January 2023

In the January issue of Firehouse Magazine, Walt Lewis addresses command officers in terms of their obligation to continually hone their skill set and Tom Shand and Mike Wilbur explain why when apparatus maintenance is needed, chief officers and fleet managers must work together to provide enough apparatus to meet their standards of coverage for all incidents.
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Safety & Health

As Firehouse Sees It: Four Must-Dos in 2023

Jan. 9, 2023
Peter Matthews issues a clarion call to individuals and departments alike to be proactive about four matters that affect member health.
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Careers & Education

For the Record 1/23

Jan. 9, 2023
Longtime Firehouse Magazine Contributing Editor Robert Burke Inducted into Hall of Legends, Legacies, and Leaders
Photos courtesy of Frederick County, MD, Division of Fire and Rescue Services
View of the Alpha side of the structure immediately prior to the mayday transmission.
View of the Alpha side of the structure immediately prior to the mayday transmission.
View of the Alpha side of the structure immediately prior to the mayday transmission.
View of the Alpha side of the structure immediately prior to the mayday transmission.
View of the Alpha side of the structure immediately prior to the mayday transmission.
Operations & Training

Close Calls: Floor Collapse Results in Captain’s Death

Jan. 9, 2023
Billy Goldfeder's scrutiny of the after-action report and improvement plan pertaining to the 2021 death of a fire captain provides a checklist to determine whether a department...
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Michael Meadows 5 15 22 Pacoima, Ca Church Fire Pic 4 V2
Michael Meadows 5 15 22 Pacoima, Ca Church Fire Pic 4 V2
Michael Meadows 5 15 22 Pacoima, Ca Church Fire Pic 4 V2
Michael Meadows 5 15 22 Pacoima, Ca Church Fire Pic 4 V2
Operations & Training

Hot Shots 1/23

Jan. 9, 2023
Hot Shots includes Los Angeles Fire Department members cutting ventilation holes in the roof of a single-story church that caught fire when flames from a blaze at a homeless encampment...
Photos by Peter Matthews
The removal decision is difficult until the rescuer has hands on the victim and knows for certain that individual's size.
The removal decision is difficult until the rescuer has hands on the victim and knows for certain that individual's size.
The removal decision is difficult until the rescuer has hands on the victim and knows for certain that individual's size.
The removal decision is difficult until the rescuer has hands on the victim and knows for certain that individual's size.
The removal decision is difficult until the rescuer has hands on the victim and knows for certain that individual's size.
Ladders

Truck Tactics: Making Rescues Over Ladders

Jan. 9, 2023
Sean Eagen reminds that a ladder rescue can be the best/only option for a successful rescue, not just as a result of VES.

More content from January 2023

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Jan 23 Tech Rescue Elevator Pic 3 0609 638e42899a51e
Jan 23 Tech Rescue Elevator Pic 3 0609 638e42899a51e
Jan 23 Tech Rescue Elevator Pic 3 0609 638e42899a51e
Jan 23 Tech Rescue Elevator Pic 3 0609 638e42899a51e
Technical Rescue

Technical Rescue: Elevator Rescue Challenges

Jan. 9, 2023
Nelvin Young works from the ground up when it comes to explaining how the influx of machine room-less elevators affects members' work when they respond to an elevator rescue call...
Photo courtesy of Howard, PA, Fire Company
Decision-makers should be cautious about hiring a consultant who is insistent about specifying physical protective systems that can stop a large truck. Often, the largest vehicle incursion that must be stopped is a pickup.
Decision-makers should be cautious about hiring a consultant who is insistent about specifying physical protective systems that can stop a large truck. Often, the largest vehicle incursion that must be stopped is a pickup.
Decision-makers should be cautious about hiring a consultant who is insistent about specifying physical protective systems that can stop a large truck. Often, the largest vehicle incursion that must be stopped is a pickup.
Decision-makers should be cautious about hiring a consultant who is insistent about specifying physical protective systems that can stop a large truck. Often, the largest vehicle incursion that must be stopped is a pickup.
Decision-makers should be cautious about hiring a consultant who is insistent about specifying physical protective systems that can stop a large truck. Often, the largest vehicle incursion that must be stopped is a pickup.
Security

Station Design: Protective Design and Physical Security Solutions

Jan. 9, 2023
Robert Miller builds the case for careful, proactive consideration of the installation of fencing, gates and bollards to help to prevent vehicle incursions, acts of violence and...
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Kristen Wade Pic 60b15ea4602d9
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EMS

