Strategy and Tactics

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Four on the Floor

04/12/2018

Dennis L. Rubin examines how early into the event and before companies are committed to upper floors firefighters should always check the floors below the fire area. 

The Burn Building Limits

04/11/2018

David Rhodes looks at how burn buildings are a great place to practice the mechanics and get repetitions in for tactics training but are not the place to develop the tactics. 

High Risk, High Reward

04/09/2018

P.J. Norwood and Sean Gray look at how VEIS is a high-risk, high-reward tactic that is still viable on today’s fireground. 

UL FSRI and ISFSI Release Report: Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires

03/28/2018

This study went beyond earlier research by increasing the size of the basement and incorporating three different ventilation and access conditions to the basement. 

Call for Help!

02/19/2018

David McGrail looks at the need to establish mutual-aid agreements with neighboring departments and call for help early. 

Close the Door

02/15/2018

P.J. Norwood and Sean Gray examine the impact of ventilation on victim and firefighter survivability.

Mass Over Math

02/09/2018

The use of engineering principles to reduce the size and weight of structural members has overall contributed to diminished working times for firefighters inside or on top of a building once the structural components have been compromised by fire.

Pick a Door, Either Door

02/08/2018

The right door will take more time, energy, and effort to go through to resolve problems. However, if it’s the right door, take it and don’t look back. 

How Much Hose?

02/06/2018

Ray McCormack looks at strategies for estimating the correct minimums of hose required to reach the fire.

NIOSH LODD Report: Ohio Firefighter Falls Through Floor at House Fire

12/20/2017

On December 28, 2015, a 28-year-old male career fire fighter died due to thermal injuries and smoke inhalation with severe pulmonary edema at a single-family residential structure fire.

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NIOSH LODD Report: South Dakota Firefighter Killed in Structure Fire Collapse

12/01/2017

The third fire fighter on the line yelled to get out, then the other two fire fighters heard a loud explosion.

Natural Gas Emergencies

11/30/2017

Responding to odors, leaks, fires, and explosions. 

The Building Stage

09/25/2017

Greg Jakubowski looks at firefighting in wood buildings under construction. 

Look Up!

09/14/2017

Billy Greenwood shares snow-loaded roof considerations.

Rescue on The Water

08/21/2017

Eight children and two adults were rescued by Milford (CT) Fire Department Marine Division.

Fire Extinguishers

07/28/2017

Greg Jakubowski examines why firefighters carry fire extinguishers. 

NIOSH LODD Report: Houston Southwest Inn Fire

05/31/2017

Review lessons learned on the anniversary of a commercial structure fire that claimed four firefighters and injured several others.

NIOSH LODD Report: D.C. Firefighters Killed in Townhouse Fire

05/30/2017

A look back on the anniversary of the Cherry Road fire.

Virginia Significant Injury Report

05/25/2017

Details from Loudoun County fire that injured seven firefighters, six significantly. 

NIOSH LODD Report: Philadelphia Firefighter Dies in Structure Fire

04/18/2017

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

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