In Case You Missed It: March 2017 Firefighting Articles

Check out of few of the features we ran on the Fire Engineering Web site in March 2017.

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The Battalion TV: Fresno (CA) Fire

In this episode of “The Battalion TV”, ride along with Fresno (CA) firefighters and Battalion Chief Lawrence French.


Don’t Have Any Regrets: The Rosecrance Florian Program

Chicago (IL) Battalion Chief Daniel DeGryse, a director for the Rosecrance Florian Program, offers insight into the program, which helps firefighters and other first responders who are battling a multitude of mental health and addiction issues.  


Extreme Leadership: Q & A

Billy Greenwood recently presented a Webcast on “Extreme Leadership – The Next Generation of Leading, Coaching and Mentoring.” Read answers to some questions submitted by viewers.


Humpday Hangout: Science and Tactics

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Steve Kerber, Robin Zevotek, and Craig Weinschenk from UL FSRI speak with guests Lori Moore-Merrell from IAFF and Tyler Garner from the FireCares team as they discuss FireCares and fire data.


Training Minutes: Bypassing Rolling Gates

In this new Training Minutes video, Walt Lewis and company describe methods for opening two different systems controlling rolling gates.


Fireground Tempo: “Slow Is Smooth and Smooth Is Fast”

Zach King asks, “When you hear someone say, ‘You need to take time to make time,’ what does that mean to you?”


Fire Simulation: Apartment Fire

Ted Nee has another firefighting simulation, this one dealing with a three-story apartment building fire. 


Modern Fire Attack: Room and Contents

Room-and-contents fires are staple responses for firefighters. But what happens when complications arise on the fireground during such “bread-and-butter” operations? Mark Cotter has some thoughts. 


The “Fog” Part 3: The 360° Failure

In the final part of his series on the “fog of the fireground,” Joseph Pronesti focuses on what can happen when fireground distractions keep us from conducting a 360° size-up.


Humpday Hangout: Scenes of Violence

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Frank Ricci and Steven Hamilton discuss scenes of violence, how fire departments and law enforcement agencies can work more closely with one another, and how conflict between the two agencies can be diffused at the company level.


Training Minutes: Extending Your Air

In this Training Minutes video, Ric Jorge and company demonstrate a technique to increase a firefighter’s chance of surviving a low-air situation during a Mayday.


We Are Strongest When We Seek Help, Part 3

In the final part of his series on firefighter mental health, Nathan Fuist writes, “My illness may be life-long, and it is possible I might have to go through this again. However, I know it won’t be as scary and nerve-wracking as it was the first time.”


Construction Concerns: Improvised Scaffolds

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel examines these temporary structures that are for worker access during construction and remodeling.


Trusted Voices: Ron Coleman

In this new episode of Trusted Voices, Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton talks with well-known natonal fire service figure Ronnie Coleman.


The Firefighter: A Different Kind of Person

As troubling as firefighters behaving badly is to most firefighters, there are by far many more stories of firefighters performing community service and saving lives during their off-duty time, writes Thomas N. Warren.


Engine Company EMS: Assisting with a Combative Patient

Learning to keep emotions from interfering during an altercation is difficult but not impossible, writes Michael Morse.


Humpday Hangout: Love for the Job

In this Humpday Hangout, Rick Lasky and Terry McGrath are joined by Chief Tim Tittle and Firefighter Ashley Stratton of Lewisville, Texas; Chief Eddie Buchanan of Hanover, Virginia; and Chief Darrell Brown of Grapevine, Texas. Join them as they discuss those who love the job, and those who don’t.


Training Minutes: Stimulus Response Training

In this Training Minutes video, Paulie Capo and company discuss the benefits of stimulus response training–namely, developing automatic responses for firefighters, in this case when it comes to completing a quick, efficient search.


Belowgrade Access Hazards, Part 1

In Part 1 of their two-part series, Adam J. Hansen and Jason Hoevelmann look at common and uncommon but hazardous belowground access points in dwellings.   


We Are Strongest When We Seek Help, Part 2

In Part 2 of his three-part series, Nathan Fuist continues sharing his experiences with mental health immediately following the birth of his son.  


Drills You Won’t Find in the Books: Stokes Snow Sled Drill

Old Man Winter is still here until March 19, but unpredictable weather events can hit at any time between the seasons. Raul Angulo has another drill for helping firefighters with fireground access.


The Nozzleman’s Dogma

Truck work, rapid intervention teams, and other fireground functions have ruled the training agenda for many years. They are, of course, vitally important, but the most vital tool on the fireground is still the nozzle and its precise use, writes Justin Mann.


Humpday Hangout: Examining Basement Fires

On this week’s Humpday Hangout, Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan, and the rest of the panel look deeper into basement fires. 


Training Minutes: Search with the Water Can

In this Training Minutes video, Jimm Walsh, Eric Wheaton, and company demonstrate methods for handling the can during search operations. The video also features a demonstration of effective oriented search with firefighters carrying the water can.


Construction Concerns: Temporary Structures

Gregory Havel’s latest Construction Concerns looks at buildings and other construction work that requires the use of temporary structures for support until they are complete enough to be self-supporting.


Mayday Monday: It’s Not Luck…

When it comes to rescuing a down firefighter, don’t rely on luck. Tony Carroll asks you to practice you plan for rapid intervention in this month’s drill.


Drill: When “Through-the-Lock” Fails, Part 1

In the first of this two-part drill, Wichita (KS) Fire Department Lieutenant Samuel Hittle looks at your next move when this all-important forcible entry technique fails.


Firefighter Mental Health: We Are Strongest When We Seek Help, Part 1

In Part 1 of his three-part series, Nathan Fuist chronicles his journey from the adversity he faced as a teenager to the beginning of his fire service career, and how these events led him to his attempts in helping other firefighters deal with their own mental health issues.  


The Battalion TV: Fire Training with CSFA

This episode of “The Battalion TV” features the California State Firefighters’ Association (CSFA) and the fine work they do to train new firefighters and to give an opportunity to any member the opportunity to train with some of the best professional firefighter trainers in North America.


Humpday Hangout: Special Operations Training

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Brad French and his guests will cover best practices and challenges for training on high-risk, low-frequency incidents, such as technical rescue and hazardous materials.



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