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  • 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

  • Weekly Drill No. 101 - Ropes & Knots - Part 2

    Drill #101: Ropes & Knots: Part 2 In Part 1 of this three-part series (Weekly Drill #98), readers learned about the different materials being used in the manufacturing of fire service ropes. In Part 2, we are going to review some the construction...

    Article • January 13th, 2013

  • Some Thoughts for the New Fire Service Leader

    Winter in my world is often seen as the time of the new leader. In volunteer fire departments all acrossAmerica, January is the normal time for the new cast of leadership characters to step forward to be sworn in. It is, therefore, a time for all of us to...

    Article • January 7th, 2013

  • Condition Yellow? It's About Us

    Firefighter Safety Following the Webster Shooting

    Article • January 7th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 100 - Chemistry of Fire

    Understanding the reactions of the various chemicals will have on a fire during the combustion process is essential for the safety of the firefighters.

    Article • January 6th, 2013

  • The Five Most Common Myths Of Thermal Imaging

    Errant information related to thermal imaging seems to permeate the fire service. I am not sure what causes this, but it seems like several topics simply will not die and keep getting reintroduced. What bothers me most is that, often times, these...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 99 - Lockout/Tag Out

    Drill #99: Lockout/Tag Out All firefighters need to understand the hazards of not following “Control of Hazardous Energy” 29CFR part 1910.147, better known as Lockout/Tag Out. Readers will learn the difference between Lockout and Tag Out and...

    Article • December 30th, 2012

  • Download: Weekly Drill 98 - Ropes & Knots Part 1

    Drill #98: Ropes & Knots: Part 1 The fire service uses a plethora of different tools. One that is often overlooked, but worth its weight in gold, is the rope. In Part 1, readers will learn about the variety of materials being used for fire service...

    Article • December 23rd, 2012

  • Power of the Badge: It is Time to Stop Feeling Helpless

    As with most emotions that occur in the fire service we can’t describe it, but we all know it because it seems to be with us every day when we turn on the television – helplessness. As firefighters we are action orientated with one purpose and one...

    Article • December 18th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 97

    Drill #97: Sprinkler Heads The most important component of the sprinkler system is the sprinkler heads. Sprinkler heads must be appropriate in design for them to function to their maximum capability. Readers will learn about the different types of...

    Article • December 16th, 2012

  • Fear of Change Hampers Our Ability To Progress in Technical Rescue

    Having taught for some time, you realize fear of change is linked to the fear or feeling of not being able to perform that skill or method. You get so accustomed to performing the same skill set almost on auto pilot that the thought of losing that feeling...

    Article • December 10th, 2012

  • Air-Bag Operations – Part 4: Size-up & Initial Operations

    Proper size-up is critically important for a successful operation involving an air-bag lift. Jon Hall shares these initial actions will help prevent further injury to the victim and will make for a safer and more efficient operation.

    Article • December 10th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 96: The Physics of Fire

    Understanding of the chemical and physical properties of fire can help firefighters when it comes to controlling it. Having the ability to predict what the fire will do with the fuel available and where it will head will make it easier for choosing the...

    Article • December 9th, 2012

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Benedict's Engine 51

    During the course of my travels I sometimes have the opportunity to visit fire stations that are off the beaten path and nested in areas where you still need an old fashioned map to help find your way. Departments in many communities were organized and...

    Article • December 3rd, 2012