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  • Engine Company Priorities at Garden Apartments

    Lt. Michael Daley shares how engine companies should evaluate garden apartment fires for fire attack, search and ventilation needs with other crews.

    Article • April 9th, 2014

  • Weekly Drill: No. 136 - Exposures

    Drill #136: Exposures If you have any time in the fire service, you should have some understanding of exposure fires. Readers will learn the differences in fighting and/or containing interior and exterior exposure fires. The drill is designed to...

    Article • October 20th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 135 - Natural Gas Emergencies

    Firefighters will learn how to deal with the three types of natural gas emergencies: inside leaks; outside leaks; and leaks that start fires.

    Article • September 29th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 129 - Search and Rescue

    One of the most dangerous tasks performed at a fire is that of search and rescue. Readers will learn how to conduct a successful search in the safest possible way.

    Article • August 18th, 2013

  • The Results Are In: Size Does Matter

    The recent NIST staffing study tells us old-timers something which we have known for a long time now: more people equal a better and safer firefighting operation.

    Article • April 29th, 2013

  • Not Your Average Vehicle Fire: Commercial Vehicle Tactics

    Commercial vehicle fires significantly compound the risks that firefighters face at passenger vehicles. From increased and varied fuel loads to limitations with accessibility, this article reviews tactics and strategies.

    Article • April 15th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 112 - Search & Rescue

    This downloadable drill reviews the principle skills and strategies that crews involved with search and rescue efforts on the fireground must understand.

    Article • April 7th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 110 - Roofs

    Drill #110: Roofs Interior firefighters rely on roofs to maintain their integrity during firefighting operations, however, at times a roof may fail under abnormal conditions. In this drill, readers will learn about the different types of roofs they...

    Article • March 24th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 105

    Readers will learn why knowing the stages or phases of a fire is very important when it comes to firefighter safety.

    Article • February 10th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 96: The Physics of Fire

    Understanding of the chemical and physical properties of fire can help firefighters when it comes to controlling it. Having the ability to predict what the fire will do with the fuel available and where it will head will make it easier for choosing the...

    Article • December 9th, 2012

  • Positioning Aerial Apparatus for Defensive Operations

    Recently, we discussed apparatus positioning for truck companies at the scene of a working fire, and we approached this topic with considerations towards operating in an offensive mode; that is, crews were going to be assigned specific areas of...

    Article • November 24th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 93 - High Rise Operations

    Having a thorough knowledge of a high-rise building’s systems is important. Improper or careless ventilation techniques may be disastrous to both occupants and firefighters.

    Article • November 11th, 2012

  • Three Lessons from the Fire Behavior Lab

    Today’s firefighters are experiencing an old danger that has come full circle to affect everyone.  Flashovers are becoming a more common problem due to many factors.  Why are we seeing more and more of them when we arrive?  I believe that it is due...

    Article • October 19th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 90

    Drill #90: Building Collapse Readers will learn about the different types of wall collapses and the warning signs of a building collapse. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members...

    Article • October 14th, 2012

  • The Strategic Six & the First Five Minutes

    Initial responding companies to the scene of a working fire have a huge responsibility when it comes to setting the stage for a successful suppression operation. When it comes to tasks on the fireground, the National Institute for Standards and Technology...

    Article • October 12th, 2012

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