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  • Weekly Drill: No. 139 - Building Collapse

    Readers will learn the three types of collapses that most firefighters should be aware of and what to look for before the collapse occurs.

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 138 - Recognition & Awards

    Some steps to get your department recognizing firefighters for their outstanding performances.

    Article • November 24th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 137

    Drill #137: BLEVE In almost all incidents involving a BLEVE, the end results are generally catastrophic. This drill will dissect the BLEVE to get a better understanding of what is involved.  The drill is designed to be a single page of...

    Article • November 17th, 2013

  • 2013 AFG Program: Updated Priorities and Application Tips

    The time to have started preparing your 2013 AFG application was yesterday because if you need something today you probably needed it yesterday.

    Article • November 5th, 2013

  • Simple and Inexpensive Hands-on Training Drills

    Take a few minutes to look around your station and you can find materials for props from ice rescue to water supply to self-survival. Michael Daley offers a number of ideas that can be the basis for your next drill.

    Article • October 30th, 2013

  • The Tale of Two Fire Engines

    This tale revolves around a new pumper assigned to a busy neighborhood and one assigned to a quiet community. Despite having the same offerings, the firefighter's have different needs where they need to focus their training.

    Article • October 30th, 2013

  • YouTube: Firefighter Training at Your Fingertips

    Sean Wilkinson illustrates how a training officer can spend a short amount of time on YouTube and create real-life training scenarios for their department.

    Article • October 30th, 2013

  • Mutual Aid: A Guide to Operational Success

    Whenever possible, I like to begin one of my columns by quoting what I believe to be an absolute.  It has been my experience that this is a pretty good way to stimulate debate, because someone will always take exception to my statement; and we then can...

    Article • October 22nd, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 136 - Exposures

    Drill #136: Exposures If you have any time in the fire service, you should have some understanding of exposure fires. Readers will learn the differences in fighting and/or containing interior and exterior exposure fires. The drill is designed to...

    Article • October 20th, 2013

  • Marketing Coffee or Fireground Safety: You Have to Sell Your Product

    I have taken a lot of abuse from the tough guys for being a safety sissy, but, during my time as an active chief officer, all of my people returned home.

    Article • October 9th, 2013

  • Calling All Firefighters: Individually You Can Save A Life

    For one week I challenge you to make an effort to reach out to the public on a station tour or supermarket visit to share fire safety information.

    Article • October 4th, 2013

  • Fire Officers: I Once Was Lost but Now Am Found

    The fire department is not just about one person. If you fail to create an environment wherein people can succeed, you will fail.

    Article • September 29th, 2013

  • Fire Prevention Week: In Memory of Megan

    Your Megan could be walking into your fire station today, don’t miss the opportunity to save her life with fire prevention outreach.

    Article • September 29th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 135 - Natural Gas Emergencies

    Firefighters will learn how to deal with the three types of natural gas emergencies: inside leaks; outside leaks; and leaks that start fires.

    Article • September 29th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 134

    Drill #134: Hose Stretches The only effective way to get water on the fire is to stretch hoselines. Readers will learn how to choose the best nozzle for the job and how to properly strech the line to avoid kinks and obstructions. The drill is...

    Article • September 22nd, 2013