Strategy & Tactics Magazine Articles

  • Controlling The Door

    John J. Salka Jr. discusses the advantages and disadvantages of choosing to leave a door open or closing it when searching in a structural fire.

    Article • October 31st, 1996

  • Overhaul & Salvage: Part 2

    The goal of overhauling is to ensure that all fire has been completely extinguished while minimizing further damage to the structure.

    Article • October 1st, 1996

  • Systems Analysis/Size-Up: Part 1

    All the parts of the system of fireground decision making are identified and discussed in this article.

    Article • October 1st, 1996

  • On The Job - Texas

    Homer Robertson reports on fires that occurred in a 10-block area after vandals damaged a regulator which supplied gas to numerous homes.

    Article • October 1st, 1996

  • On The Job — Las Vegas

    In what can best be described as a fire storm, the fire departments of the Las Vegas Valley in Nevada were left breathless as they dealt with a rash of multiple-alarm fires in a 42-day span in 1995.

    Article • September 1st, 1996

  • Loss Control In Structural Firefighting

    Dennis Compton discusses steps to help reduce excessive loss control on the fireground.

    Article • August 1st, 1996

  • Fire Protection & Suppression, "By Accident"

    Michael Heller visits the Accident, MD, VFD.

    Article • August 1st, 1996

  • Overhaul & Salvage: Part 1

    "Engine 1 to Command." "Proceed, Engine 1." "Chief, we have knocked down all visible fire, we still have medium smoke and high heat conditions. The primary search is not completed." Command could see heavy smoke pushing from the attic vents on the...

    Article • August 1st, 1996

  • Roof Coverings And "Tight Building Syndrome"

    In recent years, the rising costs of heating and cooling buildings has resulted in a variety of efforts aimed at improving the energy efficiency of the structures. Blown-in insulation, caulking of cracks, reduction of the number and size of attic vents...

    Article • July 1st, 1996

  • Rapid Intervention Teams

    Robert Cobb outlines the role performed by a fireground unit that may be a firefighter's only chance for survival.

    Article • July 1st, 1996

  • Fire Risk Analysis

    In our last visit with you, we began our discussion of fire risk analysis and its companion in life, "community fire defenses." We started to look at how a community needs to be broken down for a proper study of risk potential. We spoke of classifying...

    Article • July 1st, 1996

  • How To Use A Rapid Intervention Team

    Michael M. Dugan offers a guide to training and utilizing firefighters for this all-important job.

    Article • July 1st, 1996

  • Calculating Fire Flow

    Heavy fire was pushing from a few windows of the one-story factory. During the initial size-up, the chief recognized that conditions were not favorable. A strong wind was blowing from the rear of the fire building toward dwellings across from it. The...

    Article • June 1st, 1996

  • Accountability On The Fireground

    Robert Cobb outlines ways in which departments keep track of members at fire scenes.

    Article • June 1st, 1996

  • Building Construction & Fire Spread

    By request of the author, this article is not available online

    Article • June 1st, 1996