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  • 2013 National Run Survey Part 2: Fire Department Total Calls

    For the 33rd year, the career fire service takes to the pages of Firehouse ® Magazine to share and compare statistics about company and department activity levels, funding, staffing and pay. A total of 218 fire departments took part in this year’s...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Speak Up: Having Trouble Recruiting Volunteers?

    According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), around 87% of fire and EMS departments in the U.S. use volunteers in some way to respond to emergencies. Having the ability to recruit these folks is critical, and ensuring that your volunteer department...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Speak Up: Stop Doing Something You Know Is Dead Wrong

    While standing at the command post on a working fire, it troubles me to see the efforts that members of the fire service go through to make a stand for something, but cannot help themselves. I have stood there watching crews cut the roof while the...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Decisions, Decisions: Education and Training Are Key

    Recently, my mutual aid association held a drill about rail incidents on a busy rail line where numerous 100-plus-car trains travel each day. Bakken crude oil and liquefied propane gas (LPG) are among the hazardous materials being transported routinely...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Light Smoke Showing, Then Heavy Fire & Major Collapse: Part 4

    This concludes a multi-part account of a close call experienced by the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department (M-LFD) of Long Island, NY, at a house fire on Jan. 18, 2014. Thanks to M-LFD Chief of Department Christopher Pisani and Deputy Chiefs Kirk...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Emergency Response to Agricultural Ammonia Releases

    Anhydrous ammonia (NH 3 ) is one of the leading sources of nitrogen fertilizer applied to agricultural crops in the U.S. because, by molecular weight, it is 82% nitrogen, readily available and easy to apply. There are, however, disadvantages and potential...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • ISO Implements Changes In Fire Suppression Ratings - Part 2

    In this, the second installment in a multi-part series of columns, I met with Bob Andrews, vice president and chief operations officer of community hazard mitigation services at ISO, to discuss newly implemented changes to the Fire Suppression Rating...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • The Safety Triad: Reducing Risk in the Exercise Room - Part 1

    The topic of safety in the fire service often conveys thoughts of reflective vests, chevrons on the back of apparatus, the “two-in/two-out” rule and so on. One area of the fire service, or maybe even your firehouse, where safety could be overlooked is...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Clackamas Fire Puts More Eyes on More TIs

    Like many fire departments around the country, Oregon’s Clackamas Fire District 1 has depended on thermal imagers (TIs) for well over a dozen years as a critical tool in helping protect lives and save property. “The technology’s really changed...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Tools & Technologies: Nanomaterials and Fires: Why the Concern?

    Every day, more industrial processes are moving to a new, more active form of the materials they use. This new form is 1,000 times smaller than the micrometer-sized materials that have been common in industry for the past 100 years. These new materials...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Social Media and the PIO

    Working as a public information officer (PIO) for the past 30-plus years, I have used a number of ways to get information out to the public, mostly through the media. In the very early days, I would keep a roll of quarters in my pocket so I could...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Proving the Value Of a Fire Department

    In May 2013, I wrote a column about a survey taken to identify what some metropolitan fire chiefs from across the country believed to be the most critical issues facing their local fire departments and the national fire service over the next couple of...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • So You Want To Fly a Drone: Drones and the Law

    The development of low-cost, high-quality drones together with lightweight, high-quality digital cameras offers emergency responders and fire buffs a tremendous opportunity to gain previously impossible perspectives of emergency incidents. A number of...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • "We've Always Done it This Way," But That Doesn't Mean It's Right

    Editor’s note: David Griffin was the driver of the first engine to respond to a furniture warehouse fire that claimed the lives of nine of his fellow firefighters in Charleston, SC, in 2007. Since then, he has dedicated his life to ensuring that the...

    Article • June 1st, 2014

  • Light Smoke Showing, Then Heavy Fire & Major Collapse: Part 3

    As we have been reporting over the past two months, on Jan. 18, 2014, the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department (M-LFD) of Long Island, NY, was alerted to respond to a reported fire in a dwelling. What happened on that call teaches a lesson for all of us...

    Article • June 1st, 2014

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