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  • Disaster Response: Commanding the Storm: Lessons Learned From Oklahoma tornados - Part 3

    Several challenges related to staging were identified in after-action meetings. Early in the response, multiple agencies established their own mobile command and staging areas.   This led incoming resources to check in at the wrong locations and...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • EMS: What Is a "Community Paramedic"?

    Did you ever wonder how something gets its name? What about an eggplant? Eggplants were popular in the Near East long before they reached Europe. In the Middle Ages, traders brought a certain kind of eggplant to Europe – a rare white variety shaped like...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Rural Firefighting Academy: The Rural Pressurized Fire Hydrant – What’s It Worth? Part 3

    Before you begin flow testing, ask the water utility for a hydrant map that shows a diagram of the water-supply system. Reviewing the system layout lets the tester understand the underground water main sizing and flow direction. Understanding the...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Thermal Imaging: Come to Your Senses: Why the TI Is Essential

    We are all keenly aware of the importance of our basic senses and how they impact our everyday lives. This is particularly true for firefighters. A firefighter’s sense of touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight are vital to staying safe and healthy...

    Article • March 1st, 2014

  • Rural Firefighting Academy: The Rural Pressurized Fire Hydrant: What's It Worth? Part 2

    L ast month, we explained that without a clear understanding of flow rates from pressurized hydrants, firefighting operations that rely on them as a water source can turn into reckless gambles instead of calculated maneuvers. Measuring hydrant flow rate...

    Article • March 1st, 2014

  • RURAL FIREFIGHTING ACADEMY: The Rural Pressurized Fire Hydrant – What's It Worth? Part 1

    When I ask fire officers across the country about their small towns’ fire hydrant and pressurized water supply system flow capabilities, their answers are often unclear, ranging from “marginal at best” to “totally inadequate for...

    Article • February 1st, 2014

  • EMS: Pronounced Dead – But Not Quite!

    A few years ago, I was hired by an attorney outside Chicago to help him defend a fire department being sued after its personnel had pronounced a man dead as a result of a car accident, but some 45 minutes later, it was discovered the “dead” man was...

    Article • January 1st, 2014

  • EMS: The Active Shooter: Coming To a Community Near You?

    A s I was writing this column, a gunman walked through a New Jersey shopping mall before apparently taking his own life. A few days earlier, an active shooter entered the Los Angeles airport, killing one Transportation Security Administration (TSA...

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • Close Calls: Chief First on Scene: Working Fire, People Trapped

    One of the most challenging times for chief fire officers is when they arrive before the apparatus. In most cases, it gives us a chance to size-up, conduct the 360-degree walk-around and do our job helping the arriving companies. However, in rare cases...

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • Safety and Survival Sidebar: Chicago Fire Department Conducts High-Rise Drill

    The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) completely revamped its response and procedures to be followed for high-rise fires as a result of a tragic downtown fire in which six lives were lost in 2003. Notably, a top-to-bottom revision of CFD tactics, including...

    Article • November 1st, 2013

  • Close Calls: Firefighters Trapped At Maryland House Fire - Part 3

    As reported in parts one and two of this column in the July and August issues, on Feb. 24, 2012, the Prince George’s County, MD, Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department (PGFD) was dispatched to an arson fire in a single-family house at which seven...

    Article • September 1st, 2013

  • The 4 Phases Of the Stretch: Phase 4

    The moment of truth has arrived. You are kneeling outside the attack entrance. Boiling, black and gray smoke pushes from the top of the door. Your hoseline stretch is complete; you and your partner are donning the rest of your personal protective...

    Article • August 1st, 2013

  • The 4 Phases Of the Stretch: Phase 3

    So far in this series, we have discussed how to properly prepare ourselves through training and pre-planning. We reviewed how to perform a thorough and accurate size-up and a stretch estimate to ensure an efficient stretch. This article focuses on the...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

  • The 4 Phases Of the Stretch: Phase 3 (sidebar)

    Hose should not be arbitrarily thrown wherever space allows. Instead, slow down and think about the positioning of the hose. The term “staging hose” implies that the hose is placed purposefully in a position to assist the firefighters when making...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

  • So That's What It Means

    It’s summertime again, and summer gives us an opportunity to have some fun. In keeping with our summer tradition of having fun, it’s time to look at some new terms that are making their way into the mainstream EMS vernacular of practicing medicine...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

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