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  • Command Post: Going for the Gold: A New Direction

    For the past couple of years, I have been sharing my thoughts about what you might need to know as a first-line fire service supervisor. My “Riding the Right-Front Seat” series came about as a result of some serious discussions with my good buddy...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Higher Education: Assessing Higher Education's Role in the Fire Service

    For the better part of the seven years, I have been looking at the importance of higher education in the fire service. I’ve done this through numerous articles in Firehouse ® Magazine that have provided rich anecdotal evidence that indicates some...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Higher Education: Leadership in Extreme Contexts

    Leadership in extreme contexts, such as those experienced by wildland and urban firefighters, represents an area deserving of formal study given events such as 9/11, the wildfire in the South Canyon on Storm King Mountain in Colorado in 1994 and the...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • HOT SHOTS 4/14

    NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, JAN. 31, 2014 – An early-morning fire ripped through a three-story apartment complex, destroying all 31 suites and displacing nearly 40 people. More than 40 firefighters from New Westminster and the neighboring cities...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Disaster Response: Commanding the Storm: Lessons Learned From Oklahoma tornados - Part 3

    Several challenges related to staging were identified in after-action meetings. Early in the response, multiple agencies established their own mobile command and staging areas.   This led incoming resources to check in at the wrong locations and...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Close Calls: Light Smoke Showing, Then Heavy Fire & Major Collapse

    T his month’s Close Call is one that is near and dear to me, as not only did it involve some close and longtime friends, but involved a department to which I owe a great deal of gratitude, as I essentially started my career with this organization in the...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Fireground Operations: 15 Priorities in Protecting Exposures: Part 2

    Exterior exposures are a major concern for many fire departments. Fire departments that protect congested urban and suburban areas must deal with structures that are built alongside one another. With buildings that are attached to one another or...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • EMS: What Is a "Community Paramedic"?

    Did you ever wonder how something gets its name? What about an eggplant? Eggplants were popular in the Near East long before they reached Europe. In the Middle Ages, traders brought a certain kind of eggplant to Europe – a rare white variety shaped like...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Rural Firefighting Academy: The Rural Pressurized Fire Hydrant – What’s It Worth? Part 3

    Before you begin flow testing, ask the water utility for a hydrant map that shows a diagram of the water-supply system. Reviewing the system layout lets the tester understand the underground water main sizing and flow direction. Understanding the...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Thermal Imaging: Your Next TI: Choose Wisely

    With the ever-growing development of new technologies for the fire service, many fire departments are scrambling to implement and deploy the latest and most sophisticated products available for firefighters. As technology tools go, thermal imagers (TIs...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • The Fire Service PIO: Beware the Pitfalls Of Social Media

    As time passes, social media is being used by more people of all age groups for a variety of reasons and its use will only get larger and stronger. Social media is the ability to communicate back and forth. Prior to today’s social media, there were...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • As Firehouse Sees It: The Truth, the Whole Truth And Walking on Eggshells

    R ecently, I received an email from a reader who asked why we haven’t covered a fire that killed multiple firefighters. Typically, we request permission to cover major incidents such as fires, natural disasters and multiple firefighter fatalities. But...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Fire Law sidebar: Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire Revisited

    Students of fire history know that the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire occurred on May 28, 1977, in Southgate, KY, and claimed the lives of 167 people, making it the third-most-deadly nightclub fire in U.S. history. Students of fire science know that...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Fire Law: Firehouse Bullying: How to Recognize Trouble

    No one would ever confuse a professional football locker room with a firehouse. However, last fall’s widely publicized episode involving allegations of bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room left me concerned because there are similarities between...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Rekindles 3/14

    BINGHAMTON, NY: MARCH 1, 1914 – A fire broke out in the cellar of a four-story hardware store and spread to the State Armory, where thousands of rounds of shotgun and rifle ammunition were stored. A terrible fusillade of fire scattered the crowd and...

    Article • March 23rd, 2014

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