Hazardous materials emergency responders William A. Henle and Steven L. Hermann go in-depth on how to improve training standards for greater, more transparent results with “full-scale exercises.”
The use of shipping containers for live fire training at fixed sites or as mobile units has become very popular in North America over the past decade. Much of the training has value to participating personnel, but there are some concerns about direct or indirect dangers to the firefighters being trained and to the trainers.
Eric Grootendorst explains the benefits of maximizing the skills of your department’s technical rescue team.
Daniel Hunt offers suggestions on how to preplan for the removal of a victim who may be too heavy for responders to carry in a medical or other type of emergency, a situation, he says, should be anticipated since statistics show that one in three adults is obese.
Samuel Hittle offers a drill that asks some simple questions for discussion to help firefighters size up window openings more realistically.
What would prompt a firefighter to remove his or her face piece in the IDLH environment? This month's Mayday Monday drill from Tony Carroll explores training possibilities on such an event.