In Case You Missed It: January 2016 Fire Engineering Features

For 2016, Forest Reeder has returned to offer a series of drills on the fundamentals of firefighting. Brought to you in conjunction with, these weekly training drills offer different training for various members/functions of the company. You’ll find the first installments below, along with much, much more.

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Drill: C.O.R.E. Skills

Muscle memory has to be developed and exercised regularly for learning to properly take place. Check out a new set of C.O.R.E. skill drills from Forest Reeder.

What Would You Do? Fire in a Converted Residence

This fire occurs in a residence that has been converted to offices. It occurs at 8:45 a.m. on a Wednesday. What would you do? Check out a new simulation from Skip Coleman.

The Business of the Fire Service: Employee Satisfaction

There are some very important lessons that can be learned from the private sector and used by the public sector, Mike DeStefano writes. The growth of our human resources—namely, our firefighters–is one such example.

Throw Back to Basics: Ice Rescue

Frozen water areas are often seen as “playgrounds” on which to skate or play hockey. However, in an instant, they can transform into rescue scenes with victims falling through the ice into the frigid water below.

Engine Company EMS: Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Response

If your department doesn’t have a standard operating procedure for an active shooter/mass-casualty incident (MCI) that includes joint training with law enforcement, it’s time to push for one, says Mike Morse.

Young Leadership’s Responsibilities to the Youngest Generation

Humpday Hangout: Occupational Safety and Risk Assessments

In today’s Humpday Hangout, hosts P.J. Norwood and Frank Ricci talk to guest Ernie St. Amant about the role of safety committees beyond the fireground.

Training Minutes: Tower Ladder Placement

In this new Training Minutes video, Mike Ciampo discusses tower ladder placement at strip malls and taxpayers. He shares tips on using a hook to properly set up apparatus outriggers and how to maximize the scrub area.

Hangout Live at TenCate Protective Fabrics

Live from TenCate Protective Fabrics headquarters in Georgia, join Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton as he visits with TenCate’s Mike Stanhope and Bart McCool.

Construction Concerns: Structural Steel—Riveted Connections

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at rivits, the most common connection used in the early decades of structural steel.

Drill: Developing Your C.O.R.E. Skills

Forest Reeder presents another set of positional skill drills for you to train your company on.

The Definition of Insanity

Martin J. Rita writes, fire service leaders, firefighters, company officers, and chief officers need to stop the insanity; stop doing the same thing and expecting new results!  

German Firefighters Employ Smoke-Blocking Devices to Limit Smoke Spread

Dr. Michael Reick sent us several examples of German firefighters employing smoke curtains during firefighting operations at various recent incidents.

Throw Back to Basics: Fireground Communications

The ability to effectively communicate will dictate success or failure on the fireground, writes Brian Zaitz.

Sprains, Strains, and Muscle Injuries

The leading cause of injury to firefighters on the fireground is sprains, strains, and muscle injuries. Alex Langbell discusses some way to try to limit the potential for this type of injury.

FDIC International Countdown: When In Company…

Chief Bobby Halton reviews some of the offerings from this year’s FDIC International in Indianapolis. He also takes a look at George Washington’s rule #2 from “The Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior.”

I’m a Firefighter with PTSD…Now What?

If everyone processed emotional trauma in the same way, identifying and coping with PTSD would be far more straightforward. This, as we know, is not the case, writes Mark Lamplugh.

Training Minutes: Commuter Rail Emergencies

In this new Training Minutes video on technical rescue, David Rhodes is at the Guardian Centers once again to discuss commuter rail emergencies. Rhodes reviews some basic considerations, including power issues, access, and communications.

10 Tips for Truckies

David DeStefano has some tips for truck company members and those performing truck company functions on the fireground.

What Would You Do? Jail Fire

This fire occurs in a county jail. Skip Coleman has a new firefighter training simulation.

Drill: C.O.R.E. Skills Training

Welcome to Edition 1 of a joint Fire Engineering and Firefighter Close Calls Weekly Skill Drill, brought to you by Forest Reeder.

The Fire Officer’s Guide to the Tough Community Questions, Part 5

In Part 5 of his series, Mark Wallace examines some answers to the questions of: When and Why Do We Need to Build Another Fire Station?

Humpday Hangout: High-Rise Firefighting

In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan, and returning guests are joined by Jack Murphy as they continue to discuss various points from a global perspective for operating at a fire in a high-rise structure.

Speed Bumps

Walter Lewis identifies three bad habits that can potentially hamper firefighters’ learning–and ultimately imperil them and the public on the fireground.

Training Minutes: Low Bailout Prop

It’s time for a new “season” of Training Minutes videos! In this first installment, Frank Lipski of Engine House Training LLC and company demonstrate the benefits of using the low prop to train your firefighters on window bailout techniques.

Construction Concerns: Skylight Roof Panels

Gregory Havel’s new Construction Concerns focuses on this common danger facing firefighters who are working on roofs.

The Job: Deploying the 35-Foot Ladder

In this episode of “The Job,” Frank Ricci and company review a trick of the trade on deploying a 35-foot ladder to start roof operations.

Seeing Ghosts

Mark J. Cotter offers this intimate story of how four decades in the fire service can sear into and conjure up in the mind the haunting images of past responses.

Throw Back to Basics: Electronics

Brian Zaitz implores you to “Take the time to change check your batteries!”  

Fire Observers vzw: Belgian Firefighters Conduct Training in the U.S.

Learn more about the Fire Observers vzw, Belgium’s foray into U.S. fire operations.

New Training Program on Down Firefighter Assessment

This training program from the Firefighters Support Foundation addresses the basics of assessing a down firefighter as well as the best ways to package and move them using simple webbing.

Training Minutes: ‘Space Case’ on Rail Platform

In this new Training Minutes video, Paul DeBartolomeo and company demonstrate performing a horizontal displacement to free a person pinned in the gap between a train and a rail platform.

Preincident Intelligence of Special Care Facilities

Fire officials must get into special care facilities and improve their intelligence of facility characteristics and fire department limitations, writes Eric Bachman.

In Case You Missed It: December 2015 Fire Engineering Features

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