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  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 17

    There is a critical need for the driver and officer of responding ladder companies to perform a size-up to make sure the apparatus is positioned in the most beneficial location. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up...

    Article • September 29th, 2008

  • LODDs - We Will Forget You!

    We pride ourselves on the slogan "We Will Never Forget" but our behavior speaks louder then our words. Do you remember any of the brothers and sisters in the photo to the right? They all died because we did not make them put their seat belt on. "History...

    Article • August 27th, 2008

  • Safety 101 - Lesson 24

    Intersection crashes can be prevented by three key strategies.Each year, it has been estimated that over 3,000 intersection crashes occur that involve fire and EMS vehicles. It is believed that the overwhelming majority of these collisions can be averted...

    Article • July 9th, 2008

  • Safety 101 - Lesson 21

    Training must involve not only how to operate the components of the vehicle, but to know the physical characteristics of the vehicle.For many departments, the arrival of a new piece of fire apparatus is a time of celebration, a time to transfer equipment...

    Article • March 17th, 2008

  • Trics Of The Trade: The Rescue/Pumper and the FDNY Squad Concept - Part 1

    In this first part of the squad company, we will talk about the mission as an engine company, a truck company, and as a rescue company for a structure fires.What exactly is a rescue/pumper? The answer to a question like that is dependent upon where you...

    Article • November 22nd, 2007

  • 12 Deaths This Year: It's Time for Seat Belt Hardball

    Twelve firefighters have died in the line of duty since January 2007, in crashes without having their seat belt on. This must stop. We have no excuse. Almost 50% of firefighters nationwide do not use their seat belt. In some fire departments over...

    Article • October 24th, 2007

  • Safer Driving Operations Offered

    For the first time in 2003, firefighter statistics from NIOSH and NFPA showed crashes were the leading causes of injuries and deaths.

    Article • March 26th, 2007

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XIII

    A recent safety trend in the U.S. fire service has been to provide a pattern of diagonal striping across the rear of emergency vehicles to increase visibility of the vehicle when it is working in or near moving traffic.Painted traffic markings are used on...

    Article • March 18th, 2007

  • Fire Department Tanker Safety - Part IV

    The need to develop an effective driver training program and to enforce fire department standard operating procedures and policies cannot be overstated.This is the fourth and final installment in our series on the safe operation of fire department tankers...

    Article • April 29th, 2004

  • Fire Department Tanker Safety - Part III

    Although the USFA estimates that tankers account for only 3% of the total fire apparatus in the U.S., they account for more than 20% of response-related firefighter fatalities.The first two installments of this series outlined the critical nature of the...

    Article • March 15th, 2004

  • Fire Department Tanker Safety - Part II

    We will examine in closer detail some of the statistics and causes associated with the fatal tanker collisions that occurred in the U.S. during the period of 1990 through 2001.In Part I of this series we brought to light the problem of fire department...

    Article • September 12th, 2003

  • Fire Department Tanker Safety - Part I

    Without question, the fire service has seen more emphasis and effort towards the cause of firefighter safety in the past 20 years than in any other similar time frame.Without question, the fire service has seen more emphasis and effort towards the cause...

    Article • July 14th, 2003

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