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A valuable fireground tool for learning about a building is a size-up that includes a 360° walk-around. Jim Nagle discusses how to incorporate it into your routine.
Don't view false automatic fire alarm activations as annoyances--they are golden opportunities to learn about structures in your area. Jim Nagle writes about training on these routine calls.
There's still a lot of work to do once that house fire is extinguished. SVEN is an easy way to remember that major steps you need to take next: Search, Ventilate, watching for Extension, and Notify.
Company officers, as with any type of leader, need to be well-rounded and knowledgeable in their field. If your career path takes you, willingly or otherwise, through fire prevention, rest assured that you can come out a better firefighter and a better leader.
How much is 500 pounds of air pressure worth to you? Jim Nagle shares a drill that demonstrates the value on the fireground of a little extra pressure.
A typical dropped ceiling full of electrical wire, flexible ducting, television cable, etc. is over your head and out of sight on the way in. But on your way out, it's now a virtual fisherman's net.
This article is based on "A Systems Approach to Firefighting," a communications/incident management system class presented by Captain John Stuckey, Fire Station 2, Bellevue (WA) Fire Department, to fire departments in the Pacific Northwest region.