Training Magazine Articles

  • Massive Storm Poses Unique Risks - Part 1

    Dealing with nasty, weather-related storms is nothing new to firefighters. When any of us heard about the massive storms that hit the mid-Atlantic coast within the past year, we naturally thought about “before and during the storm” issues. From...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • The 4 Phases Of the Stretch: Phase 1

    The opening article in this series ( Firehouse ® , April 2013) introduced the idea that the success of the hoseline stretch is based on four phases – preparation, size-up, making the stretch and advancing the attack line to extinguish the fire. The...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • The Power Saw: Working Safely & Effectively

    I’ve talked about the power saw before, but there is always room for more discussion on such a useful, important and powerful piece of equipment. Whatever brand or model of power saw you use, including chain saws, there are some basics you need to know...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • Buildings On Fire: Reading the Building: The Importance of the Size-Up

    Previous columns discussed the importance of understanding a building’s anatomy, occupancy risk and compartment profile. These are integral to efficient and effective firefighting operations within buildings on fire and are essential for all phases of...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • Firefighter Training: The 4 Phases Of the Stretch

    It has been said a thousand times, but it still rings true – the most important life-saving tactic performed at the scene of a fire is stretching and operating an attack line to extinguish the fire. But this basic fireground operation often is taken...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • Close Calls: Firefighter Trapped in Marijuana-Grow "Fortress" - Part 2

    T his is the second installment of my column about a close call involving the Westfield, MA, Fire Department (WFD). To recap, during a March 30, 2012, fire in a single-family-dwelling, Captain Rebecca Boutin crawled into a smoke-filled attic moments after...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • Thermal Imaging: "Taking It To the Streets"

    As thermal imaging becomes more mainstream in the fire service, the potential uses of the technology expands on a daily basis. Many firefighters think of a thermal imager as a “firefighting tool,” and immediately relegate its use to those incidents...

    Article • January 7th, 2013

  • Close Calls: With Nothing Showing Initially... Part 2

    This is the second of two columns about a close call experienced by members of the Mantua Township Fire District (MTFD) in New Jersey on Feb. 7, 2012 (part one was in the January issue). Part one featured an account by Chief Brian Hauss, who suffered...

    Article • January 3rd, 2013

  • Thermal Imaging:A Vital Tool For Extinguishing Any Fire

    When people think of firefighters, they often think about them running into burning buildings and risking their lives to save others. Movies and TV glamorize this aspect of the job and attach a certain hero status to it. All of us who work in the fire...

    Article • December 1st, 2012

  • Close Calls: Multiple Challenges –Then a Firefighter Trapped

    “One civilian fatality, seven firefighters injured, Mayday and the rescue of a lost, unconscious firefighter, complete building loss...” Firefighters in Oconomowoc, WI, are breathing a sigh of relief after a close call as one of their own narrowly...

    Article • November 1st, 2012

  • 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