Nick Salameh reviews some of the fundamentals of identifying building construction for firefighters.
Daniel Stratton gives this overview of what basic information and tools are needed to create a safer fireground for crews.
Recognizing, understanding, and contemplating the challenges, intricacies, and hazards of a facility is essential to mounting an effective and safety-minded response, writes Eric Bachman.
Samuel Hittle offers a drill that asks some simple questions for discussion to help firefighters size up window openings more realistically.
Jaime Reyes describes how his fire department developed a communications plan for a Mayday situation that would give the endangered firefighter the greatest chance of having his emergency message heard over the fireground radio.
The initial size-up and radio report of the first-arriving company at an incident scene is one of the most important actions undertaken by the company officer. David DeStefano writes about drills to hone your skills.
David DeStefano writes that firefighters must not overlook one of the most important aspects of maintaining safe and efficient firefighting operations: the institutional knowledge of your first-due area.
For decades, the fire service has expressed concerns about the structural stability of lightweight construction materials under fire conditions. Bruce Lake discusses how identifying markers can help firefighters make better tactical choices and can impact fireground safety.
Never again will a first responder be injured or worse due to a lack of information
The initial on-scene fireground size-up is the single most fundamental task we perform to determine the strategies and tactics we will employ to stabilize the incident.