Firefighter Safety Magazine Articles

  • Close Call While Searching For Life

    While searching for trapped children, fire broke out in the walls, causing firefighters to exit just before flashover. Harvey Eisner reports on this a two-alarm structure fire that took place Feb. 28, 2004 in Buffalo, NY.

    Article • March 31st, 2004

  • Accountability? It’s Not Just a “Sector” Anymore

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder’s comments follow. We received a 911 call for a building fire at a local inn. It is a 21¼2-story bar with apartments above. The caller, who was the building’s owner, advised that a wall...

    Article • March 31st, 2004

  • Planning Ahead For “Predictable” Close Calls

    If you have followed this column for any length of time, or even if you haven’t but you have been a firefighter for more than a few years, you have been able to figure out that most fire service tragic events have also happened “previously.” Of...

    Article • February 29th, 2004

  • Evaluating Rapid Intervention Teams

    Jim McCormack reviews rapid intervention teams and focuses on prevention so that the teams are not needed.

    Article • January 31st, 2004

  • Low Air: Quick Exit, Stay Calm, No Injuries

    Harvey Eisner interviews a Fort Worth, TX, firefighter who experienced difficulties such as poor visibility, high heat and poor air supply in a narrow escape.

    Article • January 31st, 2004

  • Firefighter Safety Thoughts

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

    Article • January 31st, 2004

  • Close Calls: “Get Off the Roof … Now!”

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder’s comments follow. Last summer, our truck company was dispatched on mutual aid to a reported working apartment building fire. As a part of the first-alarm assignment, our truck was the third...

    Article • January 31st, 2004

  • The “75/-25%” Solution: A Fireground Safety and Survival Concept

    Todd Harms provides insight into the Phoenix Fire Department’s training program incorporating the “75%/25%” concept – 75% on staying out of trouble and 25% on getting out of trouble.

    Article • January 31st, 2004

  • Risk Management & Fireground Safety

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

    Article • October 31st, 2003

  • Close Calls: No Shocking Surprises…

    This account is provided by a reader. Chief Goldfeder's comments follow. Although this is not a "dramatic" fire or major incident, this could happen to ANY firefighter! We are an all-career fire department. We provide the city ambulance...

    Article • October 31st, 2003

  • A Missing Firefighter: Give the Mayday

    Joseph P. DiBernardo offers some simple, yet important skills to learn and practice in the event that a firefighter is thought to be missing and no contact can be made.

    Article • October 31st, 2003

  • “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday – I’m Upstairs”

    Tim Geraghty describes the need to use the correct terminology when trapped in private dwellings that appear to be two-story structures that in fact have five different levels inside.

    Article • October 31st, 2003

  • 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

  • “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