In Case You Missed It: July 2015 Fire Engineering Features

Fire Engineerings simulations remain a popular training feature, but did you know we have new simulation videos each month? Check out new sims this month from Skip Coleman and Scott Goodwin Associates, as well as other features you may have missed.

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Training Minutes: Firefighter Self-Rescue

Check out a series of Training Minutes videos on firefighter bailouts and self-rescue.

Throw Back to Basics: Bailout

Brian Zaitz has a new training bulletin on the fundamentals of firefighter self-rescue and bailout training.

From the Jumpseat: Self-Starters

Mark J. Cotter offers this insightful parable about the importance of doing the job no matter the department for which you work.

1945: A Bomber Crashes into the Empire State Building

Seventy years ago, a long anticipated and feared disaster occurred when a B-25 bomber, disoriented in a heavy fog, crashed into the Empire State Building, on the foggy morning of July 28, 1945. See the original Fire Engineering reports covering the incident and the role of portable radio communications in mitigating the incident.

How Do You Want Them Treated? 1, 2, 3, and 4

Billy Goldfeder reviews some recent firefighting incidents that arouse concern within the firefighting community. After reading his commentary, consider: What would be your response to the parents in any of these cases as to why you allowed this to happen?

Fireground Simulation: Commercial Structure Fire

In this fireground simulation from Scott Goodwin Associates, students will discuss their size-up and actions at a fire in a commercial occupancy.

Training Minutes: Rescue Jack to Remove Pinned Victim

In this new Training Minutes video, Fire Department of New York Firefighter Paul DeBartolomeo and company demonstrate how to use a single rescue jack to remove a patient trapped beneath a vehicle.

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 20—Safe Driving Policies

Thomas A. Merrill follows up his previous article on apparatus driver programs with this article, which offers just a few of the many important policies, guidelines, or rules that departments should have in place to help guide their vehicle responses.

VEIS: The Engine Company’s Perspective

Dan Kerrigan writes, From the engine company perspective, failure to consider adjusting tactics in response to VEIS operations can potentially increase the risk to the very people you are trying to protect.

Throw Back to Basics: Air Bags

Brian Zaitz offers this new drill on air bags which, while not routinely used for extrication, are a critical tool in the extrication cache.

Training Minutes: High-Rise Fire Operations: The Apartment Stretch

In this brand-new series of Training Minutes, Denver (CO) Assistant Chief Dave McGrail shares his knowledge on high-rise firefighting operations.

Construction Concerns: Porches, Decks, and Stairs

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at these common structures that responding firefighters may overlook.

What Would You Do? Sewer Fire

This fire involves a fire of unknown origin and materials in a city sewer system.  All traffic in the area has been stopped. Skip Coleman has another firefighting simulation for you and your crew to consider.

The Fire Officer’s Guide to the Tough Community Questions, Part 1

Mark Wallace offers the first part in a multipart series that is designed to explore the issues at hand to facilitate the best answers and approaches for your community.

Fire Blog Roundup: Tool Quality, Haters, and Winning Teams

Check out a roundup of some posts by the featured Fire Engineering bloggers, including some advice from the Old Testament that can be brought to bear on modern issues for firefighters, some thoughts on tool quality, and more.

Throw Back to Basics: Ground Ladder Markings

Ground ladders are critical firefighting tool; get them off the rig, practice with, them and ensure they are marked for use on the fireground, writes Brian Zaitz.

EMS Point Person

A good officer has evaluated his member’s strengths and weaknesses and can rely on the right person to do the right thing on an EMS call. Michael Morse on establishing an EMS point person and responsibilities of the role.

Humpday Hangout: The Fire Service and Law Enforcement: Same Mission — One Family

In today’s Humpday Hangout, Rick Lasky, Terry McGrath, and Kenny Gabriel discuss the relationship between firefighters and law enforcement.

Love and Mercy

Firefighters are public defenders who try to save people. If given the opportunity to make a grab, would you do it? Ray McCormack discusses the nature of the rescue mentality.

Training Minutes: Street Smart Setup

In this all-new Training Minutes video series, Fishers (IN) Battalion Chief Steve White takes us back to the basics on vehicle extrication.

