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  • Basic Foam Operations - Part 5

    Another important piece in the foam delivery system is understanding the application rates of foam. This is specifically geared towards fuel spills that have ignited. In order to blanket the spill so that the foam blanket is not destroyed from the heat...

    Article • June 7th, 2011

  • Hoarder Homes: Piles of Hazards for Firefighters

    The definition of hoarding is accumulating a large number of possessions that have no apparent value. With today’s popular reality show that is spreading the message on this subject, we all are more aware of this type of situation. Hoarders are becoming...

    Article • May 25th, 2011

  • Basic Foam Operations - Part 4

    Up to this point, we have covered a lot of valuable points. The proper proportioning of foam concentrate is another critical piece in the foam application process. Our goal is to mix the foam concentrate with the water in the proper ratio so that after it...

    Article • May 16th, 2011

  • Basic Foam Operations - Part 3

    Firefighters preparing to engage in a basic foam operation must have a working knowledge of the basics. There is some vocabulary that if used incorrectly, can lead to confusion. Foam concentrate typically comes in 5-gallon pails, or for more major...

    Article • April 20th, 2011

  • Vacant and Abandoned Building Marking Systems

    Lt. Michael Daley looks at a well-designed marking system that can identify hidden hazards from the exterior, helping firefighters determine their firefighting tactics.

    Article • April 18th, 2011

  • Basic Foam Operations - Part 2

    There are a variety of foam concentrates available to the fire service. Some are more specialized than others and some are more common. In order to give company members a working knowledge, we’ll give a brief overview of the different types of foam...

    Article • March 17th, 2011

  • Basic Foam Operations - Part 1

    Today’s firefighters are trained in a host of topics and the amount of information that they are exposed to can become quite overwhelming. Nevertheless, it is the responsibility of all members to immerse themselves into the job and learn everything they...

    Article • February 14th, 2011

  • Taxpayers & Strip Malls Pose Numerous Dangers

    Strip malls and taxpayers can be found nearly everywhere in Anytown, U.S.A. These occupancies provide various commercial goods and services, and at times include residential living areas above the commercial areas. These structures possess an array of...

    Article • February 11th, 2011

  • Solar Energy: Utility Control & Firefighter Safety

    Matthew Steine examines firefighter safety around thermal and photovoltaic power systems, two of the most common solar power systems used with today's construction.

    Article • January 31st, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 26

    Drill # 26: Hoseline Size-up SkillsThis drill examines six points for your hoseline size-up.The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members. Sit down and talk about the exercises, and how they may...

    Article • January 8th, 2011

  • Commercial Construction Considerations: Green Roofs

    Over the last several years, the green-building movement has really taken off. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with “green” buildings, I am talking about buildings that are sustainable and environmentally conscious. The movement has touched...

    Article • December 16th, 2010

  • Making the Most of the Three Person Company - Part 3: Ladder Companies

    In this third part in our series, we’ll tackle the role of the three-person truck company. Ladder company tasks cannot be an afterthought. These tasks must be completed simultaneously with the activities of the engine company. This “combined arms...

    Article • December 10th, 2010

  • Let Us Use the Knowledge Wisely

    Like many of you, I spent yesterday afternoon downloading and reviewing the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report on the fatal fire in Charleston, SC, back in 2007. The two-part treatise on the fire and their investigation of it was...

    Article • October 29th, 2010

  • Making the Most of the Three Person Company - Part 2: Engine Companies

    In the first article of this series, we talked about the importance of using minimum standards to help us achieve our objectives. NFPA Standards 1710 and 1720 discuss the importance of staffing as it relates to safety. We then presented a serious scenario...

    Article • October 27th, 2010

  • Emergency Egress for Fireground Survival: The Rope Slide

    Your crew is performing a primary search of the floor above the fire when you hear the evacuation tones over your portable radio. Turning to exit down the stairway, you suddenly realize that your crew is cut off from the stairs by rapidly spreading fire...

    Article • October 22nd, 2010