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  • Why Firefighters Call 'Mayday'

    Most veteran firefighters will admit that one of the most significant transmissions that one can hear on the fireground is a “Mayday” call. The time parameters associated with locating and removing a lost, injured or otherwise incapacitated...

    Article • June 27th, 2012

  • Fire/EMS Safety & Health Week: Rules vs. DNA

    The 2012 International Fire/EMS Safety & Health Week theme is “Rules you can live by.” If you have been in the fire service for 12 months, you know the rules that will keep you from getting injured, killed, fired, voted out or disciplined. You have...

    Article • June 20th, 2012

  • The 380-Degree Size-up for Hoarder Homes

    Ryan Pennington proposes an additional measure for size-up at homes that are filled with extraordinary amounts of personal belongings.

    Article • March 28th, 2012

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 55

    Drill # 55: SCBA Air Management The author describes a test in which firefighters can learn how long they can operate before the low-air warning on their SCBA goes off and how much time they have after that before they run out of air. The drill...

    Article • January 29th, 2012

  • Be an Effective Gatekeeper

    As a fire officer, your people are depending on you to see that they can operate as safely as possible.

    Article • January 23rd, 2012

  • Start the New Year by Resetting Your Moral Compass

    We are at the beginning of yet another new year. Was it not just Jan. 3 1, 2011? As I grow older, I begin to see the wisdom imparted to me by a senior buddy years ago. He told me that in many ways life is like a roll of toilet paper. He told me that the...

    Article • January 5th, 2012

  • Assessing What They LACK: The Culture of Firefighting

    Editor's Note: The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Courage to be Safe program identified four area where fire officers needed to improve their awareness, training and skills: leadership, accountability, culture and knowledge (LACK...

    Article • December 26th, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 48

    Drill # 48: Securing UtilitiesReaders will learn how to secure the three main utilities on the fireground: the electric, the gas and the water.. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up...

    Article • December 11th, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 47

    Drill # 47: Carbon MonoxideReaders will learn about the dangers of carbon monoxide and the different affects for the different levels of exposures. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up...

    Article • December 4th, 2011

  • Assessing What They LACK: Can Change Occur Without Knowledge?

    Many have been the words that have been devoted to the importance of knowledge in the life of the world. Plato (409 BC) gave us an early bit of wisdom. In describing the importance of knowledge in the process for the selection of judges, he stated that...

    Article • November 26th, 2011

  • Tips for Wintertime Firefighting Operations

    With winter conditions soon approaching, the fire service is left to contend with additional demands due to heavy snowfall and extreme temperature conditions. The hazards and complications of winter firefighting can be overcome by firefighters developing...

    Article • November 23rd, 2011

  • Assessing What They LACK: Accountability is Critical

    Editor's Note: The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Courage to be Safe program identified four area where fire officers needed to improve their awareness, training and skills: leadership, accountability, culture and knowledge (LACK). This...

    Article • November 1st, 2011

  • Weekly Drill: No. 41 - Rescue Size-Up

    Readers will learn about the three critical factors that size-up must embrace when preparing for search and rescue operations.

    Article • October 23rd, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 38

    Drill # 38: Life Safety RulesReaders will learn about the five basic rules that should be followed to keep the fireground operations focused on life safety. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up...

    Article • October 2nd, 2011

  • I Once Was Lost but Now am Found

    This visit with you today is a sort of follow up message to my last two columns on Firehouse.com. In one I spoke of the problems I encountered when my faith in an individual was misplaced. In the other I spoke of the problems caused by the interaction...

    Article • September 20th, 2011

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