Firefighter Safety Magazine Articles

  • Entrapment Hazards Continue to Endanger Firefighters

    April 1994 – Two Memphis, TN, firefighters die in a high-rise fire. April 2001 – Two Syracuse, NY, firefighters are dragged unconscious from a commercial building fire. August 2004 – Two Philadelphia firefighters perish in a structure...

    Article • October 1st, 2004

  • When It’s Time To Go: Emergency Escape Techniques

    Jim McCormack reviews two emergency escape methods that may help you get out alive if your primary escape is cut off.

    Article • October 1st, 2004

  • What Has Changed Since 9/11?

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

    Article • September 1st, 2004

  • In an Instant - From the Second Floor to the Basement

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder's comments follow: A first alarm assignment was dispatched by our county fire communications center for a dwelling fire at 0157 Hours. This assignment sends 3 Engines, 2 Ladders, 1 Rescue, and...

    Article • September 1st, 2004

  • Thermal Imaging Training: Safety

    Thermal imagers (TIs) improve firefighter safety. It’s a proven fact. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of documented cases in which firefighters using thermal imagers avoided potentially fatal situations. By taking TIs with them during fire attacks...

    Article • September 1st, 2004

  • Come Clean: Dirty Gear Is No Badge of Honor

    Every firefighter remembers reporting to duty for his or her first shift. You aren’t sure what to do, so you become a casual observer and follow the lead of the grizzled veterans. The real challenge for a rookie firefighter – beyond just hoping to...

    Article • August 1st, 2004

  • Town Hall’s on Fire!

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder’s comments follow: Just after midnight, our police department received a telephone call from our sheriff’s department in regard to a smell of smoke in our township. Within 10 minutes of the...

    Article • August 1st, 2004

  • Being Safety Conscious About Breathing Apparatus

    Michael L. Smith describes the need to be safe about your SCBA and how those who enter an IDLH should first be trained to know how long his or her SCBA will last under conditions of duress and heavy physical exertion.

    Article • July 1st, 2004

  • Much More Than A Close Call: Part 2

    Chief Goldfeder writes: Last month’s column began documenting a house fire that became much more than a “Close Call” – one in which three firefighters and three civilians were killed. As I stated in June, in the past year, I have come to know...

    Article • July 1st, 2004

  • Much More Than a Close Call

    Chief Goldfeder writes: Each month, dozens of Firehouse® readers submit accounts of events to be considered for “Close Calls.” This installment reports on a fire that became much more than a “Close Call.” In the past year, I have come to...

    Article • June 1st, 2004

  • Pre-Planning Fires In Renovated Buildings

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

    Article • May 1st, 2004

  • "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!" OK, Now What?

    Before we go to this month?s Close Call case study, I want to throw a few thoughts on the table regarding firefighter line-of-duty deaths. Several readers recently e-mailed, ?Does it seem like there are more and more of them?? Yes, to me it does...

    Article • May 1st, 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

  • 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