Health & Wellness Web Exclusives

  • The Results Are In: Size Does Matter

    The recent NIST staffing study tells us old-timers something which we have known for a long time now: more people equal a better and safer firefighting operation.

    Article • April 29th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 115 - Smoke Control in High-Rise Buildings

    Drill #115: Smoke Control in High-Rise Buildings Readers will learn how to control smoke in high-rise building fires. Having a thorough knowledge of these buildings’ systems is important, because improper or careless ventilation techniques may be...

    Article • April 28th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 114

    Drill #114: Media and the PIO Readers will learn a few good points to keep in mind should they have to face the media  The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members. Sit down and talk...

    Article • April 21st, 2013

  • What First Responders Need to Know About Ammonium Nitrate

    Firehouse Hazmat Editor Robert Burke shares some information that is vital to responders at incidents involving ammonium nitrate. The article looks at a number of serious blasts and provides some vital response information.

    Article • April 19th, 2013

  • Not Your Average Vehicle Fire: Commercial Vehicle Tactics

    Commercial vehicle fires significantly compound the risks that firefighters face at passenger vehicles. From increased and varied fuel loads to limitations with accessibility, this article reviews tactics and strategies.

    Article • April 15th, 2013

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 113 - Fuel Load

    Readers will learn how different types of fuel loads impact various types of building construction.

    Article • April 14th, 2013

  • 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