MORE Intelligence

When a tool is left to deteriorate and personnel skills are not consistently reinforced, the expected end result is ineffectiveness, writes Eric G. Bachman.

Peer Support Crucial to the Fire Service

Peer support is a major component of the Rosecrance Florian Program, which launched in 2014 in Rockford, Illinois. Florian is an inpatient program that specializes in treating firefighters and paramedics for substance abuse, as well as job-related mental health issues such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety.

Training Officer’s Toolbox: Generations

How many different generations do you have in your station? Brian Ward has a new training bulletin on learning how to strengthen your team.

Drill: Engine Company Operator Tools

Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue Department Battalion Chief Dan Shaw presents this new drill that focuses on the successful actions of a disciplined engine company and the tools and skills needed to affect that outcome.

Throw Back to Basics: Riding Assignments

Riding assignments and riding boards provide for clearly defined roles, tools assignments, and fireground expectations. Brian Zaitz provides an example and some thoughts on the application of these concepts.

Construction Concerns: Repurposed Structures

Gregory Havel’s new Construction Concerns focuses on the history of one building in his former district of Burlington, Wisconsin, that has under several changes through the years.

Drills You Won’t Find in the Books: Roll-Up Doors–In or Out?

The second drill in this series deals with the forcible entry of roll-up doors. After you cut the door, do you push the panels into the building, or pull them out onto the sidewalk? A new evolution from Raul Angulo.

Fire Blog Roundup: Checking the Resume, the Ego-Driven Firefighter, and the Warrior Mentality

In a blog this week, Columbia (SC) Battalion Chief Nick Martin brings up a salient point: how do you know whether the information you’re reading on the Internet is being written by someone with credibility and experience in the field? Read Nick’s blog and other commentaries from members of our blogging community.

Humpday Hangout: Focus on the Fireground: RIC

In today’s Humpday Hangout, Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan, Clark Lamping, and other guests focus on rapid intervention operations. Sponsored by Key Hose.

The “Prime” in a Primary Search

David DeStefano offers insight into this scenario involving the response to a 12-story apartment building.

Personality-Based Mutual Aid: Five Steps Forward, or Four Steps Backward?

Sometimes you might feel that the fire service is taking five steps forward and then four backward. Billy Goldfeder offers commentary and a clip of a case where some in the fire service “slipped through the cracks.”

A Common Response to an Uncommon Fire Alarm Activation

Hailey (ID) Fire Department Chief Craig Aberbach offers this look at a fire alarm activation response that, through common practices, helped avoid a potential calamity.

What Would You Do? Downtown Commercial Fire

This fire occurs in a downtown commercial building. It has many apartments on the upper two floors and mercantile on the first floor. What would you do? Check out a new simulation from Skip Coleman.

Training Minutes: Access to Gated Communities

In this firefighter training video, Walt Lewis and company look at different means of obtaining entrance to gated communities, including tips to bypass access gates for fire apparatus.

Drones in the Fire Service

Drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), are an emerging topic of interest for the United States fire service. See a presentation from UAS consultant Mike Clemens that offers some glimpses of the potential uses for UAS in fire and emergency scenarios.

Has Fire Service Leadership Changed in the Past Five Years?

The fire service has overwhelmingly recognized the importance of leadership. Yet, it does not seem that much has changed in actually applying leadership concepts over the past five years, writes Dane Carley and Craig Nelson.

Throw Back to Basics: SCBA Check

The self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) provides us the opportunity to conduct interior operations, make aggressive tactical decisions, and save lives. Brian Zaitz has a reminder on performing a check of this crucial piece of firefighting equipment.

Two Free Critical Incident Stress Management Programs Available

The Firefighters Support Foundation’s (FSF) newest free training programs are now available. Building a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team and Questions About CISM and CISD (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing) are 45-minute and 25-minute long video presentations, respectively.

Seville, Spain, Air Crash Mobilizes Public Emergency Services

George H. Potter examines the response of Spanish emergency services to the crashing of an Airbus Defense & Space Company A4000
ATLAS Airlifter this past May 9 at Seville Airport.

Two Firefighters Killed from the Same Department. Don’t Mind Your Own Business.

Within just a few days, a fire department in West Virginia lost two members in off duty crashes. Read a commentary from Billy Goldfeder.

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