Health & Wellness Web Exclusives

  • Gaining Credibility by Teaching Fellow Firefighters

    Capt. Sean Wilkinson shares how credibility begins on the training grounds and why fire officers should embrace every moment they can to help improve their firefighters.

    Article • April 10th, 2013

  • Building Construction is Still the Firefighter's Enemy

    Michael Daley says Frank Brannigan's mantra, “The Building is Your Enemy. Know Your Enemy,” was drilled into his sub-conscious at an early age, and he continue to preach his words to anyone who will listen.

    Article • April 10th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 112 - Search & Rescue

    This downloadable drill reviews the principle skills and strategies that crews involved with search and rescue efforts on the fireground must understand.

    Article • April 7th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 111 - Mission Statement

    Drill #111: Mission Statement Readers will learn why having a clear understanding of their department’s Mission Statement will allow them to move forward with planning and goal setting. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to...

    Article • March 31st, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 110 - Roofs

    Drill #110: Roofs Interior firefighters rely on roofs to maintain their integrity during firefighting operations, however, at times a roof may fail under abnormal conditions. In this drill, readers will learn about the different types of roofs they...

    Article • March 24th, 2013

  • The 'Omega Plan' for Firefighter Safety at Shooting Scenes

    You may feel helpless to prevent being a victim of an Omega Plan, but there are a number of steps that can be taken to mitigate the loss of life of responding firefighters.

    Article • March 17th, 2013

  • 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