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    The November issue of Firehouse Magazine is highlighted by our 2022 Apparatus Showcase and the 2022 Station Design Awards. It also includes feature articles on using your SCBA to remove a downed firefighter, a broad approach to higher education, better training tactics, purchasing used and/or refurbished apparatus and a detailed explanation of why engineered lightweight truss systems are prone to collapse. Plus, a special supplement on Brush & Wildland Apparatus.
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    SD Awards and Conference

    Station Design Awards 2022

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Firehouse is pleased to present the ninth annual Station Design Awards showcase of fire and emergency services facilities.
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    LODDS

    As Firehouse Sees It: The Return to Emmitsburg to Honor Survivors

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Peter Matthews reflects on how important it is to him that he had the ability to show support to the firefighters who were honored at the Memorial Weekend.
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    Careers & Education

    For the Record 11/22

    Nov. 14, 2022
    President Joe Biden spoke at the U.S. Fire Administrator's Summit on Fire Prevention and Control.
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    Operations & Training

    Hot Shots 11/22

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Hot Shots includes a four-alarm fire at a very large, three-and-a-half-story house; ultimately, all of the fire building's roof and floors and portions of the exterior walls collapsed...
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    Careers & Education

    Scuttlebutt 11/22

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Pierce’s Volterra Receives Innovation Award

    More content from November 2022

    Photos by Jonathan Hall
    Recirculating warm tank water through a frozen hydrant might thaw it to a usable point. This method was learned from Capt. Chad Cox and the crew of Wichita, KS, Fire Department Engine Company 22.
    Recirculating warm tank water through a frozen hydrant might thaw it to a usable point. This method was learned from Capt. Chad Cox and the crew of Wichita, KS, Fire Department Engine Company 22.
    Recirculating warm tank water through a frozen hydrant might thaw it to a usable point. This method was learned from Capt. Chad Cox and the crew of Wichita, KS, Fire Department Engine Company 22.
    Recirculating warm tank water through a frozen hydrant might thaw it to a usable point. This method was learned from Capt. Chad Cox and the crew of Wichita, KS, Fire Department Engine Company 22.
    Recirculating warm tank water through a frozen hydrant might thaw it to a usable point. This method was learned from Capt. Chad Cox and the crew of Wichita, KS, Fire Department Engine Company 22.
    Operations & Training

    Engine Essentials: Cold-Weather Operations

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Jonathan Hall tells why engine companies can't allow frigid temperatures to sneak up on them.
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    Leadership

    First Due: Five Things that Matter Most When Leading Firefighters

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Jeremy Mathis reminds company officers and chief officers that leading ties into their job of taking care of the people who are under their supervision.
    Photos by Patrick Jesse
    Placing glow sticks creates a path for subsequent rescue teams on a hazmat incident to follow. Be certain that the colors that are used don’t conflict with glow sticks that law enforcement uses.
    Placing glow sticks creates a path for subsequent rescue teams on a hazmat incident to follow. Be certain that the colors that are used don’t conflict with glow sticks that law enforcement uses.
    Placing glow sticks creates a path for subsequent rescue teams on a hazmat incident to follow. Be certain that the colors that are used don’t conflict with glow sticks that law enforcement uses.
    Placing glow sticks creates a path for subsequent rescue teams on a hazmat incident to follow. Be certain that the colors that are used don’t conflict with glow sticks that law enforcement uses.
    Placing glow sticks creates a path for subsequent rescue teams on a hazmat incident to follow. Be certain that the colors that are used don’t conflict with glow sticks that law enforcement uses.
    Hazardous Materials

    Technical Rescue: Hazmat Rescue Challenges and Solutions

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Patrick Jessee covers the considerations of location, chemicals, radiation and decontamination in regard to technical rescues at hazmat incidents.
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    Tech & Comm

    The Fire Scene: Is It Time for Helmet Cams?

