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Rethink Attacking From the Unburned Side

Rethink Attacking From the Unburned Side

In this critique of the strategy of attacking from the unburned side, Jimmy Taylor argues that your size-up should tell you if you can fight a fire head-on.
The Fourth Benchmark

The Fourth Benchmark

Benchmarks are used in the Incident Management System to identify completion of the incident priorities. Jimmy Taylor argues for adding a fourth benchmark to signal that a size-up has been performed.
Trailer Fire Tactics

Trailer Fire Tactics

Trailers or mobile homes present an assortment of firefighting problems. Jimmy Taylor looks at some of these problems and tactics to deal with them.
Fireground Concerns

Fireground Concerns

How can we ensure success on the fireground? Jimmy Taylor identifies a list of common fireground issues to look for and fix before they escalate into full-blow failures.
High-Rise Prefire Planning

High-Rise Prefire Planning

Prefire planning for high-rises in your jurisdiction entails more than just gathering contact info. Jimmy Taylor discusses ten integral issues to consider before a high-rise incident occurs.
Firefighter Involvement in Law Enforcement Activities

Firefighter Involvement in Law Enforcement Activities

Some of us are old enough to remember the years of civil unrest in the 1960s and 1970s. We can picture in our minds fire streams directed at civilians
Reducing the Firefighter Injury and Death Rates, Part 2

Reducing the Firefighter Injury and Death Rates, Part 2

Since this has been the most responded-to topic since we reinstituted Roundtable in May 1999, I thought it would be interesting to provide some statistical information compiled from combined responses to the question.
Strategy vs. Tactics

Strategy vs. Tactics

In Firefighting Principles & Practices, William E. Clark states, "Strategy is the large-scale general plan, and tactics are the ways of implementing the strategy."
Engine Company Assignments

Engine Company Assignments

Question: Some departments operate under specific standard operating procedures (SOPs) that give specific direction to the first- and second-arriving engines at a working fire (as well as all incoming units), called “Pre-Incident Assignment” (PSA).
Operations in Sprinklered Buildings

Operations in Sprinklered Buildings

Question: What are your operational considerations when responding to an alarm or a fire in a sprinkler-protected occupancy? Has a sprinkler system ever created unique challenges for your department?