Fireground Safety

Scissor Lift Response

In a response for a tipped-over scissors lift, the author emphasizes the priority of actions. Tend to injured patients, lock out/tag/out machinery, and clean up incident site before returning it.

The Potential Danger of Charging Lead Acid Batteries

Daniel Fresse explains how a series of batteries charging a forklift turned a call for carbon monoxide in a warehouse to an encounter with hydrogen and hydrogen sulfide gases.

FDSOA Announces Keynote for 2020 Health and Safety Forum

The Fire Department Safety Officer Association (FDSOA) announced Royal P. Mortenson, Director, Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 Health and Safety Forum to be held in January 13-16, 2020, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Backdraft, Mayday Declared at Troy (NY) Bowling Alley Fire

Firefighters contended with a backdraft and Mayday call while operating at the scene of a significant fire in a bowling alley in Troy, New York. Sidewinder Photography shared some fireground images along with operational details.

FIRST, FDSOA are Taking Safety Culture to the Street

The Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety (FOCUS) survey is the first safety culture tool developed specifically for the fire service through the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) R&D Program and will provide your fire department with objective data to assess your safety culture.

FDSOA Introduces CE Class for Incident Safety Officers

Mike Richardson, Eastern Director, Fire Department Safety Officer Association (FDSOA), successfully introduced The 5 Reads class as continuing education for Incident Safety Officers who have completed FDSOA ISO training, at the annual Safety Forum in Orlando.

NJ Firefighter Dies Following Training Drill

A South Jersey volunteer firefighter has died after falling ill following a training evolution, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
Women in Fire

International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services Changes Name to Women in...

The International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services (iWomen) is now Women in Fire! 

Responding to Fires in Vacant Buildings: Proceed with Caution

Approach vacant buildings with caution in response. Neglect and vandalism may have may have compromised their structural stability and hence the safety of firefighters entering them. The article offers guidance in preplanning, size-up, and appropriate strategy and tactics.

DE Firefighter Critically Injured at House Fire

A Delaware firefighter has been critically injured while operating at a house fire Thursday in Milltown.