In Case You Missed It: May 2018 Firefighting Articles

Check out what you may have missed on the site in May 2018, including pieces from the Tailboard Talk crew, Erich Bachman on preincident planning, and more!

Tailboard Talk: Speak Up

Dane Carley and Craig Nelson look at factors that may be inhibiting firefighters from speaking up when it comes to fireground dangers and how these factors may be overcome.


From The Ground Up

Recognizing, understanding, and contemplating the challenges, intricacies, and hazards of a facility is essential to mounting an effective and safety-minded response, writes Eric Bachman.


Training Minutes: Considerations for Adult Victims

In this new Training Minutes video, Walt Lewis and company discuss some rescue considerations for firefighters when dealing with rescue adult victims.


Humpday Hangout: Hostile Events

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, hosts Frank Ricci and PJ Norwood and company discuss the alarming increase in hostile events happening in this country. 


Training Minutes: Options for Elevator Operations

In a new segment of Training Minutes on elevator rescue, Mike Dragonetti and company review some alternative methods for obtaining access to elevators, including the use of various pick tools.


Corrosion Protection in Dry-Pipe Systems

Greg Havel looks at methods for mitigating corrosion in dry-pipe sprinkler systems, including nitrogen generators, and what firefighters need to know about them.


Tests of Residential Sprinklers and Water Mist Nozzles Show Their Efficacy in Combating Domestic Fires

RISE has performed a series of fire tests with traditional residential sprinklers, as well as several different types of water mist nozzles and a mobile sprinkler system.


My Rope Is Your Rope

The personal bailout system is among the most valuable pieces of equipment when it comes to firefighter survival. Dennis Walton reviews its use in bailout and Mayday situations.


FDIC Int’l POSTSCRIPT: Up Close with 3M Scott Fire & Safety

At FDIC International 2018, one of the most popular manufacturers of firefighter self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) unveiled its new partnership and logo, its latest SCBA, and a $100,000 donation to two major firefighter charities as part of a comprehensive cancer prevention and awareness initiative. 


Humpday Hangout: Medical Progress for Wounded Veterans and Firefighters

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, hosts Rick Lasky and Terry McGrath as they talk with Ryan Parrott of Sons of the Flag. 


FDIC Int’l POSTSCRIPT: Markus Vogt Teaches ‘Incident Management in Underground Transportation Systems’

International Fire Academy Head Consultant/Instructor Markus Vogt presented “Incident Management in Underground Transportation Systems,” a rarely taught aspect of fire response, on the first day of FDIC International 2018.


Firefighter Training Drill: How Many Sets of Window Bars Do You Count?

Samuel Hittle offers a drill that asks some simple questions for discussion to help firefighters size up window openings more realistically.


Training Minutes: UAVs for Event Safety and Preplanning

In this new Training Minutes video, Walt Lewis and Jason Revoldt discuss and demonstrate how unmanned aerial vehicles (a.k.a. drones) can be used for preplanning structures involved in large community gatherings and events.


Firefighters, Do You Have Good Response Habits?

By identifying the root issues that cause bad habits, responders can make positive changes, writes Grant Coffey.


FDIC Int’l POSTSCRIPT: HURST Jaws of Life Live Demos Its New Rescue Tools

During FDIC International 2018, HURST Jaws of Life offered attendees this up-close demonstration from HURST Jaws of Life Director of Sales Mike Canon of their yet-to-be released S 799E2 Cutter while also demonstrating their other, latest extrication tools. 


Engine Company EMS: Understanding Addiction and Naloxone

It’s critical that firefighters maintain their professionalism, courtesy, and competence, even when dealing with those who repeatedly overdose on opiates, writes Michael Morse.


Construction Concerns: Corrosion

Corrosion of a metal can be defined as its degrading from a reaction with its environment. Greg Havel looks closer at this phenomenon and what it might mean for firefighters.


Decon Procedures and Firefighter Health

Todd J. LeDuc examines occupational cancer exposure and potential mitigation strategies, and assesses a Swedish approach to decon for the fire service.


Humpday Hangout: Veteran Fire Students at FDIC

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Jason Hoevelmann, Dan Shaw, Mike Dugan, and the rest of the panel discuss what they learned.


Training Minutes: Extending a Hoseline Up Exterior of a Building

In this Training Minutes video, John Simpson and company offer three methods for extending a hoseline up the outside of a building.


FDIC Int’l POSTSCRIPT: Mike & Anne Gagliano Take On ‘The Challenges of Firefighter Marriage’

Among the many new and progressive classroom sessions introduced at FDIC International 2018, few, if any, strove to initiate a conversation on a more complex off-duty topic than “The Challenges of Firefighter Marriage,” presided over by Seattle (WA) Fire Department Captain Mike Gagliano and his wife Anne


Training Program Offered on Managing a Down Firefighter

The Firefighters Support Foundation’s (FSF) newest training program, Managing a Firefighter Down, is now available.


Mayday Monday: SCBA Checks and Firefighter Survival

Tony Carroll looks at a deadly incident that underscores the importance of thorough daily checks of firefighter self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).


Living in Darkness After the Smoke Clears

Firefighters are accustomed to operating in literal darkness. But what happens when the metaphorical darkness of the job threatens to overwhelm a firefighter’s career and life? RL Colina writes about his search to find the light.


Truck Company Ops: Vertical Ventilation

In this back-to-basics article, Mark van der Feyst looks at some considerations for firefighters working on the roof.



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