Firefighter Safety Web Exclusives

  • Safety 101 - Lesson 28

    A higher level of risk is acceptable only in situations where there is a realistic potential to save known endangered lives.

    Article • April 6th, 2009

  • Manned Space Flight and Tolerating Risk: Part 1

    It should be the primary mission of all fire service leaders to examine our operational systems for unnecessary, tolerated risk and eliminate it where ever we find it. January 28, 1986, dawned bitterly cold at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After...

    Article • February 17th, 2009

  • The Firefighter Disorientation Challenge

    This article tries to help you confront the challenge by learning from the lessons of others and prevent disasters from happening in your department.In spite of all the training, technology and adequate staffing provided to safely manage structure...

    Article • January 30th, 2009

  • Different Tactics Called for with 'Throw Away Homes'

    Firefighters are no longer working in structures that were built to last, like those buildings where you could simply scrape away the charring and move back in.

    Article • January 9th, 2009

  • Trics of the Trade: New Hazmat Threat Comes to the US

    A popular means of suicide, is there such a thing? Well apparently there is now.In the first six months of 2008, the press reports that in Japan more than 500 people have killed themselves using hydrogen sulfide created by mixing chemicals commonly...

    Article • December 3rd, 2008

  • Saving Our Own: A Paralysis of Initiative

    The flag captain, finally acting on his own initiative in his bid to save the ship Victoria, ordered full astern on both propellers but it was already too late.June 23, 1893, was another clear and dazzling day in the Mediterranean. The British naval...

    Article • November 17th, 2008

  • Emergency Egress on the Fireground: The Ladder Bail

    When conditions inside a fire building change rapidly, the conventional methods to exit a window can be hampered by heat, window size and the firefighters profile.

    Article • November 7th, 2008

  • LODDs - We Will Forget You!

    We pride ourselves on the slogan "We Will Never Forget" but our behavior speaks louder then our words. Do you remember any of the brothers and sisters in the photo to the right? They all died because we did not make them put their seat belt on. "History...

    Article • August 27th, 2008

  • Safety 101 - Lesson 24

    Intersection crashes can be prevented by three key strategies.Each year, it has been estimated that over 3,000 intersection crashes occur that involve fire and EMS vehicles. It is believed that the overwhelming majority of these collisions can be averted...

    Article • July 9th, 2008

  • Safety 101 - Lesson 22

    If firefighter are not rehabilitated, the probability for ineffective performance, mistakes, accidents, injury, and even death escalate.

    Article • May 9th, 2008

  • Saving Our Own: Fatal Assumptions

    This article examines three common assumptions that are made by members of fire service and airline industry that can prove to be fatal.

    Article • April 25th, 2008

  • Rapid Intervention: A Better Way

    This article looks at one the roles of a four-person engine company assigned as the Rapid Intervention Company for a dwelling fire.

    Article • April 16th, 2008

  • Safety 101 - Lesson 21

    Training must involve not only how to operate the components of the vehicle, but to know the physical characteristics of the vehicle.For many departments, the arrival of a new piece of fire apparatus is a time of celebration, a time to transfer equipment...

    Article • March 17th, 2008

  • Not for a Piece of Property

    William Mora offers risk management principles to evaluate the risk of fighting structure fires. Factors include the presence of basements, fire conditions, defensive attacks, life safety and more.

    Article • February 14th, 2008

  • Rapid Intervention: The RIT Way

    The idea of having the RIT companies available to complete other tasks while on scene is both good and bad.Rapid intervention is a theory that is no longer a new one to those in the fire service. Rapid Intervention Teams, or RIT as we know it, has evolved...

    Article • January 27th, 2008