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I have been a long-time subscriber to Fire Engineering and consider it to be the top publication in the field of fire protection. I have been impressed by a number of articles that promote professionalism in the fire service. The article "Managing the Sexual Harassment Issue" by William L. Bingham (February 1995) was no exception. This is a very real problem facing society today, and I was pleased to see an article encouraging fire service executives to take positive steps to prevent sexual hara
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STIHL, Inc.: Top-handle unit powered by a 3.66-cubic-inch (60cc) engine. 12-inch cutting wheel. 23.1 lbs. Electronic ignition. "Long-life" cylinder. Three-stage easy-access air filter. Throttle trigger interlock. Reversible arm. Water attachment for wet cutting. Special wheels available for stone, asphalt, tile, steel, nonferrous metals, cast iron, and concrete.
Engine Company

The handline has been stretched to the front door and is ready to move in. The officer of the ladder company has returned to the front door and informs the engine company of his initial size-up: "Looks like a mattress. Maybe a little bit more. We used the water extinguisher but couldn`t get it all." Turning to the nozzleman, he continues, "It`s the last bedroom on the right at the end of the hall, about 15 feet down from the top of the stairs." What started as a mattress fire has grown in inten
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NFPA Standard 1500, Fire Department Occupational and Health Program, has generated a lot of debate. It covers apparatus, personnel, equipment, organization, training, and other aspects of firefighter safety, but it leaves out what can be the most important aspect--a sustained water supply.
Engine Company

The handline has been stretched to the front door and is ready to move in. The officer of the ladder company has returned to the front door and informs the engine company of his initial size-up: "Looks like a mattress. Maybe a little bit more. We used the water extinguisher but couldn`t get it all." Turning to the nozzleman, he continues, "It`s the last bedroom on the right at the end of the hall, about 15 feet down from the top of the stairs." What started as a mattress fire has grown in inten
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The following article is offered as a training tool to improve fireground operations by encouraging thought and discussion on assignments, operations, and performance when responding to a multiple-alarm fire. The operation presented is not intended to be a perfect, one-way-to-do-it exercise; rather, it is an example that can be critiqued and used as a springboard for comparison with your own operations.
Engine Company

Of all the fireground operations, the tasks assigned to the engine company are arguably the most important. Without water being supplied to the fire, buildings eventually would burn themselves to the ground. Engine company duties might consist of stretching a single line to extinguish a garbage can fire or supplying multiple hand-
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Les Propulseurs Helysphere, Inc.: Positive-pressure blower. Handheld or stationary on a multiposition rack. For planes, trains, subways, building towers, manholes, or any restricted or narrow areas. Two-cycle engine. 22-lamination wood propeller. Easy to operate.
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Arsine is an extremely toxic, flammable, colorless gas with a mild, garlic-like odor. It is used as a doping agent for solid-state electronic parts, as a military poison, and as an intermediate chemical to synthesize several organic chemicals. Arsine is shipped as a liquefied compressed gas in steel cylinders under its own vapor pressure of 219.7 psia (pounds per square inch absolute). It usually is sold in ultra-high purity grades (99.9995+ percent) primarily for use in the electronic industry