Health & Wellness Web Exclusives

  • Mutual Aid: A Guide to Operational Success

    Whenever possible, I like to begin one of my columns by quoting what I believe to be an absolute.  It has been my experience that this is a pretty good way to stimulate debate, because someone will always take exception to my statement; and we then can...

    Article • October 22nd, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 136 - Exposures

    Drill #136: Exposures If you have any time in the fire service, you should have some understanding of exposure fires. Readers will learn the differences in fighting and/or containing interior and exterior exposure fires. The drill is designed to...

    Article • October 20th, 2013

  • Marketing Coffee or Fireground Safety: You Have to Sell Your Product

    I have taken a lot of abuse from the tough guys for being a safety sissy, but, during my time as an active chief officer, all of my people returned home.

    Article • October 9th, 2013

  • Calling All Firefighters: Individually You Can Save A Life

    For one week I challenge you to make an effort to reach out to the public on a station tour or supermarket visit to share fire safety information.

    Article • October 4th, 2013

  • Fire Officers: I Once Was Lost but Now Am Found

    The fire department is not just about one person. If you fail to create an environment wherein people can succeed, you will fail.

    Article • September 29th, 2013

  • Fire Prevention Week: In Memory of Megan

    Your Megan could be walking into your fire station today, don’t miss the opportunity to save her life with fire prevention outreach.

    Article • September 29th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 135 - Natural Gas Emergencies

    Firefighters will learn how to deal with the three types of natural gas emergencies: inside leaks; outside leaks; and leaks that start fires.

    Article • September 29th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 134

    Drill #134: Hose Stretches The only effective way to get water on the fire is to stretch hoselines. Readers will learn how to choose the best nozzle for the job and how to properly strech the line to avoid kinks and obstructions. The drill is...

    Article • September 22nd, 2013

  • Handling Excited Delirium and Dangerous Patients

    Michael J. Magiera talks details a response idea for crisis intervention as a combined effort between police, fire and EMS agencies.

    Article • September 19th, 2013

  • Seven Key Actions and Observations for Safety Officers

    Jeffrey Pindelski discusses the key points for an incident safety officer or division supervisor.

    Article • September 19th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 133 - High-Rise Buildings

    If your jurisdiction has a high-rise building, is your fire safety bureau working with the occupants and educating them on proper fire prevention actions?

    Article • September 16th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 132 - SCBA Safety

    Fire incidents are not the only time firefighters should wear their SCBA. Readers will learn about the other times when wearing an SCBA is imperative.

    Article • September 8th, 2013

  • What Does the Future of the Fire Service Hold?

    The year is 2038. Many of you who are entering the fire service this year will be just about ready to pack it in and head off for a retirement home in the southwest. If I am still around, I hope to be a healthy 91-year-old guy, sitting out on my front...

    Article • September 6th, 2013

  • Municipal Government Finances: Tiptoeing Through the Political Tulips

    We strongly suggest that the chief fire officer who seeks to receive funds from a dedicated user-oriented fee schedule seek both political and legal advice before proceeding with such a program.

    Article • September 2nd, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 131 - Incident Acceleration

    Readers will learn about the Incident Acceleration Timeline and what to expect at each interval.

    Article • September 1st, 2013