Firefighter Safety Web Exclusives

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  • 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

  • Fire Department Tanker Safety - Part I

    Without question, the fire service has seen more emphasis and effort towards the cause of firefighter safety in the past 20 years than in any other similar time frame.Without question, the fire service has seen more emphasis and effort towards the cause...

    Article • July 14th, 2003

  • Vehicle Rescue Safety - Part II

    Almost 8% of the line-of-duty deaths in 2002 were "struck-by" situations while the responders were working in or near moving traffic. Emergency service personnel working in or near moving traffic are killed every year. For example, five responders died...

    Article • May 30th, 2003

  • Rapid Intervention: Are We Really Prepared?

    Rapid Intervention is still one of the most commonly used buzz words in today?s fire service but are we really prepared to perform it?

    Article • March 9th, 2003

  • Myths vs. Reality in Thermal Imaging - Part I

    Thermal imagers (TIs) are revolutionizing the fire industry, quickly becoming standard equipment sought by every department in the country. Every day, another fire department accepts the value of TIs and puts a camera into service. Despite the quick...

    Article • February 1st, 2003

  • We Have Permission To Use The Word Mayday

    "What do you mean we have permission to use the word Mayday- we have been using it all along! What's the big deal?"I can hear some readers now: "What do you mean we have permission to use the word Mayday- we have been using it all along! What's the big...

    Article • January 17th, 2003

  • Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

    What are the Mayday decision parameters for firefighters? How do we teach the Mayday decision-making process to firefighters? How much Mayday practice do firefighters need?These must be the most frighting three words that can be heard over the fire ground...

    Article • November 2nd, 2002

  • When Would You Call Mayday-Mayday-Mayday?

    Somehow we think firefighters will intuitively know when to call for help. This is a very dangerous assumption.Hopefully you will never need to call mayday for yourself, or any other firefighter. But you need to be prepared to do so because your life may...

    Article • October 28th, 2002

  • Firefighter Surival In The Water

    In the event a firefighter suddenly and unexpectedly falls into deep water while wearing full turnout gear, the firefighter's survival is dependent upon the immediate actions taken during the first critical seconds of immersion.

    Article • October 20th, 2002

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