Firefighter Safety

Science at Its Worst

Greg Jakubowski looks at hazards and challenges found in laboratories and provides strategies for addressing those risks.

A Cultural Genesis

FireRescue’s editor-in-chief looks at improving health and safety in the fire service.

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.

PPA Deconstructed

Nick Ledin examines PPA with the help of UL FSRI experiments.


Jennifer DeShon shares a personal experience with a WUI fire and examines strategies to improve WUI fire response.

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

Firefighter Fatalities

An examination of the latest information from the NFPA regarding on-duty firefighter fatalities.

Raising the Fallen

Lt. Tom Wolf designed a platform that helps pallbearers load and unload the caskets of brothers and sisters at funerals.

On Duty & Line of Duty: What Is the Difference?

The death of a firefighter is a tragedy that evokes many emotions and sentiments. Among them is the tradition and tribute associated with remembering the firefighter as having died in the line of duty. But before we can fully embrace this tradition, we must first understand the proper terminology related to firefighter fatalities and how this terminology affects the official annual tallies put forth by two national fire service organizations--the USFA and the NFFF.

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.

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).

Inside the HazmatIQ Training System

Joe Gorman and Cris Aguirre look at traditional hazmat training, and then explain the HazMatIQ FRO training system, a four-hour class that trains first responders how to assess risk based on the hazards of a chemical.

Technical Rescue in Wind Turbines

Jeff Riechmann examines the rescue challenges at incidents involving wind turbines. He takes a look at a rescue team in California and its equipment and training, and a rescue drill that yielded important lessons for wind turbine-involved incidents.

Technology and Communications

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...

Big Data in the Fire Service: A Primer

Matt Quinn and Erich Roden look at Big Data and examine the ways that it can be used to improve the fire service.


Training a Different Generation

David Rhodes looks at the “new generation” that emerges as society evolves because of advances in technology, changing priorities, and a supply and demand of specific skill sets.

The Design of the High-Rise Handline

Paul Shapiro provides guidance for selecting the right size handline for a high-rise fire.

Roll-Down Security Gates, Part 2

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

High Rise, Big Water, Part 2

Paul Shapiro continues his examination of high-flow tandem pump operations for high-rise fire protection systems.

Buttons, Belt Loops, and Barn Doors

Joseph Knitter looks at the guidelines instructors should follow to put their right feet forward.


Volume 11, Issue 9

In This Issue

Refurb is the Way to Go

09/01/2016 Bob Vaccaro looks at how the Elmont (NY) Fire Department refurbished its TDA.

Ethical Leadership


Dave Donohue examines ethical leadership and the courage it takes to carry out.

Apparatus Technology

09/01/2016 Bob Vaccaro shares some of the new apparatus and products at FDIC 2016.