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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Close Calls: "The Worst Day Of My Life": Part 2

    Last month, in part one of this column, we looked at some history involving firefighter deaths and injuries that occurred in live-fire training exercises, followed by Wisconsin Firefighter Candace Wetter’s account of how she became another victim of...

    Article • March 1st, 2014

  • Close Calls: "The Worst Day Of My Life" ? Part 1

    Does any of this sound familiar? A firefighter: • Dies after falling from aerial ladder during training • Dies after falling from a rope • Is killed falling from an elevated aerial platform • Dies while participating in a live-fire...

    Article • February 1st, 2014

  • Fireground Operations: 15 Priorities in Protecting Exposures – Part 1

    Keeping a fire confined to its room, floor, building or neighborhood of origin is a critical objective of every incident commander. Anticipating how a fire can spread from one area to another has always been a challenge for the members of the fire...

    Article • February 1st, 2014

  • Speak Up 3/14: The Panic Snap: Simple Tool Save Lives

    We’re no strangers to loving gadgets. Bright lights. Items with Maltese crosses emblazoned on them. But typically, things used for safety aren’t as publicized; let alone purchased. Why? Because they aren’t sexy. You can’t Instagram it and receive...

    Article • February 1st, 2014

  • Close Calls: "The Worst Day Of My Life" – Part 1

    Does any of this sound familiar?  A firefighter: • Dies after falling from aerial ladder during training • Dies after falling from a rope • Dies while participating in a live-fire training evolution at an acquired structure • Is...

    Article • February 1st, 2014

  • EVOC: Texting, Cell Phones And the Apparatus Operator

    To my loyal readers: I have been on an extended hiatus, but I’m glad to be back writing about the issues of the day confronting emergency vehicle operators. Much has happened since my last column. First, after 31 years as a member of the New York City...

    Article • January 1st, 2014

  • Close Calls: Chief First on Scene: Working Fire, People Trapped - Part 2

    Last month, we began reporting on an incident in which a fire chief arrived at a house fire with people trapped before the first apparatus could reach the scene. He had little choice but to force entry, search and make a rescue. For his heroic efforts...

    Article • January 1st, 2014

  • EMS: The Active Shooter: Coming To a Community Near You?

    A s I was writing this column, a gunman walked through a New Jersey shopping mall before apparently taking his own life. A few days earlier, an active shooter entered the Los Angeles airport, killing one Transportation Security Administration (TSA...

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • Close Calls: Chief First on Scene: Working Fire, People Trapped

    One of the most challenging times for chief fire officers is when they arrive before the apparatus. In most cases, it gives us a chance to size-up, conduct the 360-degree walk-around and do our job helping the arriving companies. However, in rare cases...

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • Safety and Survival Sidebar: Chicago Fire Department Conducts High-Rise Drill

    The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) completely revamped its response and procedures to be followed for high-rise fires as a result of a tragic downtown fire in which six lives were lost in 2003. Notably, a top-to-bottom revision of CFD tactics, including...

    Article • November 1st, 2013

  • Safe Building Codes Act: Worth a Pound of Cure

    “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Many of you know that Benjamin Franklin coined that phrase. It has become an adage in the fire service, one that I like to use myself when speaking on the issue of prevention and mitigation...

    Article • November 1st, 2013

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