Health & Wellness Web Exclusives

  • 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

  • Almost: The Fine Art of Just Settling for Something

    How many of you have a litany of stories about how you almost won something, were elected to something, or just missed winning something? After more than six decades of trying and succeeding (and trying and failing) I am here to tell you that for far...

    Article • March 15th, 2013

  • Air-Bag Operations – Part 5: Placing the System Into Operation

    The fifth segment in the series on air-bag operations addresses the factors associated with stacking air bags, proper placement and procedures for assembling the system for a safe lifting operation.

    Article • March 11th, 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

  • Hal Bruno's Vision Helps Children of Fallen Firefighters

    The Hal Bruno Camp for Children of Fallen Firefighters honors the memory of Hal Bruno, the late Chairman Emeritus of the NFFF's Board of Directors.

    Article • March 1st, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 107

    Drill #107: National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) Readers will learn the importance of participating in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions...

    Article • February 25th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 106

    Drill #106: Hose Loads There are many different fire apparatus designs and just as many hose loads. The question is, which one is right for your department? The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your...

    Article • February 17th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 105

    Readers will learn why knowing the stages or phases of a fire is very important when it comes to firefighter safety.

    Article • February 10th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 104 - Accountability

    Readers will learn why accountability should be ranked high on our list of events to keep a handle on during an incident.

    Article • February 3rd, 2013

  • Lessons from the Circus: 2013

    One of the great joys which I have been able to experience in the many years since my retirement from the good, old, Newark Fire Department is the ability to travel when I want to and not when a vacation spot or personal day is open. Thanks to this...

    Article • February 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

  • Weekly Drill: No. 103 - Ropes & Knots - Part 3

    Drill #103: Ropes & Knots: Part 3 In the first two parts of this three-part series, we looked at the different materials and types of ropes. This segment looks at the different knots used today in the fire service. The drill is designed to be a...

    Article • January 27th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 102 - Rehabilitation

    Drill #102: Rehabilitation Readers will learn that rehabilitation encompasses more than just “taking five” to catch your breath. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members. Sit down...

    Article • January 20th, 2013