• Weekly Drill: No. 91

    Fire Station Safety

    Article • October 21st, 2012

  • Three Lessons from the Fire Behavior Lab

    Today’s firefighters are experiencing an old danger that has come full circle to affect everyone.  Flashovers are becoming a more common problem due to many factors.  Why are we seeing more and more of them when we arrive?  I believe that it is due...

    Article • October 19th, 2012

  • Air Bag Operations – Part 2: The Science of Lifting

    Air bag lifting capacity is based on simple physics. The operating pressure of the bag, in pounds per square inch (PSI), is multiplied over the entire surface area of the bag to equal lifting force. This article aims to explain how to calculate the air...

    Article • October 16th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 90

    Drill #90: Building Collapse Readers will learn about the different types of wall collapses and the warning signs of a building collapse. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members...

    Article • October 14th, 2012

  • Searching for Victims

    Good morning from the jumpseat! Often when I sit down to write my next "Views from the Jumpseat" blog, I pull from my personal experiences and today is no different.  Recently I had experienced a situation that put us in the door searching for reported...

    Blog • October 12th, 2012

  • The Strategic Six & the First Five Minutes

    Initial responding companies to the scene of a working fire have a huge responsibility when it comes to setting the stage for a successful suppression operation. When it comes to tasks on the fireground, the National Institute for Standards and Technology...

    Article • October 12th, 2012

  • Fire Prevention Over the Years

    Forty-nine years after the Great Chicago Fire, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation in 1920. Two years later Fire Prevention Day was expanded to Fire Prevention Week. Since then, Fire Prevention Week has been...

    Article • October 9th, 2012

  • Common Responses: Electrical, Brush & Trash Fires

    Back in June, I wrote a few blog entries on some of the more common fire-related emergencies that you will see in  The Fires You Will See Frequently . I further expanded on my many experiences with two additional blogs:  Danger Overhead: Attic Fires...

    Blog • October 8th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 89

    Drill #89: Strip Malls Readers will learn how strip mall fires can pose several different types of safety issues to firefighters. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members. Sit down and...

    Article • October 7th, 2012

  • What Should 'Senior' Firefighter Really Mean?

    Good morning from the Jumpseat! On this chilly fall morning I wanted to take a moment to ask you a question: what does "Senior Firefighter" mean to you?   In our business, we gain respect as we spend time on our departments and many members take...

    Blog • October 2nd, 2012

  • Maneuvering Hoselines at Hoarder Home Fire

    Good afternoon from the Jumpseat. Yes, it is time to bunker up and buckle in again, after finally receiving clearance from the doctor it is time to return to the job that I dearly love. While preparing my PPE and checking my uniforms I wanted to...

    Blog • September 30th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 88

    Readers will learn what to look for and how to attack a fire in a combustilble-filled lumberyard.

    Article • September 30th, 2012

  • Colo. FD Looks at iPads for Tracking & Prevention

    Jarret Winkelman shares how the South Metro Fire Department is looking to utilize iPads at all operational levels, from fire prevention efforts to inspections and more. Plus, how fire departments can use the iPad right out of the box.

    Article • September 25th, 2012

  • Narrowband Mandate Looming: What You Need to Know

    Charles Werner shares last minute details to help departments meet the FCC's narrowbanding mandate deadline of Jan. 1.

    Article • September 26th, 2012

  • Goldfeder: Death of the Near-Miss Reporting System

    The continued funding of the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System has officially been rejected and has not been awarded through the Fire Prevention and Safety Program of DHS. Since the program's inception, DHS/FEMA has provided $7 million to...

    Article • September 25th, 2012