond: Translating Your Fire Safety Message to a Multicultural Community

Fri, May 29, 2015

We all have our reasons for being firefighters. Whether it is fulfillment of a lifelong dream or ambition, the inherent need to help people, or the calling of community service or pride, you have made a conscious decision to become part of an elite group of individuals.

Tulsa Fire Department's Bowstring Truss ID System

Fri, May 29, 2015

This Oklahoma department implemented a program that provides initial responders with critical information-about the presence of bowstring truss construction, a serious threat to firefighter safety-when they need it most.

E-Learning: Choosing the Right Learning Management System

Thu, May 28, 2015

Here's how to make your training both accessible and affordable through your very own online e-learning portal.   

Core Command Competencies

Thu, May 28, 2015

Commanders must have a process for predicting strategic steps to perfect proficiency based on incident activities.

Outside In: Wearing Portable Radios

Thu, May 28, 2015

Wearing your portable radio properly-using a leather strap and case and wearing both under your turnout-ensures protecting the equipment and maintaining its usability at an incident

Utility Response: What You Can Expect from Your Utility and What You Should Expect

Thu, May 28, 2015

Knowing you will arrive before the utility company in many cases should stress the importance of educating yourself in the hazards, the safety precautions, and the actions to take and not take at incidents where you need the utility company.    

Throw Back to Basics: Ladder Locks

Thu, May 28, 2015

This firefighter training bulletin shows three alternatives to the traditional leg lock, all designed to lock you into the ladder while affording the flexibility to quickly move up and down the ladder as needed.

Training Minutes: Chain Removal for One Firefighter

Tue, May 26, 2015

Ric Jorge and Donny Stefani discuss the "Treasure Coast Tensioner," a technique that allows a single firefighter to rapidly remove a link in a chain to gain access.

The Multigas Meter

Fri, May 22, 2015

It is important to always refresh your memory by training and reviewing the proper operation of your meters to keep you and your responders safe, writes Kevin Yoos.

What Would You Do? Two-Story Residential

Fri, May 22, 2015

This fire occurs in a two-story residential occupancy on a Friday morning at 1030 hours. Try a new training scenario from Skip Coleman.

Training Minutes: Attacking the Lock

Thu, May 21, 2015

Watch some Training Minutes videos on forcible entry, specifically segments related to overcoming locks during these operations.

Throw Back to Basics: Forcible Entry: Inward-Swinging Door

Thu, May 21, 2015

Forcible entry is a task that can make or break a fireground. Brian Zaitz has a new training bulletin on one of our foundational skills.

Ignite Fire Safety Awareness at U.S. Colleges

Wed, May 20, 2015

May is when families across the U.S. begin planning for their college-age children’s fall semester and either on- or off-campus housing needs. While there are more than 21 million college students in the U.S., unfortunately many of them are living in housing lacking fire sprinklers, smoke detectors and other critical fire safety protections.

Training Minutes: Overcoming Problems at the Fire Hydrant

Tue, May 19, 2015

In this new firefighter training video, Walt Lewis and company discuss some quick tips to dealing with problems you may encounter with fire hydrants.

Training Officer's Toolbox: Assertiveness vs. Aggressiveness

Mon, May 18, 2015

We want aggressive officers and firefighters on the fireground, but have you ever thought about how that translates into the leadership role off of the fireground? In this new series, Brian Ward takes a look at issues facing the training officer.

Throw Back to Basics: Hoselines

Thu, May 14, 2015

The hashtag #ThrowbackThursday is popular one on the Internet; in terms of firefighter training, it may be present a good opportunity to "throwback" to the basics--or rather, the fundamentals--of our trade.

Gwinnett Firefighters Train at Six Flags

Wed, May 13, 2015

Gwinnett County firefighters were among public safety workers training for "swiftwater emergencies at Six Flags Over Georgia

North Texas Firefighters Train for Water Rescues

Tue, May 12, 2015

With North Texas expected to receive anywhere from a half-inch to three inches of rain between now and Wednesday, flooding remains a big concern across the area.


Ohio Firefighters Battling Heroin Epidemic

Tue, May 12, 2015

Responding to overdose calls is part of the job for first responders–but they say it's also impacting the services they provide.

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