Firefighter Safety Web Exclusives

  • 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

  • The Results Are In: Size Does Matter

    The recent NIST staffing study tells us old-timers something which we have known for a long time now: more people equal a better and safer firefighting operation.

    Article • April 29th, 2013

  • The 'Omega Plan' for Firefighter Safety at Shooting Scenes

    You may feel helpless to prevent being a victim of an Omega Plan, but there are a number of steps that can be taken to mitigate the loss of life of responding firefighters.

    Article • March 17th, 2013

  • Maydays from the Roof: Simple Extrication Techniques

    Operating on the roof can be a very high-risk area on the fireground. "Making" the roof has to be based on a combination consisting of the construction of the building, experience, skill level and training of the firefighter. Any given number of...

    Article • March 17th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 109 - Securing Utilities

    Drill #109: Securing Utilities Readers will learn why the incident commander needs to be thinking about securing the utilities (electrical, gas, water) to ensure the safety of the firefighters.  The drill is designed to be a single page of...

    Article • March 17th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 108

    Drill #108: Rapid Intervention Crews The Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC) is an important component within the management of any incident. Readers will learn why they shouldn't take this vital resource for granted. The drill is designed to be a...

    Article • March 10th, 2013

  • Today's Fire Service: Actions Show Your Pride

    I have heard it said that if your expectations aren't being met, lower your expectations. I would challenge today's fire service to do the opposite.

    Article • March 1st, 2013

  • Firefighter Training: Never Left the Basics

    How often do you hear the term "back to the basic?" One question that keeps popping up in my head is why did we leave the basics to begin with?

    Article • January 30th, 2013

  • Condition Yellow? It's About Us

    Firefighter Safety Following the Webster Shooting

    Article • January 7th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 92

    Drill #92: Rules of the Road The safety of our firefighters is our number one concern. These "Rules of the Road" will ensure our firefighters get to, and return from, calls safely. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure...

    Article • October 28th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 91

    Fire Station Safety

    Article • October 21st, 2012

  • Goldfeder: Death of the Near-Miss Reporting System

    The continued funding of the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System has officially been rejected and has not been awarded through the Fire Prevention and Safety Program of DHS. Since the program's inception, DHS/FEMA has provided $7 million to...

    Article • September 25th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 87

    Drill #87: Incident Safety Officer Readers will learn that the primary function of the Incident Safety Officer (ISO) is to monitor and assess safety hazards or unsafe acts and situations and develop measures for ensuring the personal safety of all...

    Article • September 23rd, 2012

  • Creating a Safe Environment for Firefighters, Civilians

    William Mora looks at the need for establishing rescue and thermal imaging operating policies to prevent unfavorable outcomes at fire scenes.

    Article • September 18th, 2012

  • Fighting Fires in Vehicle Service Facilities

    Almost every town in the United States has at least one vehicle service station, but are you prepared for the dangers hidden behind the garage doors? Michael Daley shares a number of concerns for fires in these buildings.

    Article • September 14th, 2012