FDIC International

Training is a vital part of fire department and emergency medical services (EMS) operations and is made even more important because of the changing mission of the departments and the inherent dangers of the job.

The crucial decision—whether to use an offensive or defensive strategy—determines whether firefighters will be put in a position of immediate danger or one of calculated safety. However, one’s fire service training may not provide the criteria needed to decide this question.

Most fire commanders will agree with this timeless truth, "There is nothing any more critical to an effective ultimate fireground outcome than the correct action by the first-arriving company...

The Rule of Air Management is simple: Know how much air you have in your SCBA and manage the amount of air you have so that you leave the hazardous environment before your ...