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  • Weekly Drill: No. 150 - Incident Safety Officer

    One of the most important positions within the command staff is that of the safety officer.

    Article • July 20th, 2014

  • Firefighter Philosophy in One Word: Why?

    Socrates said, "An unexamined life is not worth living" while author Dr. Burton Clark says "because firefighters may get killed."

    Article • April 22nd, 2014

  • Weekly Drill: No. 139 - Building Collapse

    Readers will learn the three types of collapses that most firefighters should be aware of and what to look for before the collapse occurs.

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 137

    Drill #137: BLEVE In almost all incidents involving a BLEVE, the end results are generally catastrophic. This drill will dissect the BLEVE to get a better understanding of what is involved.  The drill is designed to be a single page of...

    Article • November 17th, 2013

  • 2013 AFG Program: Updated Priorities and Application Tips

    The time to have started preparing your 2013 AFG application was yesterday because if you need something today you probably needed it yesterday.

    Article • November 5th, 2013

  • Mutual Aid: A Guide to Operational Success

    Whenever possible, I like to begin one of my columns by quoting what I believe to be an absolute.  It has been my experience that this is a pretty good way to stimulate debate, because someone will always take exception to my statement; and we then can...

    Article • October 22nd, 2013

  • Marketing Coffee or Fireground Safety: You Have to Sell Your Product

    I have taken a lot of abuse from the tough guys for being a safety sissy, but, during my time as an active chief officer, all of my people returned home.

    Article • October 9th, 2013

  • Handling Excited Delirium and Dangerous Patients

    Michael J. Magiera talks details a response idea for crisis intervention as a combined effort between police, fire and EMS agencies.

    Article • September 19th, 2013

  • Seven Key Actions and Observations for Safety Officers

    Jeffrey Pindelski discusses the key points for an incident safety officer or division supervisor.

    Article • September 19th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 132 - SCBA Safety

    Fire incidents are not the only time firefighters should wear their SCBA. Readers will learn about the other times when wearing an SCBA is imperative.

    Article • September 8th, 2013

  • What Does the Future of the Fire Service Hold?

    The year is 2038. Many of you who are entering the fire service this year will be just about ready to pack it in and head off for a retirement home in the southwest. If I am still around, I hope to be a healthy 91-year-old guy, sitting out on my front...

    Article • September 6th, 2013

  • Goldfeder: When is a Line-of-Duty-Death Not an LODD?

    When is a firefighter's line-of-duty-death not a line-of-duty-death? That seems like a simple question - but it's actually pretty complicated

    Article • August 3rd, 2013

  • Our Government is at it Again: The National Fire Academy

    Visitors to the National Fire Academy in Maryland are being asked to leave their photo ID with the security guards while touring the facility and being watched by camera. Those attending the NFFF memorial weekend are subject to a full blown background.

    Article • August 2nd, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 123

    Drill #123: Standards/Regulations There is one thing we all know and that is the fire service is inundated with standards and regulations. But do we know where these standards and regulations come from? Let's take a look at some of the organizations...

    Article • June 23rd, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 122 - Risk Analysis

    Drill #122: Risk Analysis The acceptable level of risk is directly related to the potential to save lives or property. Oftentimes we have heard it stated as “risk vs. gain” or “risk vs. benefit.” Readers will learn the three basic rules we...

    Article • June 16th, 2013

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