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  • Speak Up: Stop Doing Something You Know Is Dead Wrong

    While standing at the command post on a working fire, it troubles me to see the efforts that members of the fire service go through to make a stand for something, but cannot help themselves. I have stood there watching crews cut the roof while the...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Decisions, Decisions: Education and Training Are Key

    Recently, my mutual aid association held a drill about rail incidents on a busy rail line where numerous 100-plus-car trains travel each day. Bakken crude oil and liquefied propane gas (LPG) are among the hazardous materials being transported routinely...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Light Smoke Showing, Then Heavy Fire & Major Collapse: Part 4

    This concludes a multi-part account of a close call experienced by the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department (M-LFD) of Long Island, NY, at a house fire on Jan. 18, 2014. Thanks to M-LFD Chief of Department Christopher Pisani and Deputy Chiefs Kirk...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Emergency Response to Agricultural Ammonia Releases

    Anhydrous ammonia (NH 3 ) is one of the leading sources of nitrogen fertilizer applied to agricultural crops in the U.S. because, by molecular weight, it is 82% nitrogen, readily available and easy to apply. There are, however, disadvantages and potential...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Thermal Imaging: Back to Basics: Learning To Deploy Thermal Imagers

    Firefighters spend a lot of time training. This training can include pump and aerial operations, donning of turnout gear, hose extending and pulling drills, forcible entry and victim drags and carries. Most departments would consider these important for...

    Article • June 1st, 2014

  • "We've Always Done it This Way," But That Doesn't Mean It's Right

    Editor’s note: David Griffin was the driver of the first engine to respond to a furniture warehouse fire that claimed the lives of nine of his fellow firefighters in Charleston, SC, in 2007. Since then, he has dedicated his life to ensuring that the...

    Article • June 1st, 2014

  • Light Smoke Showing, Then Heavy Fire & Major Collapse: Part 3

    As we have been reporting over the past two months, on Jan. 18, 2014, the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department (M-LFD) of Long Island, NY, was alerted to respond to a reported fire in a dwelling. What happened on that call teaches a lesson for all of us...

    Article • June 1st, 2014

  • Speak Up: Reflections on the Tampa2 Summit

    Editor’s note: The Fire Politics column, “Tampa2: Updating the Path Forward,” in the May issue by Chief Dennis Compton, a Firehouse ® contributing editor, reported on the March 2004 Firefighter Life Safety Summit and the recent 10th-anniversary...

    Article • June 1st, 2014

  • Light Smoke Showing, Then Heavy Fire & Major Collapse - Part 2

    As we reported last month, on Jan. 18, 2014, the Manhasset-Lake-ville Fire Department (M-LFD) of Long Island, NY, was alerted to respond to a reported fire in a dwelling. What happened on that call provides a lesson for all of us, especially when...

    Article • May 1st, 2014

  • Houston Inferno Consumes Nearly 400 Apartments Under Construction

    A fully framed and roofed, interconnected complex of nearly 400 apartment units under construction, only three months from their scheduled opening, went up in a massive column of smoke that could be seen for miles during Houston’s lunch hour on Tuesday...

    Article • May 1st, 2014

  • Hazardous Materials "Standard of Care"

    Chemicals and compounds have been known to exist for centuries. Emergency responders have dealt with them for many years and often referred to them as chemicals or by their common chemical names, if known, such as gasoline, propane, ammonium nitrate...

    Article • May 1st, 2014

  • HOT SHOTS 4/14

    NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, JAN. 31, 2014 – An early-morning fire ripped through a three-story apartment complex, destroying all 31 suites and displacing nearly 40 people. More than 40 firefighters from New Westminster and the neighboring cities...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Disaster Response: Commanding the Storm: Lessons Learned From Oklahoma tornados - Part 3

    Several challenges related to staging were identified in after-action meetings. Early in the response, multiple agencies established their own mobile command and staging areas.   This led incoming resources to check in at the wrong locations and...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Close Calls: Light Smoke Showing, Then Heavy Fire & Major Collapse

    T his month’s Close Call is one that is near and dear to me, as not only did it involve some close and longtime friends, but involved a department to which I owe a great deal of gratitude, as I essentially started my career with this organization in the...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Fireground Operations: 15 Priorities in Protecting Exposures: Part 2

    Exterior exposures are a major concern for many fire departments. Fire departments that protect congested urban and suburban areas must deal with structures that are built alongside one another. With buildings that are attached to one another or...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

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