Health & Wellness Web Exclusives

  • 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

  • Weekly Drill: No. 141 - Hose Lays

    With all the modern apparatus infiltrating the fire service these days, none are successful in bringing the right amount of water and that’s why we establish relays.

    Article • December 15th, 2013

  • Firefighter Throwdown Brings Sport, Fitness to Firehouse World

    The Firefighter Throwdown is a new athletic competition being introduced at Firehouse World in San Diego in February.

    Article • December 12th, 2013

  • Heavy Lifting: Tactics for Under-ride Rescues

    Under-ride incidents involving heavy commercial vehicles can pose any number of challenges for first responders. Michael Daley explores the types of vehicles you can encounter and victim removal techniques.

    Article • December 9th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 140 - The National Fire Academy

    Drill #140: The National Fire Academy? If you have never taken a class at the Nation Fire Academy (NFA) in Emmitsburg, MD, now is the time and here's how. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your...

    Article • December 8th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 139 - Building Collapse

    Readers will learn the three types of collapses that most firefighters should be aware of and what to look for before the collapse occurs.

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 138 - Recognition & Awards

    Some steps to get your department recognizing firefighters for their outstanding performances.

    Article • November 24th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 137

    Drill #137: BLEVE In almost all incidents involving a BLEVE, the end results are generally catastrophic. This drill will dissect the BLEVE to get a better understanding of what is involved.  The drill is designed to be a single page of...

    Article • November 17th, 2013

  • 2013 AFG Program: Updated Priorities and Application Tips

    The time to have started preparing your 2013 AFG application was yesterday because if you need something today you probably needed it yesterday.

    Article • November 5th, 2013

  • Simple and Inexpensive Hands-on Training Drills

    Take a few minutes to look around your station and you can find materials for props from ice rescue to water supply to self-survival. Michael Daley offers a number of ideas that can be the basis for your next drill.

    Article • October 30th, 2013

  • The Tale of Two Fire Engines

    This tale revolves around a new pumper assigned to a busy neighborhood and one assigned to a quiet community. Despite having the same offerings, the firefighter's have different needs where they need to focus their training.

    Article • October 30th, 2013