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  • The Street Chemist - Part 20

    The next and probably the most important parameter of combustion of a flammable liquid is its flash point. Flash point is the most important information for emergency responders to know about a flammable liquid. Flash point, more than any other...

    Article • July 28th, 2004

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part I

    Pickup trucks are a very popular style of vehicle. Along with their increased presence on the highways is the increased possibility that fire departments will encounter them.Pickup trucks are a very popular style of vehicle in the U.S. Along with...

    Article • July 21st, 2004

  • Oral Board: Beat The Clock!

    Firefighter candidates should field the question presented, satisfy the board and move on.

    Article • July 13th, 2004

  • Accountability: Positions In The System

    A safety officer must move around the structure, keeping an eye on the fire’s behavior as well as the structure itself.Accountability is just part of the command structure needed to effectively run an incident.The first thing every incident needs is...

    Article • July 13th, 2004

  • Calling A Mayday: The Drill

    Calling a MAYDAY is a complicated cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skill set that relies on a radio and the communication system, both human and hardware, that gets the call for help.

    Article • July 5th, 2004

  • 14 Tips: Start Off on the Right Foot as a New Firefighter - Part I

    The phrase "you never have a second chance to make a first impression" is important.

    Article • July 5th, 2004

  • What to Wear to the Firefighter Job Interview

    The strongest non-verbal statement you can make in the oral board is what you wear.

    Article • May 14th, 2004

  • HazMat Team Spotlight: Philadelphia

    The City of Philadelphia with a heavy chemical industry presence on its South and East sides, has always taken a proactive approach to hazardous materials response.

    Article • May 11th, 2004

  • Fire Department Tanker Safety - Part IV

    The need to develop an effective driver training program and to enforce fire department standard operating procedures and policies cannot be overstated.This is the fourth and final installment in our series on the safe operation of fire department tankers...

    Article • April 29th, 2004

  • Accountability: Teamwork

    Accountability is rapidly becoming an important part of every incident. More and more, people are realizing the usefulness and importance of accountability on the scene. I am talking about having TRUE accountability of ALL personnel at the incident, not...

    Article • April 14th, 2004

  • The Street Chemist - Part 19

    In the previous “Street Chemist” we discussed the first of several combustion process physical characteristics boiling point. Factors affecting boiling point include molecular weight, polarity, and branching.In the previous "Street Chemist" we...

    Article • April 8th, 2004

  • Firefighter Oral Exam Interview Tip #1

    Many firefighter candidates do not take the time to completely answer the question they are asked in an oral interview.

    Article • April 8th, 2004

  • Fire Department Tanker Safety - Part III

    Although the USFA estimates that tankers account for only 3% of the total fire apparatus in the U.S., they account for more than 20% of response-related firefighter fatalities.The first two installments of this series outlined the critical nature of the...

    Article • March 15th, 2004

  • Pulling Ceiling During Fire Attack

    The coordination of aggressive ventilation, an adequate size hose line, and pulling ceiling when needed during the fire attack are some to the greatest assurances in the name of safe and effective basic firefighting.

    Article • February 24th, 2004

  • FAQ's About The Entry Level Oral Interview

    The oral interview is the most important phase of virtually every hiring process.

    Article • February 14th, 2004