Firefighter Safety Web Exclusives

  • 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

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 36

    Drill # 36: Personal Protective Equipment - Part 2Readers will learn about the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for aircraft-rescue firefighting operations, also known as proximity gear, and wildland firefighting operations, more commonly...

    Article • September 18th, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 35

    Russell Merrick reviews the proper use of personal protective equipment in this one page downloadable drill.

    Article • September 11th, 2011

  • Safety Briefings for Helicopter Operations

    Hank Reimer shares tips for safety for emergency responders while operating in and around helicopters.

    Article • August 29th, 2011

  • The 3 Keys to Fireground Safety - Preparation, Communication and Training

    Units respond to the reported structure fire...hang on a second, I'm not ready! How many of us have had this exact thought?

    Article • August 24th, 2011

  • NFPA's Take: Sprinklers in New Homes: Why Should Firefighters Care?

    Fire in the home poses one of the biggest threats to the people in your community. Nearly 3,000 people per year die in U.S. home fires. In 2009, 81 percent of people who died in residential fires, did so in one- and two-family homes. Seventy-eight percent...

    Article • July 12th, 2011

  • Assessing What They LACK: L is for Leadership

    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 • July 6th, 2011

  • Fireground Assessment for Rapid Intervention Teams

    The assignment to the rapid intervention function prior to on scene arrival is an aspect that should be considered when drafting policies and procedures for fire departments. This makes certain that the role is not overlooked and properly prepares the...

    Article • June 25th, 2011

  • The Rapid Intervention Command Board

    Jon Hall details an easy-to-use status board that can be used to track resources during a rapid intervention deployment.

    Article • June 24th, 2011

  • I Have the Right to Change My Mind: Don't I?

    Dr. Harry Carter discusses why firefighters and fire officers can re-evaluate their decisions based on what they are presented with.

    Article • June 22nd, 2011

  • Firefighter Rescue: The Drag Rescue Device

    "Dispatch to all units -- time to prepare for your brush with death!"Wow, would that statement get your attention? It definitely would grab mine. But, this statement may be just what we need to jumpstart our preparations before we are put in harms way...

    Article • June 21st, 2011

  • Rapid Intervention: Removing a Firefighter from the Basement

    Dispatch has assigned your company as the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT). While en route you gain a mental picture of the scene: size and type of construction of the building; occupancy; what tasks the company may be required to perform. As you report to...

    Article • June 17th, 2011

  • Hoarder Homes: Piles of Hazards for Firefighters

    The definition of hoarding is accumulating a large number of possessions that have no apparent value. With today’s popular reality show that is spreading the message on this subject, we all are more aware of this type of situation. Hoarders are becoming...

    Article • May 25th, 2011

  • Assessing What They LACK: Fire Service Leadership Skills

    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 • May 25th, 2011

  • The Training Choice

    Our chosen profession is one steeped in tradition. We are proud to don the Maltese Cross and place fire related logos in every conceivable place. Patches, embroidered shirts and a slew of those "hero" shirts are worn with all sorts of phrases indicating...

    Article • April 23rd, 2011