Firefighter Safety Web Exclusives

  • How the Lightweight Truss is Built

    Unlike conventional construction, lightweight wood truss construction does not obtain its strength from the size of the materials used but rather from compression and tension of the materials used in its construction.

    Article • May 24th, 2007

  • How Much is your Life Worth?

    If we save a life and in turn lose our own, our value is in the life saved. If we lose our life at the scene of a building that is already lost with no human life at stake, how do we recuperate the cost?

    Article • May 4th, 2007

  • Rapid Intervention: What Should We Be Seeing and Doing?

    The most experienced firefighter can have difficulty applying realistic approaches to rapid intervention methods, techniques and maneuvers especially if they haven't even pursued the training.Well it has been a good 10 years since rapid intervention began...

    Article • April 6th, 2007

  • Fire Department Response to Emergencies Involving Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    Mark Brown details the challenges that firefighters can face when operating in the vicinity of MRI units at medical facilities. See why he suggests that medical personnel be involved in suppression, salvage and investigation operations when possible.

    Article • April 1st, 2007

  • Safer Driving Operations Offered

    For the first time in 2003, firefighter statistics from NIOSH and NFPA showed crashes were the leading causes of injuries and deaths.

    Article • March 26th, 2007

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XIII

    A recent safety trend in the U.S. fire service has been to provide a pattern of diagonal striping across the rear of emergency vehicles to increase visibility of the vehicle when it is working in or near moving traffic.Painted traffic markings are used on...

    Article • March 18th, 2007

  • Reading the Fire: Building Factors

    First of the critical building features is construction method. Building construction influences both fire behavior and structural stability under fire conditions. Combustible construction such as wood-frame, ordinary (masonry and wood), and heavy...

    Article • January 3rd, 2007

  • Why Are We Still Losing Firefighters?

    Each year we continue to lose an average of 100 firefighters in the line of duty. Looking at statistics from the past 30 years, there has been little improvement in this area with the exception of the implementation of NFPA 1500 in 1985 that brought the...

    Article • January 1st, 2007

  • Trics of the Trade: Firefighter Removal Using A Hoseline

    Additional slack in the line will be pulled up from behind the hole and extended in to the hole to the floor below. A member that is going to initiate the rescue will slide the hose, just like sliding a pole, in to the hole This is an extremely...

    Article • December 25th, 2006

  • Safety 101 - Lesson 12

    Fire officers have been found guilty of criminal acts as a result of firefighter deaths during training activities.Each year firefighters are injured and killed with identified causes and contributing factors being related to training exercises. Over...

    Article • December 18th, 2006

  • Company Level Training - Firefighter Entanglement

    The sheetrock that is covering the ceiling comes down on top of your crew. Slightly dazed but otherwise uninjured, you realize that burning debris surrounds you and your partner. In an attempt to withdraw from the structure, you are unable to proceed. You...

    Article • November 6th, 2006

  • S.C.B.A. Considerations - Part 5: Universal Air Couplings and EBSS

    Sharing air between firefighters is not a recommended or approved procedure as far as NFPA, NIOSH, OSHA or any manufacturer are concerned.This is the fifth and final part in a series of articles focused on considerations for proper and safe S.C.B.A...

    Article • August 21st, 2006

  • S.C.B.A. Considerations - Part 4: Entanglement Hazards

    Many case studies have documented firefighters becoming trapped or entangled in wires or cables when ceilings collapse.S.C.B.A. Entanglement HazardsThis is the fourth part in a series of articles focused on considerations for proper and safe S.C.B.A...

    Article • July 24th, 2006

  • SCBA Considerations - Part 3: Restrictive Area Techniques

    We pick up this series discussing the aspects of getting through tight or restricted areas while wearing an SCBA Every firefighter needs to be thoroughly familiar and confident with the specific piece of breathing apparatus that they will use...

    Article • June 19th, 2006

  • SCBA Considerations - Part 2: Emergency Check Procedures

    This is the second part in a series of articles focused on considerations for proper and safe SCBA use. It is important to stress that the procedures introduced are to be utilized only under extreme circumstances. The procedures are meant to be utilized...

    Article • May 22nd, 2006