Firefighter Safety Magazine Articles

  • Fire Captain Struck Minutes After Arrival - Part 2

    Last month’s column featured part one of a report about a close call involving City of Dayton, OH, Fire Department Captain Barry Cron, who was struck by a pickup truck while operating at a traffic accident scene in wintry weather. This month’s...

    Article • November 1st, 2013

  • Tools & Technologies: Base Layer Clothing: Part Of the Protective Ensemble

    Turnout gear is essential for the safe performance of firefighting duties. Firefighters rely on the protective properties of their turnout gear and should be familiar with the use, care and limitations of that gear. Ironically, the same gear that protects...

    Article • October 1st, 2013

  • Close Calls: Fire Captain Struck Minutes After Arrival: Part 1

    Dayton, OH, is in an area of traditional seasons: it’s hot in the summer, cold in the winter and pretty much everything in between. In this month’s close call, Captain Barry Cron of the City of Dayton Fire Department describes what we have read so...

    Article • October 1st, 2013

  • Cover Story: Firefighters Bail Out to Safety At New Jersey House Fire

    WOODBRIDGE, NJ, AUG. 14, 2013 – Two Woodbridge firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a basement fire that heavily damaged a home, displacing an elderly couple. Woodbridge firefighters were dispatched for a reported mid-morning basement...

    Article • October 1st, 2013

  • Rekindles 10/13

    BROOKLYN, NY: OCT. 2, 1913 – Flames broke out shortly before 1 P.M. in the Sunday school building nestled behind the Plymouth Church on Orange Street in Brooklyn Heights. The flames burned through the roof before the fire was noticed and the alarm was...

    Article • October 1st, 2013

  • For the Record 9/13

    College Campus Fire Safety Each year college and university students, on- and off-campus, experience hundreds of fire-related emergencies nationwide. There are several specific causes for fires on college campuses, including cooking, intentionally set...

    Article • September 12th, 2013

  • Hazmat Studies: Fire and Police Combine For Hazmat Response: Part 2

    Gwinnett County, GA, has one of the most comprehensive hazardous materials and hazardous devices response protocols in the Southeast. The county’s response to incidents involving hazardous materials and hazardous devices, comprised of fire and police...

    Article • September 1st, 2013

  • Close Calls: Firefighters Trapped At Maryland House Fire - Part 3

    As reported in parts one and two of this column in the July and August issues, on Feb. 24, 2012, the Prince George’s County, MD, Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department (PGFD) was dispatched to an arson fire in a single-family house at which seven...

    Article • September 1st, 2013

  • As Firehouse Sees It: Some Things May Need To Be Changed

    Apparently, 13 of the families whose loved ones from the Prescott, AZ, Granite Mountain Hotshots Crew were killed during a wind-driven fire on June 30, 2013, were unable to collect full benefits from the City of Prescott and the State of Arizona at...

    Article • September 1st, 2013

  • Speak Up 9/2013: The Realities of Short-Handed Firefighting

    Staffing is a hot-button topic for many fire departments. We as firefighters know what is needed to safely and effectively get our job done, but all too often our towns and cities have a hard time filling the seats on the apparatus. There are a variety of...

    Article • September 1st, 2013

  • Rekindles 8/13

    BANGOR, ME: AUG. 1, 1913 – A nighttime fire that started in the business district in the manufacturing plant of the S. Flory Co. destroyed the entire structure and spread to several other buildings, including a house. Firemen saved a small building and...

    Article • August 1st, 2013

  • A Really Bad Day

    According to the latest complete statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2011, the U.S. fire service responded to 30,098,000 alarms. Divided by 365 days, that comes to an average of 82,460 alarms on any given day. Every hour...

    Article • August 1st, 2013

  • Firefighters Trapped At Maryland House Fire - Part 2

    As reported in the July issue, on Feb. 24, 2012, the Prince George’s County, MD, Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department (PGFD) responded to an arson fire in a single-family dwelling at which seven firefighters were injured. Given the severity of the...

    Article • August 1st, 2013

  • How to Assess and Treat Injured Firefighters

    Literature on the topic of rapid intervention, like many other subjects, began as individual articles, grew into larger chapters and has now evolved into entire textbooks. It is such an important topic, in part, because the larger concept of overall...

    Article • August 1st, 2013

  • Breaking News

    As we were deciding which incidents to cover in Firehouse ® , the news in recent weeks has been chock-full of fires, natural disasters, explosions, building collapses and weather-related emergencies. With continued advances in technology, incidents you...

    Article • July 1st, 2013