    Nov. 14, 2022
    John J. Salka Jr. points out that the benefits that helmet cam video recordings outweigh the few arguments that can be made against the technology.
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    Apparatus committees who spec a Type 3 rig might save themselves a lot of trouble down the road if they avoid putting their own spin on the vehicle’s design. Yes, an agency might require specific modifications compared with the standard configuration, but going with “the known” rarely is a bad move.
    Apparatus committees who spec a Type 3 rig might save themselves a lot of trouble down the road if they avoid putting their own spin on the vehicle’s design. Yes, an agency might require specific modifications compared with the standard configuration, but going with “the known” rarely is a bad move.
    Apparatus committees who spec a Type 3 rig might save themselves a lot of trouble down the road if they avoid putting their own spin on the vehicle’s design. Yes, an agency might require specific modifications compared with the standard configuration, but going with “the known” rarely is a bad move.
    Apparatus committees who spec a Type 3 rig might save themselves a lot of trouble down the road if they avoid putting their own spin on the vehicle’s design. Yes, an agency might require specific modifications compared with the standard configuration, but going with “the known” rarely is a bad move.
    Apparatus committees who spec a Type 3 rig might save themselves a lot of trouble down the road if they avoid putting their own spin on the vehicle’s design. Yes, an agency might require specific modifications compared with the standard configuration, but going with “the known” rarely is a bad move.
    Brush/Forestry

    West Coast Type 3 Design, Layout & Safety

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Edward Hadfield recounts his experiences with specifying new Type 3 wildland rigs, including the importance of the qualifications of the members of the apparatus committee and...
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    Safety & Health

    Health & Wellness: Critical Incident Stress Defusing & Debriefing

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Brian Crimmins' explanation of triggering events for firefighters paves the way for his urging departments to be alert to the need to facilitate immediate and follow-up discussions...
    Photo by David Abernathy
    Attack platforms and short sections of hose near the cab are common in the design of wildland rigs for departments in Texas and other Plains states.
    Attack platforms and short sections of hose near the cab are common in the design of wildland rigs for departments in Texas and other Plains states.
    Attack platforms and short sections of hose near the cab are common in the design of wildland rigs for departments in Texas and other Plains states.
    Attack platforms and short sections of hose near the cab are common in the design of wildland rigs for departments in Texas and other Plains states.
    Attack platforms and short sections of hose near the cab are common in the design of wildland rigs for departments in Texas and other Plains states.
    Brush/Forestry

    Wildland Apparatus Design for Texas

    Nov. 14, 2022
    David Abernathy provides nine considerations in the design of a wildland rig for deployment in Texas.
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    EMS

    EMS: ‘I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up!’

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Richard Bossert reminds that a full medical and trauma assessment almost always is better than a simple lift assist after an elderly person fell.
    Photo courtesy of the Burton, SC, Fire District
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    Community Risk Reduction

    Community Risk Reduction: Don’t Let the Steps of a CRR Program Intimidate You

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Daniel Byrne simplifies the process of carrying out community risk reduction, despite a lack of a formal CRR program.
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    Careers & Education

    Further Learning: A Broad Approach

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Brian Crandell and Alana Brunacini explain how the interconnected parts of a firefighter's standard fireground decision-making process—critical factors, risk management, strategy...
    Photo by Chris Willmer/Red Stache Media
    In regard to training, speed comes last. Break up training into steps. Begin with little or no bunker gear in a clear room.
    In regard to training, speed comes last. Break up training into steps. Begin with little or no bunker gear in a clear room.
    In regard to training, speed comes last. Break up training into steps. Begin with little or no bunker gear in a clear room.
    In regard to training, speed comes last. Break up training into steps. Begin with little or no bunker gear in a clear room.
    In regard to training, speed comes last. Break up training into steps. Begin with little or no bunker gear in a clear room.
    Training Drills

    A-to-Z Better Training for Better Firefighters

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Devin Craig examines the training realm from the perspectives of proper progression, smart coaching, terminology, realistic training evolutions and legitimacy.
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    Tech & Comm

    Fire Dispatch: A Seat at the Table

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Barry Furey tells how the problem of recruitment and retention of dispatchers correlates with the lack of recognition of their role as first responders.
    Photos by Frank Leeb
    Example of the versatility of the gang nail: holding multiple pieces of a truss system in place instead of costy nails or glue.
    Example of the versatility of the gang nail: holding multiple pieces of a truss system in place instead of costy nails or glue.
    Example of the versatility of the gang nail: holding multiple pieces of a truss system in place instead of costy nails or glue.
    Example of the versatility of the gang nail: holding multiple pieces of a truss system in place instead of costy nails or glue.
    Example of the versatility of the gang nail: holding multiple pieces of a truss system in place instead of costy nails or glue.
    Operations & Training

