In Case You Missed It: February 2016 Fire Engineering Features

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What Would You Do? Strip Mall Fire


This fire occurs in a strip mall at 8:45 am on a Wednesday. Check out a new fire simulation from Skip Coleman.


Construction Concerns: Impalement Hazards


For his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel cautions firefighters on the numerous objects which can impale them at responses to construction sites.


May Their Sacrifices Not Be in Vain: Bryan (TX) LODD Case Study


As officers, one of the most potent lessons we can offer our firefighters is the review of line-of-duty death (LODD) reports and close calls. Joe Pronesti shares a PowerPoint you can use to review the deaths of two Bryan (TX) firefighters in a 2013 structure fire.


The Battalion TV: D.C. Fire


In this episode, “The Battalion TV” rides along with members of the D.C. Fire and EMS, including getting an close look at firefighters undertaking flashover training.


Birmingham (AL) Fire and Rescue: Doll House Burn Results


Watch this important training video as Birmingham (AL) Lieutenant Joseph C. Kolodziej demonstrates a live doll house burn and discusses the results.


Throw Back to Basics: Fire Service Operations with Elevators


A fire event should never be the first time you attempt to take control of an elevator, writes Brian Zaitz.


Outside-the-Box Education for the Savvy Company Officer


The well-educated fire officer is a much greater asset to not only the department, but more importantly to his or her crew, writes Mike DeStefano.


Humpday Hangout: Washing Your Gear Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle


Cancer is a hot topic today in the fire service, and many feel washing your gear is the answer. Washing our gear is at the top of everyone’s mind, but it is not the only piece to the puzzle. In this week’s hangout, we will cover exactly what firefighters should be doing to limit their exposure to absorbed toxins on and off the fireground.


Fire Photographer Profile: Ian Kushnir


The metro Detroit area is known for its fire behavior and firefighting tradition. Fire photographer Ian Kushnir, who operates in the region, took some time to offer his thoughts on shooting fires in the area, his experiences, and more.


Mutual Aid: Remember the Mission


When it comes to calling mutual aid, local fire departments must learn to put away their egos and remember that they’re working for the best outcomes for citizens in distress, writes Brian Kazmierzak.


Training Minutes: Tower Ladder Water Operations


In this new Training Minutes video, Mike Ciampo and company have details on tower ladder water operations, including ongoing size-up, tactical choices for stream application, and more.


FDIC Countdown: Simple Advice…?


Bobby Halton counts down the days to the end of early bird registration for FDIC 2016, and offers another fundamental tip on civility from George Washington.


Becoming a Value-Based Organization


Jacob McAfee implores every firefighter to “create that culture, that environment where everyone truly lives by YOUR values.”


Fire/EMS Department Morale: Can it lead to Behavioral Health Issues?


Firefighters often speak of the fraternal nature of the fire service, but does this translate into action? Jeff Dill shares results from a survey on morale in the firehouse and makes recommendations on how to improve your company’s unity.


C.O.R.E. Skills Drill: Master Streams and More


This week’s C.O.R.E. skills drill includes some hands-on and scenario-based situations for you to work on.


Technological Flashover


Despite the fact that, “Technology, used properly, can help make the difference in strategy and tactics, keeping people safer,” D. Brady Rogers cautions on the use of technology in the firefighting profession.


The Job: Taking a Window


In this new video on “The Job,” Frank Ricci offers a few details on taking out a window.


Throw Back to Basics: The Setup


The key with anything is to set you and your crew up for success prior the alarm. Brian Zaitz has a training drill on setting your expectations when it comes to specific calls.


What Would You Do? Warehouse Fire


This fire occurs in a seven-story warehouse built in the late 1890s. It was always used as a warehouse and is still used as one today. Check out a new video simulation from Skip Coleman.


The Digital Fire Service


Fire departments need to harness the power of technology and social media to reiterate their value to the communities they serve, Billy Greenwood writes.


