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  • Weekly Drill: No. 106

    Drill #106: Hose Loads There are many different fire apparatus designs and just as many hose loads. The question is, which one is right for your department? The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your...

    Article • February 17th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 105

    Readers will learn why knowing the stages or phases of a fire is very important when it comes to firefighter safety.

    Article • February 10th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 104 - Accountability

    Readers will learn why accountability should be ranked high on our list of events to keep a handle on during an incident.

    Article • February 3rd, 2013

  • Lessons from the Circus: 2013

    One of the great joys which I have been able to experience in the many years since my retirement from the good, old, Newark Fire Department is the ability to travel when I want to and not when a vacation spot or personal day is open. Thanks to this...

    Article • February 1st, 2013

  • Firefighter Training: Never Left the Basics

    How often do you hear the term "back to the basic?" One question that keeps popping up in my head is why did we leave the basics to begin with?

    Article • January 30th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 103 - Ropes & Knots - Part 3

    Drill #103: Ropes & Knots: Part 3 In the first two parts of this three-part series, we looked at the different materials and types of ropes. This segment looks at the different knots used today in the fire service. The drill is designed to be a...

    Article • January 27th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 102 - Rehabilitation

    Drill #102: Rehabilitation Readers will learn that rehabilitation encompasses more than just “taking five” to catch your breath. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members. Sit down...

    Article • January 20th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill No. 101 - Ropes & Knots - Part 2

    Drill #101: Ropes & Knots: Part 2 In Part 1 of this three-part series (Weekly Drill #98), readers learned about the different materials being used in the manufacturing of fire service ropes. In Part 2, we are going to review some the construction...

    Article • January 13th, 2013

  • Some Thoughts for the New Fire Service Leader

    Winter in my world is often seen as the time of the new leader. In volunteer fire departments all acrossAmerica, January is the normal time for the new cast of leadership characters to step forward to be sworn in. It is, therefore, a time for all of us to...

    Article • January 7th, 2013

  • Condition Yellow? It's About Us

    Firefighter Safety Following the Webster Shooting

    Article • January 7th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 100 - Chemistry of Fire

    Understanding the reactions of the various chemicals will have on a fire during the combustion process is essential for the safety of the firefighters.

    Article • January 6th, 2013

  • The Five Most Common Myths Of Thermal Imaging

    Errant information related to thermal imaging seems to permeate the fire service. I am not sure what causes this, but it seems like several topics simply will not die and keep getting reintroduced. What bothers me most is that, often times, these...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 99 - Lockout/Tag Out

    Drill #99: Lockout/Tag Out All firefighters need to understand the hazards of not following “Control of Hazardous Energy” 29CFR part 1910.147, better known as Lockout/Tag Out. Readers will learn the difference between Lockout and Tag Out and...

    Article • December 30th, 2012

  • Download: Weekly Drill 98 - Ropes & Knots Part 1

    Drill #98: Ropes & Knots: Part 1 The fire service uses a plethora of different tools. One that is often overlooked, but worth its weight in gold, is the rope. In Part 1, readers will learn about the variety of materials being used for fire service...

    Article • December 23rd, 2012

  • Power of the Badge: It is Time to Stop Feeling Helpless

    As with most emotions that occur in the fire service we can’t describe it, but we all know it because it seems to be with us every day when we turn on the television – helplessness. As firefighters we are action orientated with one purpose and one...

    Article • December 18th, 2012