Strategy & Tactics Web Exclusives

  • The Initial Size-Up

    Sizing up of the situation makes an initial defensive attack or a change of tactics from an offensive to a defensive operation justified.

    Article • November 19th, 2007

  • Back To Basics: Ground Ladders

    Ground ladders are one of those pieces of equipment that we are required to carry on every engine and truck. We are also expected to know how to select and use them. Although apparatus carry ground ladders, they may not used as they could and should...

    Article • October 2nd, 2007

  • Fighting the Fire Before The Fire

    Officers should approach the preplan process with a tactical mindset and not merely as a data collecting task.Oh no, not another preplan! How often has this been said? Why is it that preplanning activities are looked at as a necessary evil by some fire...

    Article • September 19th, 2007

  • Tactical Considerations for Areas of Rescue Assistance

    Besides construction requirements for these areas, codes also require that each of these have an two-way communication system.Imagine being confined to a wheelchair with a physical disability and you are in a multi-story building. You hear the fire...

    Article • August 31st, 2007

  • Reading the Fire: Smoke and Air Track

    In general terms, lighter colored smoke frequently contains a substantial concentration of unburned (and highly flammable) pyrolysis products.As discussed in the previous article, fire behavior indicators can be grouped into five general categories...

    Article • August 15th, 2007

  • Saving Our Own: The Powell Doctrine and Interior Fire Operations

    Both line firefighters and infantry soldiers now have an array of modern protective gear, surveillance equipment and offensive tools to achieve rapid victory; In reality, our systems, protocols and technology often fail us with disastrous results...

    Article • August 8th, 2007

  • Risk Management for Ladder Company Operations

    If the owner considers the building a liability and disposable then do we belong operating in it at a fire?

    Article • July 6th, 2007

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XV

    During a test burn, the inner plastic cells of the battery, all 26 in this particular case, had melted just like a 12 volt battery will melt down during an engine compartment fire.Topic: Gasoline-Electric Hybrid Vehicle Fire Testing

    Article • May 31st, 2007

  • How the Lightweight Truss is Built

    Unlike conventional construction, lightweight wood truss construction does not obtain its strength from the size of the materials used but rather from compression and tension of the materials used in its construction.

    Article • May 24th, 2007

  • Surviving the Offensive Attack

    It seems that everyday across America firefighters are being asked to handle a larger number of incidents, with a greater variety and with fewer resources. There are many great instructors across this country that instruct you how to get yourself out of...

    Article • April 27th, 2007

  • Fire Department Response to Emergencies Involving Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    Mark Brown details the challenges that firefighters can face when operating in the vicinity of MRI units at medical facilities. See why he suggests that medical personnel be involved in suppression, salvage and investigation operations when possible.

    Article • April 1st, 2007

  • Dunn's Dispatch: Explosions on the Fireground

    Rookie firefighters sometimes confuse the terms backdraft and flashover. These two dangerous violent events are different and knowing these differences helps us understand each one better."Do you know the definition of an explosion?" Fire protection...

    Article • March 6th, 2007

  • Tactical Considerations for Restaurant Fires

    With the progress of food service, newer technologies are being used that can endanger the lives of firefighters in ways not previously seen.

    Article • January 22nd, 2007

  • Company Level Training - Utility Control Part 1

    Larry Manasco looks at what is often the most difficult task for firefighters conducting utility control: the process of locating the connections and shutoffs.

    Article • January 8th, 2007

  • Reading the Fire: Building Factors

    First of the critical building features is construction method. Building construction influences both fire behavior and structural stability under fire conditions. Combustible construction such as wood-frame, ordinary (masonry and wood), and heavy...

    Article • January 3rd, 2007