Fire Columnist Articles
Second-life fire trucks: Know the risks
Repurposing rigs for fire-service duty can be a great cost savings, but they require great care to make sure they are safe for firefighting
Are driverless fire truck in our future?
Couple the fast pace of technological developments with the hazards of driving a fire apparatus, and the idea may not be so crazy
Are American fire trucks too big?
Congestion and street width are just two of the factors that force us to consider the right size for our rigs
How to safely operate firefighting tenders
These unwieldy beasts make up a large percentage of apparatus crashes; follow these sound safety procedures to tame that beast and keep firefighters safe
Paramedic educator, fitness advocate Bryan Fass dies
Fass leaves a legacy of contributions to EMS health and fitness, safety and readiness
The future of the fire service: Hiring for character
Dig deeper with interview questions that reveal how a candidate will shape the fire service values and culture in years to come
Evolving technology: Residential energy storage systems
Industries use ESS as power storage from a large array of solar panels or wind-powered generators
Resources for firefighters who are studying for the written exam
The firefighter's written exam covers skillsets ranging from math to a personality assessment. Regardless of your education level, it's important to adequately prepare for this exam.
Heeding on-scene evacuation orders
Following an evacuation order is about saving lives, not concluding interior “play time”
5 ways firefighters can manage heat stress
Understanding the role of PPE and overall health in combating heat stress
Who's working on your fire apparatus?
Relying on emergency vehicle techs will improve a department's bottom line, response capability and overall safety
Firefighter mental health and crime: What's the correlation?
A firefighter-turned-psychologist breaks down what strategies fire departments can put into place to prevent firefighter-specific crimes
Complex rescue lifts: 3 rules to get them right
Use these rules to safely analyze and perform complex and heavy lifts such as a school bus flipped on a car
Structural collapse: How to integrate timber and mechanical raker systems
Building and combining various types of raker systems during structural collapse incidents
FEMA GO: The new system for managing fire grant programs
The new system is designed to be user-friendly and streamline the fire grant application process
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