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Podcast: First-Due Battalion Chief: Matt Quinn

Host Danny Sheridan talks to guest Matt Quinn about engine company work, the FDNY's UL Boot Camp, training with a new prop, and more.
Fairfax County firefighters respond to a 2018 apartment fire

Control, Command, and Communicate to Manage the Mayday

To overcome complacency, incident commanders must anticipate firefighters calling a Mayday, writes Dan Shaw.

Revisiting Incident Action Plans and the Incident Management System

The most important tool in the incident commander's toolbox is an incident action plan, says Tim Kreis.
Firefighters chatting outside the apparatus bay

Gaining a Tactical Advantage: Setting the Tone During the First Hour

The way firefighters start their shift determines how effective their operations will be, writes Dennis Reilly.
Fairfax County VA firefighters at a structure with fire blowing out the windows

Closing the Communications Loop on the Fireground

Dan Shaw looks at one of the most important aspects of fireground management—communications, which can have as much to do with life and death as the fire itself.
Firefighters put water onto garage area as flames burn through roof of home

Size-Up Critical to Safety

Size-up should begin from the moment a call is received and should be performed by all members, not just officers and the incident commander.
Incident commander looking up at fire scene

Can You Hear Me Now?

Clear and accurate radio reports from inside the building are a tremendous asset for an incident commander. Read more from Tom Dunne.
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Podcast: Fireground Strategies (and Other Stuff from the Streets)

Anthony Avillo and Jim Duffy discuss fireground decision making and incident command.
Firefighters responding with fire out the window

Fireground Size-Up and Decision Making: The RADE Loop

Nicholas Papa looks at a decision-making model that aims to bring about a more accurate and efficient fireground size-up.

Responding to and Preparing for Acts of Violence

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All aspects of fire and EMS response to violent incidents are addressed in this interactive workshop: single-unit response to scenes of violence, multiunit/multiagency response to active shooter incidents, civil unrest, terrorism, hazardous materials response from intentional acts, incidents involving explosives, and suspicious packages. The instructor shares his experience as a sheriff deputy and a fire department company officer, case histories, and emergency response critiques to highlight course objectives and enhance learning. Strategy and tactics discussed provide guidelines and best practices for departments of any size or configuration.