Firefighting

Editor`s note: For further reference, consult Building Construction for the Fire Service, third edition. Page numbers are included after each caption for your convenience.
Engine Company

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.
Firefighting

Fire Engineering Books and Videos: Based on the "Fireproof Children" child firesetter intervention program developed by National Fire Service Support Systems, Inc. Provides introduction to the problem of child firesetting and presents a proven model for intervention. 21 minutes.
Firefighting

Occasionally, firefighters operating on the fireground will find themselves confronted with a trapped civilian or firefighter out of reach of our ladders and cut off from all other means of escape. As conditions worsen, the trapped person will attempt almost anything to escape the fire: The person will start to climb out and straddle the windowsill, leaning farther and farther out to escape the inferno sweeping through the building. If your department has not planned for such a scenario, the ci
Engine Company

The California Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) proposing an emission standard of 1.5-gram ultra-low oxide of nitrogen (NOx) would force all new on-highway and nonroad engines to alternative fuels by 1999, testified Jed Mandel, counsel to the Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), based in Chicago, Illinois, during a public hearing held in California last July.
Firefighting

Michael J. Ward`s "Teaching the Fire Force Twentysomethings" (Training Notebook, July and September 1994) is based on generalizations I feel may apply to a certain group of the baby busters but certainly not to those hired by the fire service. Lt. Ward cited several studies that claim twentysomethings are self-centered, cynical, materialistic boob-tube watchers who have the attention span of a grape.
Firefighting

During a recent airplane flight, I had occasion to think back on a television documentary I had seen some time ago. From that program, which dealt with the subject of flight safety, I learned that there is an old axiom in flying: "Always stay ahead of the airplane"--that is, always be thinking one step ahead of your present situation. If you don`t, you`ll be trying to play "catch-up" when confronted by the unexpected. I also learned that many pilots have a difficult time admitting to themselves