Firefighter Safety Magazine Articles

  • An Explosion and Close Call – At a Firefighter’s Home!

    Below are several accounts of what occurred during a fire in a single-family dwelling. One personal account is from Erin Craven, a part-time firefighter/EMT who completed firefighter training within the past year. This was her first interior fire. She...

    Article • May 1st, 2005

  • The Facts and Dangers of Rooftop Transmitting Devices on High-Rise Buildings

    Curtis S.D. Massey discusses the importance for all firefighters and chief officers to be aware of roof-mounted transmission devices and how they might affect their safety during any type of rooftop operation.

    Article • March 31st, 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 • March 31st, 2005

  • On Main Street: Heavy Smoke & Fire, Then Boom! Firefighters Down!

    As mentioned in the past several columns, we normally don’t identify fire departments here, but several departments have told us that they are willing to openly share their stories. Again, that is a refreshing approach, as difficult as it can be. This...

    Article • March 31st, 2005

  • Rugged Turnout Gear Requires Delicate Care

    Darrell Redler explains why firefighter turnouts can withstand the effects of a burning building, yet a simple home washer can render them useless.

    Article • February 28th, 2005

  • Personal Protective Equipment: Friend or Foe?

    Jim Swartzwelder tells why, if you’re not keeping your protective clothing properly cleaned and maintained, there may be something nefarious hiding inside your turnouts.

    Article • February 28th, 2005

  • 1 Department, 2 Close Calls – Within an Hour!

    There are many ways we can work to reduce firefighter injury and death. And it is clear that “we” keep getting hurt or killed in the same ways. Of course, among our ranks were firefighters who died in the line of duty for genuine and true heroics...

    Article • February 28th, 2005

  • Expert Advice on Contaminated Gear Hazards and Cleaning

    Haley Jorgensen interviews experts who report on how contaminated gear exposes firefighters to potentially life-threatening chemicals, biological agents and particulates and can even pass on contaminants to the public.

    Article • February 28th, 2005

  • Small Towns, Small Hazards? Not a Chance! – Part 2

    Just a car fire...then an explosion with a firefighter injured! “I heard a loud bang, sending a jolt through my body.” As we continue with part 2, we are looking at some smaller-town fire departments and some close calls they...

    Article • January 31st, 2005

  • Small Towns, Small Hazards? Not A Chance! – Part 1

    We’ve received several “small town” Close Calls that we’ll run consecutively this month and next. Together with photos, these drive home the fact that the “bad stuff” can and does happen to all of us. As you will read, the incidents are...

    Article • December 31st, 2004

  • Sometimes, It's the Little Things That Count

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder's comments follow: Every vocation has little issues that can add up to create big problems. Unfortunately, in the fire service, if the little issues keep adding up, the result can be...

    Article • November 30th, 2004

  • Firefighters Vs. Apparatus: We Lose Every Time

    As each of you and all of us at Firehouse® work together to reduce firefighter injuries and deaths, some challenges are more difficult than others. This month, we will focus on what we feel should be the more easily managed risks of firefighters not...

    Article • October 31st, 2004

  • Pre-Fire Planning: Garbage In, Garbage Out

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

    Article • October 31st, 2004

  • Tricks That Can Save Your Life

    Ron Baran details how veteran firefighters can provide valuable lessons that may one day save a firefighter or an entire crew.

    Article • October 31st, 2004

  • Routine? Routine? Wake Up! We Don’t Do Routine!

    Before starting this month’s fire case study, I want to make a few comments regarding “routine.” In the past few weeks, we have read about or even attended funerals for some wonderful people: Los Angeles City Firefighter Jaime Foster lost...

    Article • October 1st, 2004