    Inherent Deficiencies of Gang Nails and the Engineered Lightweight Wood Truss

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Frank Leeb demystifies why residential and commercial structures that employ engineered lightweight truss systems are so prone to collapse when a fire erupts.
    All photos by Tom W. Shand
    Corolla, NC, Fire & Rescue recently acquired this 2013 Rosenbauer Commander 1,500-gpm pumper from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus. This unit first served with a department in Arizona. It’s equipped with a 1,000-gallon water tank and dual 25-gallon foam tanks.
    Corolla, NC, Fire & Rescue recently acquired this 2013 Rosenbauer Commander 1,500-gpm pumper from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus. This unit first served with a department in Arizona. It’s equipped with a 1,000-gallon water tank and dual 25-gallon foam tanks.
    Corolla, NC, Fire & Rescue recently acquired this 2013 Rosenbauer Commander 1,500-gpm pumper from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus. This unit first served with a department in Arizona. It’s equipped with a 1,000-gallon water tank and dual 25-gallon foam tanks.
    Corolla, NC, Fire & Rescue recently acquired this 2013 Rosenbauer Commander 1,500-gpm pumper from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus. This unit first served with a department in Arizona. It’s equipped with a 1,000-gallon water tank and dual 25-gallon foam tanks.
    Corolla, NC, Fire & Rescue recently acquired this 2013 Rosenbauer Commander 1,500-gpm pumper from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus. This unit first served with a department in Arizona. It’s equipped with a 1,000-gallon water tank and dual 25-gallon foam tanks.
    Apparatus

    The Apparatus Architect: Fleet Alternatives to Buying New

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur shed light on the particulars of purchasing used fire apparatus and refurbishing existing rigs.
    Photos by Timothy S. Cowan
    Converting an SCBA into a usable harness for firefighter removal is an essential RIT skill that should be practiced in all types of conditions.
    Converting an SCBA into a usable harness for firefighter removal is an essential RIT skill that should be practiced in all types of conditions.
    Converting an SCBA into a usable harness for firefighter removal is an essential RIT skill that should be practiced in all types of conditions.
    Converting an SCBA into a usable harness for firefighter removal is an essential RIT skill that should be practiced in all types of conditions.
    Converting an SCBA into a usable harness for firefighter removal is an essential RIT skill that should be practiced in all types of conditions.
    Operations & Training

    SCBA & Firefighter Packaging

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Timothy S. Cowan walks us through two methods for utilizing the straps of an SCBA to remove a downed firefighter from a fire building.
    Photo by Tom W. Shand
    At one time, the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base operated a number of these rebuilt American General M813A1 wildland rigs. These units were designed with a floating tank cradle, which enabled the vehicles to safely ascend steep grades. Note the protective roll bar around the forward-facing crew seats.
    At one time, the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base operated a number of these rebuilt American General M813A1 wildland rigs. These units were designed with a floating tank cradle, which enabled the vehicles to safely ascend steep grades. Note the protective roll bar around the forward-facing crew seats.
    At one time, the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base operated a number of these rebuilt American General M813A1 wildland rigs. These units were designed with a floating tank cradle, which enabled the vehicles to safely ascend steep grades. Note the protective roll bar around the forward-facing crew seats.
    At one time, the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base operated a number of these rebuilt American General M813A1 wildland rigs. These units were designed with a floating tank cradle, which enabled the vehicles to safely ascend steep grades. Note the protective roll bar around the forward-facing crew seats.
    At one time, the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base operated a number of these rebuilt American General M813A1 wildland rigs. These units were designed with a floating tank cradle, which enabled the vehicles to safely ascend steep grades. Note the protective roll bar around the forward-facing crew seats.
    Brush/Forestry

    Military Wildland Apparatus

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Tom Shand explains the origins and evolution of apparatus for the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Navy.
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    Apparatus

    Apparatus Showcase 2022

    Nov. 14, 2022
    Manufacturers display the latest and greatest in fire-rescue and EMS apparatus and boats.