Firefighter Safety

NIOSH LODD Report: Mississippi Firefighters Struck and Killed

Two firefighters were killed and a third injured when struck by a vehicle.

NIOSH LODD Report: Texas Firefighter Killed in Strip Mall Blaze

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

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.

Not Just for Interior Attacks

Carl Nix examines how thermal imaging tools aren’t just for interior attacks.

A Cohesive Strategy

Dena Ali examines strategies for improving wildfire management.
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NIOSH LODD Report: Chicago Firefighter Killed in Fall

Firefighter was killed after falling into an elevator shaft during a December 2015 fire.

Line of Duty Deaths

NIOSH LODD Report: Mississippi Firefighters Struck and Killed

Two firefighters were killed and a third injured when struck by a vehicle.

NIOSH LODD Report: Texas Firefighter Killed in Strip Mall Blaze

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

NIOSH LODD Report: Fatal Tanker Response Crash in Oklahoma

While traveling south on a two-lane, paved county road, Tanker 1 ran off the right side of the road through a narrow soft shoulder into a ditch.

Special Operations

Time Notifications

Les Baker looks at why departments should consider the use of time notifications at extrication incidents.

Southeastern Slide

Les Baker discusses a tactic to quickly and effectively move a side-resting vehicle with the use of struts and a pulling device such as a vehicle-mounted winch or come-along.

Haz-mat Response

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

Ladders Crews on the Hazmat Scene

Randy Frassetto covers how ladder companies can improve the safety and efficiency of a fuel tanker off-loading operation (hazmat incident).

Manatee Technical Rescue

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

Technology and Communications

A False Sense of Security

With all the latest technology in the fire service, the TIC may be the one tool that can cause firefighters to feel overconfident and make mistakes.

Change 4 Change

High school students can be engaged in safety efforts in a creative way that just might save a life one day.

In the News

Carl Nix examines how to use the thermal imaging camera to avoid coming back to the fire scene to extinguish a reignited fire.

 

Maintaining Your Thermal Imaging Camera

Maintaining your camera will ensure it works properly when you need it.

Training

UL FSRI: Study of Fire Service Training En...

Fire conditions produced by three fuel packages were utilized during the experiments - one containing furnishings composed primarily of synthetic materials and two containing wood-based fuels compl...

Fire Escapes

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 maintenan...

Don't Clog Up Your Toolbox

Many may just keep adding because they fear being questioned about their choices, so it's easier just to add it and forget it.

The Secret to a Better Training Isn’t What...

Perhaps all this training isn’t what is making you more effective. What if there is something beyond more training exercises and lectures that makes you a better firefighter?

Fitness and Skills

David Rhodes examines how firefighter obstacle courses can be designed for both fitness and skill improvement.

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