Truck Company

Firefighter carrying multiple ground ladders

Working Fire! Put the Stick Up?

Too often, ladder companies quickly deploy the aerial but delay or completely neglect throwing ground ladders.
Tower ladder positioning

Ladder Company Positioning Tips for Encountering Obstacles

Positioning a ladder company apparatus is usually not an issue when you’re first due, but what happens when you’re not?
Firefighters taking a ladder off a truck

Basics Are Advanced

Mike Ciampo reviews some of the nuances of fundamental truck company skills.

Ventilation-Limited Fire: Keeping it Rich and Other Tactics Based Off Science

Frank Ricci and P.J. Norwood examine the sometimes complex and wide-reaching scientific studies done to aid in firefighting tactics.
Trailer in NYC

Full Circle

As we enter 2021, we may notice significant changes in our response districts that can affect our firefighting tactics and procedures.
Dummy in firefighter gear with straps

Calling an Audible

Deployment of the RIT to help save a civilian’s life isn’t its primary duty, but in some instances, we’ll have to deviate from our procedures, writes Mike Ciampo.
Mike Ciampo with other firefighters performing teepee cut on a roof

Training Minutes: Teepee Cut

Mike Ciampo demonstrates the teepee cut, especially useful for opening up a high-pitched roof.
Mike Ciampo on lath and plaster

Training Minutes: Lath and Plaster Overhaul

Mike Ciampo discusses opening walls made of lath and plaster, an older form of interior wall construction that can be difficult to remove.
Firefighters in Chicago beaching a truck

Truck Placement on the Fireground

Open lots provide many options for the second-due truck. Read some tactical thoughts from Jimmy Davis.
San Francisco Fire Department

San Francisco (CA) Firefighter Expected to Survive After Being Critically Injured by Hose

The firefighter, six-year SFFD veteran Matthew Vann, was initially listed as being in critical condition.