Top Firefighter Training Articles of 2015

Like our print magazine, Fire Engineering‘s online component is dedicated to bringing you the top training and preparedness pieces to keep you and your crew on top of the game. Based on numbers alone, we drew up this list of the most-read Web features we ran in 2015. Which were your favorites? Which articles should have been here?

Stay tuned for more great tactical content from FE in the upcoming year. As the adage goes, “You can never train enough for a job that can kill you.”

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Just Washing Your Gear Is Not The Answer

Properly wearing face masks and frequent exercise should be performed in conjunction with regular turnout gear cleaning to reduce the risk of contracting cancer, writes Robert Fling.


Four Fundamentals of Firefighter Functional Fitness

Dan Kerrigan and Jim Moss write that improving personal fitness will play a large role in reducing firefighter deaths, specifically those caused by medical and cardiac issues.


Firefighters and Firearms: A New Kind of PPE


What is the best way to implement a firearm policy for your fire department? Mike DeStefano suggests some places to begin.



Close the Door: Small Towns, Big Impact

Many paid and volunteer firefighters go their entire careers without ever pulling a victim out of a structure. Sharing this information is just as heroic as pulling that citizen out, writes Michael Alt.



Stress: The Silent Killer

Even during a “normal” duty tour during which no emergency response actions are being undertaken, personnel serving in stations situated in hot climate regions can be exposed to the phenomena, writes George H. Potter.


The Loss of Skill

Some of the new tactics and tools advocated for the modern fire environment may diminish invaluable firefighting skills, Ray McCormack writes.


Tradition in EMS is Impacting Responder Safety

How far would you go for your safety? P.J. Norwood says it’s time to consider helmets for EMS providers.

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No One Is Reinventing the Fire Service

Brian P. Kazmierzak asks: Why are we afraid of the science? He offers his take on the war of words being waged in social media regarding modern fire science and its adherents.


Firefighter Training Drill: Seven-Step Training Program for Fireground Success

Dan Shaw reviews the seven most common tactics employed on the fireground that, if executed correctly and in a coordinated manner, can spell success for firefighters.


Drills You Won’t Find in the Books: The Fence Drill


How do you access your radio if you’re pinned down by debris? Raul Angulo argues that this training drill may make some firefighters change their mind about how they wear their radio.


Throw Back to Basics: The Three Cs of Ventilation

Ventilation is a task that must be performed on nearly every fire, and it must be coordinated, communicated, and correct–the three Cs of ventilation.

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