Firefighting Ops

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.

Don't Take a Knife to a Gunfight

10/02/2018

You must know as much about your enemy and the situation as possible and match your forces accordingly to effectively be successful in the fight.

Fire Escapes

08/27/2018

There are a number of hazards associated with fire department personnel using fire escapes during a fire, with the largest contributor being the sheer age of the buildings and the lack of maintenance of the components.

Tactical Safety for Firefighters: Windows Are Not Doors

08/21/2018

When it comes to fire attack many are looking to utilizing a window to apply their stream, this exterior attack is the first half of what is referred to as transitional fire attack. When a stream is operated from outside the structure through a window or door it is restricted.

Not Just for Interior Attacks

08/04/2018 Carl Nix examines how thermal imaging tools aren’t just for interior attacks.

From the Inside

08/01/2018 Ray McCormack examines interior fire attack and how it must be handled with care.

It’s Volume vs. Speed

07/31/2018 Paul Shapiro looks how it is volume vs. speed to obtain large flows from distant water supplies.

The New Age of Heavy Timber

07/27/2018 James Johnson examines how new innovations in mass timber are beginning to challenge many of our current practices for the construction of tall buildings

A Cohesive Strategy

07/25/2018 Dena Ali examines strategies for improving wildfire management.

Taking a Chance

06/20/2018 Greg Jakubowski speaks to two people who have experienced the impact of true fireground risk. He examines the training and leadership necessary to keep firefighters safe.

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