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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 ...


America's fire service: Where we are - 10/16/2014

By Glenn Gaines

More than 19,000 Americans were either killed or injured in fires last year. For the thousands of Americans seriously burned, many believe those who did not survive ...


4 ways firefighters can prep the EMS scene - 10/14/2014

I am a great EMS officer working in a busy fire department, and I need good EMTs with me on medical calls.

I was a good firefighter working with great firefighters, but after 10 ...


Firefighter safety: Restaurant fire attack - 10/14/2014

Fires in commercial occupancies in ordinary construction present unique firefighting challenges, mainly because the bread-and-butter fire for most departments is a single- or multi-family ...


6 questions every new fire officer must ask - 10/14/2014

Whether you are a veteran supervisor, a new supervisor or someone who aspires to be a supervisor, there are several things you must do upon taking a new position or a new rank.

One ...


Firefighters' union fight costs Pa. borough more than $100K - 10/13/2014

By Patrick Lester
The Morning Call

EMMAUS, Pa. — A battle over the Emmaus firefighters' attempt to unionize has cost borough taxpayers more than $100,000 in less ...


Firefighters make a big difference doing small things - 10/08/2014

A news story was circulating recently on ...


4 ways to head off firehouse bad mouthing - 10/06/2014

Bad mouthing others within the organization is one of the most damaging things to any department's morale and camaraderie, and it's one of the most unbecoming and unprofessional behaviors ...


Fire engine pump pressure needs to match fire, nozzle - 10/06/2014

One of the most common tools for the fireground is the hose line. Most front-line quints and fire apparatus will have a hose line on them with the exception of the dedicated truck company, ...


Off-duty firefighter: playing 'what if' - 09/29/2014

Have you ever played the 'what if' game? It's not very hard to do, but there is at least one rule that I strongly suggest out of experience: never play if you are on a date, especially ...


Fire command: Going defensive - 09/29/2014

The safe and efficient transition from an offensive mode of operations at a structure fire to a defensive mode of operation is a transition with which many departments and their personnel ...


Former fire chiefs question tactics used at Dallas LODD fire - 09/28/2014

By Tristan Hallman
The Dallas Morning News

DALLAS — When Dallas firefighter Stanley Wilson died battling a condo blaze last year, everything fell apart — from ...


Maine fire Lt. recounts difficult, heroic search at apartment fire - 09/20/2014

By Edward D. Murphy
The Portland Press Herald

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Searching for victims of Thursday's fire in Biddeford was especially difficult because the apartment ...


Fire attack: How to beat a thrift-store fire - 09/15/2014

Fires in salvage yards and thrift stores can present an immense number of tactical challenges to responding fire officers and firefighters. Anything and everything can be in the building or ...


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