Strategy & Tactics Magazine Articles

  • Rekindles 6/13

    COLON, PANAMA: JUNE 3, 1913 – A morning fire swept through an entire block of frame buildings. The Panama Fire Department rushed engines to the scene on a special train and assisted in extinguishing the conflagration.   NEW YORK CITY: JUNE 14...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • Multiple-Alarm Fire Destroys White Township Printing Plant

    More than 170 firefighters from four counties responded to a multiple-alarm fire that destroyed a printing plant in White Township, Indiana County, PA, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. The fire caused $75 million in damage and left more than 200 employees out...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • On The Job: New Jersey

    ELIZABETH FIRE DEPARTMENT Chief : Thomas McNamara Personnel: 267 career firefighters Stations: 7 Apparatus: 7 engines, 3 ladders, 1 heavy rescue, 3 ambulances Population: 125,000 Area: 12 square miles   On Dec. 21, 2011, the...

    Article • April 26th, 2013

  • Thermal Imaging: How Thermal Imaging Helps The Incident Commander

    T he job of an incident commander can be trying. Coordinating a scene full of firefighters, apparatus and other resources, often from multiple agencies, while performing a multitude of tasks in an environment where those decisions can make the...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • Fire Wire 4/13

    FEB. 25: DELTONA, FL – Bystanders noticed an SUV smoking next to the gas pumps and quickly pushed the vehicle away from the gas pumps while off going City of Deltona Engineer/Paramedic Fire Fighter Heather Langston quickly evacuated the Kangaroo...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • Speak Up: Night Club Fires

    I am sure by now everyone has heard about the devastating night club fire that took place in Santa Maria, Brazil, on Jan. 27 in which more than 230 people perished, most of them college students. When I first heard of this fire, I immediately thought of...

    Article • March 1st, 2013

  • Chicago Fires

    Two large recent fires in Chicago destroyed two large commercial buildings. The first fire occurred on Dec. 29, 2012, during the daytime in a three-story, 400-by-200-foot, heavy-timber building in the Pilsen section of the city.   The fire was...

    Article • March 1st, 2013

  • Fire Wire 2/13

    DEC. 20: MERIDEN, CT – At least three people were displaced from their homes after a dryer fire in the basement of a condominium complex. DEC. 24: LAS VEGAS, NV – Damage was estimated at $50,000 after a fire in a large, two-story...

    Article • February 1st, 2013

  • Hot Shots 2/13

    UNION CITY, NJ, DEC. 3, 2012 – North Hudson Regional firefighters found heavy fire on the top floor of an occupied, four-story, mixed-use building. No smoke alarms were sounding. Firefighters attempted to attack the fire with a handline, but as soon as...

    Article • February 1st, 2013

  • Hazmat Studies:Tennessee Propane Blast: A Turning Point for Hazmat

    The deadly train derailment and ultimate propane explosion that occurred in Waverly, TN, 35 years ago this month was a watershed event in hazardous materials incidents in the U.S. Sixteen people, including four active emergency responders, died from the...

    Article • January 11th, 2013

  • On The Job Arizona: Fire Destroys Three Businesses On Prescott's Historic Whiskey Row

    On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, a two-alarm fire destroyed three businesses in downtown Prescott, AZ, on the historic Whiskey Row.

    Article • January 4th, 2013

  • Close Calls: With Nothing Showing Initially... Part 2

    This is the second of two columns about a close call experienced by members of the Mantua Township Fire District (MTFD) in New Jersey on Feb. 7, 2012 (part one was in the January issue). Part one featured an account by Chief Brian Hauss, who suffered...

    Article • January 3rd, 2013

  • With Nothing Showing Initially... Part 1

    On Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at 10:01 A.M., the Mantua Township Fire District (MTFD) in New Jersey was dispatched to a dwelling fire with people reported trapped. While units were enroute, they were told by Gloucester County Communications that a woman was...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • Fire Destroys Century-Old Beckley Buildings

    BECKLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT Chief: Billie Trump Personnel: 41 career firefighters Stations: 3 Apparatus: 2 pumpers, 1 aerial, 1 regional response truck, 1 hazmat rescue, 4 staff/support vehicles Population: 18,000 Area: 12 square miles...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • Fire Wire 1/13

    NOV. 2: OCALA, FL – Five people using a gasoline generator inside their home survived carbon monoxide poisoning when one was able to call 911. NOV . 10: COOKVILLE, TN – Improperly discarded cigarettes were a possible cause of a blaze that...

    Article • January 1st, 2013