April 2023

The April issue of Firehouse Magazine includes feature articles on firefighter training, fire-based EMS and thermal imaging. This issue also includes previews of the 2023 Station Design Conference and Firehouse Expo 2023. Plus, don't miss the special Apparatus Supplement!
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Apparatus

Fire Apparatus Supplement 2023

April 17, 2023
This special Fire Apparatus Supplement includes feature articles on apparatus fleet management, single-stage vs. two-stage fire pumps and developing a portable ladder package....
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Standing, from left to right: Alkoven firefighters Martin Gebhartl and Markus Hammer, Firehouse editor Peter Matthews, Fort Worth fire photographer Glen Ellman and Alkoven Fire Brigade Commander Markus Unter. Alkoven firefighter and editor Hermann Kollinger is top.
Standing, from left to right: Alkoven firefighters Martin Gebhartl and Markus Hammer, Firehouse editor Peter Matthews, Fort Worth fire photographer Glen Ellman and Alkoven Fire Brigade Commander Markus Unter. Alkoven firefighter and editor Hermann Kollinger is top.
Standing, from left to right: Alkoven firefighters Martin Gebhartl and Markus Hammer, Firehouse editor Peter Matthews, Fort Worth fire photographer Glen Ellman and Alkoven Fire Brigade Commander Markus Unter. Alkoven firefighter and editor Hermann Kollinger is top.
Standing, from left to right: Alkoven firefighters Martin Gebhartl and Markus Hammer, Firehouse editor Peter Matthews, Fort Worth fire photographer Glen Ellman and Alkoven Fire Brigade Commander Markus Unter. Alkoven firefighter and editor Hermann Kollinger is top.
Standing, from left to right: Alkoven firefighters Martin Gebhartl and Markus Hammer, Firehouse editor Peter Matthews, Fort Worth fire photographer Glen Ellman and Alkoven Fire Brigade Commander Markus Unter. Alkoven firefighter and editor Hermann Kollinger is top.
Operations & Training

As Firehouse Sees It: Visiting Austria’s Fire Brigades

April 10, 2023
Peter Matthews' visit with officers and members of the Austrian fire service prompted new admiration for their tactics and their dedication.
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Careers & Education

Firehouse Expo Preview: More Lessons Learned, Volunteer Days, ‘A Family Business’

April 10, 2023
Organizers of the 40th Anniversary edition of Firehouse Expo sought to distinguish the event from all that preceded it by delivering more lessons learned and helping volunteer...
Photo courtesy of Tablet Command
Software that runs on smartphones and tablets has stepped into the realm of mobile data terminals to help incident commanders run any incident.
Software that runs on smartphones and tablets has stepped into the realm of mobile data terminals to help incident commanders run any incident.
Software that runs on smartphones and tablets has stepped into the realm of mobile data terminals to help incident commanders run any incident.
Software that runs on smartphones and tablets has stepped into the realm of mobile data terminals to help incident commanders run any incident.
Software that runs on smartphones and tablets has stepped into the realm of mobile data terminals to help incident commanders run any incident.
Tech & Comm

Fire Technology: Incident Command Technology

April 10, 2023
Justin Rodino informs incident commanders that they needn't rely only on the tried-and-true tools of the 2000s.
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Careers & Education

For the Record 4/23

April 10, 2023
The IAFF filed suit against the NFPA for its role in imposing a testing standard for turnout gear that the IAFF says effectively requires the use of PFAS in firefighter protective...

