• Burying One of Our Own

    Burying one of our own…it’s a scenario no department wants to face, but most all departments train for anyways.  No amount of training can ever prepare a fire family for the heartache of dealing with a death of their own, especially near the...

    Blog • December 26th, 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

  • (New) Forgotten Vehicle Fire Hazards

    Sharing the views and experiences that street level firefighters face has always been the mission of Views From the Jumpseat. This week’s view comes from an angle that I have been blessed with participating in for two years now, as an instructor. I...

    Blog • December 17th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 97

    Drill #97: Sprinkler Heads The most important component of the sprinkler system is the sprinkler heads. Sprinkler heads must be appropriate in design for them to function to their maximum capability. Readers will learn about the different types of...

    Article • December 16th, 2012

  • Carter: Saying Farewell to My Best Friend

    Following is the eulogy that Harry Carter will be giving at the memorial service for Jack Peltier on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Immaculate Conception Church in Marlborough, MA. Carter asked that we share this on so that their buddies who are...

    Blog • December 13th, 2012

  • Fear of Change Hampers Our Ability To Progress in Technical Rescue

    Having taught for some time, you realize fear of change is linked to the fear or feeling of not being able to perform that skill or method. You get so accustomed to performing the same skill set almost on auto pilot that the thought of losing that feeling...

    Article • December 10th, 2012

  • Air-Bag Operations – Part 4: Size-up & Initial Operations

    Proper size-up is critically important for a successful operation involving an air-bag lift. Jon Hall shares these initial actions will help prevent further injury to the victim and will make for a safer and more efficient operation.

    Article • December 10th, 2012

  • App Makes Bystanders Key in Cardiac Arrest Survival

    Heather Caspi details the mobile app that's catching fire in cities around the country to help cardiac arrest victims.

    Article • December 10th, 2012

  • Stepping Up to the Task - You Go, We Go!

    While this story was set for the big screen, it was pulled from the trenches of firefighting.

    Blog • December 8th, 2012

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Benedict's Engine 51

    During the course of my travels I sometimes have the opportunity to visit fire stations that are off the beaten path and nested in areas where you still need an old fashioned map to help find your way. Departments in many communities were organized and...

    Article • December 3rd, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 95 - MSDS Part 2

    Drill #95: The MSDS: Part 2 One of the rare, but welcomed pieces of information at a Hazardous Material incident is the material safety data sheet (MSDS). The MSDS is comprised of 16 sections that will assist you in managing the incident and keeping...

    Article • December 2nd, 2012

  • Pennington: The SCBA Regulator - Click it or Die

    Lessons in firefighting can come from many places, just like many of the views that I write about. This one comes from a personal experience a few days ago as we trained the latest group of rookies in live fire conditions. The stage was set for an...

    Blog • December 1st, 2012

  • Make Your Career Map

    Everyone must plan out their future in the fire service, whether volunteer or career.

    Blog • November 30th, 2012

  • The Leader's Toolbox: Safety, Training and Confrontational Firefighters

    This month's topics include tackling an issue where training drills have turned stale, discouraging members from attending. A writer says that his department's culture on safety is non-existent and another listener is concerned by a firefighter who is...

    Podcast • November 28th, 2012

  • I Ask You: Is Loyalty or Honesty More Important

    Honesty or loyalty…it’s a simple question, right? Or is it? Those three words have stirred up some enlightening conversations in my world as of late and I felt the need to share them with you. I have come to the conclusion that leadership is 95% a...

    Article • November 27th, 2012