In Case You Missed It: October 2014 Fire Engineering Features

October is Fire Prevention Month, with this year focusing on educating the public on smoke detectors, but much of the attention was on the expanding Ebola crisis and its potential impact on both first responders and the public. Our man in Spain George Potter provided an insightful rundown of that country’s response to the disease, and Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton and company discussed Ebola along with other topics in one of this month’s Humpday Hangouts.

Here’s a list of the other major features we had on the Fire Engineering site this month, with topics ranging from odor of smoke calls to fire research on master stream applications and everything in between.

     

Drones: Change is in the Air

Drone use will become widely accepted and practiced in the days and years ahead, writes P.J. Norwood.

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Kettlebell Training for Firefighters

Dan Kerrigan offers this indepth look at the fitness benefits of adding Russian kettlebells to firefighter training programs.

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Humpday Hangout: ISFSI      

Humpday Hangout: ISFSI

Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton talks firefighter training with Steve Pegram and Chad Hoefle of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI).

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 Commercial Search Training Drill: Finding Lost Firefighters      

Commercial Search Training Drill: Finding Lost Firefighters

Alex Langbell reviews a large-scall drill conducted by he Yakima (WA) Fire Department Training Division simulating the attempt to rescue disoriented firefighters in a commercial occupancy.

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Paul Combs: Safety Treat      

Safety Treat

Paul Combs is back with more Halloween candy, this one having to do with fire safety.

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Code 3 101

Any time you drive a fire apparatus, with red lights flashing and a siren blaring, you must use an overabundance of caution and care, writes Demetrius A. Kastros.

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Brittle Fitness


In his latest cartoon, Paul Combs takes a crack at firefighter physical fitness and conditioning.

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Forcible Entry Saw      

Drill: The “Outboard” Forcible Entry Saw

D.C. Fire Captain Danny Troxell shares a drill that describes converting a rotary saw blade to the outboard side of the saw, making them more useful for forcible entry situations.

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Fire Photog Spotlight: Ron Jeffers

Check out some of fire photographer Ron Jeffers’s Fire Engineering covers from the past.

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The SPECTRUM Model for Organizational Change, Part 3

Part 3 of Mark Wallace’s series on the SPECTRUM acronym for organizational change looks at the Resources, Ultimate Vision, and Marketing aspects of the model.

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The Ebola Crisis in Spain: Lessons Learned

Spain-based fire service instructor George Potter reviews that country’s response to its Ebola cases and reviews some lessons learned for emergency responders to the crisis.

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Construction Concerns Door Reinforcements

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at the reinforcements of doors in commercial and residential occupancies.

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FE Talk: Engine Company Ops

Bobby Halton and Mike Dugan join Bill Gustin, Jason Hoevelmann, Dan Shaw, Daryl Liggins, and Clark Lampling to talk engine company operations. Sponsored by Key Hose.

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Tagline/Searchline Essentials

Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Scott Kraut offers this new Traditions Training drill focusing on the importance of maintaining your tagline or searchline during search operations.

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Should You Implement a Health and Wellness Program?

Injuries will happen within the fire service. However, it is very clear that exercise does provide savings, writes John Hofman.

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Humpday Hangout      

Humpday Hangout: Building Construction and Structural Challenges

In yesterday’s Humpday Hangout, Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton and Fire Rescue Editor in Chief Erich Roden spoke to Chris Naum, Bill Carey, and Chris Willis.

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The Blessing of a New Fire Truck

Clive (IA) Fire Department Chaplain Patrick J. McDonald offers this inspiring account of his most recent fire truck blessing. 

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The Professional Volunteer Fire Department: Get the Word Out

A well-informed firefighter can also enhance the department’s professional image, and that means leaders need to keep their members informed. Tom Merrill offers some ways to do so.

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Ray McCormack      

Back to the Future

Those who clamor for early adoption of new firefighting tactics have to realize that people’s lives will hang in the balance and not every test burn will end up successful, Ray McCormack writes.

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Alley Firefighting      

Alley Firefighting

Alex Langbell reviews some considerations to responding to residential alley fires to help keep your firefighters and equipment safe.

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Small Spaces, Big Tips

Jacob McAfee discusses the one position within the confined space incident command structure that often gets overlooked: the attendant.

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The Odor of Smoke

Fire Department of New York Battalion Chief Daniel P. Sheridan offers some personal experiences on these sometimes mysterious calls.

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Humpday Hangout      

Humpday Hangout

Hosts Bobby Halton and Erich Roden talk to Ricky Riley, Dan Shaw, and Nick Martin of the Traditions Training group.

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Master Stream Applications      

Master Stream Applications

The authors discuss some research-related considerations for master stream operations, including stream placement, apparatus positioning, and more.

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Traditions Training Drill: Improving Fireground Radio Transmissions

District of Columbia Fire Department Captain Danny Troxell offers this Traditions Training drill that can be used to improve the quality of radio transmissions.

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Training Bulletin: Size-Up      

Training Bulletin: Size-Up

Are you paying attention to the bigger picture on the fireground? Alex Langbell reviews the fundamentals of size-up.

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Blended/Hybrid Learning in the Fire Department

As training is fully involving, firefighters want the convenience of training online from the comfort of their station, writes Freddie Diaz-Batista.

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From the Vault: Trumbull St. Collapse

The city of Boston recently paid tribute to the five firefighters who were killed in a fire scene collapse in the Trumbull Street fire of 1964.

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What Would You Do? Fire in a residence being used as an office.      

What Would You Do?

In this new fire simulation from Skip Coleman, your company responds to a call in a residential structure now occupied as an office.

 

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