February 2010

Firefighters were forced to make an exterior attack after flames could not be extinguished inside a chemical factory. Numerous 55-gallon drums exploded from the factory that made the sealants and coatings for the automobile industry. The two-alarm fire occurred in Detroit, MI, on Aug. 24, 2009.

Dedication: This month's Firehouse is dedicated to Captain Brett Stearns, 29, of the Bureau of Land Management in Craig, CO; and Assistant Chief Allan LaPage, 67, of the Kingston, RI, Fire District, who died in the line of duty, June 2009; and to Assistant Chief Dale Elliot Haddiz, 70, of the Schell City, MO, Fire Department; and Firefighter Robert Johnson, 75, of the Mahopac Falls, NY, Volunteer Fire Department, who died in the line of duty, July 2009.

Cover by: Bill Grimshaw

Progress Being Made Toward Professionalizing The Fire Service


On The Job: NEW YORK

Truss Truce: Part 1

The Apparatus Architect: Part 44


Layoffs, Budget Cuts & Deficits

The Highs and the Lows of Gains

Hybrid Vehicle Emergencies: Honda Insight

The Philosophy of a Firefighter/Paramedic

"It Felt Like a Bomb Went Off!" — Part 2

NWCG Approves Changes in Wildland Tactics

We Don't Lose "Non-Essential" Lives

Doing Less With Less. When Will We Learn?

100 Years Ago

Trying to Do More With Less?