Combi ConcernsFostering unity & diversity in a traditionally competitive & conflicted environmentBy Dan Eggleston, EFO, CFO, CMO
The definition of the term “combination” is the act of combining or the state of being combined. It seems rather simplistic, doesn’t… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 8, 2011 at 8:00am —
QUICK DRILLSTangled UpWhen your SCBA gets snagged, do you know what to do?By Homer Robertson
In the last 30 years, the fire service has made huge gains in the area of SCBA use. Today, most departments have strict policies that address when, where and how SCBAs should be… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 3, 2011 at 8:00am —
Mike Kirby's Picks
In our fire department, we have to provide helmets to more than 800 firefighters.
Honeywell/Morning Pride Helmet Ratchet Headband
What seems to be an issue for many fire service personnel and departments is finding a helmet that fits everyone properly. People come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their heads, which means for some, helmets can be uncomfortable or ride too high.
To address this… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on June 1, 2011 at 8:00am —
Battling PTSD at BrattleboroBrattleboro Retreat’s program focuses on helping public safety workers
By Jane Jerrard
Like members of the military, firefighters and EMS providers commonly experience repeated exposure to horrific events. Because of this aspect of their jobs, one of the dangers firefighters and EMT/paramedics face is developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
So it’s… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 30, 2011 at 8:00am —
FIREFIGHTING 360Solid Briefings Help Fire Teams Execute Plans, Manage ObjectivesWhether in the firehouse or on scene, briefings contribute to operational and tactical goal achievement
.By Billy Schmidt
The fire service is a complex system that often operates in a chaotic… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 20, 2011 at 8:00am —
Inside the Apparatus Industry
Story & Photos by Bob Vaccaro
It’s been a while since I covered the topic of emergency vehicle lighting. The fire apparatus manufacturers have been doing a great job of conforming to NFPA 1901 and its lighting requirements; I’ll discuss more about that standard in a minute.
Probably the best product to hit the emergency vehicle lighting market… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 18, 2011 at 5:00am —
By D. Brady Rogers Continue
Fire Chief Robert Rielage of the Wyoming (Ohio) Fire-EMS Department once wrote that “smells and bells” incidents can result in complacency and a failure to follow procedures, such as wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Although safety should never be compromised, firefighters can be lulled into a false sense of security when “smells” have been the result of crayons melting on electric baseboard heat, or even bad food left in the…
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 17, 2011 at 8:00am —
By Kevin Milan
Although hands-on class enrollment skyrockets each year at every major fire service conference, exhibit hall vendors proclaim computer-based training (CBT) is the answer to every training challenge. The troops want hands-on training, but vendors provide electronic solutions. At first, these two realities seem to be in direct conflict with each other; however, they do share a common ground: Like hands-on training, if applied… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 16, 2011 at 8:00am —
By Ron Siarnicki
As captain of the Lutherville (Maryland) Volunteer Fire Department, near Baltimore, Steve Weatherby was confident he and his department were well prepared for any call for help, for every imaginable incident. As with every department, the members routinely drill and practice. They all take necessary fire service classes and become recertified. They debrief after calls—formally and informally—with colleagues in the department.… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 12, 2011 at 8:00am —
The Big QuestionMeasuring the performance of fire prevention programs starts with asking why they exist in the first placeBy Jim Crawford
For some time, many of us in the prevention field have been discussing model performance measures for fire prevention programs. It’s no secret that the measures apply for other injury-control strategies and that… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 11, 2011 at 8:00am —
The Right Amount of “Wet Stuff”Two Benchmarks for Water Delivery on the Modern Fireground
By Paul Spencer
The world of a modern-day engineer has changed, and many of us are struggling to keep up. Fires that used to go out relatively easily are now challenging us more than ever. The fuels involved in residential structure fires are changing along with fire behavior, forcing us to develop greater… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 10, 2011 at 7:00am —
In modern construction, ladder companies may need to perform a roof attack
By Randy Frassetto
In newer construction, attic fires pose unique challenges, making fireground tactics difficult at best. One effective tactic that can help: using a ladder crew to support the crews operating inside the structure.
Executed with property conservation in mind, leaving the drywall on the… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 9, 2011 at 8:00am —
Disassembly can be advantageous to cutting or prying tactics, but you need to know which tools to grab
Story & Photos by Les Baker
Disentanglement tactics may necessitate disassembling parts of a vehicle. In many cases, disassembly is much more advantageous than tactics that involve cutting and prying. Disassembling a vehicle creates safer working conditions, significantly reduces the… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 6, 2011 at 2:00pm —
By Mike Ong
Having participated in many health and fitness symposiums over the years, I’ve had the privilege of meeting firefighters from all over the world, and I’ve entertained a variety of questions regarding the development of wellness programs for their respective departments. In short, I’ve learned a great deal about other departments and the challenges they face in developing or growing their programs.
Most attendees of… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 4, 2011 at 8:00am —
A business intelligence software application provides the AFD with statistical basis to better itself
By Rhoda Mae Kerr & Elizabeth Gray
“You can get a lot further with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word.” These memorable words attributed to mobster Al Capone have relevance in the world of fire service company officers—not in promoting violence (no one is advocating that), but… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 3, 2011 at 6:00am —
By Jane Jerrard
By now, most of you know that U.S. firefighters rushed to Japan to help with search and rescue efforts following the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
A total of seventy-four CA-TF2 members were…
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 2, 2011 at 8:00am —
How and when to apply for various grant packagesBy Wayne L. Eder, EFO, MBA
It’s that time of year again! Time to work on your Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) applications, and once again, we’ll all hear that frequently asked question: How can my department get a grant?
The AFG has been a staple for fire service funding since its inception in 2001, and to date it has been… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on May 2, 2011 at 7:00am —
A rescue by the Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District of Breckenridge, Colo., proves that you may need to employ rope rescue techniques in the most unexpected places.
On Jan. 31 at 1511 HRS, the Summit County Dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a 21-year-old male had fallen down an elevator shaft in a house. The caller said the patient was unconscious and shaking.
At 1514 HRS, the Red, White & Blue Fire District dispatched units… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 28, 2011 at 7:00am —
L EADERSHIP SKILLSManaging the “Personal” Side of Fire Service LeadershipLeadership requires people skills to maintain operational readinessBy Marc Revere
“Leadership is horrible! Leadership is lonely!” I’ve… Continue
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 26, 2011 at 8:00am —
By Keith Klassen Continue
For years, the fire service has been embroiled in the “great compressed-air foam system (CAFS) nozzle debate”—a debate that focuses primarily on which nozzle is best for compressed-air foam (CAF). In reality, CAF can be pumped through any nozzle. However, that doesn’t mean fire departments should just pick a nozzle at random. Nozzle selection must be based on research into how CAF works and consideration of the various factors that make each department…
Added by Fire Rescue Magazine on April 21, 2011 at 8:00am —