In Case You Missed It: February 2018 Firefighting Articles

View a roundup of some of the featured articles we ran on the Fire Engineering site in February 2018.

Truck Company Ops: Working the Ladder

Why do firefighters often heel the ground ladder from behind, and why are we training our recruits in this way? Mark va der Feyst reflects on some aspects of this operation.


Humpday Hangout: The Company Officer’s Role in Daily Training

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Frank Ricci and PJ Norwood talk to their guests about the company officer’s role in daily training.



Training Minutes: The Heads-Up Engineer: At the Fire

In this new Training Minutes video, Walt Lewis and Paul O’Neill review some actions a heads-up engineer can take to help improve the efficiency and flow of fireground operations.



Lineboss Leadership: You Call the Shots…

Read a few more leadership thoughts from Lt. Ray McCormack of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY).



Plastic Tubing Ax Scabbards

One of the iconic symbols of the fire service is the pickhead fire ax. Raul Angulo looks at some of the considerations for carrying this tool and some tricks of the trade to help with safety concerns.



Construction Concerns: Complacency and Hubris

Firefighters must be able to recognize our personal abilities and capabilities, as well as those of our coworkers and our organization. Greg Havel has some thoughts on how to get there and avoid the sins of hubris and complacency.



Humpday Hangout: On the Road with Phenix Fire Helmets

On this week’s Humpday Hangout, join Chief Bobby Halton, Chief Rick Lasky, and the Phenix Technology Team at the company’s Firefighter Memorial Museum.



Training Minutes: Elevator Door Key Use

In a new segment of Training Minutes, Mike Dragonetti and company review the use of a shaped elevator door key for elevator access.



Firefighter Maydays: Why Does NIOSH Keep Making the Same Recommendations?

Mayday and situational awareness training can’t be a one-time thing. D. Brady Rogers looks at some of the research on how these issues imperil firefighters on the fireground.



Engine Company EMS: Using the Tools at Our Disposal

A good EMS engine company knows when to use the good sense that only training and experience can provide, writes Michael Morse.



Humpday Hangout: Vehicle Fires in Parking Garages

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Mike Dugan, Bill Gustin and a panel of veteran fire officers discuss tactics, challenges, and dangers of vehicle fires in multi-story and underground parking garages.



Training Minutes: UAVs for USAR

In this new Training Minutes video, Walt Lewis discusses the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, a.k.a. drones) in urban search and rescue (USAR) operations.



Changing the Batting Order

Adaptability is paramount when it comes to the complexities of the fireground, so firefighters and fire officers need to be ready to react to changing dynamics and circumstances, writes David DeStefano.



FDIC International 2018 Q & A: Billy Goldfeder

FDIC Conference Director Diane Rothschild recently spoke with Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder of the Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department, who will be the recipient of the 2018 Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award at the FDIC 2018 General Session, about the whole FDIC “experience.”



Top 3 Tactical Changes from Firefighter Research

Recent findings in fire dynamics research may suggest a reassessment of the extinguishment sequence for some departments, writes Mark Cotter. 



Lineboss Leadership

“If you stretch short, check your communications, then check the hose.” A roundup of some of Lt. Ray McCormack’s recent “Lineboss Leadership” thoughts.



Construction Concerns: Soot and Cancer

Greg Havel looks at the history of our understanding of the connection between soot and cancer and at how the fire service had dealt with the issue.



SCBA Quick Tips: Battery Systems

In this SCBA Quick Tips video from MSA, Joe Alvarez reviews how MSA has centralized its battery systems for its SCBA



Humpday Hangout: Social Media and the Fire Instructor: Good, Bad, and Ugly

Hosts Brad French and Aaron Heller talk with their guests about the various resources available through Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and how best to leverage the wide variety of quality content.



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