Firefighter Safety Magazine Articles

  • Fire Building Construction: Thanks, Professor

    In the past several months, I have received "close call" letters from readers who also wrote, "Thank you, Professor Brannigan," and those words deserve mention here. All fire officers and instructors want to have a positive impact on those for whom...

    Article • October 1st, 2003

  • World Trade Center Health and Safety Issues

    Dr. David Prezant, FDNY deputy chief medical officer, examines ways in which World Trade Center exposure interacts with the ability to improve personal protective equipment and medical monitoring for firefighters who operated at ground zero.

    Article • September 1st, 2003

  • Staffing and Its Impact On Firefighter Safety

    The issue of staffing comes to the attention of everyone with each and every firefighter's death on the fireground. This occurs whether the death occurred at a high-rise building or a one-story home. Much will be said for a short time, then the conditions...

    Article • August 1st, 2003

  • “I Thought We Were Going to Die …Then I KNEW We Were Going to Die”

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder's comments follow. I have been in the fire service for 17 years, both as a volunteer and career firefighter/EMT-paramedic. I have been fortunate to run at some busy stations, and have received...

    Article • August 1st, 2003

  • The LifeCender Personal Escape System

    Pat O'Kane is man who has spent most of his life working with his hands, but he will be known in the years to come as the man whose mind sparked the concept that will save so many other lives throughout the world. Born 42 years ago in Derry City...

    Article • July 1st, 2003

  • Critical Coordination!

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder's comments follow. Our tower ladder company (quint) was dispatched to assist a neighboring community for a working building fire. The call came in after midnight and our on-duty crew of four...

    Article • July 1st, 2003

  • What About Before The Fire?

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder's comments follow. On a very cold winter night, around midnight with a temperature of minus six degrees, our fire and rescue department was dispatched as automatic mutual aid with a nearby city...

    Article • June 1st, 2003

  • Portable Window Air Conditioners: Innocent Looking, But Can Be Deadly

    Joseph T. Berry outlines specific hazards facing firefighters operating below portable window air conditioners.

    Article • May 1st, 2003

  • Force Protection For The Fire/EMS Critical Infrastructure

    Hank Christen and Michael Malone outline the concept of force protection, which lets a fire-EMS agency remain in a secure posture, ensuring that the organizational missions are completed safely and effectively.

    Article • May 1st, 2003

  • Flashover!

    You're pushing a hoseline down a hallway or working your way around a room doing a quick search when suddenly the entire area bursts into flame. The temperature suddenly has risen to over 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Your turnout gear begins to smoke and...

    Article • May 1st, 2003

  • Firefighter Deaths From Truss Collapse

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

    Article • May 1st, 2003

  • Know What You Can Handle— And What You Cannot

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder's comments follow. I am a chief officer of our volunteer fire company and I am approaching two decades as a firefighter. I also have served more than a decade as a career firefighter/paramedic...

    Article • May 1st, 2003

  • Single Search: A Risky Gamble

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder's comments follow. I was the officer on a three-person engine company that arrived first due at a working fire in a three-story occupied apartment house at 6 o'clock on a Saturday morning. Before...

    Article • February 28th, 2003

  • Life (And Death) In The Fast Lane – Part 1

    Dennis L. Rubin introduces a series of articles on firefighter safety by recounting a real-life “emotional roller coaster ride.”

    Article • February 28th, 2003

  • Safety And Command For High-Rise Fires

    Most building codes recognize a high-rise building as a structure over 75 feet in height. The codes, however, do not address square footage. I have seen high-rise buildings 80 feet by 80 feet and 35 stories tall. These actually are small high-rises...

    Article • February 28th, 2003