Training Magazine Articles

  • Thermal Imaging Camera Use for Patient Accountability

    SUBJECT: Patient Accountability at Crash Scenes TOPIC: Thermal Imaging Camera Use for Patient Accountability OBJECTIVE: Given a scenario of a crash-damaged vehicle and unoccupied seats, the rescue team will be proficient at techniques to...

    Article • August 1st, 2012

  • Don't Forget About Maintenance

    Routine maintenance ensures that a thermal imager performs when needed and enjoys a long service life. This column focuses on operational checks and battery maintenance. Operational checks Certain tasks can be done daily, weekly and monthly to help...

    Article • July 1st, 2012

  • Building Anatomy: Types and Classifications

    Christopher J. Naum examines building types and classifications to anticipate variables in structural integrity and resiliency to the effects of extreme fire behavior for firefighters.

    Article • July 1st, 2012

  • Wildland Fires and Thermal Imaging

    I remember the first brushfire I ever responded to, as a mutual aid assignment. I was very young and very new. We could see the smoke for miles before we got there. Thick and black, it covered a good portion of the horizon. This was “the big one...

    Article • June 1st, 2012

  • The Second Line

      Fire department operations at structural fires many times require the use of a second hoseline. There are a number of tactical assignments that this second line can take, based on the location and intensity of the fire as well as the physical...

    Article • September 29th, 2011

  • Manufacturers Roundtable

      Firehouse® Magazine recently asked a sampling of manufacturers of firefighter training facilities to participate in a roundtable discussion focused on issues such as ways in which their facilities help firefighters meet their training goals...

    Article • June 30th, 2011

  • Hoarders and Fire Operations

      Many people, including firefighters, are collectors. From baseball cards and butterflies to old videos and Waterford crystal, the range of items that people accrue is limited only by the imagination. Having that record album collection or some...

    Article • June 28th, 2011

  • Pros and Cons of The Forward Stretch

    The forward stretch is used routinely by many fire departments for getting water from a source (hydrant) to an attack engine. This evolution is especially effective in the early stages of an intense and/or growing incident.

    Article • June 1st, 2011

  • The Rebirth of the Rapid Ascent Team: Part 1


    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • Exercise Orion 2010


    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • The "Everyday Routine Complex" Fire

      Firefighters in any city or town that has "mixed-multiple" structures can tell you of their own experiences with fires occurring in them. I'm sure many have had something unusual happen in them. After any fire at which something bad has happened...

    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • Checking the Tools

      We have talked before about some of the things that must be done at the beginning of the tour or during the drill night, but this particular subject is worthy of even more discussion. I don't know what comes to your mind when you hear the words...

    Article • December 27th, 2010

  • Do You Make Time to Train?

    Did you notice in my headline I didn't say, "Do you take time to train?" There's a reason for that choice of words.Taking time to train sounds pretty random to me.Making time means you are in charge. It means you make a decision to conduct training...

    Article • December 3rd, 2010

  • B.E.S.T. Practices: Using Training Programs That Conform to the Highest Professional Standards

    If you are seeking to improve the safety of your personnel or the capabilities of your department, the quickest, most effective and least-expensive process is improving your training program. This will improve all aspects of your department, including...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • After-Action Review: Fire in a Residential High-Rise

    This post-incident analysis of an apartment fire in a residential high-rise building looks at the actions of the Long Branch, NJ, Fire Department on Sept. 27, 2009. Using a "defend-in-place" strategy, many civilian injuries were prevented. This fire...

    Article • March 31st, 2010