Firefighter Safety

NIOSH LODD Report: Heart Attack Claims Nebraska Captain at Vehicle Fire

On April 16, 2015, a 42-year-old male volunteer captain (the “Captain”) participated in auto extrication training. He set up the extrication tools and performed a door frame cut. The fire departmen...

NIOSH LODD Report: Heart Attack Claims Nebraska Captain After EMS Call

On June 23, 2016, a 38-year-old male volunteer captain responded to an emergency medical call. While helping transfer a patient from a car onto a stretcher, he started to feel as though “someone ha...

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

NIOSH LODD Report: Cardiac Arrest at New Hampshire Brush Fire

Findings from a July 2014 on-duty death in New Hampshire.

NIOSH LODD Report: Minnesota Firefighter Suffers Heart Attack after Fitness Training

Biventricular hypertrophy and coronary heart disease were undiagnosed.

DCFD Kennedy Street LODD Report

Lessons learned on the anniversary of a firefighting tragedy,

On-Duty Deaths and Advancing Hoselines in 2016

A closer look at reported firefighter fatality on the hoseline data.

A Full House

The priority of any emergency response is to protect life first. When faced with hoarding conditions, this priority does not change, but rather it requires some adjustments for carrying out the task of searching the inside of a cluttered environment.

Rein in the Renegades

Differences develop between the NWCG Wildland Fire Investigation Subcommittee and the NFPA Fire Investigation Technical Committee.

NIOSH LODD Report: Chicago Firefighter Killed in Fall

Firefighter was killed after falling into an elevator shaft during a December 2015 fire.

Line of Duty Deaths

NIOSH LODD Report: Heart Attack Claims Nebraska Captain at Vehicle Fire

On April 16, 2015, a 42-year-old male volunteer captain (the “Captain”) participated in auto extrication training. He set up the extrication tools and performed a door frame cut. The fire department was then dispatched to a motor vehicle fire.

NIOSH LODD Report: Heart Attack Claims Nebraska Captain After EMS Call

On June 23, 2016, a 38-year-old male volunteer captain responded to an emergency medical call. While helping transfer a patient from a car onto a stretcher, he started to feel as though “someone had dropped the car” on his chest. 

NIOSH LODD Report: Cardiac Arrest at New Hampshire Brush Fire

Findings from a July 2014 on-duty death in New Hampshire.

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).

Manatee Technical Rescue

Robin R. Gainey presents a study in how cooperation equaled success in Jacksonville, Florida.

Technology and Communications

Working Side By Side

Fire departments often lend their TIC to help law enforcement in police situations.

Reality in Virtual Reality

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service is the first United Kingdom fire and rescue service to explore the potential of virtual reality technology; it recently created a ground-breaking 360-degree p...

Finding the Funds

Finding resources to help fund the purchase of TICs is an investment every fire department needs to make.

No Smoke? Time to Use the TIC

How to use the TIC for fires that you don’t see—no smoke showing.

We Are All Brothers and Sisters

Training Tips for the TIC.

Training

The FDIC Experience

Reserve your spot before H.O.T. Evolutions and Workshops sell out!

 

The Burn Building Limits

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. 

On the Line

We begin every shift with confirmation that our equipment is ready for use. Greg Lindsay looks at an event where equipment maintenance is an issue and leads to problems. 

FDIC International 2018 – Are You Ready?

Join 34,000 firefighters in Indianapolis this April for a world class conference & exhibition that will change your life.

UL FSRI and ISFSI Release Report: Understa...

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

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In This Issue

High-Performance Brush Trucks

04/20/2018

Bob Vaccaro looks at Skeeter Brush Trucks high-performance brush trucks. 

Pretty Stripes and Pumpless Ladders

04/19/2018

Nozzlehead responds to a letter about a department that chose to not follow protocol when painting its new apparatus. 

Camp FFIT

04/19/2018

Introducing women to the fire service.

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