Firefighter Safety Web Exclusives

  • 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

  • Reading the Fire: Heat and Flame

    While all of us have a commonsense understanding of heat and temperature, these concepts are frequently misunderstood.As discussed in previous articles, fire behavior indicators can be grouped into five general categories: Building, Smoke, Air Track...

    Article • December 8th, 2007

  • The Ten Command-ments Of Intelligent & Safe Fireground Operations

    Mark Emery continues this series with Command-ment IX: Thou shall address three strategic priorities by supervising NINE primary phase tactical objectives.

    Article • November 30th, 2007

  • 12 Deaths This Year: It's Time for Seat Belt Hardball

    Twelve firefighters have died in the line of duty since January 2007, in crashes without having their seat belt on. This must stop. We have no excuse. Almost 50% of firefighters nationwide do not use their seat belt. In some fire departments over...

    Article • October 24th, 2007

  • Doing Better Best Honors Fallen Heroes

    Numerous sources offer ideas to training officers for lesson plans that will help work through problems experienced by other departments.

    Article • October 1st, 2007

  • Saving Our Own: The Powell Doctrine and Interior Fire Operations

    Both line firefighters and infantry soldiers now have an array of modern protective gear, surveillance equipment and offensive tools to achieve rapid victory; In reality, our systems, protocols and technology often fail us with disastrous results...

    Article • August 8th, 2007

  • The Ten Command-ments of Intelligent & Safe Fireground Operations

    Mark Emery continues this series with Command-ment VI: Thou shall operate within one of six operational modes.

    Article • August 1st, 2007

  • Safety 101 - Lesson 16

    NFPA 1521 Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer contains the minimum requirements for the assignment, duties and responsibilities of a health and safety officer and an incident safety officer for a fire department or other fire service...

    Article • July 10th, 2007

  • Risk Management for Ladder Company Operations

    If the owner considers the building a liability and disposable then do we belong operating in it at a fire?

    Article • July 6th, 2007

  • Do the Math: Sprinklers = Firefighter Safety

    Following the horrific loss of firefighters in South Carolina, we must focus our attention on reducing the likelihood of another such event.

    Article • June 26th, 2007

  • Cyanide Poisoning can Mimic Other Firefighter Health Issues

    Annually, there are an estimated 20,000 residential structure fires that are caused by mattresses, pillows and bedding materials, all of which are likely to contain synthetic materials that release hydrogen cyanide when they burn or smolder.The U.S. Fire...

    Article • June 25th, 2007

  • Petie's Picks: Vicarious Learning Through Case Studies

    By studying the responses of the past, both incidents that went well along with incidents that have had tragic endings, we can become safer, more efficient, and wiser.

    Article • June 13th, 2007

  • Who is Responsible for the Unfit Firefighter?

    Most firefighters don't seem to understand what they're training for, and continue to train like power lifters or bodybuilders in the gym, and distance runners in the field.

    Article • June 7th, 2007