Training Magazine Articles

  • 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

  • Working With Outside Agencies

    Planning and executing a viable and appealing training program is a daunting task. Funding and time are always in short supply and generating interest in the same old, routine subjects can be difficult. One way to counteract this is to work with...

    Article • March 3rd, 2010

  • Truss Truce: Part 1

    truss — A framework of triangulated forms in which all loads are carried by compression or tension in each member of the frame. It is time for the fire service to make peace with an old nemesis: the truss. For too long, the fire service has vilified...

    Article • February 3rd, 2010

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside

    Holes in the ozone, energy conservation, global warming, rising sea levels, green living, green building, global calamity on a scale never before seen by man. Depending on which media pundit you listen to, life as we know it should be coming to an end...

    Article • November 4th, 2009

  • The Truth Behind Temperature Sensing — Part 2

    Last month, we opened the discussion on temperature sensing with your thermal imager. As a quick review, the actual name for temperature sensing is radiometry. Temperature sensing is a generic term used by the fire service referring to the ability of a...

    Article • July 22nd, 2009

  • Overcoming Barriers To Testing Fire Hose

    The old saying, "putting the wet stuff on the red stuff" has built into it the huge assumption that the "wet stuff" will exit the nozzle with enough pressure to protect firefighters while extinguishing the fire as quickly as possible. There are two...

    Article • June 1st, 2009