Table of Contents

Fire Rescue

03/01/2010
Volume 5, Issue 4
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  • Firefighter Safety And Health

    • Gear Test: 5.11's ATAC Shield boot
      After wearing 5.11 Tactical’s ATAC Shield boots for 5 months, Chad Allison reviews the product, noting that the boots are lightweight, durable, comfortable, breathable and that the side zip offers an easy removal.
    • Drilling on Accountability
      Accountability is critical on the fireground during major incidents and maydays, but mastering it begins in the classroom and at the everyday incidents.
  • Firefighter Safety Health

    • The Importance of the Safety Officer
      In response to a letter about one reader’s department NOT respecting the authority of the safety officer role, Nozzlehead explains the duties of the safety officer, the importance of having a safety officer on scene and who on the team best fits the role.
    • The Importance of Accountability
      Raul Angulo first explains the importance of having a solid accountability system—as opposed to just a crew roster—and then offers four scenarios to test your ability to determine who’s in trouble and where they’re located during deteriorating fire conditions.
    • The Dilemma over Photos in Fire Service Publications
      Fire service readers have long debated whether photos in the trade magazines show unsafe practices and, if so, whether they should have been used. Editor-in-Chief Tim Sendelbach stresses that safety is the utmost concern, but that we also have to think about the entire story behind the picture.
    • After-Action PPE Inspection
      Although liability is a concern in any firefighter line-of-duty injury or death, departments must not lose focus on the primary concern: firefighter safety. Henry Costo explains what steps departments must take to secure and inspect PPE to determine if it played a role in the incident, and if so, what remedial actions need to be taken to prevent a similar incident from occurring.
    • How Safety Officers Keep Us Alive
      Using a Near Miss event in which a safety officer identified a serious risk to crews, Deputy Chief John Tippett explains the importance of the safety officer function in the incident command system.
    • 4 Benefits of Yoga for Firefighters
      Jeff and Martha Ellis discuss four characteristics of asana yoga—strength, flexibility, balance and breath control—that can greatly benefit firefighters when performing on the fire or rescue ground.
  • Apparatus Innovations

    • Cincinnati's New Rosenbauer Rigs
      The Cincinnati Fire Department focuses on practical, easy-to-maintain features in its apparatus purchases. Two recent deliveries from Rosenbauer illustrate this approach.
  • Firefighting Operations

    • Know the Role of the First-Due Truck Company
      Jim McCormack explains the basic duties for any first-due truck company, detailing what every truckie should know about size-up, forcible entry, search and rescue, ventilation and laddering—and the timeline associated with each of these duties.
    • High-Rise Fire Training
      In November 2009, the departments serving the Las Vegas Valley got together to conduct its fourth multi-agency high-rise training drill-a huge success. This article shares details and lessons learned from the drill.
  • News

    • Know Your Department's Required Water Flow
      Mike Kirby and Tom Lakamp discuss the importance of knowing how much water you can flow from your department’s hoselines. One way to determine the flow is to conduct flow tests with a flowmeter. If your hoselines fail to deliver the water required by your response area, you can increase the engine pressure, change the nozzle, change the hose or increase the size of the hoseline.
    • Using Tactical Worksheets
      Todd Harms discusses the importance of using tactical worksheets during fire, EMS and other emergency situations that require the incident commander to keep track of multiple resources. He also details the sections of the tactical worksheet used by the Phoenix Fire Department.
  • Technology Communications

  • Command Leadership

    • No Call Is a BS Call
      Chief Jeff Johnson reminds readers that we spend far more time responding to customer-assistance calls than fire calls and, therefore, we must remember that these calls are just as important and we must respond appropriately, because we can have a great impact on the public’s perception of the fire service.
    • A Fire Chief's Transition Guide
      Becoming a chief represents new opportunities and trying challenges. Here’s how to make a smooth transition.
    • Deciphering the Obama Administration Budget
      CFSI';s Bill Webb breaks down the process behind the Obama Administration's 2011 budget, detailing how grant funding will be affected and how the budget will likely evolve.
    • San Diego's Cultural Change Initiative
      The SDFD is having success developing front-line leaders through a unique and focused program of culture change.
    • Authority as It Relates to Incident Command
      I. David Daniels offers the 10 definitions of the word authority and explains how they can be connected to the incident command system and incident commander on scene.
    • Focus on What You Can Control--Not on What You Can't
      Ray Gayk discusses falling into the trap of worrying about things that are beyond your control as an officer, such as the department budget, the other shifts/crews in the department, etc. To avoid this trap, he suggests shifting your focus to the things you are personally responsible for, prioritizing those things and making improvements where you can.
  • Wildland

    • The Danger Involved in Treating a WUI Fire Like a Structure Fire
      Brad Mayhew discusses the danger involved with the unofficial 19th Watchout: treating a WUI fire like a structure fire. If you attack a WUI fire with the same tactics and mindset as you would a structure fire, you’re not acknowledging that the two fires are completely different animals with a different set of behaviors, risks and demands. As a result you may be unsuccessful at fighting the fire and you may put lives at risk.
  • Extrication

    • Extrications Involving Farm Machinery
      Todd Meyer details what you need to consider when faced with extrication incidents involving farm machinery—stabilization, extrication, incident command, resources, weather, operational period, EMS and dealing with the family involved.
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  • Fire Prevention Education

    • Advocacy for Prevention Programs
      One of the 5 Vision 20/20 strategies is advocating for fire prevention. Jim Crawford explains his three “building blocks” for securing policymaker support for prevention programs.
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations

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