In Case You Missed It : September 2014 Fire Engineering Features

September’s list of Web-exclusive features from Fire Engineering ran the gamut of topics, from firefighter behavioral health to a detailed report on an incident in Germany in which firefighters successfully made use of a smoke-blocking device. See all there was to offer on our Web site this month.

     

Dissecting the RIT: Air Supply

If you’re assigned the role of air supply or any position within RIT, make it your goal to train realistically, writes Jawan Clark.

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Traditions Training Drill: Reducing Visibility

FDNY Lieutenant Douglas Mitchell Jr. offers this new Traditions Training drill which uses wax sheets to practice working in light smoke conditions.

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Fire curtain for compartment fires      

Typical Example of Smoke Curtain Use

Dr. Michael Reick discusses the use of smoke-blocking devices to control air flow during a compartment fire in Germany.

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Change is ACTION

David Griffin asks, “How can my organization perform a similar assessment and then take the appropriate action to create a cultural change with the use of learning?”

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The SPECTRUM Model of Organizational Change, Part 2

As a fire service leader, one of the most important studies you can undertake is the exploration of organizational change, writes Mark Wallace.

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Ray McCormack      

Short Cuts = Long Heals

Taking shortcuts can lead to bad consequences on the fireground. But when those shortcuts fail to result in disaster, bad habits can be reinforced, Ray McCormack writes.

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Bobby Halton, Anthony Avillo, Anthony Kastros, and Erich Roden      

East Coast vs. West Coast

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Bobby Halton, Anthony Avillo, Anthony Kastros, and Erich Roden discuss the difference between East and West Coast firefighting.

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Construction Concerns: Hazard Communication in Construction

Gregory Havel discusses the importance of record keeping by building owners and managers, which can provide valuable information to first responders in the event of a fire, explosion, or structural collapse.

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Modular Concerns: The Dangers of Sunlight Reflected Off Energy-Efficient Windows

Kevin A. Gallagher follows up on his October 2013 article with this update on the dangers of a new type of fire cause.

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Billy Goldfeder      

You Really Want To be In Command? SERIOUSLY!?

When things go wrong on the fire or fire training ground, it can be life altering, writes Billy Goldfeder.

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My “Top 10” List

East Manatee (FL) Fire Rescue Training/Safety Officer Tim Hyden gives you the “Top 10” ways to better answer the call.

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Why You Should Attend FDIC      

Why You Should Attend FDIC

Frank Viscuso on why you should invest your valuable time and hard-earned money to attend the annual conference.

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John K. Murphy      

Legal Minute: Fire Inspections

Why do we perform fire inspections? Retired deputy fire chief and attorney John K. Murphy discusses the legal aspects of conducting fire inspections.

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Not So Amusing: Amusement Park Fires      

Not So Amusing: Amusement Park Fires

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the deadly Haunted Castle fire at the Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, New Jersey. In the latest From the Fire Engineering Vault feature, we look at this and other amusement park fires covered in the magazine.

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Roof Crickets: What’s Your Operation?

Colin Kelley discusses the hazards of responding to roofs with “crickets”—wooden, framed-out, triangular structures installed over top of already existing flat or pitched roofs. 

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Fire Photog Spotlight: Bob Bartosz

Check out some historic Fire Engineering covers from fire photographer Bob Bartosz.

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Bobby Halton discusses smoke toxicity with Rob Schnepp, Peter McBride, and Allen Rom of Fire-Dex.      

Smoke Toxicity

Bobby Halton discusses smoke toxicity with Rob Schnepp, Peter McBride, and Allen Rom of Fire-Dex.

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How Do We Get Firefighters to Seek Help?      

How Do We Get Firefighters to Seek Help?

Help is out there for firefighters struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues. So how do we get them to ask for it? Mark Lamplugh has some thoughts.

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The Administrative-Operational Gap      

The Administrative-Operational Gap

Trying to understand the vantage point of your colleagues can make the difference in overcoming the disconnect between company-level operations and the administration, writes Pedro Cáceres.

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What Would You Do?

Check out Skip Coleman’s newest scenario-based training feature, which challenges firefighters to consider what actions they would take at a given structural fire.

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