In Case You Missed It: May 2015 Fire Engineering Features

This month we debuted a few new recurring features on the Fire Engineering site: in addition to our standard Friday drills, we have new Thursday bulletins by Brian Zaitz that aim to focus on basic firefighting skills. We also have bi-weekly training bulletins from Brian Ward intended to provoke discussion about issues related to officer development.

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Drill: The Company Officer

Fire Department of New York lieutenant Douglas Mitchell Jr. offers this new Traditions Training drill that discusses the importance and the responsibiities expected of this vital fire department position.



A Day in the Life of a Company Officer

As a company officer, you have the ability to influence firefighters to be great while instilling in them what is acceptable in your department’s culture, writes Mark Waters
Throw Back to Basics: Ladder Locks      

Throw Back to Basics: Ladder Locks

This firefighter training bulletin shows three alternatives to the traditional leg lock, all designed to lock you into the ladder while affording the flexibility to quickly move up and down the ladder as needed.



Construction Concerns: Types of Gypsum Drywall Board

Gregory Havel’s new Construction Concerns looks at this type of building construction material that was made popular popular during the building boom of and after World War II.


Firefighting Tactics: Operational Resilience      

Operational Resilience

Hosts Frank Ricci and P.J. Norwood talk to guests Harold Blythe, David Polikoff, and Sam Villani about the concept of operational resilience and other topics.


The Multigas Meter

It is important to always refresh your memory by training and reviewing the proper operation of your meters to keep you and your responders safe, writes Kevin Yoos.
What Would You Do?      

What Would You Do?

This fire occurs in a two-story residential occupancy on a Friday morning at 1030 hours. Train your crews with a new scenario from Skip Coleman.  


Throw Back to Basics: Inward-Swinging Door      

Throw Back to Basics: Inward-Swinging Door

Forcible entry is a task that can make or break a fireground. Brian Zaitz has a new training bulletin on one of our foundational skills. 

Raul Angulo: Drills You Won't Find in the Books      

Q & A: Raul Angulo

Raul Angulo recently presented a Webcast on “Drills You Won’t Find in the Books.” Read his answers some questions submitted by viewers.



Situation: Ferguson

Situational awareness is paramount to success. The fire service must use Ferguson as a catalyst to look within our own departments, writes D. Brady Rogers.



Assertiveness vs. Aggressiveness

We want aggressive officers and firefighters on the fireground, but have you ever thought about how that translates into the leadership role off of the fireground? In this new series, Brian Ward takes a look at issues facing the training officer.



Mitigating the Dangers of Ammunition at Fire Incidents

Storing ammunition presents an uncalculated danger risk to firefighters at a structure fire, writes Susan Tamme.


Firefighter Cardiac Arrest: Chain of Survival      

Firefighter Cardiac Arrest: Chain of Survival

Robert Owens on how using the firefighter cardiac arrest chain of survival can provide a guide on how to treat the on-scene firefighter cardiac arrest.


Focus on the Fireground      

Focus on the Fireground

Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan, and their guests discuss FDIC, a culture of learning, and much more.


The Rescue Lab: Drawing Shoring Systems      

The Rescue Lab: Drawing Shoring Systems

In this new technical rescue series, Mike Donahue will provide quick tips on tech rescue operations and specific skills and knowledge that can help you improve your effectiveness in rescue situations.



Fire Photog Profile: Keith Muratori

This month we take a look at the work of fireground photographer Keith Muratori of Connecticut, whose drone photo graced the January 2015 cover of Fire Engineering magazine.



All-Seasons Intelligence

Embracing a year-round approach to preincident preparedness will improve the readiness of a fire department to protect the permanent and transient population and better safeguard its personnel for seasonal hazards, writes Eric G. Bachman.
Billy Goldfeder      

THE Fire: If I Could’ve Gotten In, I Would’ve Gotten In!  

The loss of a victim is never easy…the loss of a child victim goes beyond that. Bill Goldfeder comments on a recent difficult fire incident in that tested Baldwinsville (NY) firefighters.
Basic Forcible Entry      

Basic Forcible Entry

This training program from the Firefighters Support Foundation addresses the physics of levers, forcible entry tools, residential vs. commercial construction, door size-up, through-the-lock methods, and conventional forcible entry.
Humpday Hangout: Training      

Humpday Hangout: Training

Hosts Aaron Heller and Steve Pegram talk to E.J. Moscaro about veterans in the fire service, mentorship, and much more.

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 19 – Apparatus Operators

A well-designed driver training program can pay huge dividends for the professional volunteer fire department.



Looks Are Not Deceiving

A new cartoon from Fire Engineering Editorial Cartoonist Paul Combs on education, training, and safety.

Fire and EMS Responses to Violent Incidcents: Tactical Considerations

Although planning for large-scale civil disturbances is primarily a responsibility of law enforcement, it is vital for fire departments to advocate for our people and provide the leadership required to work with all agencies in our jurisdictions, writes Thomas N. Warren.
Billy Goldfeder      

Stop the Excuses

Billy Goldfeder comments on the request by fallen Firefighter Stanley Wilson’s widow to have a fireground radio transmission recording system.


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