Firefighter Safety

LODD Anniversary: Nine Firefighters Die in South Carolina Commercial Structure Fire

On June 18, 2007, nine career fire fighters died when they became disoriented and ran out of air in rapidly deteriorating conditions inside a burning commercial furniture showroom and warehouse fac...

NIOSH LODD Report: Collapse at 140-Year Old Mill Kills Pennsylvania Firefighters

On March 22, 2018, two male career fire fighters, ages 50 and 29, died following a structure collapse while working to extinguish hot spots following a structure fire in a 140-year old mill buildin...

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

NIOSH LODD Report: Cardiac Arrest at New Hampshire Brush Fire

Findings from a July 2014 on-duty death in New Hampshire.

NIOSH LODD Report: Minnesota Firefighter Suffers Heart Attack after Fitness Training

Biventricular hypertrophy and coronary heart disease were undiagnosed.

DCFD Kennedy Street LODD Report

Lessons learned on the anniversary of a firefighting tragedy,

On-Duty Deaths and Advancing Hoselines in 2016

A closer look at reported firefighter fatality on the hoseline data.

LODD Anniversary: DCFD Cherry Road Townhouse Fire

After seeing the fire, the fire fighter stated that everything went black and he felt an intense blast of heat.

A Cohesive Strategy

Dena Ali examines strategies for improving wildfire management.

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

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

Line of Duty Deaths

LODD Anniversary: Nine Firefighters Die in South Carolina Commercial Structure Fire

On June 18, 2007, nine career fire fighters died when they became disoriented and ran out of air in rapidly deteriorating conditions inside a burning commercial furniture showroom and warehouse facility.

NIOSH LODD Report: Collapse at 140-Year Old Mill Kills Pennsylvania Firefighters

On March 22, 2018, two male career fire fighters, ages 50 and 29, died following a structure collapse while working to extinguish hot spots following a structure fire in a 140-year old mill building. 

LODD Anniversary: DCFD Cherry Road Townhouse Fire

After seeing the fire, the fire fighter stated that everything went black and he felt an intense blast of heat.

FDIC COVERAGE

Special Operations

Hazmat Teams Prevent Potential Boilover

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.

Haz-mat Response

David F. Peterson illustrates how responders can underestimate the power and capability of some hazardous materials.

Manatee Technical Rescue

Robin R. Gainey presents a study in how cooperation equaled success in Jacksonville, Florida.

Technology and Communications

Wildland Applications for Thermal Imaging

Understand how you can use a TIC during a wildfire response; then practice with it on a regular basis to improve your personal safety as well as your team’s effectiveness.

Using Thermal Imaging in Volunteer Departm...

I know of a volunteer fire department where an elderly lady walked into the fire station and asked the firefighters what they could use.

Rekindle vs. Due Diligence

In this column, I’m going to discuss rekindle and due diligence and what steps the fire department could have taken to prevent this lawsuit from happening.

Hoarding Search Tips: Knowing the Differen...

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.  

Thermal Imaging and Image Interpretation

We use thermal imaging cameras (TICs) to help us see where we are going, but what is it that we are really looking at? How are we interpreting the images we are seeing on the TIC?

Training

The 21st Century Instructor

“We can’t train today’s firefighters like we were trained, because the fire service we were trained for no longer exists.” 

The Importance of Good Training

Ensure that when you train, you train toward a purpose and set high expectations. Do not waste your people’s time with poor training.

NIOSH LODD Report: Collapse at 140-Year Ol...

On March 22, 2018, two male career fire fighters, ages 50 and 29, died following a structure collapse while working to extinguish hot spots following a structure fire in a 140-year old mill buildin...

Company Near-Miss Review: The Last Burn

I yelled to my nozzle firefighter, "We need to leave now." He didn't move, so I yelled again, "We need to leave now." 

LODD Anniversary: DCFD Cherry Road Townhou...

After seeing the fire, the fire fighter stated that everything went black and he felt an intense blast of heat.

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