Firefighter Safety

Are You Ready?

Situational judgment tests to assess operational preparedness

Therapy in Disaster Recovery

Nicola Davies examines why therapy is sometimes necessary for emergency workers and what therapy might involve for those who choose to reach out for professional support.

Upstream and Downstream Threats

Spring brings with it thawing and potential flooding. It is a dangerous time for some public safety dive teams that h...

Firefighter Health

The Warriors...By the Thousands

Nozzlehead looks at the continuing threat cancer poses to the fire service.

5 Tests to Measure Your Fireground Fitness

When talking about firefighter fitness, you are only as strong as your weakest part. As firefighters, we must not only be able to lift a lot of weight; we must also have good muscular endurance, gr...

Realistic Expectations for the Rapid Intervention Team

Too many incidents have shown that many rapid intervention crews are unprepared for the job. BC Matt Tobia defines th...

Effective Cooling & Extinguishment Strategies

Kevin Milan and Forest Reeder continue their discussion of the new SLICERS acronym, focusing on the “cool” and “extinguish” portions and how first-arriving companies can aggressively and quickly accomplish these priorities.

Nursing Home Fire Tactics

Fires and other major emergencies at nursing homes can present serious challenges to emergency responders, particularly if they haven't planned or trained for these situations.  

Looking Back at the 2016 Wildland Season

Todd McNeal looks at after action reviews at the seasonal level.

Roll-Down Security Gates, Part 2

Paul DeBartolomeo looks at common security feature in part two of this three part series.

Line of Duty Deaths

NIOSH LODD Report: Montana Safety Officer Sudden Death

The death certificate, completed by the county deputy coroner, listed “multi-drug toxicity” as the cause of death.

I challenge you to learn from our tragedies and past mistakes, be proactive, and continue to fight for firefighter safety and the equipment that we need to keep us safe! (Photo by John Cetrino.)

Will We Forget Our Past Again?

Learn from tragedies and past mistakes, be proactive, and continue to fight for firefighter safety and the equipment to keep us safe! 

Game of Fire

A review of My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire's Lone Survivor by Brendan McDonough.

Special Operations

Time Notifications

Les Baker looks at why departments should consider the use of time notifications at extrication incidents.

Southeastern Slide

Les Baker discusses a tactic to quickly and effectively move a side-resting vehicle with the use of struts and a pulling device such as a vehicle-mounted winch or come-along.

Haz-mat Response

David F. Peterson illustrates how responders can underestimate the power and capability of some hazardous materials.

Ladders Crews on the Hazmat Scene

Randy Frassetto covers how ladder companies can improve the safety and efficiency of a fuel tanker off-loading operation (hazmat incident).

Cave Rescue Capabilities

Are cave rescues just confined spaces?

Technology and Communications

Technology Assist: Drone at Oklahoma House...

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

Fighting Fire with Data

Using technology and data to improve operations in the field

Wants and Expectations

FireRescue’s editor-in-chief looks at communication in the fire service.


Christopher Truitt looks at report writing in the fire service and offers a template for more effective event recall.

The Evolution of Mobile Apps

Disaster simulations allow first responders to train on mass casualty incidents. Curtis Massey looks at how mobile technology allows rescue agencies to rapidly access diverse information for rescue...


Situational Awareness to Potential Violence

With escalating acts of local aggression dominating the news, the need in the fire service to focus intently on personal safety is becoming more evident by the day.

MGM Grand Hotel Fire Anniversary

Read the reports on what led up to this deadly fire and how firefighters responded

Fire Editor 360: Dodge Ball, Update

Our thoughts on fun, fitness and being serious about your health and training

Fire Dynamics and Ventilation Profile: Man...

FDNY Battalion Chief Leeb highlights fire behavior points in a recent Manhattan high-rise fire video.

Review: NFPA Fourth Needs Assessment

FireRescue Magazine Editor-in-Chief Erich Roden reviews the report and highlights one area needing attention.


Volume 11, Issue 12

In This Issue

Eliminating Irrelevant SOPs


Periodic review of standard operating procedures

Don't Mess Around... Just Blast It


If your department lacks sufficient water delivery for large fires, you need to start thinking and practicing these big hits on certain fires to do a better job in controlling and finally extinguishing the fire.

Goodbye 2016


The year in critique