Health & Wellness Web Exclusives

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Suffern's Tiller

    The fire service enjoys many proud traditions dating back to when steamers were horse drawn and ladder trucks carried buckets, hooks and an assortment of heavy, wooden ground ladders. Over the years as motorized apparatus became prevalent the ability to...

    Article • August 28th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 83

    Drill #83: Functions of a Quint Readers will learn the functions of the quint, which is a specialty apparatus that brings five major operational components to the fireground on only one piece of apparatus. The drill is designed to be a single page...

    Article • August 26th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 82 - Hotel Incidents

    Readers will get understand the various size-up points for these high risk structures that often require additional alarms for suppression and life safety efforts.

    Article • August 19th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 81

    Drill #81: Incident Action Plans: Part 2 Part 2 of this two-part series on Incident Action Plans (IAP) breaks down the five levels of the command sequence: Incident Priorities; Size-up; Strategies; Tactics; and Tasks. The drill is designed to be...

    Article • August 12th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 80

    Drill #80: Incident Action Plans: Part 1 Readers will learn how the Incident Action Plan (IAP) assists the IC indecision making and identifying problems. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your...

    Article • August 5th, 2012

  • The Firefighter Recruit Instructor

    Effective recruit training requires an instructor cadre that can mold these civilians into firefighters, but this requires a strong command and authoritative presence. Authoritative yes, but bullies, no!

    Article • August 1st, 2012

  • 'Bilco' Doors: Entering, Ventilating Below-Grade Fires

    When discussing strategic and tactical considerations for structural fires, one hot-button issue that divides many incident commanders is the use of “Bilco” doors. When they say Bilco, most people in the fire service are referring to below-grade...

    Article • July 31st, 2012

  • The Story of One Man's Mission Trip

    From my first major speaking assignment in 1979 through my journey to the Wisconsin Fire Chief's Conference in June of 2012 the feelings of accomplishment which I have enjoyed have made my efforts all the more meaningful to me.

    Article • July 30th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 79 - Cellar Pipes

    Firefighters will review tactics using cellar pipes (also known as distributors) and how they can get water on the fire in cases that are too dangerous or impossible for firefighters to reach.

    Article • July 22nd, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 78

    Drill #78: 13-Point Size-Up Readers will learn about WALLACE WAS HOT, the mnemonic to help them remember all of the key aspects of the all-important 13-point size-up. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions...

    Article • July 15th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 77

    Drill #77: Incident Critiques Readers will learn why critiquing an incident is one of the most effective learning tools the fire service can use to help teach firefighters. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up...

    Article • July 8th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 76

    Readers will learn how to properly direct a stream so it will be most effective as it pertains to fireground operations.

    Article • July 1st, 2012

  • Tips for Summertime Response and Wellness

    Jeffrey Pindelski shares considerations for emergency response and personnel during the summer months.

    Article • June 27th, 2012

  • Why Firefighters Call 'Mayday'

    Most veteran firefighters will admit that one of the most significant transmissions that one can hear on the fireground is a “Mayday” call. The time parameters associated with locating and removing a lost, injured or otherwise incapacitated...

    Article • June 27th, 2012

  • Headaches and Solutions to Company-Level Training – Part 3

    In Part 1 of this series, we took a look at some of the reasons for stress the company officer might experience when it comes to training at the company level. In Part 2 , we began to address ways our company officer can enhance the safety of his...

    Article • June 25th, 2012