Health & Wellness Web Exclusives

  • 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

  • Weekly Drill: No. 95 - MSDS Part 2

    Drill #95: The MSDS: Part 2 One of the rare, but welcomed pieces of information at a Hazardous Material incident is the material safety data sheet (MSDS). The MSDS is comprised of 16 sections that will assist you in managing the incident and keeping...

    Article • December 2nd, 2012

  • I Ask You: Is Loyalty or Honesty More Important

    Honesty or loyalty…it’s a simple question, right? Or is it? Those three words have stirred up some enlightening conversations in my world as of late and I felt the need to share them with you. I have come to the conclusion that leadership is 95% a...

    Article • November 27th, 2012

  • Positioning Aerial Apparatus for Defensive Operations

    Recently, we discussed apparatus positioning for truck companies at the scene of a working fire, and we approached this topic with considerations towards operating in an offensive mode; that is, crews were going to be assigned specific areas of...

    Article • November 24th, 2012

  • Air-Bag Operations – Part 3: Cribbing Skills

    Any time an air-bag lift is performed, cribbing is a necessary part of the operation.  Cribbing is a temporary framework, usually constructed of timbers, that provides a solid base of support to material above.  This framework provides the means to...

    Article • November 21st, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 94 - The MSDS: Part 1

    Drill #94: The MSDS: Part 1 One of the rare, but welcomed pieces of information at a Hazardous Material incident is the material safety data sheet (MSDS). The MSDS is comprised of 16 sections that will assist you in managing the incident and keeping...

    Article • November 19th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 93 - High Rise Operations

    Having a thorough knowledge of a high-rise building’s systems is important. Improper or careless ventilation techniques may be disastrous to both occupants and firefighters.

    Article • November 11th, 2012

  • Apparatus Manufacturers Discuss Multi-Purpose Units

    Editor's Note: Firehouse Staff Writer Ed Ballam covered this article in the November issue of Firehouse Magazine and for the November edition of the Firehouse Limited Edition Tablet app. There was a time when parade apparatus was king in fire...

    Article • November 8th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 92

    Drill #92: Rules of the Road The safety of our firefighters is our number one concern. These "Rules of the Road" will ensure our firefighters get to, and return from, calls safely. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure...

    Article • October 28th, 2012

  • He Who Preaches to One Generation is Lost

    As many of you know, I have a deep and abiding love for old movies. Countless happy hours have been spent watching the work of actors who have long ago passed on to their reward. Maybe it is a longing for a bygone era, or just a love of the old days...

    Article • October 26th, 2012