In Case You Missed It: July 2017 Firefighting Articles

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Firefighter Retirement: Dreams Do Come True, But Not in All Cases

At some point during their careers, many high-risk professionals such as firefighters, police officers, and EMS members likely dream about the day they can retire. Paul Antonellis has some considerations that may warrant closer scrutiny before that “golden day” arrives.


Mayday Monday: Situational Awareness

Tony Carroll challenges you and your company to complete a drill to sharpen your situational awareness on the fireground.


Back-to-Basics Drilling for the Engine Company, Part 2

Nick Papa discusses developing basic engine company drills based on scenarios your crew has encountered on the fireground.


The Four Foundations of Tactical Fitness: Conditioning

In his latest article, Ty Wheeler looks at this area of fitness where many misconceptions delineate and the individuals looking to improve health automatically turn to as the avenue for improved fitness.  

Engine Company EMS: Training EMS for the Fireground

Michael Morse writes, “Having good working relationships between agencies makes us better. Training among ourselves makes us better. Getting better at saving lives makes us better people.”


Humpday Hangout: Firefighter LODDs for 2017

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, hosts P.J. Norwood and Frank Ricci are joined by FireRescue Editor in Chief Erich Roden and Bill Carey of FirefighterNation to look at recent firefighter line-of-duty deaths.


Training Minutes: The Striking Firefighter and Forcible Entry

In this new Training Minutes video, Paul DeBartolomeo and company break down some of the details to help optimize the striking firefighter’s performance during conventional forcible entry.

The Battalion TV: D.C. Fire and EMS

In a new episode of “The Battalion TV,” ride along with some of the firefighters protecting our nation’s capital.

Construction Concerns: Materials Testing

The fact that we already have many buildings with the potential to become another Grenfell Tower should not stop us from preventing the addition of more buildings to that number. Greg Havel discusses materials testing.


Rural Connections: The Importance of Training

In this new column, Tim Zehnder looks at the importance of and his experience with training for rural fire departments.

The Grenfell Tower Fire: A Closer Look, Part 1

George H. Potter takes another look at the Grenfell Tower fire, the greatest loss of life in a building fire in Britian since World War II, in Part 1 of this multipart series.  

Humpday Hangout: The Haz-Mat Team Leader: Who’s Laughing Now?

Years ago, some of those in public safety as well as some in our military, looked upon the training in and response to, Hazardous Materials incidents as a burden, something we shouldn’t be involved in and in some cases as a joke. In this week’s Humpday Hangout, join hosts Rick Lasky and Terry McGrath, along with their guests, as they discuss this topic.

Quick Cuts: Cutting Posts

In this new Quick Cuts video, Todd Taylor and company with Advanced Rescue Systems demonstrate the proper placement of Holmatro cutters for cutting posts.

How Deep Are Your New Recruit Discussions?

“The beginning of a probationary firefighter’s career is where he will develop habits that will send him down a path that will last the next 30 years or more. It is critical that we not only address these issues head-on but also set the example,” writes Justin C. Dickstein.


Photos: Newhall (CA) Brush Fire

Zachary Garcia, 20, was detained by deputies and arrested on suspicion of recklessly causing a fire. The blaze tore down an outbuilding and grew to 50 acres before firefighters were able to get a handle on it. Photos by Rick McClure.

The Value of the Fire Instructor

“The fire service instructor is, in many cases, the most underrecognized hero. His impact spans much farther than the day-to-day call logs show,” writes Leigh Hubbard.

The Cross- Contamination of the “Toxic Snake”

David Cain writes, “There is nothing more important to the fire service than the protection of all firefighters from the exposures to the ‘toxic snake.'”

Restaurant Fire Simulation

Ted Nee presents a new training simulation for firefighters: response to a fire in a restaurant in a strip mall.


Humpday Hangout: Discussing Firefighting Tactics with Our Brothers Abroad

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Bobby Halton, Mike Dugan, and Bill Gustin discuss firefighting tactics with veteran fire officers from Australia and Germany.

Training Minutes: Victim’s Arm Pinned Under Vehicle

In this new Training Minutes video on vehicle extrication, Steve White and other members of the Advanced Rescue Solutions team show a method for extrication a patient whose arm is trapped underneath a vehicle that has rolled on its side.

Reducing the Stigma of Psychiatric Medications

This program addresses the concerns of all public safety personnel–fire service, law enforcement, EMS, and so on–regarding psychiatric medications.

Construction Concerns: Combustible Cladding

“Just because there are many buildings with the potential to become the next Grenfell Tower should not stop us from preventing this from happening again,” writes Gregory Havel.

Mayday Monday: TIC Use

Tony Carroll looks back on one lessons learned from a New Jersey fire that claimed the lives of three firefighters and how developing thermal imaging camera proficiency can help in Mayday scenarios. 

Truck Company Operations: Overhead Obstructions

“We must regard any wire as dangerous and take every precaution necessary to avoid them,” writes Mark van der Feyst.


Training Minutes: Fast Water: Simultaneous Hoselines

In this video, Cobb County (GA) Lt. Sean Gray is joined by Los Angeles County (CA) Capt. Jason Ghorbani to discuss and demonstrate the use of dual hoselines to rapidly attack a fire.

Humpday Hangout: Basement Fires

In today’s Humpday Hangout, Hosts Aaron Heller, Steve Pegram, and Brad French will talk with Captain Seth Barker and Lt. Chris Divver of the ISFSI Understanding Basement Fires technical panel about basement fires and the ongoing research done by ISFSI and UL.

Lost in the ‘Fog’ of the Fireground, Part 6: Firefighter LODDs in Gloucester City (NJ) Fire

The impact of master streams can cause major issues on the fireground that firefighters may forget about during the fight. Joe Pronesti reviews a deadly New Jersey fire and some of its lessons. 

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