Health & Wellness Web Exclusives

  • Firefighters: Building Construction is Still Your Enemy

    Frank Brannigan's mantra, "The building is your enemy, know your enemy" still rings true. Lt. Michael Daley shares some hazards and problems he has found while doing pre-plan inspections, construction site visits and more in and around his community.

    Article • January 27th, 2014

  • Change the Culture of Firefighter Training – Part 1

    Erik Wood examines the current culture of firefighter training, including how it is approached and accepted.

    Article • January 23rd, 2014

  • Firefighter Throwdown: The Levels of Competition

    Join firefighters from around the country for the Firefighter Throwdown event in San Diego, Feb. 19 and 20.

    Article • January 19th, 2014

  • 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