Firefighter Safety Magazine Articles

  • 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

  • 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 • Is killed falling from an elevated aerial platform • Dies while participating in a live-fire...

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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