EMS: Navigating the Drug Seeker

Jan. 9, 2023
Kristen Wade digs into the ethical obstacles that confront EMS providers when they suspect that patients called as a means of feeding their drug habit.
Photo by Burton, SC, Fire Department
Fire departments that post photos from emergency responses—respectful of the privacy of citizens—afford the possibility for their members to be apprised of an individual’s status after the emergency and/or to be thanked for their dedication to the community.
Fire departments that post photos from emergency responses—respectful of the privacy of citizens—afford the possibility for their members to be apprised of an individual’s status after the emergency and/or to be thanked for their dedication to the community.
Fire departments that post photos from emergency responses—respectful of the privacy of citizens—afford the possibility for their members to be apprised of an individual’s status after the emergency and/or to be thanked for their dedication to the community.
Fire departments that post photos from emergency responses—respectful of the privacy of citizens—afford the possibility for their members to be apprised of an individual’s status after the emergency and/or to be thanked for their dedication to the community.
Fire departments that post photos from emergency responses—respectful of the privacy of citizens—afford the possibility for their members to be apprised of an individual’s status after the emergency and/or to be thanked for their dedication to the community.
Community Risk Reduction

Community Risk Reduction: To Post or Not to Post: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Jan. 9, 2023
Daniel Byrne, conceding the importance of respecting people's privacy in regard to posting images from emergency scenes, still urges the use of photos on social media.
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July 22 First Due Author Pic 62b45ebc7eb35 63b46937c4644
July 22 First Due Author Pic 62b45ebc7eb35 63b46937c4644
July 22 First Due Author Pic 62b45ebc7eb35 63b46937c4644
July 22 First Due Author Pic 62b45ebc7eb35 63b46937c4644
Operations & Training

First Due: Operational Considerations for Fires that Involve Lithium-ion Batteries

Jan. 9, 2023
Frank Leeb spells out the challenges that lithium-ion batteries present to fire departments but also the tactics that greatly safeguard operations and members.
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David Griffin
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David Griffin
Leadership

Leadership Lessons: Leaders Have Courageous Conversations

Jan. 9, 2023
Dr. David Griffin explains how important UCOW (understand, capable, obstacles and willingness) is to opening the lines of communication.
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Operations & Training

The Fire Scene: Everybody Makes Mistakes

Jan. 9, 2023
John J. Salka Jr. declares that the next fireground operation can and should be better as a result of discussion about an error that was made during the previous call.
Photo by Tom W. Shand
Apparatus fleets of all sizes must have a replacement plan to meet the needs of the response district. U.S. Navy Fire & Emergency Services operates an extensive fleet of engines, trucks, tankers, and special service and ARFF apparatus to protect naval installations worldwide.
Apparatus fleets of all sizes must have a replacement plan to meet the needs of the response district. U.S. Navy Fire & Emergency Services operates an extensive fleet of engines, trucks, tankers, and special service and ARFF apparatus to protect naval installations worldwide.
Apparatus fleets of all sizes must have a replacement plan to meet the needs of the response district. U.S. Navy Fire & Emergency Services operates an extensive fleet of engines, trucks, tankers, and special service and ARFF apparatus to protect naval installations worldwide.
Apparatus fleets of all sizes must have a replacement plan to meet the needs of the response district. U.S. Navy Fire & Emergency Services operates an extensive fleet of engines, trucks, tankers, and special service and ARFF apparatus to protect naval installations worldwide.
Apparatus fleets of all sizes must have a replacement plan to meet the needs of the response district. U.S. Navy Fire & Emergency Services operates an extensive fleet of engines, trucks, tankers, and special service and ARFF apparatus to protect naval installations worldwide.
Apparatus

The Apparatus Architect: Analyzing Spare and Reserve Apparatus

Jan. 9, 2023
Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur provide valuable insight into how a department should assess its fleet to account for preventative maintenance, testing and warranty repairs for frontline...
Photos by Walt Lewis
Working with crews sometimes can be more exciting than simply reviewing policies or talking tactics. Here a chief and a company officer review thermal imaging use in a live fire environment.
Working with crews sometimes can be more exciting than simply reviewing policies or talking tactics. Here a chief and a company officer review thermal imaging use in a live fire environment.
Working with crews sometimes can be more exciting than simply reviewing policies or talking tactics. Here a chief and a company officer review thermal imaging use in a live fire environment.
Working with crews sometimes can be more exciting than simply reviewing policies or talking tactics. Here a chief and a company officer review thermal imaging use in a live fire environment.
Working with crews sometimes can be more exciting than simply reviewing policies or talking tactics. Here a chief and a company officer review thermal imaging use in a live fire environment.
Incident Command

Commander Competency

Jan. 9, 2023
Walt Lewis pulls no punches when he addresses command officers in terms of their obligation to continually hone their skill set.