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  • Cold Weather Operations

    The hazards and complications of winter firefighting can be overcome by firefighters developing a basic understanding of those hazards and conditions and properly preparing for them beforehand.

    Article • December 15th, 2005

  • Fire Department Response To Natural Gas Emergencies

    As a service provider to the general public, fire departments are called upon to investigate gas odors these days. Most of the time these incidents can be classified as minor in nature and very little effort on the fire department's behalf will be...

    Article • November 8th, 2005

  • Pulling Ceiling During Fire Attack

    The coordination of aggressive ventilation, an adequate size hose line, and pulling ceiling when needed during the fire attack are some to the greatest assurances in the name of safe and effective basic firefighting.

    Article • February 24th, 2004

  • Dealing With Violence Against Firefighters

    There is a serious and growing Problem running like a cancer throughout the UK; attacks on fire crews.

    Article • January 14th, 2004

  • Know Your Enemy #34

    Twenty firefighters were evacuated from a hot, dense smoke situation in a strip mall 60 seconds before the roof collapsed.

    Article • August 11th, 2003

  • Myths vs. Reality in Thermal Imaging - Part I

    Thermal imagers (TIs) are revolutionizing the fire industry, quickly becoming standard equipment sought by every department in the country. Every day, another fire department accepts the value of TIs and puts a camera into service. Despite the quick...

    Article • February 1st, 2003

  • Search & Rescue Skills With Your Thermal Imager

    Here it is: the emergency that you feared, the one that you dreaded, the one whose potential helped you justify funding your thermal imagers (TIs)."Engines 2, 7, 3, Ladder 2, Quint 11, Ambulance 16 and District 1: Respond to a residential fire, with...

    Article • December 13th, 2002

  • Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

    What are the Mayday decision parameters for firefighters? How do we teach the Mayday decision-making process to firefighters? How much Mayday practice do firefighters need?These must be the most frighting three words that can be heard over the fire ground...

    Article • November 2nd, 2002

  • When Would You Call Mayday-Mayday-Mayday?

    Somehow we think firefighters will intuitively know when to call for help. This is a very dangerous assumption.Hopefully you will never need to call mayday for yourself, or any other firefighter. But you need to be prepared to do so because your life may...

    Article • October 28th, 2002

  • Basic Firefighting: Ground Ladders

    The student will demonstrate a basic understanding of ground ladder operations, positioning fire streams with ladders, carrying ground ladders, raising ground ladders, and climbing ground ladders. Session Reference: 2 Topic: Basic...

    Article • February 1st, 1999

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