Health & Wellness Web Exclusives

  • Weekly Drill: No. 142 - Public Assembly

    Readers will learn what to do when a fire breaks out and what steps to take to reduce the chances of a catastrophe ever happening.

    Article • December 22nd, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 141 - Hose Lays

    With all the modern apparatus infiltrating the fire service these days, none are successful in bringing the right amount of water and that’s why we establish relays.

    Article • December 15th, 2013

  • Firefighter Throwdown Brings Sport, Fitness to Firehouse World

    The Firefighter Throwdown is a new athletic competition being introduced at Firehouse World in San Diego in February.

    Article • December 12th, 2013

  • Heavy Lifting: Tactics for Under-ride Rescues

    Under-ride incidents involving heavy commercial vehicles can pose any number of challenges for first responders. Michael Daley explores the types of vehicles you can encounter and victim removal techniques.

    Article • December 9th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 140 - The National Fire Academy

    Drill #140: The National Fire Academy? If you have never taken a class at the Nation Fire Academy (NFA) in Emmitsburg, MD, now is the time and here's how. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your...

    Article • December 8th, 2013

  • 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