Firefighter Safety

Counselors Don’t Get Us

A therapist needs to understand this lifestyle and respect what it means to the client.  Ride-alongs are a good start to understanding the tasks of a first responder’s job.

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

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. 

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,

Hoarding Search Tips: Knowing the Difference in Storage and Occupied

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.  

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

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. 

Muddy Water Supply Data

Details from a NIOSH report lead to error in yearly on-duty death report.

LODD Anniversary: North Carolina Firefighters Killed in Mill Fire

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.

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

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?

Is the Container Half Full or Half Empty?

Having the ability to see the content level of an enclosed container at a safe distance is critical to the safety of the firefighting crew.

Leaders Are Readers: Neptune’s Inferno

Technology helps make firefighters safe, but officers and chiefs must know how to use it and understand the information it's giving.

Infrared Energy and Solar Loading

A review of the basics of thermal imaging technology and terms.

Training

LODD Anniversary: Battalion Chief, Firefig...

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 Firefight...

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.

NIOSH LODD Report: Georgia Firefighter Suf...

The 44-year-old female firefighter had complained of burning in her throat.

Company Near Miss Review: Recognize, Decid...

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. 

The Power of Using Stories When Instructing

Students develop a sense of ownership in the story as they feel the emotions the story evokes.

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