Firefighter Safety Web Exclusives

  • Air Consumption for Fire Ground Survival

    Basic physiology tells us that different firefighters will consume the air in their S.C.B.A. at different rates. The working air supply will depend on the firefighter's training, physical condition, activity, and mental state experienced under the...

    Article • February 13th, 2006

  • Keeping Perspective with Accountability

    In my eyes, electronic systems are tools, nothing more. You still need a human to operate it. I guess what I am saying is, it is more important to have a good accountability officer to run your system, than it is to have an elaborate system.When...

    Article • January 30th, 2006

  • Enclosed Structure Disorientation

    Although this structure fire was just one of a hundred that firefighters safely responded to throughout the country that day, this fire was different. One critical structural detail that was to influence the outcome of this incident and unknown at the...

    Article • January 24th, 2006

  • Understanding the Dangers of Lightweight Truss Construction

    Lack of recognition of key aspects related to building construction is one of the top five common threads when analyzing firefighter fatality case studies. ASTM E119 is used to establish time ratings of wood structures such as lightweight trusses.

    Article • January 9th, 2006

  • Cold Weather Operations

    The hazards and complications of winter firefighting can be overcome by firefighters developing a basic understanding of those hazards and conditions and properly preparing for them beforehand.

    Article • December 15th, 2005

  • Choosing an Accountability System

    When choosing an accountability system for your department there are many things that must be taken into consideration.When choosing an accountability system for your department there are many things that must be taken into consideration. The system...

    Article • May 26th, 2005

  • Accountability: Documentation

    An important responsibility that goes along with the accountability officer position is to properly document your work at any scene. For this, I use an accountability sheet.

    Article • December 7th, 2004

  • Accountability: Positions In The System

    A safety officer must move around the structure, keeping an eye on the fire’s behavior as well as the structure itself.Accountability is just part of the command structure needed to effectively run an incident.The first thing every incident needs is...

    Article • July 13th, 2004

  • Calling A Mayday: The Drill

    Calling a MAYDAY is a complicated cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skill set that relies on a radio and the communication system, both human and hardware, that gets the call for help.

    Article • July 5th, 2004

  • Fire Department Tanker Safety - Part IV

    The need to develop an effective driver training program and to enforce fire department standard operating procedures and policies cannot be overstated.This is the fourth and final installment in our series on the safe operation of fire department tankers...

    Article • April 29th, 2004

  • Accountability: Teamwork

    Accountability is rapidly becoming an important part of every incident. More and more, people are realizing the usefulness and importance of accountability on the scene. I am talking about having TRUE accountability of ALL personnel at the incident, not...

    Article • April 14th, 2004

  • Fire Department Tanker Safety - Part III

    Although the USFA estimates that tankers account for only 3% of the total fire apparatus in the U.S., they account for more than 20% of response-related firefighter fatalities.The first two installments of this series outlined the critical nature of the...

    Article • March 15th, 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

  • Dealing With Violence Against Firefighters

    There is a serious and growing Problem running like a cancer throughout the UK; attacks on fire crews.

    Article • January 14th, 2004

  • Fire Department Tanker Safety - Part II

    We will examine in closer detail some of the statistics and causes associated with the fatal tanker collisions that occurred in the U.S. during the period of 1990 through 2001.In Part I of this series we brought to light the problem of fire department...

    Article • September 12th, 2003