Firefighters pumping water on a fire apparatus

Firefighting Basics: Getting Water to and on the Fire, Part 3

Mark van der Feyst takes a look at coordinated pump operations in his latest piece on firefighting fundamentals.
Firefighters pull a down firefighter through the floor using a hoseline

Firefighter Basics: Calling the Mayday

Mark van der Feyst reviews a simple drill you can use to refresh your firefighters' proficiency in calling Mayday if they get into trouble on the fireground.
Firefighter using a portable ground monitor

Firefighting Basics: The Blitz Attack

The blitz attack is one way firefighters can get water to and on the fire quickly. Mark van der Feyst reviews the fundamentals of this approach.
SCBA quick connect

The SCBA Tug: Ensure You Are Connected

Mark van der Feyst presents a back-to-basics drill on making sure your firefighters' self-contained breathing apparatus connections are solid.
Lead from the Front

Lead from the Front: Fireground Tactics and Leadership

March 26, 2021 at 11:00 AM EDT / 10:00 AM CDT / 8:00 AM PDT / 3:00 PM GMT

Learn tricks of the trade that “slow the fireground down” and help you stay in control to avoid confusion and chaos at incidents. The instructor presents case studies and leadership lessons from his experiences gained in a 36-year career on the Chicago (IL) Fire Department. Modern tactics are compared to traditional tactics from the perspective of what has changed and why.

Wildland Fire Preplan

A Technology-Based Approach to Preplanning Your Community for the Wildland Event

March 30, 2021 at 1 PM EDT / 12 PM CDT / 10 AM PDT / 5 PM GMT

Preplan your community for a wildland fire: identify target hazards, accurately create an incident action plan, and create an overall strategy for the local fire department and responding agencies to follow, ensuring their involvement with hazard mitigation techniques.

Health and Wellness for Women in the Fire Service

March 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT / 1:00 PM CDT / 11:00 AM PDT / 6:00 PM GMT

This webcast is based on the U.S. Fire Administration study “Emerging Issues for Women in the Fire Service.” Topics include cardiac health, cancer, and behavioral and mental health. You will be presented with the results of recent studies by the Women’s Biomonitoring Collaborative, including attention-grabbing resources meant to inspire firefighters about the importance of post-incident decon.

Firefighters training at FDIC

Recruit School: Whose Way Is the Best?

Our goal as fire service students and instructors is to learn and teach the why, writes Steven Negedly.
Chicago firefighters laddering a building

Firefighter Training Drill: Laddering the Building

Throwing ground ladders to all windows of the structure provides immediate access to the building as well as immediate access out it.
Mike Ciampo with a saw on the roof of a home

Training Minutes: Pull-Back Roof Cut

Mike Ciampo of the FDNY demonstrates how to perform a pull-back cut to open up a roof.

Research: Heat Release Rate Characterization of NFPA 1403 Compliant Training Fuels

Read research on the effects of fuel mass and orientation on heat release behavior.
Manual pump shift override

Video: Manual Pump Shift Override

This video from Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue is intended to familiarize driver/operators with manual pump shift override procedures.
Paul Dansbach on wood-frame construction

Training Minutes: Wood-Frame Building Under Construction

Paul Dansbach looks at some of the dangers firefighters face when fighting a fire at a wood-frame building under construction.

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