Firefighter Safety Magazine Articles

  • The 4 Phases Of the Stretch: Phase 2

    Size-up is all about gathering and evaluating information in order to make good fireground decisions. At the scene of a fire we gather and evaluate information at a rapid pace. Seldom is there time to thoroughly process and evaluate this information...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • The Fire Scene: How Safe Is Your Firehouse?

    I’m sure every firehouse and fire station has some type of hazard that could result in an injury to a firefighter. A loose step on the stairway, a door that slams shut or a continuously wet floor in the bathroom. Those are not what I’m talking about...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • Speak Up: Fireground Setup Time

    Thanks to Firehouse ® Magazine and Chief Vincent Dunn for his March 2013 Safety & Survival column “Fireground Setup Time, Measured Scientifically: Research Fills a Gap in Knowledge of Firefighting Tasks.” In the column, Chief Dunn completely...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • Product Showcase 6/13

    Blauer Blauer’s Multi-Threat Ensemble is certified to NFPA 1994 Class 2 and NFPA 1992 for serious protection during physically demanding HAZMAT response. GORE CHEMPAK Ultra-Barrier fabric stands up to high concentrations of CWA’s, TIC’s, and...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • Rekindles 5/13

    GARDEN CITY, NY: MAY 1, 1913 – Fire tore through five aviation hangars at Hempstead Plains, destroying a number of valuable flying machines. Among the craft lost was a splendid yellow monoplane, the largest on the field, a Curtiss-type biplane. The...

    Article • May 8th, 2013

  • In their Sights

    A recent EMS run in suburban Atlanta, GA, turned into anything but normal. A resident who called in a request for an ambulance took five firefighters hostage and held them at gunpoint when they entered the structure after responding with an engine company...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • Highways - What Kills Us!

    Some years ago, when I was working in St. Louis, MO, I was doing research about the city’s police department for a project I was working on. While doing the research, I came across a book the department published that detailed the deaths of the 171...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • Fireground Setup Time

    I was quite impressed with Chief Vincent Dunn’s Safety & Survival column headlined “Fireground Setup Time, Measured Scientifically” in the March 2013 edition of Firehouse ® Magazine . I congratulate him on the work. I did some preliminary...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • The Power Saw: Working Safely & Effectively

    I’ve talked about the power saw before, but there is always room for more discussion on such a useful, important and powerful piece of equipment. Whatever brand or model of power saw you use, including chain saws, there are some basics you need to know...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • Massive Storm Poses Unique Risks - Part 1

    Dealing with nasty, weather-related storms is nothing new to firefighters. When any of us heard about the massive storms that hit the mid-Atlantic coast within the past year, we naturally thought about “before and during the storm” issues. From...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • Rekindles 4/13

    COLON, PANAMA: APRIL 2, 1913 – As more than 100 American employees of the Canal Commission were attending a performance in the Star Picture Theatre, a fire broke out in the projection room. The audience panicked as the smoke and fire became visible...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • As Firehouse Sees It: Saving Lives and Staying Safe At the Same Time

    In this issue, we are proud to present our annual Firehouse ® Magazine Heroism and Community Service Awards. Starting in the 1970s, we have been paying tribute to “the bravest of the brave,” those members who save the lives of countless people in...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • Close Calls: Firefighter Trapped in Marijuana-Grow "Fortress" - Part 2

    T his is the second installment of my column about a close call involving the Westfield, MA, Fire Department (WFD). To recap, during a March 30, 2012, fire in a single-family-dwelling, Captain Rebecca Boutin crawled into a smoke-filled attic moments after...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • Guest Commentary: "People Reported Trapped!"

    Responding to structural fires, we sometimes hear the generic phrase “People reported trapped.” Firefighters’ adrenalin starts pumping, hearts beat faster and blood pressure increases. As the apparatus turns the corner, visible fire is venting out...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • Close Calls:Firefighter Trapped in Marijuana-Grow "Fortress" Part 1

    We all train for that “worst day,” and that day can end up being many things to many people. The non-breathing child, the crash with entrapment, the call where you work on someone in front of their family, a terrorist event – the list of what we...

    Article • March 1st, 2013