More content from April 2023

The explosion of the oxygen tank bent the rear door of the mobile home half over itself.
The explosion of the oxygen tank bent the rear door of the mobile home half over itself.
The explosion of the oxygen tank bent the rear door of the mobile home half over itself.
The explosion of the oxygen tank bent the rear door of the mobile home half over itself.
The explosion of the oxygen tank bent the rear door of the mobile home half over itself.
Operations & Training

Close Calls: While Searching, There Was an Explosion

April 10, 2023
Billy Goldfeder's scrutiny of a mobile home fire and explosion highlights how members' calm demeanor brought about by extensive training paid off for the victims and the firefighters...
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SD Awards and Conference

Station Design Conference: Indispensable

April 10, 2023
More case studies. New information by demand. A quick-arriving “future.” The phrase “can’t-miss event” doesn’t do Station Design Conference 2023 justice.
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Operations & Training

The Fire Scene: VES: Sticking to the Design

April 10, 2023
John J. Salka Jr. is adamant in his directive to vent enter search team members not to stray from the principle of the tactic.
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Leadership

First Due: New Fire Chief, Transparency Is Your Job

April 10, 2023
James Richey never again will let pride, vision and successes cause him to bury failures and shortfalls and to ignore everyday changes in society.
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Curt Varone
Curt Varone
Curt Varone
Careers & Education

Fire Law: Just Cause

April 10, 2023
Curt Varone explains that fire departments and firefighters set themselves up for unnecessarily onerous confrontations when they don't understand the requirements of termination...
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Leadership

Leadership Lessons: Dreams, Goals & the Passion to Change Lives

April 10, 2023
Keisha Amspaugh shares for the benefit of women members and firefighters as a whole.
Photo courtesy of CDC.gov
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EMS

EMS: Proactivity: Fentanyl Test Strips

April 10, 2023
Kristen Wade provides notes how EMS providers and firefighters can do more than work for people's well-being after a drug overdose.
Photos by Jessica Scott
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Bent-over rows
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Health & Fitness

Health & Wellness: A Firefighter’s Experience, A Cadet’s Fitness

April 10, 2023
Jessica Scott's guidance serves to help department members reproduce the fitness training that's served up at the fire academy.
Photo courtesy of the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department
While involved in a police pursuit, a vehicle left the roadway and completely entered a duplex. Two occupants were pinned in the vehicle. This resulted in a complex shoring and rescue operation. Shoring the structure also made investigating the crash and recovering the vehicle far safer for law enforcement and the tow operator than would have been the case otherwise.
While involved in a police pursuit, a vehicle left the roadway and completely entered a duplex. Two occupants were pinned in the vehicle. This resulted in a complex shoring and rescue operation. Shoring the structure also made investigating the crash and recovering the vehicle far safer for law enforcement and the tow operator than would have been the case otherwise.
While involved in a police pursuit, a vehicle left the roadway and completely entered a duplex. Two occupants were pinned in the vehicle. This resulted in a complex shoring and rescue operation. Shoring the structure also made investigating the crash and recovering the vehicle far safer for law enforcement and the tow operator than would have been the case otherwise.
While involved in a police pursuit, a vehicle left the roadway and completely entered a duplex. Two occupants were pinned in the vehicle. This resulted in a complex shoring and rescue operation. Shoring the structure also made investigating the crash and recovering the vehicle far safer for law enforcement and the tow operator than would have been the case otherwise.
While involved in a police pursuit, a vehicle left the roadway and completely entered a duplex. Two occupants were pinned in the vehicle. This resulted in a complex shoring and rescue operation. Shoring the structure also made investigating the crash and recovering the vehicle far safer for law enforcement and the tow operator than would have been the case otherwise.
Structural Collapse

Technical Rescue: Operational Considerations for Vehicle vs. Building Incidents

April 10, 2023
Jake Hoffman provides detailed information about the shoring that might be required for an operation at the scene of a vehicle striking a building.
Photos by James Miller
The culture in which crew resource management (CRM) can thrive includes respect for each person and realizes that each member provides value to the team.
The culture in which crew resource management (CRM) can thrive includes respect for each person and realizes that each member provides value to the team.
The culture in which crew resource management (CRM) can thrive includes respect for each person and realizes that each member provides value to the team.
The culture in which crew resource management (CRM) can thrive includes respect for each person and realizes that each member provides value to the team.
The culture in which crew resource management (CRM) can thrive includes respect for each person and realizes that each member provides value to the team.
EMS

