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  • Salka: Ladder Pipe Liability

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Monday November 5, 2012
    I've written before about this subject and I've even had some good and interesting conversations about this activity but, I still see it often in the pages of fire service magazines and in newspaper coverage of fires. It's the image of a firefighter...
  • Do You Close The Door?

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Tuesday October 16, 2012
    There has been much discussion about the issue of closing the door. I’m talking about whether firefighters entering an apartment from a public hallway or stairway, or even firefighters entering a single family home through the front door, should close...
  • Stupid Idea # 98 - Detroit's Tourist Firefighters

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Thursday September 13, 2012
    Just this morning I read an article that stated the Detroit Fire Department is considering allowing firefighters and/or tourists from around the country to ride with their companies and work with their crews at fires and emergencies. Well I have heard...
  • Farewell Sheriff Andy Taylor

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Wednesday July 11, 2012
    Actor Andy Griffith passed away this last week . To most of the people around my age (54) Andy Griffith was more commonly known as Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry. The reason I am even talking about Andy Taylor here on Firehouse.com is because he was a...
  • SOPs, SOGs & FOPs for Firefighting

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Thursday May 17, 2012
    Whether you use standard operating procedures (SOPs) or standard operating guidelines (SOGs) or flexible operating plans (FOPs), the issue is about looking ahead. Every fire department would like it’s officers and members to have as much information...
  • Don't Relieve the Rapid Intervention Team

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Thursday May 3, 2012
    When you establish a rapid intervention team (RIT) at an incident, they are there to perform a vital and technically challenging task. As we all know, a RIT need not ever be activated and if they are well trained and utilized, they will still have...
  • What Would You Do?

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Friday April 13, 2012
    Have you seen the television show "What Would You Do?" The show creates situations that are controversial and politically incorrect to see how the bystanders and other innocent passersby handle what is happening. Obviously the test is who will step in...
  • Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Thursday March 1, 2012
    Much has been written about the term "Mayday" and how we in the fire service use it. Just recently I read an interesting article that discussed the causes for transmitting a Mayday, the hesitancy that many firefighters have for transmitting a Mayday and...
  • Transitional Attack is Whack

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Sunday February 19, 2012
    I'm amazed by the number of scientific studies that are calling for firefighters to change the way we are doing things. Now I may not be the sharpest tool in the box but have you read about this "Transitional Attack" idea? I hope I am stating this all...
  • My Friends

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Monday January 30, 2012
    I'm heading up to Massachusetts tomorrow to visit some friends. Not just any friends, but a group of very special men. My trip will take me to Worcester, where on Dec. 3, 1999, at box 1438, six men lost their lives fighting a fire at the Worcester Cold...