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  • Working Above & Below Attic Fires

    Making an aggressive interior attack on a well-involved structure will require a considerable effort from the initial arriving companies. Any time that the suppression forces have to deal with a significant fire in an overhead space, there will be some...

    Article • December 5th, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 46

    Drill # 46: Exposure ConcernsReaders will learn the A, B, C's of finding and addressing fire exposures. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members...

    Article • November 27th, 2011

  • Firefighting Tactics for Houses of Worship

    Fires that are in churches and houses of worship tend to make headlines, no matter where they occur. These fires destroy more than just buildings; they can break apart a town that relies on the church for unity, they can erase memories and religious...

    Article • November 21st, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 45

    Drill # 45: Incident Command System - Part 2Readers will learn about the key positions in the Incident Command System (ICS) and the responsibilites each position holds. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to...

    Article • November 20th, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 44

    Drill # 44: Incident Command System - Part 1Readers will learn how the Incident Command System (ICS) can be used more efficiently. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among...

    Article • November 13th, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 42

    Drill # 42: Heat SourcesReaders will learn about the four basic sources of heat and how to determine which one caused the fire. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew...

    Article • October 30th, 2011

  • Standpipe & High-Rise Packs - Part 3

    We have covered a lot of ground as it relates to hose-pack systems in the first two parts of this series. We now know that it’s not as simple as throwing 150 feet of 1 1/2-inch hose with a 95 gallon per minute (gpm) fog nozzle in a bag and then on top...

    Article • October 26th, 2011

  • Weekly Drill: No. 41 - Rescue Size-Up

    Readers will learn about the three critical factors that size-up must embrace when preparing for search and rescue operations.

    Article • October 23rd, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 39

    Drill # 39: Deck Gun OperationsReaders will learn when and why deck gun operations are needed. 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...

    Article • October 9th, 2011

  • Standpipe & High-Rise Packs - Part 2

    In our first article in this series, we broke the ice as to the need for a standpipe hose system that consists of multiple items. The “system” that we identified consists of three elements that are each carried by a firefighter to the floor below...

    Article • September 29th, 2011

  • Basic Foam Operations - Part 7

    A motor vehicle accident has occurred at the intersection of a heavily traveled area of a commercial downtown area. It has involved a commercial tanker truck holding about a thousand gallons of diesel fuel, most of which has spilled. The occupants are...

    Article • September 14th, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 33

    Drill # 33: Drafting Readers will learn the basics of setting up and using drafting sites. 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...

    Article • August 28th, 2011

  • Basic Foam Operations - Part 6

    Applying foam is another part of the entire foam strategy that if not done correctly, can lead to injury and property loss. So far, we have talked about developing a foam setup by using the proper types of nozzles, appliances and hoselays. We have...

    Article • August 24th, 2011

  • Standpipe & High-rise Packs - Part 1

    Preparation before an emergency is commonplace to us in the fire service. For fires in standpipe-equipped buildings, this statement couldn't be truer. Is your department prepared to respond to a fire in a standpipe-equipped building? In particular, can...

    Article • August 19th, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 29

    Drill # 29: Initial On-Scene ReportReaders will look at three key questions to develop an effective and conscise on-scene report for company officers.

    Article • July 31st, 2011