Preventing and Managing Human Error Using CRM

April 10, 2023
Janine Curcio's experience with aviation's use of crew resource management makes her among the most expert to speak to CRM for EMS.
Photos courtesy of Insight Training LLC
Photo 1: When a fire service TIC switches to low sensitivity, a loss of image clarity can occur in the cooler regions of the image. Note how the rescue manikin that’s in the lower right-hand corner of the image is clearly visible to the TIC in high-sensitivity mode (left) but is less so to the TIC in low-sensitivity mode (right).
Photo 1: When a fire service TIC switches to low sensitivity, a loss of image clarity can occur in the cooler regions of the image. Note how the rescue manikin that’s in the lower right-hand corner of the image is clearly visible to the TIC in high-sensitivity mode (left) but is less so to the TIC in low-sensitivity mode (right).
Photo 1: When a fire service TIC switches to low sensitivity, a loss of image clarity can occur in the cooler regions of the image. Note how the rescue manikin that’s in the lower right-hand corner of the image is clearly visible to the TIC in high-sensitivity mode (left) but is less so to the TIC in low-sensitivity mode (right).
Photo 1: When a fire service TIC switches to low sensitivity, a loss of image clarity can occur in the cooler regions of the image. Note how the rescue manikin that’s in the lower right-hand corner of the image is clearly visible to the TIC in high-sensitivity mode (left) but is less so to the TIC in low-sensitivity mode (right).
Photo 1: When a fire service TIC switches to low sensitivity, a loss of image clarity can occur in the cooler regions of the image. Note how the rescue manikin that’s in the lower right-hand corner of the image is clearly visible to the TIC in high-sensitivity mode (left) but is less so to the TIC in low-sensitivity mode (right).
Thermal Imagers

TIC Usage & Victim Identification

April 10, 2023
Andrew Starnes warns of the potential of misinterpretation and failure on the fireground if firefighters aren't schooled on thermal imager usage for search operations during live...
An important aspect of microlearning is that it allows for social and collaborative training.
An important aspect of microlearning is that it allows for social and collaborative training.
An important aspect of microlearning is that it allows for social and collaborative training.
An important aspect of microlearning is that it allows for social and collaborative training.
An important aspect of microlearning is that it allows for social and collaborative training.
Training Drills

Short Drills: Microlearning Principles Improve Training Sessions

April 10, 2023
Eddie Tracey cuts to the chase in his explanation of the application of a new way to educate firefighters.
All photos by Tom W. Shand
Gilbert, AZ, Fire & Rescue Department (GFRD) Engine 251 is one of four identical 2022 Pierce Quantum pumpers that are equipped with a 2,000-gpm pump, a 500-gallon water tank and a 30-gallon Class A foam system. The engine is outfitted with six preconnected attack lines, a top-mounted booster reel and a preconnected deck gun.
Gilbert, AZ, Fire & Rescue Department (GFRD) Engine 251 is one of four identical 2022 Pierce Quantum pumpers that are equipped with a 2,000-gpm pump, a 500-gallon water tank and a 30-gallon Class A foam system. The engine is outfitted with six preconnected attack lines, a top-mounted booster reel and a preconnected deck gun.
Gilbert, AZ, Fire & Rescue Department (GFRD) Engine 251 is one of four identical 2022 Pierce Quantum pumpers that are equipped with a 2,000-gpm pump, a 500-gallon water tank and a 30-gallon Class A foam system. The engine is outfitted with six preconnected attack lines, a top-mounted booster reel and a preconnected deck gun.
Gilbert, AZ, Fire & Rescue Department (GFRD) Engine 251 is one of four identical 2022 Pierce Quantum pumpers that are equipped with a 2,000-gpm pump, a 500-gallon water tank and a 30-gallon Class A foam system. The engine is outfitted with six preconnected attack lines, a top-mounted booster reel and a preconnected deck gun.
Gilbert, AZ, Fire & Rescue Department (GFRD) Engine 251 is one of four identical 2022 Pierce Quantum pumpers that are equipped with a 2,000-gpm pump, a 500-gallon water tank and a 30-gallon Class A foam system. The engine is outfitted with six preconnected attack lines, a top-mounted booster reel and a preconnected deck gun.
Apparatus

