In Case You Missed It: January 2017 Firefighting Articles

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Residential Roof Operations

The ability to reach the seat of the fire quickly with an aggressive fire attack and then conduct efficient search operations simultaneously undoubtedly saves lives at many residential fires, writes David DeStefano.


Mayday, Mayday, Mayday…

No one can promise that you will never hear a Mayday again, perhaps even from yourself. The best prevention—and chance for survival—is training and discipline, writes Dennis Walton.


How Do You “Show Up”?

Depending on how we “show up” to work that day dictates our influence on our crew, our department, and the citizens we serve, writes Dominic Magagnini.


Avoiding the “Fog” of the Fireground

Joseph Pronesti reviews the first of his 13 “Common Error” items that can allow the “fog” to catch you on the fireground. These items will help you determine if you are at risk of getting lost while performing in a command or company officer position.


Humpday Hangout: Safety and Health Policies

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, hosts P.J. Norwood and Frank Ricci talk to attorney Curt Varone about establishing health and safety policies.


Fire Simulation: Motel Fire

Simulations are a great tool for developing decision-making skills. In the first in a new series of Fire Engineering simulations, Ted Nee challenges you and your crew to describe your actions at this motel fire.


Training Minutes: Firefighter Resiliency and Hypervigilance

In this Training Minutes video, Rick Jorge discusses how the state of hypervigilance originates from the functions firefighters perform on the job, and how changing your mindset can help build resiliency and improve your fireground performance and personal relationships.


Construction Concerns: Recycled Building Materials

For his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at examples of recycled building materials, which may affect firefighter tactics.


The Importance of Preassigned Responsibilities

Firefighters who know what is expected of them are more effective than those who do not until they arrive on the incident scene, writes Anthony Rowett Jr.


A Deputy Chief’s Legacy

A deputy chief or incident commander’s success depends mostly on how the members who work with him perform. Kevin Burns shares some concepts for success at the deputy chief level.


Staying Alive During Forcible Entry

Michael Morse recalls an important conversation on forcible entry he had with a mentor that reminded him of how important it is to fireground success.  


Humpday Hangout: Live Demo of FARS from the GRPST in Glendale, AZ

 Join in and see how FARS works and why it is an important live-saving tool for the fire service nationally.


Training Minutes: Confined Space Window Lift

In this Training Minutes video, Paulie Capo and company focus on a particular aspect of the Denver Drill: the lifting and removal of a down firefighter through a window.


Trusted Voices: Ernest Mitchell

In this new episode of Trusted Voices, Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton speaks to U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell.


Remembering Where You Came From

Michael DeStefano has some advice for new officers on how to stay grounded and support your crew after the promotion.


Firefighter Training: Pump Operations and More

Fire Engineering is not your typical firefighting magazine. Check out a small selection of some of the most-read articles from our archives.


Confined Space Rescue: Body Recovery vs. ‘Buddy’ Recovery

Greg Hewin discusses the danger to the team and mission when a confined space recovery operation gets too personal.


Someone Is Always Watching!

In today’s society, be careful of what you say, be careful of what you do, and be careful of what you write, writes Dennis L. Rubin.


Humpday Hangout: Operations on Roadways

In this Humpday Hangout, Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan, and the rest of the panel will discuss operations on roadways, including vehicle fires and accidents.


Training Minutes: The Can

In this new Training Minutes video, Eric Wheaton and Jimm Walsh discuss some of the specifics and capabilities of the 2 1/2-gallon water can and properly preparing it for the fireground.


Construction Concerns: Combustible Liquids

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel informs firefighters of facilities that store their lubricants and other vehicle fluids in bulk tanks inside the building.


Mayday Monday: Calling the Mayday

When a firefighter is in distress, how do you get the message across on the fireground? In this drill, Tony Carroll challenges you to practice your Mayday procedures.


Drills You Won’t Find in the Books: Frozen or Rusted Standpipe and Sprinkler Connections Drill

What happens when you’re confronted with a female swivel on the siamese that is rusted shut, and you don’t have the requisite tools to rectify the situation? Raul Angulo’s latest drill challenges you to overcome this scenario.


Motivation, Creative Thinking, and Stress in the Fire Service

Employees are the most vital part of any organization, and they must feel important so they can to take a vested interest in an organization’s success, writes Kevin A. Butsko.


Humpday Hangout: Safe Operations for Law Enforcement on the Fireground

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) just launched the “Safe Operations for Law Enforcement on the Fire Ground” training video and accompanying four-hour classroom led curriculum.


Training Minutes: Removing Gear from Down Firefighter

In this Training Minutes video, Orlando (FL) District Chief Walt Lewis and company review how to remove turnout gear from an injured firefighter.



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