Strategy & Tactics Magazine Articles

  • Rekindles 2/13

    YORK, NE: FEB. 2, 1913 – Firemen arrived to find several homes in flames and fire extending through a door leading into the Baer Furniture Store. Once the firemen were inside the store, the flames raced up an elevator shaft and throughout the...

    Article • December 17th, 2012

  • The Fire Scene: How to Avoid The "Short Stretch"

    If you are an engine company firefighter, you never want to hear or say the most dreaded words in the engine company dictionary – “short stretch.” This column describes exactly what a short stretch is and then discusses how this problem can be...

    Article • December 13th, 2012

  • How to Nail Your First-Due Strategic Responsibility: Part 4

    Back in July (Firehouse ® , July 2012), we described box one of our first-due fire officer “Four-Box Strategic Progression.” Our structured and systematic four-box progression has been crafted so that you nail your first-due strategic...

    Article • December 3rd, 2012

  • Hot Shots 12/12

    LOS ANGELES, CA, OCT. 9, 2012 – A fire in a three-story office building alongside the Hollywood Freeway damaged six businesses and sent one firefighter to the hospital. It took the combined efforts of 125 firefighters less than two hours to fully...

    Article • December 1st, 2012

  • Thermal Imaging:A Vital Tool For Extinguishing Any Fire

    When people think of firefighters, they often think about them running into burning buildings and risking their lives to save others. Movies and TV glamorize this aspect of the job and attach a certain hero status to it. All of us who work in the fire...

    Article • December 1st, 2012

  • Close Calls: Multiple Challenges –Then a Firefighter Trapped: Part 2

    This is part two of a report about a fire in Oconomowoc, WI, in which a firefighter narrowly escaped with his life. The close call occurred on Sunday, July 1, 2012, after the Oconomowoc Fire Department (OFD) was dispatched for a report of a structure fire...

    Article • December 1st, 2012

  • On The Job Missouri: Three-Alarm Fire Destroys Table Rock Lake Condominiums

    On Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, a three-alarm fire destroyed the Majestic Condominiums on the shore of Table Rock Lake near Branson, MO. Despite strong winds, inadequate water and a shortage of manpower on the initial alarm, the fire was contained to the...

    Article • December 1st, 2012

  • The Fire Scene: The K-Tool: Take It With You Every Time

    We’ve talked about through-the-lock forcible entry before, but a recent discussion I had with a friend who is a deputy chief with the FDNY raised some issues that I’d like to share with you. As we all know, forcible entry is a vast subject. There is...

    Article • December 1st, 2012

  • Firewire 12-12

    OCT. 1: BYRON, MI – A blaze later determined to be arson destroyed multiple businesses and apartments in two-story brick buildings. It began in a vacant apartment above one of the village’s most popular restaurants, which was among the...

    Article • December 1st, 2012

  • On The Job Georgia: Three-Alarm Fire Destroys Historic Columbus Mill

    On Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, a three-alarm fire destroyed the historic Swift Textile Manufacturing Co. mill in downtown Columbus, GA. Despite firefighting challenges involving water supplies and unusual wind patterns, the fire was contained to the...

    Article • November 1st, 2012

  • Thermal Imaging: Thermal Imagers Key In Search and Rescue

    I ’ll never forget that morning. It was a cold day in February. As I drove to the fire station to report for duty, I smelled it – that unmistakable smell of a structure fire. It was a bit foggy and still dark, so I couldn’t tell where the odor was...

    Article • November 1st, 2012

  • Fire Wire 11/12

    SEPT. 1: GREENBELT, MD – Two firefighters were injured when apparatus responding to a possible house fire collided with a vehicle. The possible house fire turned out to be a malfunctioning electrical outlet.   SEPT.  3: WEST MAUI, HI – Sixty...

    Article • November 1st, 2012

  • Chief Concerns: Fires in Vacant Buildings

    Question 1 – What is a vacant building? What criteria do you use to determine that a structure is unoccupied? In the 1970s, some fire departments had separate categories for fires occurring in vacant and abandoned buildings, the thought being that...

    Article • September 1st, 2012

  • Firefighter Trapped: Water/Dive Rescue Emergency

    This continues our discussion of an incident involving the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD). As I noted last month, this close call provides loads of valuable information from which we all can learn, especially those of us who respond to water...

    Article • August 1st, 2012

  • VES: Ventilate, Enter & Search

    You probably read and hear lots of fire service instructors talk about “VES” all the time. VES – ventilate, enter and search – is a major function of any fire department that conducts interior structural firefighting. Sounds pretty simple too...

    Article • August 1st, 2012