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Andrew Beck

Andrew Beck is a firefighter/EMT and shift training officer with the Mandan City (N.D.) Fire Department. Beck is a live burn instructor and teaches thermal imaging and fire dynamics across N.D. He is also the Mountain Operations manager at Huff Hills Ski Area, where he leads the outside operations teams. Beck has a background in crew resource management and has completed research on how people and organizations operate in stressful environments. Beck was previously a staff member for the Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System.

Understanding hydraulic ventilation, air entrainment, flow path science and their impact on ventilation efforts
Is it time for a tool technology upgrade?
It’s helpful to develop a tool training schedule to ensure members’ skill remain automatic
Starting with mayday basics, like when and how to call a mayday, primes them for actual emergencies and sets a foundation for more advanced training
Understand the differences between the types of TIs will help identify the units that work best for your members
Where and how equipment is stored can streamline fireground ops, extend the life of your tools and protect your people
Don’t just pencil-whip that form; take the time to get it right
From appearance fees to mobile car washes, there are ways (albeit some ridiculous) to earn a bit of cash for the station coffer
The solution to creating a safety margin is understanding the dragons we face and learning the lessons to be more proficient and go home safely