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Bruno and the Kid


Remembering the author’s first experience with Alan Brunacini and lessons learned circa the 1980s-1990s. Why in the world would he be interested in you or me?

You Bet We're Aggressive


What does aggressive mean? A look at the different uses and interpretations of the word aggressive in fireground tactics.

Incident Command


Jason Hoevelmann examines strategies for finding success on and off the fireground.  

NIOSH LODD Report: Philadelphia Firefighter Dies in Structure Fire


Report lists several contributing factors in the death of a career firefighter inside a residential structure fire.

NIOSH LODD Report: Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion


2013 blast killed 9 volunteer firefighters and injured an off-duty captain.

NIOSH LODD Report: Virginia Firefighter Killed in Wind Driven Fire


2008 fire was the first LODD in the department’s 41-year history.

2013 Boston Marathon Bombings After Action Report


Lessons learned and best practices from various agencies involved in responding to the terror bombings.

Technology Assist: Drone at Oklahoma House Fire


Nichols Hills house fire highlights advantage of drone use on the fireground


Organizational and Individual Morale


David Rhodes looks at what it takes to encourage good morale in the fire service.

“Saving Lives”


Is being well-trained and mission-focused enough to ensure success on the emergency incident scene?

In Command and Out of Control

07/01/2016 There comes a time in your career as you move up in rank that you can no longer do everything yourself.

Prioritizing and Managing Hazards

06/01/2016 Dave Donohue examines the ways that safety officers should be familiar with various methods for identifying and classifying risk, prioritizing hazards, and ensuring that hazard mitigation is addressed as part of a comprehensive safety process.

Does this Plywood Make Me Look Vacant?

05/01/2016 In the urban environment, boarded-up windows are not an excuse for a passive approach. A smart, aggressive fire attack and search are required to ensure we live up to our American duty.

A Road Most Travelled?

04/01/2016 FireRescue’s editor-in-chief looks at the different roads fire service personnel travel to be effective firefighters and have satisfying careers.

Finding a Common Thread

04/01/2016 An emergency response site specialist for a new petrochemical company in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, is tasked with training new Saudi fire recruits in a brand new department’s first recruit academy. This is a firsthand account of his experiences.

Not Everyone Makes It Home

04/01/2016 David Rhodes looks at how the fire service should use caution with its interpretations and avoid establishing and falling victim to unrealistic expectations.

High Risk/Low Frequency

04/01/2016 Guidelines for first-arriving companies

Is There a Doctor in the House?

04/01/2016 A discussion of the relative value in having a person with a doctoral degree involved in fire service administration. Is it necessary?

50 Dos and Don’ts, Part 5

04/01/2016 Firefighters’ “little black book”: A pocket guide to safety

Integration Nation

04/01/2016 Matt Hinds-Aldrich focuses on data integrations as they relate to the fire service with the intent to help a nontechnical audience understand the fundamentals of linking data systems.


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