Strategy & Tactics Magazine Articles

  • Love What You Do

      There is something incredibly inspiring about watching people doing something they love. When you show people that you love what you do and have a passion for it, you fire people up to want to be more, reach more and achieve more. Unfortunately, a...

    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • The "Everyday Routine Complex" Fire

      Firefighters in any city or town that has "mixed-multiple" structures can tell you of their own experiences with fires occurring in them. I'm sure many have had something unusual happen in them. After any fire at which something bad has happened...

    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • Truck Work: Portable Ladders

      Just about every fire apparatus carries ladders. Certainly, ladder companies have a whole assortment of various sizes, while engines often carry just a couple. Firefighters use ladders for a number of important operations and must be familiar with...

    Article • January 24th, 2011

  • On the Job: Pennsylvania

      On Saturday, March 6, 2010, a four-alarm fire destroyed the historic Wendell August Forge in Grove City, PA. Water supply was a major problem from the beginning of the incident, as nearby hydrants could not supply the volume needed. Firefighting...

    Article • January 24th, 2011

  • Warning Signs of Structural Collapse

    As budgets continue to decline and layoffs, attrition, "brown-outs" and other "solutions" prevail, one thing is for certain — fewer firefighters are available and this trend does not appear as if it will improve soon. While there may not be much...

    Article • December 3rd, 2010

  • The "Everyday Routine Complex" Fire

    My previous column on buildings called "mixed multiple" occupancies, or "taxpayers," focused on basic engine and truck work (September 2010). This column addresses access and exposure concerns for firefighters responding to working fires in these...

    Article • December 3rd, 2010

  • After-Action Review: Fire in a Residential High-Rise

    Part two of this article takes up where we left off in April, when we discussed a fire in a residential high-rise and some of the lessons learned or reinforced. This post-incident analysis involves an apartment fire in Long Branch, NJ, on Sept. 27...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • Potential Disaster During An Electrical Power Outage

    21ST CENTURY HIGH-RISE TRAINING SERIES During the major Northeast blackout in 2003, numerous emergency generators in the New York City area failed within the first 30 minutes, mostly due to lack of regular maintenance, failure to test generators...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • On The Job: TEXAS

    On Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, a three-alarm fire in downtown Tyler, TX, destroyed one building and damaged three historic structures. The two-story building that was destroyed was of Type III ordinary construction and built in the early 1900s. The...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • The "Everyday Routine Complex" Fire

    It happens in every fire department — the routine structure fire that you're familiar with that turns into a complex incident because things didn't go as planned. Perhaps there were circumstances unknown or unseen. Maybe there were problems...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • Truss Truce: Part 3

    truss — A framework of triangulated forms in which all loads are carried by compression or tension in each member of the frame.I will now introduce you to three simple and effective tools that will demonstrate to your fire officers and firefighters how...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • 100 Years Ago

    GREAT NECK, NY: MAY 1, 1910 — The renowned livestock farm owned by the Grace family and overlooking Little Neck Bay was the site of an early-morning fire. Workers discovered a two-story barn ablaze and called for help before attempting to battle the...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • 3-Alarm Fire Damages Indiana Courthouse

    On Wednesday, May 20, 2009, a three-alarm fire heavily damaged the historic Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Madison, IN. The building was originally constructed between 1854 and 1855 and was undergoing renovations at the time of the fire. The...

    Article • March 31st, 2010

  • On The Job: INDIANAPOLIS

    On Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, an electrical fire destroyed the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant in Indianapolis, IN. Besides facing a well-involved structure fire, Indianapolis firefighters were hampered by five-degree weather with a five-degree-below zero wind...

    Article • March 31st, 2010

  • 100 Years Ago

    NEW YORK CITY: APRIL 3, 1910 —At 3 A.M., Engine 33 turned out for an alarm of fire at 13th Street and Fourth Avenue in Manhattan. As the members of the company assembled on the apparatus floor of their Great Jones Street firehouse, Chief of Department...

    Article • March 31st, 2010