• 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

  • The Little Things

    Why should this homecoming be any different from the end of a normal shift? Really, maybe it shouldn’t have. But we tend to get overly excited about the little things in life and so after only four days of being without our fireman, my girls and I...

    Blog • September 25th, 2012

  • Lessons Learned at the Ohio Fire & EMS Expo

    Good afternoon! It's my last week before I leave the injured reserve list and return to the Jumpseat. I am looking forward to the first time I put on my turnout gear on again! After returning from teaching at the Ohio Fire and EMS Expo, I would like...

    Blog • September 24th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 87

    Drill #87: Incident Safety Officer Readers will learn that the primary function of the Incident Safety Officer (ISO) is to monitor and assess safety hazards or unsafe acts and situations and develop measures for ensuring the personal safety of all...

    Article • September 23rd, 2012

  • Creating a Safe Environment for Firefighters, Civilians

    William Mora looks at the need for establishing rescue and thermal imaging operating policies to prevent unfavorable outcomes at fire scenes.

    Article • September 18th, 2012

  • Firefighting Doing More With Less

    An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms. Some examples are "authentic replica," "boneless ribs" and "fresh prunes." Two of my favorites are "free with purchase" and "doing more with less." In the first instance, we must...

    Blog • September 19th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 86

    Drill #86: Emergency Management With large-scale disasters happening more frequently, readers will learn the responsibilities of the emergency manager during such an event. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up...

    Article • September 16th, 2012

  • On the Road Again for the 2013 FIRE Act Roadtrip

    Let me start by saying that my son-in-law made it to a Bob Dylan concert back in September.  We discussed the man's music and the lyrics of a number of his songs.  I spoke of one of my favorite lines from his work which tells us that, "… the times...

    Article • September 15th, 2012

  • Stupid Idea # 98 - Detroit's Tourist Firefighters

    Just this morning I read an article that stated the Detroit Fire Department is considering allowing firefighters and/or tourists from around the country to ride with their companies and work with their crews at fires and emergencies. Well I have heard...

    Blog • September 13th, 2012

  • The 3 F's of Firefighting

    Good afternoon from the Injured Reserve once again. Physical therapy is going great and my return to the jumpseat is getting closer and closer. Until then I am preparing my "Back the Truck Up" and "Hoarding" programs to rock out the Ohio Fire Expo...

    Blog • September 12th, 2012