Firefighter Safety Magazine Articles

  • "Classic" Fireground Safety Issues at Fire in Single-Family Dwelling

    As this was being written in mid-December, we could look at the firefighter line-of-duty-death number for 2005 approach (and perhaps, by the time you read this, pass) the 2004 number. So many of you ask whether this will ever change. We think that the...

    Article • December 31st, 2005

  • The Hazards of Electricity

    While this column was being written, the pagers beeped and the e-mail opened up with a notification of a fire captain in Los Angeles suffering a severe electrical shock. As in most "close calls" that we report, and you read about, I am sure we all...

    Article • November 30th, 2005

  • Fire Chief Makes The Right Call in Ohio

    Pick up any issue of Firehouse Magazine or look at and it's clear that there has never been a time when there has been so intense and coordinated a focus on firefighter training. This month's column describes an incident in which basic...

    Article • October 31st, 2005

  • Were They Prepared?

    In a departure from our normal Close Calls format, we want to provide some thoughts on the Hurricane Katrina situation from a fire standpoint, as it in many respects relates directly to what we do cover here each month. This is being written on...

    Article • October 1st, 2005

  • How Preparation And Training Pay Off

    It's obvious that more and more fire departments, firefighters and fire officers are learning from what has happened to "the other" fire departments. Because firefighter safety and survival are their top priority in actions and in words, they make their...

    Article • September 1st, 2005

  • Medical Examinations for the Fire Service: The Key to Reducing Firefighter Deaths

    Dr. Raymond Basri provides a better understanding of fire physicals and describes some specific steps to help reduce firefighter deaths due to heart attacks.

    Article • August 1st, 2005

  • "I Am Not Going To Make It!" - Part 2

    Last month's Close Calls column featured very personal accounts by Fort Worth, TX, MedStar Medic Selena Schmidt, describing how she and fellow responders were struck and nearly killed while operating on a highway, and Fort Worth Firefighter Glenn R...

    Article • August 1st, 2005

  • "I Survived"

    Dave Jacobs, a battalion chief and EMT for the City of Seattle Fire Department, details what he experienced when he dropped dead in the line of duty and was brought back to life.

    Article • August 1st, 2005

  • The Family's Story

    My name is Glen Schmidt and I am Selena Schmidt's husband. Sunday, April 10, 2005, was my first day back home in McKinney, TX, from a business trip. I am an airline pilot for Air Tran Airways and I travel a lot, and I was so ready to be home. I was...

    Article • August 1st, 2005

  • Communications: The Main Link To Safety On the Fireground

    It is troubling in 2005 to still be reading after-action reports involving firefighter fatalities that contain “communications” as a possible contributing cause for the death or deaths. The main breakdown, in my opinion, seems to be between command...

    Article • July 1st, 2005

  • Safety – It’s Everybody’s Job

    Some will say little has changed in the fire service in the last 200 years. Others will tell you that much has changed. The fact remains that one very critical aspect of this noble profession has stayed the same: the fire service nationwide continues to...

    Article • July 1st, 2005

  • "I Am Not Going To Make It!" Part 1

    Once again in this column, we read a story of members being struck while operating on a highway. In this case, we have the very personal accounts of a medic who is a part of the Fort Worth, TX, 911 response system and who almost lost her life and a...

    Article • July 1st, 2005

  • Close Call in New Haven

    I was a firefighter with the City of New Haven, CT, from 1987 to 2004. I had been a captain since 1998 and was assigned to Engine Company 17 on the day of this fire. At 2:32 P.M. on Jan. 14, 2004, a 911 call was received reporting a house fire...

    Article • June 1st, 2005

  • Respond To A House Fire: Reported Mattress Burning

    This month, you will read an account of a fire that occurred at a single-family dwelling. It came in as a mattress fire, but when firefighters arrived, they had a house fire. This is another excellent example of how what we would consider a “typical...

    Article • June 1st, 2005

  • Lightweight Truss Systems: A Killer of Firefighters

    Gary Morris reports that testing reveals the effects of fire on lightweight truss systems and pose early collapse potential.

    Article • June 1st, 2005