Apparatus Fleet Management Reimagined

April 10, 2023
Tom Shand explains why a new approach to managing frontline and reserve rigs by the Gilbert, AZ, Fire & Rescue Department serves as a useful model for many departments to follow...
Photo by Jeffrey Gaskin
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Apr 23 Apparatus Supplement Gaskin Opening Image
Apr 23 Apparatus Supplement Gaskin Opening Image
Apr 23 Apparatus Supplement Gaskin Opening Image
Apr 23 Apparatus Supplement Gaskin Opening Image
Pumps & Valves

Centrifugal Fire Pumps: Single-Stage vs. Two-Stage

April 10, 2023
Centrifugal fire pumps long have been the backbone of pumping apparatus in the fire service because of their efficiency and their versatility. They come in various configurations...
Photos by Mark Miller
Valuable portable ladder storage can be achieved by moving the waterway to the exterior of the ladder tunnel. This ladder tunnel in a rear-mount aerial holds two 16-foot ladders, two 28-footers, one 35-foot ladder and one 45-footer.
Valuable portable ladder storage can be achieved by moving the waterway to the exterior of the ladder tunnel. This ladder tunnel in a rear-mount aerial holds two 16-foot ladders, two 28-footers, one 35-foot ladder and one 45-footer.
Valuable portable ladder storage can be achieved by moving the waterway to the exterior of the ladder tunnel. This ladder tunnel in a rear-mount aerial holds two 16-foot ladders, two 28-footers, one 35-foot ladder and one 45-footer.
Valuable portable ladder storage can be achieved by moving the waterway to the exterior of the ladder tunnel. This ladder tunnel in a rear-mount aerial holds two 16-foot ladders, two 28-footers, one 35-foot ladder and one 45-footer.
Valuable portable ladder storage can be achieved by moving the waterway to the exterior of the ladder tunnel. This ladder tunnel in a rear-mount aerial holds two 16-foot ladders, two 28-footers, one 35-foot ladder and one 45-footer.
Apparatus

Developing a Portable Ladder Package

April 10, 2023
Mark Miller reminds members of apparatus committees of the importance of analyzing apparatus type, staffing response district and run cards prior to specifying portable ladder...
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Operations & Training

Hot Shots 4/23

April 4, 2023
The Fort Worth, TX, Fire Department responded to a fully involved one-story, wood-frame residential structure. The main building was home to the original Juneteenth Museum for...
Photo by Shannon Marie
Firefighter Payne was working overtime on Engine 17. Notice the helmet under his right arm, with its changeable front piece with black letters. His name is on the bottom of the helmet. He’s a firefighter, so his helmet is black, but his role as acting as officer for the day is signified by the white front piece.
Firefighter Payne was working overtime on Engine 17. Notice the helmet under his right arm, with its changeable front piece with black letters. His name is on the bottom of the helmet. He’s a firefighter, so his helmet is black, but his role as acting as officer for the day is signified by the white front piece.
Firefighter Payne was working overtime on Engine 17. Notice the helmet under his right arm, with its changeable front piece with black letters. His name is on the bottom of the helmet. He’s a firefighter, so his helmet is black, but his role as acting as officer for the day is signified by the white front piece.
Firefighter Payne was working overtime on Engine 17. Notice the helmet under his right arm, with its changeable front piece with black letters. His name is on the bottom of the helmet. He’s a firefighter, so his helmet is black, but his role as acting as officer for the day is signified by the white front piece.
Firefighter Payne was working overtime on Engine 17. Notice the helmet under his right arm, with its changeable front piece with black letters. His name is on the bottom of the helmet. He’s a firefighter, so his helmet is black, but his role as acting as officer for the day is signified by the white front piece.
Accountability & Tracking

Command & Control Success: Accountability: Beyond the Tags

April 4, 2023
Curt Isakson explains the fireground importance of firefighter identification on a member's helmet, turnout coat and SCBA.