Fireground Safety

Mayday Monday: Entanglement on the Fireground

Tony Carroll reflects on the tragic fire that claimed the life of Howard County (MD) Fire Lt. Nathan Flynn and offers a drill that builds on members' wire-cutting skills.

The Seven Deadly ‘C’s of the Fire Service

Billy W. Scearce, Jr. reviews some fire department sins that can prove fatal to firefighters both on and off the fireground.

Firefighters Injured in Springfield (IL) Abandoned House Fire

Officials in Springfield, Illinois, are raising questions after three firefighters were injured battling a fire in an abandoned home in the city, according to a news report.

The Merrimack Valley Gas Crisis: ‘The Day That Wouldn’t End’

Chief Brian F. Moriarty describes how he managed a gas emergency that caused numerous simultaneous fires and explosions, destroyed multiple houses, and caused one death and several injuries and shares the lessons learned.

MS Firefighter Falls Ill After Incident, Dies

Mathiston captain unresponsive the morning after an emergency call.

Ridgefield (NJ) Explosion Levels Home

One man was taken to the hospital after an explosion on June 17, 2019, leveled an Abbott Avenue home in Ridgefield, New Jersey.

Podcast: Politics and Tactics

In this podcast, hosts David Polikoff and Nick Papa talk with guests Leigh Shapiro and Brian Butler. 

Back to Basics: Helicopter Safety

Mark van der Feyst reviews basic safety tips for interacting with helicopters and helicopter crews at emergency scenes.
Back Step Boys Tom Aurnhammer and Ron Kanterman

Podcast: Back Step Boys

In this podcast, the Back Step Boys—Tom Aurnhammer and Ron Kanterman—discuss fire investigation testimony and other topics.

Your First Mayday Shouldn’t be the Real Thing!

Chief or company officers who may become Incident commanders must prepare for a possible Mayday before one ever happens. A Mayday on the fireground should not be their first. The author offers Mayday aspects to train on, signs on the fireground that could result in a Mayday, and training resources to consult.