Health & Wellness Web Exclusives

  • Are You Ready for the Politics of Fire Service Finances?

    When it comes time to request funding for your fire department, Dr. Harry Carter illustrates why you should be sure to have your facts and figures ready at all times.

    Article • February 25th, 2014

  • Weekly Drill: No. 145 - Portable Lighting

    Readers will learn some of the hidden benefits of portable lighting systems.

    Article • February 23rd, 2014

  • Thermal Imaging Cameras for Incident Commanders

    There are a ton of factors to consider when determining an action plan at a structure fire, so it is imperative to gather enough information to make the right call on a mode of operation. During the 360 size-up, clues surrounding the exterior of the...

    Article • February 18th, 2014

  • Weekly Drill: No. 144 - Oil Burners

    When neglected, oil burners can cause problems for the fire department. Readers will learn what to do when confronted with oil burner mishaps.

    Article • February 16th, 2014

  • Community Service Gives Future Firefighters an Edge

    The topic of volunteering or community service can come up during your interview process.

    Article • February 10th, 2014

  • Change the Culture of Firefighter Training – Part 2

    One way to evaluate your fire department's training is by evaluating the programs and instructors.

    Article • February 10th, 2014

  • Water and Magnesium Fires: Developing an Attack Plan

    Eric James explains the changes that fire departments need to consider when responding to magnesium fires.

    Article • January 27th, 2014

  • Firefighters: Building Construction is Still Your Enemy

    Frank Brannigan's mantra, "The building is your enemy, know your enemy" still rings true. Lt. Michael Daley shares some hazards and problems he has found while doing pre-plan inspections, construction site visits and more in and around his community.

    Article • January 27th, 2014

  • Change the Culture of Firefighter Training – Part 1

    Erik Wood examines the current culture of firefighter training, including how it is approached and accepted.

    Article • January 23rd, 2014

  • Firefighter Throwdown: The Levels of Competition

    Join firefighters from around the country for the Firefighter Throwdown event in San Diego, Feb. 19 and 20.

    Article • January 19th, 2014

  • This One's for the Back Bench People

    It has been my good fortune to have been a volunteer firefighter for more than four decades now. I have seen and experienced a great deal, both good and bad. Based upon that understanding of how it works in our world let me ask you a very simple...

    Article • January 16th, 2014

  • My Friends Are You a Prisoner of the Past?

    Harry Carter has termed those who fear change, Prisoners of the Past. Is this you?

    Article • January 6th, 2014

  • It's 2014: Is Your Training Good Enough?

    Late last year, Lt. Michael Daley had a conversation with his son regarding Tae Kwon Do training. His 7-year-old son said "I think I'm good enough for now." While he's only a kid, he probably doesn’t know any better… what’s your excuse?

    Article • January 1st, 2014

  • Weekly Drill 143 - What Went Wrong?

    Drill #143: What Went Wrong? During size-up, the first-arriving officer has to really dissect the incident to avoid having to answer the question no one wants to hear, "What went wrong?" The drill is designed to be a single page of information to...

    Article • December 29th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 142 - Public Assembly

    Readers will learn what to do when a fire breaks out and what steps to take to reduce the chances of a catastrophe ever happening.

    Article • December 22nd, 2013