Health & Wellness Web Exclusives

  • 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

  • Ethical Decision Making During Your Fire Service Career

    Wrong decisions are leading to terminations, suspensions, demotions and public scrutiny.

    Article • October 24th, 2012

  • Restoring the Flame at the U.S. Fire Adminstration

    Next year marks the 40 th  anniversary of the landmark report, "America Burning." A must-read for fire service officials, "America Burning" brought together many of the brightest minds in the fire service to develop a report that captured the...

    Article • October 23rd, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 91

    Fire Station Safety

    Article • October 21st, 2012

  • Three Lessons from the Fire Behavior Lab

    Today’s firefighters are experiencing an old danger that has come full circle to affect everyone.  Flashovers are becoming a more common problem due to many factors.  Why are we seeing more and more of them when we arrive?  I believe that it is due...

    Article • October 19th, 2012

  • Talk is Cheap, Spend What You Want

    It seems to me that there are far too many people who tend to act emotionally rather than rationally.

    Article • October 16th, 2012

  • Air Bag Operations – Part 2: The Science of Lifting

    Air bag lifting capacity is based on simple physics. The operating pressure of the bag, in pounds per square inch (PSI), is multiplied over the entire surface area of the bag to equal lifting force. This article aims to explain how to calculate the air...

    Article • October 16th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 90

    Drill #90: Building Collapse Readers will learn about the different types of wall collapses and the warning signs of a building collapse. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members...

    Article • October 14th, 2012