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.