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  • Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Citizens Fire Academy

    The class schedule consists of speakers, tours, demonstrations and classes.When I first moved to Las Vegas in 1996 to accept the position as public information officer (PIO) for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, I moved to a community that I was not familiar...

    Article • February 19th, 2007

  • Trics of the Trade: Window Gates, Bars and Barred Windows

    The installation of security devices throughout the country has been on the increase for many years, and no matter where you live, it should be a concern for any firefighter that is going to be engaged during an interior attack.Slideshow Images:Trics of...

    Article • February 16th, 2007

  • More Lesson's I Learned at the Circus

    January is an important month to me. It is more than just the first month of the New Year, but it is the month when I travel south to play my tuba at the circus in Florida. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy getting together with my circus music buddies...

    Article • February 5th, 2007

  • Marketing ICS: The Customer Care Officer

    Implementation of a customer care system in face-to-face situations involves two critical aspects.

    Article • February 5th, 2007

  • First to Wake up, Last to go to Sleep: Life as a Probationary Firefighter

    The probationary period helps determine if an individual is a "good fit" for the fire department.

    Article • January 29th, 2007

  • Tactical Considerations for Restaurant Fires

    With the progress of food service, newer technologies are being used that can endanger the lives of firefighters in ways not previously seen.

    Article • January 22nd, 2007

  • Getting an Audience for Your Public Education Message

    To get an audience, you need to sell your programs, and to effectively do that you have to create a need in the customer, and to do that, above all else, you need to be informed and be creative!

    Article • January 17th, 2007

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XI

    For crews desiring compliance with NFPA 1670, Standard for Technical Rescue Training, Chapter 6-2.2a, a vehicle crash scene size-up should include the following.Topic:Side Impact Collision Size-Up It is important that rescue personnel be competent in...

    Article • January 11th, 2007

  • The PIO Must Ensure the Media's Safety at Incidents

    If we set certain safety procedures at an incident such as establishing a safety perimeter around the incident, it not only applies to the public, it includes everyone that is non-essential emergency personnel, including the media.

    Article • January 8th, 2007

  • Company Level Training - Utility Control Part 1

    Larry Manasco looks at what is often the most difficult task for firefighters conducting utility control: the process of locating the connections and shutoffs.

    Article • January 8th, 2007

  • Reading the Fire: Building Factors

    First of the critical building features is construction method. Building construction influences both fire behavior and structural stability under fire conditions. Combustible construction such as wood-frame, ordinary (masonry and wood), and heavy...

    Article • January 3rd, 2007

  • Why Are We Still Losing Firefighters?

    Each year we continue to lose an average of 100 firefighters in the line of duty. Looking at statistics from the past 30 years, there has been little improvement in this area with the exception of the implementation of NFPA 1500 in 1985 that brought the...

    Article • January 1st, 2007

  • Trics of the Trade: Firefighter Removal Using A Hoseline

    Additional slack in the line will be pulled up from behind the hole and extended in to the hole to the floor below. A member that is going to initiate the rescue will slide the hose, just like sliding a pole, in to the hole This is an extremely...

    Article • December 25th, 2006

  • Noisy Opposition Won't Win

    The ultimate protection from home fire injury and death is a total system of safety: smoke alarms, fire sprinklers and well rehearsed fire drills.This year marked my 25th anniversary working in the field of safety education and outreach. One of the most...

    Article • December 20th, 2006

  • Safety 101 - Lesson 12

    Fire officers have been found guilty of criminal acts as a result of firefighter deaths during training activities.Each year firefighters are injured and killed with identified causes and contributing factors being related to training exercises. Over...

    Article • December 18th, 2006