Humpday Hangout: Urban Firefighting


In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Ray McCormack, Gabriel Angemi, Nick Martin, Josh Materi, and Erich Roden as they discuss firefighting in the urban environment and its many challenges.


Training Minutes: Victim Trapped on Rail Platform


In this Training Minutes video on technical rescue, David Rhodes and Scott Brantley have details on using air bags and cribbing to remove a victim pinned between a train and a rail platform.


Construction Concerns: Connections: Lightweight Steel Trusses


In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel discusses these lightweight steel trusses fabricated from galvanized steel strips and are commonly used in residential and commercial construction.


Prevent Low Back Pain Now!


Jordan Ponder provides some tips on preventing lower back pain in everyday movements in the firehouse and on the fireground.


NFPA 1851: One Department’s Example


Jeffrey L. Reed describes a Florida fire department’s approach to complying with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.


FDIC Countdown: Paying Attention


Only 70 days left to FDIC International 2016! Bobby Halton discusses the upcoming show as well George Washington’s Rules of Civility, including the connection between paying attention and showing respect.


Environmental Influences on Firefighting Foams: An International Seminar


George H. Potter reports from an October 2015 symposium held in Spain titled “What Type of Firefighting Foam Concentrate Will You Be Using in the Next 10 Years?”


Baltimore 1904: ‘Building After Building Fell A Prey to the Flames’


High winds, incompatible hose threads, and the ineffective efforts of “dynamitards” all played a role in the devastation wrought of the Baltimore Fire of 1904, despite the response of firefighters from Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and New Jersey.


Throw Back to Basics: Hazmat Placards


How well do you know your placard system? In this week’s Throw Back to Basics training, Brian Zaitz has a review.


Agency Accreditation: The Future of Quality Service


Robert Neale explains the benefits of getting your fire prevention bureau accredited.


Humpday Hangout: High-Rise Fire Operations


In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Bill Gustin and Mike Dugan and their panelists are joined by Chief Richard Riley of the Clearwater (FL) Fire Department as they continue their discussion on high-rise firefighting operations.


Training Minutes: The Bailout Kit


In this Training Minutes video, Andy Seers of Engine House Training LLC discusses storage and deployment of the bailout kit, hand placement, and the need for firefighters to get multiple reps during training.


Environmental Preincident Intelligence


Make natural and man-made venues and conduits a part of fire department district intelligence, writes Eric G. Bachman.


C.O.R.E. Skills Drill: Inside the Hot Zone


This edition of the C.O.R.E. (Company Operational Readiness Exercises) series covers a range of skill or job areas focusing on both basic skills and knowledge along with emergency operations.


Elevator Rescues


Thomas N. Warren’s latest covers the basics (and then some) of first responder elevator resuces.


The Job: Peaked Roof Operations


In this new video on “The Job,” Frank Ricci and company review some tips for operations on peaked roofs.  


International Code Council Evaluation Service: A Powerful Tool for Code Officials


Robert Neale discusses the benefits of the ICC Evaluation Service, which offers a variety of additional services that make the code officials’ job easier while helping designers and product manufacturers make safety-focused decisions.


Training Minutes: Tips on Stretching a Hoseline


In this Training Minutes video, Joe Alvarez and company demonstrate a method for working smarter on the fireground.


Will You Be the “Best of the Best” (or Will You “Fake it ‘Til You Make it”)?


David Griffin asks, What will you be remembered for: Faking it until you make it, or working nonstop to be a PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTER?


FDIC Countdown: ‘Affrighted’ and Fire-Based EMS


FDIC Education Director Bobby Halton looks forward to the show, discusses some rules of online behavior for dealing with criticism, and examines George Washington’s “Rules of Civility.”


The Battalion TV: Block on Fire


In this month’s episode of The Battalion TV, firefighters with the Fresno (CA) Fire Department with truck repairs, structural support training, and a block on fire.


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