Health & Wellness Web Exclusives

  • Goldfeder: When is a Line-of-Duty-Death Not an LODD?

    When is a firefighter's line-of-duty-death not a line-of-duty-death? That seems like a simple question - but it's actually pretty complicated

    Article • August 3rd, 2013

  • Our Government is at it Again: The National Fire Academy

    Visitors to the National Fire Academy in Maryland are being asked to leave their photo ID with the security guards while touring the facility and being watched by camera. Those attending the NFFF memorial weekend are subject to a full blown background.

    Article • August 2nd, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 127 - MVA Scene Safety

    Drill #127: MVA Scene Safety It is not unusual for the fire department to be dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident (MVA), but how are you treating these incidents? Here are some tips to learn and follow. The drill is designed to be a...

    Article • July 28th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 126 - Window/Door Glass

    Drill #126: Window/Door Glass Have you ever given any thought to the many different types of windows firefighters confront over their career? We'll look at the four different types of glass we can be confronted with. The drill is designed to be...

    Article • July 21st, 2013

  • Training with Mutual Aid Partners for Smooth Operations

    We all have mutual aid companies, both in the career and volunteer service. Instead of just catching a fire they run, or being at their hall for one drill, invite them over the border to train with your department so everyone can be on the same page.

    Article • July 16th, 2013

  • Ten Things Training Officers Need to Know

    As a fire instructor and training officer for many decades, Lt. Michael Daley has found certain points that aid the training officer in developing a successful training program.

    Article • July 15th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 125 - The On-Scene Report

    Russell Merrick shares why the on-scene report is so important to firefighting operations and fireground coordination.

    Article • July 14th, 2013

  • Company Commanders: Are You In Charge or a Figurehead?

    As a fire officer, it is your duty to develop your subordinates to the best of both your and their abilities. If you don’t feel that your firefighters will make the right decisions without you, maybe your parenting skills need a tune-up.

    Article • July 11th, 2013

  • Discipline: A Learning Tool for all Seasons

    Rather than dwell on the authorization aspects, the goal should be the creation of a fire department environment wherein discipline is an accepted tool of organizational demarcation and delineation.

    Article • July 10th, 2013

  • Four Factors for Stretching the Initial Attack Hoseline

    One of the most important, if not the most important aspect of structural firefighting is getting a sufficient amount of water for an attack on the seat of the fire. The initial arriving engine company must select the correct attack line for this...

    Article • July 2nd, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 124

    Drill #124: The Listening Process Listening is a very important part of this job and having good listening skills will only make it easier. Learn how to overcome the barriers that get in the way of becoming a good listener.  The drill is designed...

    Article • June 30th, 2013

  • Fire Service Marketing 3.0 – The Next Steps

    The accelerated speed of change is no secret. We see its effects in the fire service: the way we do business and the issues we face.  The recent IAFC paper, Taking Responsibility for a Positive Perception , highlighted the marketing challenges coming at...

    Article • June 24th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 123

    Drill #123: Standards/Regulations There is one thing we all know and that is the fire service is inundated with standards and regulations. But do we know where these standards and regulations come from? Let's take a look at some of the organizations...

    Article • June 23rd, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 122 - Risk Analysis

    Drill #122: Risk Analysis The acceptable level of risk is directly related to the potential to save lives or property. Oftentimes we have heard it stated as “risk vs. gain” or “risk vs. benefit.” Readers will learn the three basic rules we...

    Article • June 16th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 121 - Mentoring

    Drill #121: Mentoring Readers will learn how mentoring programs can and should be used to inspire and encourage our future leaders. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members. Sit down...

    Article • June 10th, 2013