Firefighter Safety Magazine Articles

  • 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

  • Fire Safety Education:Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

    W hat is carbon monoxide (CO)? It is a tasteless, odorless, invisible gas that is produced as a byproduct of incomplete combustion, or simpler said of anything that has a flame. CO weighs about the same as air (specific gravity 0.965. air is 1), so it...

    Article • March 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

  • Rekindles 3/13

    NEW YORK CITY: MARCH 3, 1913 – Four alarms were transmitted for a blazing loft building on West 53rd Street. The fire started around 11 P.M. in a cabinetmaker’s shop on the fifth floor. Fed by strong winds and large amounts of stored wood and...

    Article • March 1st, 2013

  • Riding the Right-Front Seat: Ensuring Safety

    Dr. Harry Carter shares why safety is perhaps the most important task that faces a right-front-seat leader every single day. He asks: If you don’t stress safety, who will?

    Article • January 23rd, 2013

  • As Firehouse Sees It: As If the Job Wasn't Dangerous Enough Already!

    Every time you respond to a fire, EMS call or other emergency, you may encounter drivers who try to beat you to the next corner, fail to pull to the right, speed by you on a highway or stop right in front of you, but at least you can make it safely to the...

    Article • January 14th, 2013

  • Close Calls: With Nothing Showing Initially... Part 2

    This is the second of two columns about a close call experienced by members of the Mantua Township Fire District (MTFD) in New Jersey on Feb. 7, 2012 (part one was in the January issue). Part one featured an account by Chief Brian Hauss, who suffered...

    Article • January 3rd, 2013

  • Rekindles 1/13

    PRINCETON, NJ: JAN. 1, 1913 – Alexander Hall, the oldest building of Princeton Theological Seminary, was damaged by an afternoon fire. Flames broke out on the fourth floor and spread. Firefighting was delayed as the town’s fire engine was involved in...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • For the Record 1-13

    USFA Offers Tips to Prevent CO Poisoning The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is urging residents to be safe as cold weather blankets the United States, including areas recently impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Carbon monoxide (CO) is a serious threat in...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • With Nothing Showing Initially... Part 1

    On Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at 10:01 A.M., the Mantua Township Fire District (MTFD) in New Jersey was dispatched to a dwelling fire with people reported trapped. While units were enroute, they were told by Gloucester County Communications that a woman was...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • Are We Defeating the Enemy?

    The U.S. military is our nation’s most elite group of individuals. They have led our nation to victory in many battles. I do believe, however, none of these victories have come without a precise and thought-out method of attack. Many hours are spent...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • Emergency Services Stretched to the Limit

    A 500-mile-wide Hurricane named Sandy caused death and destruction from the Northeast to the Great Lakes at the end of October and beginning of November 2012. One of the worst storms to hit the area in three decades, it caused the worst flooding in some...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • Scuttlebutt 1-13

    Lending a Hand (and a Truck) to Kosovo When Jakup Jahiri came to Mason, MI, to visit his son, he returned home to Viti, Kosovo, with much more than memories of a fun trip. While in Mason, the then Mayor of Viti, noticed how much fire equipment this...

    Article • January 1st, 2013