Building Construction

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.
Ultimate Firefighter

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.
Building Construction

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.

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.