Firefighter Safety Web Exclusives

  • A Planned Approach to Firefighter Safety

    The American Fire Service stands firmly with one boot in the 19th century and the other in the 21st century. In terms of firefighter safety, specifically line-of-duty deaths (LODDs), the American Fire Service has done little to impact the yearly rate of...

    Article • February 24th, 2011

  • Solar Energy: Utility Control & Firefighter Safety

    Matthew Steine examines firefighter safety around thermal and photovoltaic power systems, two of the most common solar power systems used with today's construction.

    Article • January 31st, 2011

  • Aerial Firefighting with Night Vision Goggles – Part 1

    As wildfires become more prevalent and ferocious, many in the fire service are looking for better ways to battle wildland blazes. One factor that is almost universally accepted is that the vast majority of fires diminish in severity overnight, when...

    Article • January 28th, 2011

  • Firefighter Safety and Chasing Waterfalls

    Chasing waterfalls was not only a term that was made famous in a popular song a while back; it is also a popular statement concerning dangerous behavior. It simply means that people who chase water downstream will eventually fall off the waterfall and...

    Article • January 7th, 2011

  • Let Us Use the Knowledge Wisely

    Like many of you, I spent yesterday afternoon downloading and reviewing the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report on the fatal fire in Charleston, SC, back in 2007. The two-part treatise on the fire and their investigation of it was...

    Article • October 29th, 2010

  • What Do I Stand For?

    One of the most famous photographs of the 20th century came from Beijing, China on June 5, 1989. The subject of the photo "Tank Man," is shown sitting in the middle of the street as a column of tanks advanced into Tieneman Square. This photo serves as...

    Article • October 25th, 2010

  • Technology to Track Lost Firefighters Evolves

    In August 2010, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts, with support from the U.S.

    Article • October 7th, 2010

  • EMS Runs: Saving a Firefighter's Life

    “Station and units respond for a reported structure fire. We are receiving multiple calls of flames showing.”

    Article • September 21st, 2010

  • Completing the 360-Degree Size-Up

    One of the most critical tasks to be conducted at an early stage of a structure fire is the performance of a 360-degree walk around. For safety, a 360 assessment, which is part of a quick size-up obtained from all four sides of a structure, attempts to...

    Article • September 13th, 2010

  • Safety 101 - Part 35

    Each year, safety professionals are required to complete a defined number of activities, such as training courses, giving technical presentations, performing various workshops, etc. The objective is professional growth. For those of us responsible for...

    Article • August 31st, 2010

  • Making the Most of the Three Person Company - Part 1

    Staffing in the fire service has dwindled because of numerous reasons over the past few decades. An engine or ladder company arriving with half a dozen personnel was once the norm; it is now a rarity. Both in the career fire service as well as the...

    Article • May 13th, 2010

  • The Dangers of Wind-Driven Residential Fires

    Somewhere in the country, a crew of firefighters will initiate a fast and aggressive interior attack at a residential structure fire only to be engulfed in a rapidly advancing and blinding wall of fire. As a result, the crew will instantly become...

    Article • April 19th, 2010

  • NFPA's Take: Fire Departments and the Codes & Standards Development Process

    Public participation in the development of NFPA's codes and standards is essential. All NFPA codes and standards are revised and updated every three to five years in revision cycles that begin twice each year and that normally take approximately two years...

    Article • April 10th, 2010

  • A Tactical Worksheet for the Dynamic Fireground

    One of the key elements to the success of any fireground operation is the ability of the incident commander to keep several steps ahead of how the incident is unfolding. Proper planning and deployment of resources has a direct impact not only on the...

    Article • March 30th, 2010

  • Safety 101 - Lesson 34

    One of the struggles you have no doubt encountered is how to motivate members of the department to do their job safely. If you are in a career environment, this may come easy, as you probably have a progressive discipline process for those who don't...

    Article • March 15th, 2010