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Fire attack: Hose size matters - 11/26/2014

Last month we looked at the dominos that can be created when advancing a hose line improperly and the issues that can arise with that. This month we will look at the issue of selecting the ...


Prejudice in the fire service: 2 leaders, 2 reactions - 11/26/2014

This past week's news brought us a tale of two cities of sorts, at least as it relates to fire service leadership.

In one area, you had fire service leaders confronted with a ...


Hitting the abandoned commercial building - 11/24/2014

This fire involved an unoccupied commercial structure that was no longer open for business. For many departments the arrival of firefighting forces at a fire in an abandoned commercial structure ...


Firefighter PPE is key to disease control - 11/21/2014

It seems there is always the next big killer lurking right around the corner. Ebola has been hitting the news like a major hurricane hitting Tampa Bay.

Remember that Ebola is really ...


4 firefighter stretches in 4 minutes - 11/20/2014

It's zero dark thirty as you come trudging into the station for shift change. Your body is sore from the busy shift you had the day before at your volunteer department; a working fire ...


How the public sees a fire attack - 11/17/2014

The fire department responded to a liquor store and a cell phone store involved in fire. Ultimately, a total of nine agencies assisted in the suppression operations. The two stores were a ...


Taking care of the rescued firefighter - 11/10/2014

We've all placed a great deal of emphasis on improving firefighter safety on the fireground by developing and implementing Rapid Intervention Team strategies, procedures and training. ...


Fire attack: Well-involved older construction home - 11/08/2014

The vast majority of fires that most fire departments respond to involve fires in residential properties. Progressive fire departments take these "routine" fires and develop Standard ...


SC landfill fire has turned into a 'nightmare' - 11/08/2014

By Rachel Southmayd and Bristow Marchant
The Herald

LOCKHART, S.C. — The Chester County landfill fire — once believed to be nearly contained — turned ...


4 steps of sound fireground decision-making - 11/05/2014

If you search "OODA Loop" on the web, there will be several hundred references to the term from historians and writers in the military, government, academia, and business regarding ...


Sex, lies and videotapes in the fire service - 11/05/2014

To say that someone is always watching what we do and usually watching through the screen of a video recorder should not be breaking news to anyone in the emergency response field. This has ...


Fire officers: Don't get burned by what you write - 11/05/2014

If you've ever doubted the power of the written word, consider the


Fire attack: Sizing up an abandoned factory - 10/26/2014

For many departments fighting fire in an abandoned commercial structure is a low-frequency, high-risk operation for several reasons including unmanaged properties that are fenced in and locked ...


Firefighter safety: Prepping for the cold - 10/20/2014

"Old Man Winter" is just around the corner with his usual assortment of cold temperatures, fierce winds and frozen precipitation. Now is the time to review with your personnel cold-related ...


So you really want to be in command, seriously? - 10/16/2014

By Billy Goldfeder

I remember years ago watching young firefighters in volunteer companies race to ride the front seat — after all, the radio, the sirens and the horns were ...


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