Firefighting Ops

The Little Things That Matter

04/30/2019

If we pay attention to things that don’t seem like a big deal, when it comes time, the “big deal” things will come naturally.

Hoarding Search Tips: Knowing the Difference in Storage and Occupied

03/20/2019

No matter what your staffing levels are firefighters need to adjust for the clutter and take into considerations when searching to give the occupant the best chance of survival.  

Hazmat Teams Prevent Potential Boilover

03/20/2019

Houston’s Foam Engine 22 was on scene with 750 gallons of AR-AFFF foam. Unfortunately, there was no water supply to the shipping yard.

LODD Anniversary: Battalion Chief, Firefighter Killed in Church Fire, 29 Firefighters Injured

03/13/2019

On March 13, 2004, a 55-year-old male career Battalion Chief and a 51-year-old male career master fire fighter were fatally injured during a structural collapse at a church fire. 

LODD Anniversary: North Carolina Firefighters Killed in Mill Fire

03/07/2019

Once it was realized that the crew was in trouble, multiple rescue attempts were made into the burning warehouse in an effort to reach the trapped crew as conditions deteriorated further.

Company Near Miss Review: Recognize, Decide, and Assign

02/27/2019

As additional units began to arrive, the fire conditions worsened. This was noticed from the disposition of the smoke going from light gray to darker brown. 

NIOSH LODD Report: Massachusetts Firefighter Suffers Carbon Monoxide Toxicity

02/25/2019

54-year old firefighter collapsed while performing overhaul during a March 2017 fire.

LODD Anniversary: Firefighters Killed and Injured in Texas Blaze

02/15/2019

On February 15, 2013, a 36-year-old male career lieutenant and a 54-year-old male career lieutenant were killed and two career fire fighters were injured at an assembly hall fire.

Company Near-Miss Review: Tactical Changes for Flow Path Management

02/07/2019

The firefighters were pulling ceiling and wallboard to check for extension of a deep-seated fire that was difficult to locate. 

Who Wants to be a Fire Officer?

01/07/2019

his lawsuit issue is an excellent opportunity to take a close look at your policies.

LODD Anniversary: Firefighters and Children Killed in Iowa Fire

12/22/2018

On December 22, 1999, a 49-year-old Shift Commander and two Engine Operators, 39 and 29 years of age respectively, lost their lives while performing search-and-rescue operations at a residential structure fire. 

LODD Anniversary: Probationary Firefighter Killed in Texas Fire

12/20/2018

On December 20, 2004, a 24-year-old male career probationary firefighter died after he became separated from a fire-attack team at a two-alarm, single-story, residential structure fire.

Details Matter: It’s in the Attic!

12/07/2018

These fires can be extremely dangerous because the true conditions are hidden in the attic space and firefighters may not be expecting the sudden change in conditions when an attic flashover occurs. 

December and Firefighters

12/03/2018

Each December, there are some very significant dates for the fire service.

Delaware LODDs: The Impact on Your Department

11/19/2018

We are pleading with you to take this information and genuinely evaluate yours and each of our departments.

NIOSH LODD Report: Delaware Firefighters Killed in Collapse

11/16/2018

On September 24, 2016, a 41-year-old lieutenant and a 51-year-old senior fire fighter died due to a floor collapse in a row house at a structure fire.

Choosing the Right Ground Ladder

10/31/2018

If you are throwing ground ladders regularly, whether in training or at incidents, the ladder selection could come instinctively. However, if you are not doing this so regularly, perhaps a simpler approach could help.

Standpipes in Buildings Under Construction

10/17/2018

I cannot overstate the importance of visiting and walking through the job site to preplan, as the time to find deficiencies in any of these systems is not during a fire.

Changes in Russian Fire Safety, Firefighting Procedures

10/16/2018

According to the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov, a new system of online monitoring of fire safety will be introduced in all public facilities in Russia shortly.

NIOSH LODD Report: Texas Firefighter Killed in Strip Mall Blaze

10/12/2018

On May 18, 2017, a 31-year-old male career fire fighter died after fire conditions rapidly deteriorated inside a commercial strip mall.

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