Check out a roundup of some of the featured articles we ran on the Fire Engineering site in September, and find more at www.fireengineering.com/features.
“Since we respond to multiple building types, we should be aware of the challenges of a flat roof,” writes Dennis Walton.
Firefighter fitness needs to be intentional and purposeful. Check out a new exercise courtesy of Jordan Ponder.
“Are you ready for emergencies out of the ordinary? I urge you to prepare for those unexpected “rare” incidents that will always happen without warning,” writes Michael J. Regnier.
P.J Norwood and guest Anthony Avillo discuss what is being done to improve firefighter health, specifically cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mental health.
In this Training Minutes video on vehicle extrication, Steve White and company run through a handful of options for crossramming the B post of a vehicle.
“Modern building construction and remodeling can result in structures that can visually deceive us when we respond to an incident,” writes Gregory Havel.
Should I start building a cribbing stack with end grain or side grain showing? Paul Rolandelli offers a tool to help firefighters determine which way to start the stack to support a load.
Today, Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton joined Mike Dugan in jumping from an airplane to raise money for the Birds Eye View Project. Bobby’s goal was to support the shared missions of America’s warfighters and firefighters.
“Being prepared to treat a panic attack—regardless of the outcome—is always better than standing around, waiting for the medics to arrive on scene,” writes Michael Morse.
In this week’s Humpday Hangout, hosts Rick Lasky and Terry McGrath sit down with their guests to discuss the impact, rescues, and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston earlier this month.
In this new series from “The Battalion TV,” ride along with Harrisburg (PA) firefighters as they work to keep the capital city of Pennsylvania safe.
Are your company officers trained to step up and oversee sectors during a working structure fire? Joe Pronesti talks about the importance of training for this possibility.
Is it better to be lucky or good? David DeStefano urges firefighters to hone the fireground skills necessary to reduce one’s dependence on the whims of fortune.
In this Holmatro Quick Cuts video, Isaac Frazier and company detail some considerations for rescuers when cutting seatbacks.
Ted Nee offers a new fire training simulation for you and your company, this time responding to a reported fire in a garden apartment complex.
“By leaving their comfort zones through performing training evolutions for skills they rarely use as well as by seeking tactics and techniques from other departments, firefighters can improve their overall knowledge and effectiveness,” writes Anthony Rowett Jr.
Is your department considering accreditation, but not sure how the process works or what the benefits might be? Check out a free supplement on fire department accreditation, sponsored by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Todd J. LeDuc writes, “Whether career or volunteer, all firefighters will likely face a high-risk, low-frequency, or potentially catastrophic event or sequence of events. Captain Sully and his team spent their lives preparing for one. Have you and your team done the same?”
In this new Training Minutes video, Sean Gray, Kevin Lewis, and company discuss fire dynamics and flow path considerations for the initial entering firefighter during VEIS operations.
For hsi latest Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at these building systems created in the 1970s for conserving energy in unoccupied spaces in buildings.
Tony Carroll discusses the role of the chief and/or incident commander (IC) and provide expectations of the IC during a Mayday.
“The terrorists’ attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, may have happened 16 years ago, but their impact on our humanity has not diminished,” writes Mary Jane Dittmar.
During the devestating flooding that engulfed the Houston, Texas, region, the Community (TX) Volunteer Fire Department responded to many requests for assistance during Hurricane Harvey. Photos by Lauralee Veitch.
“When checking any type of truck, departments need to address four basic areas: exterior, interior, operations, and equipment. If these four areas are checked consistently, then you will have completed a thorough truck check. Let’s look at each of these four areas,” writes Mark van der Feyst.
“If you are looking to address an area of fitness which can make significant changes to your department and injury-related events, mobility is the perfect place to start,” writes Ty Wheeler.
On this week’s Humpday Hangout, join Mike Dugan and Dan DeGryse as they discuss mental health in the fire service with some very knowledgeable guests.
In this Training Minutes video, Paul DeBartolomeo and company demonstrate how to set up a simple 2:1 system using ropes and a 24- foot portable ladder for removing a down firefighter from an upper floor.
Mary Jane Dittmar looks into several recently published articles regarding the strides being made in the care of trauma patients worldwide
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