Firefighter Safety Magazine Articles

  • MORE What They DIDN’T Teach You In Fire School

    Ron Baran continues his discussion of techniques that only experience can teach, as textbook maneuvers are just a guide.

    Article • March 31st, 2004

  • Rapid Intervention Training: Moving an Unconscious Firefighter Across a Horizontal Surface

    James K. Crawford discusses horizontal moving techniques that will create an easier situation for the rapid intervention team, victim and you.

    Article • March 31st, 2004

  • Gunfire at Christmas Morning Structure Fire

    On Christmas morning 2003, the Los Pinos Fire Protection District, located in southwestern Colorado, responded to a well-developed structure fire involving a sniper. Tom Aurnhammer reports from the scene.

    Article • March 31st, 2004

  • Accountability? It’s Not Just a “Sector” Anymore

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder’s comments follow. We received a 911 call for a building fire at a local inn. It is a 21¼2-story bar with apartments above. The caller, who was the building’s owner, advised that a wall...

    Article • March 31st, 2004

  • Close Call While Searching For Life

    While searching for trapped children, fire broke out in the walls, causing firefighters to exit just before flashover. Harvey Eisner reports on this a two-alarm structure fire that took place Feb. 28, 2004 in Buffalo, NY.

    Article • March 31st, 2004

  • Planning Ahead For “Predictable” Close Calls

    If you have followed this column for any length of time, or even if you haven’t but you have been a firefighter for more than a few years, you have been able to figure out that most fire service tragic events have also happened “previously.” Of...

    Article • February 29th, 2004

  • Evaluating Rapid Intervention Teams

    Jim McCormack reviews rapid intervention teams and focuses on prevention so that the teams are not needed.

    Article • January 31st, 2004

  • Firefighter Safety Thoughts

    By request of the author, this article is not available online

    Article • January 31st, 2004

  • The “75/-25%” Solution: A Fireground Safety and Survival Concept

    Todd Harms provides insight into the Phoenix Fire Department’s training program incorporating the “75%/25%” concept – 75% on staying out of trouble and 25% on getting out of trouble.

    Article • January 31st, 2004

  • Low Air: Quick Exit, Stay Calm, No Injuries

    Harvey Eisner interviews a Fort Worth, TX, firefighter who experienced difficulties such as poor visibility, high heat and poor air supply in a narrow escape.

    Article • January 31st, 2004

  • Close Calls: “Get Off the Roof … Now!”

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder’s comments follow. Last summer, our truck company was dispatched on mutual aid to a reported working apartment building fire. As a part of the first-alarm assignment, our truck was the third...

    Article • January 31st, 2004

  • “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday – I’m Upstairs”

    Tim Geraghty describes the need to use the correct terminology when trapped in private dwellings that appear to be two-story structures that in fact have five different levels inside.

    Article • October 31st, 2003

  • A Missing Firefighter: Give the Mayday

    Joseph P. DiBernardo offers some simple, yet important skills to learn and practice in the event that a firefighter is thought to be missing and no contact can be made.

    Article • October 31st, 2003

  • Risk Management & Fireground Safety

    By request of the author, this article is not available online

    Article • October 31st, 2003

  • Close Calls: No Shocking Surprises…

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder's comments follow. Although this is not a "dramatic" fire or major incident, this could happen to ANY firefighter! We are an all-career fire department. We provide the city ambulance...

    Article • October 31st, 2003