In Case You Missed It: August 2017 Firefighting Articles

“The Fog” Part 7: Know Your Buildings

Joseph Pronesti writes, “The building and, most importantly, its construction drive our tactics; the quicker you can recon the building and determine such items as possible void spaces, large spans, and nonpartitioned cocklofts, the better for all involved.”


Humpday Hangout: Implementing Research

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Steve Kerber, Director of UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, talks with his guests about  implementing research in the fire service.


Training Minutes: Multiple Stacked Locks

In this Training Minutes video, Paul DeBartolomeo and company on developing a sequence for forcing entry on inward-opening doors with multiple locks.


Construction Concerns: Fire Behavior in Buildings, Part 2

In Part 2 of his series, Gregory Havel returns to examine the spread of rapid fire growth in buildings with surfaces that are highly combustible or ignitable.



Rural Connections: Water Supply

Tim Zehnder considers some tactics for dealing with water supply considerations in rural firefighting.


The “Toxic Snake” Part 2

“The toxic environment in which firefighters work is well known, yet the fact remains that we can do more to save ourselves from this scourge,” writes David Cain.


FLAME Out: Cardiovascular Risk on the Fireground

“The prevalence of obesity in the fire service transcends provider types such as career, volunteer, or combination departments,” writes Todd LeDuc.


Extending the Hoseline: Overcoming a Short Stretch, Part 2

In the second part of Anthony Rowett Jr.’s article on the perils of short hoseline stretches, he continues his examination on best practices for firefighters when they are confronted with this common fireground problem.


Holmatro Quick Cuts: Softening the Target

In this Holmatro Quick Cuts video, Leigh Hollins and company demonstrate the use of a combi-tool to cut the A and B posts of a vehicle.


Extending the Hoseline: Overcoming a Short Stretch, Part 1

In Part 1 of this two-part series, Anthony Rowettt Jr. offers his knowledge on avoiding the dreaded short stretch.


Video: Passionate Leadership in the Fire Service

The Passionate Leadership program is presented by Chief Scott Magers of the Hillsboro (OR) Fire and Rescue agency and consists of a 40-minute video presentation and an accompanying PowerPoint.


The Battalion TV: The FDIC Experience, Part 3

Never been to FDIC International? Want to see a powerful opening ceremony with Chief Bobby Halton and other fire service leaders? Check out the 2017 FDIC Experience, courtesy of “The Battalion TV.”


“The Eight Truths of Fire/EMS”

George McNeil offers these “Eight Truths of the Fire Service” that are key to the success of any organization.


Toothpick Construction: Enough is Enough, Part 2

Picking up where he left off in Part 1 of his series, Jack J. Murphy asks, “Do we really need to wait for the next code cycle edition in 2021?”


Training Minutes: Removing the Seatback

In this new Training Minutes video on vehicle extrication, Steve White and company offer details on effectively removing a patient’s seatback during vehicle extrication.


Construction Concerns: Fire Behavior in Buildings, Part 1

For his latest Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at some various building types and how fire could behave in each of them.


Drills You Won’t Find in the Books: Class A Foam

Raul A. Angulo writes, “These experiments are fun to watch and easy to perform right at the firehouse kitchen table for a “rainy day” drill. They’ll also go a long way in making firefighters believers of the benefits of Class A foam to enhance fire extinguishment.”


Engine Company EMS: Timeless Deeds

Michael Morse reflect on how exception care from firefighters in EMS situations can change one’s outlook on society and the world at large.


Humpday Hangout: Hoarder Fires

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, join the crew as they examine how their department and local government deals with the fire, social, public, and mental health problems associated with hoarder fires.


Training Minutes: VEIS and Taking the Window

In this new Training Minutes video, Kevin Lewis and Sean Gray discuss exterior search size-up and related issues when conducting vent-enter-isolate-search (VEIS) operations.


Leading with Attitude: Secrets of the Rock Star Engine Company—Q&A

On July 13, Hanover (VA) Fire-EMS Department Division Chief Eddie Buchanan provided insight into elite performers and elite team performance on the webcast “Leading with Attitude–Secrets of the Rock Star Engine Company.”


Truck Company Basics: Ground Ladders

Mark van der Feyst returns to discuss the basics and speciifcs of this important part of every truck company.


The Rookie Officer

“As the lieutenant fidgeted in his seat on the short ride to the reported address, he began to review all he had learned and observed to prepare him for what he would likely discover at the turn of the next block,” writes David DeStefano.


Be Mobile: Bird Dog

Firefighters need to be able to move safely and properly. Jordan Ponder shares a movement that can help firefighters increase their mobility on the fireground.


Tragic Wildfire in Portugal

George H. Potter looks at the damage done and the lessons learned from June’s deadly wildfires that spread across Portugal.


Humpday Hangout: LODD Incidents: Honoring Sacrifice Through Training

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Brad French and the panelists will discuss the importance of studying firefighter fatality incidents, and dynamic ways to incorporate this critical information into a training program.


Training Minutes: Down Firefighter Packaging and Removal

In this Training Minutes video, Paul DeBartolomeo and company review some methods for packaging and removing a down firefighter in Mayday scenarios.


The Basics of Apparatus Purchasing: Q&A

On May 4, 2017, former Jersey City (NJ) Fire Department Battalion Chief/Apparatus Supervisor William C. Peters presented a webcast on “The Basics of Apparatus Purchasing.” Here, he answers some questions posed to him by our viewers.



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