May 2023

The May issue of Firehouse Magazine includes feature articles on the six elements of ordinary construction that require a firefighter's attention and how message boards on apparatus a leading to enhanced firefighter safety on roadways. Plus, a must-read Station Design supplement!
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Special Content

Station Design Supplement 2023

May 8, 2023
The 2023 Station Design supplement includes feature articles covering tornado/hurricane shelters in stations, turnout gear equipment cleaning, and more.
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Community Risk Reduction

As Firehouse Sees It: America Still Is Burning

May 8, 2023
Peter Matthews is unequivocal regarding the need for fire departments to do anything and everything that they can in the realm of fire prevention and community outreach.
Courtesy of Command Light
Directional arrows are the most visible at long distances, perhaps as far as 1,000 feet.
Directional arrows are the most visible at long distances, perhaps as far as 1,000 feet.
Directional arrows are the most visible at long distances, perhaps as far as 1,000 feet.
Directional arrows are the most visible at long distances, perhaps as far as 1,000 feet.
Directional arrows are the most visible at long distances, perhaps as far as 1,000 feet.
Warning Systems

Apparatus Innovations: Sending a Message on Roadway Safety

May 8, 2023
Peter Matthews learns the ins and outs of the installation of a message board on a tender and a retrofit on a pumper directly from a department chief.
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Careers & Education

For the Record 5/23

May 8, 2023
The Colorado Springs, CO, Fire Department is the 2023 Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award recipient.
Photo courtesy of Norristown, PA, Fire Department
Working with manufacturers to specify what your department requires leads to the development of a better vehicle.
Working with manufacturers to specify what your department requires leads to the development of a better vehicle.
Working with manufacturers to specify what your department requires leads to the development of a better vehicle.
Working with manufacturers to specify what your department requires leads to the development of a better vehicle.
Working with manufacturers to specify what your department requires leads to the development of a better vehicle.
Water & Ice

Technical Rescue: High-Water-Vehicle Operations

May 8, 2023
Andrew McIntyre and Joe Gribbins dive into the questions that swirl about specifying special trucks for use to rescue victims during flooding and the training that should be mandated...

More content from May 2023

Photo by Lee Calderio
The cockloft is the void space that’s located above the ceiling of top floor and below the roof deck of an ordinary construction building. Cocklofts that are vented can provide a visible cue as to their size; otherwise the location of scuppers on the roof below the parapet might provide an estimate as to the size of the cockloft and the parapet.
The cockloft is the void space that’s located above the ceiling of top floor and below the roof deck of an ordinary construction building. Cocklofts that are vented can provide a visible cue as to their size; otherwise the location of scuppers on the roof below the parapet might provide an estimate as to the size of the cockloft and the parapet.
The cockloft is the void space that’s located above the ceiling of top floor and below the roof deck of an ordinary construction building. Cocklofts that are vented can provide a visible cue as to their size; otherwise the location of scuppers on the roof below the parapet might provide an estimate as to the size of the cockloft and the parapet.
The cockloft is the void space that’s located above the ceiling of top floor and below the roof deck of an ordinary construction building. Cocklofts that are vented can provide a visible cue as to their size; otherwise the location of scuppers on the roof below the parapet might provide an estimate as to the size of the cockloft and the parapet.
The cockloft is the void space that’s located above the ceiling of top floor and below the roof deck of an ordinary construction building. Cocklofts that are vented can provide a visible cue as to their size; otherwise the location of scuppers on the roof below the parapet might provide an estimate as to the size of the cockloft and the parapet.
Operations & Training

Extra-Ordinary: A Firefighter's Guide to Ordinary Constructed Buildings

May 8, 2023
Robert Moran and John J. Lewis hit upon six elements of buildings of ordinary construction that require firefighters' keen attention to help to avoid catastrophe on the fireground...
Curt Varone
Curt Varone
Curt Varone
Curt Varone
Curt Varone
Careers & Education

Fire Law: SCBA, Facial Hair and OSHA

May 8, 2023
Curt Varone explains why the failure of two recent legal challenges to department clean-shaven policies only leaves firefighters the option of asking OSHA to reevaluate its regulations...
Rick Bossert
Rick Bossert
Rick Bossert
Rick Bossert
Rick Bossert
EMS

EMS: Death and Dying

May 8, 2023
Richard Bossert is convinced that first responders suffer more than is appropriate, because they don't avail themselves of the ways that grieving and coping can be accessed.
Jason Coleman-Cobb
Jason Coleman Cobb 12 29 22 Middle Paxton Twp, Pa Garage Fire Pic 3
Jason Coleman Cobb 12 29 22 Middle Paxton Twp, Pa Garage Fire Pic 3
Jason Coleman Cobb 12 29 22 Middle Paxton Twp, Pa Garage Fire Pic 3
Jason Coleman Cobb 12 29 22 Middle Paxton Twp, Pa Garage Fire Pic 3
Jason Coleman Cobb 12 29 22 Middle Paxton Twp, Pa Garage Fire Pic 3
Operations & Training

Hot Shots 5/23

May 8, 2023
First-arriving crews of the Dauphin-Middle Paxton, PA, Fire Company responded to a garage fire in a nonhydranted area and found heavy fire showing from a two-story garage.
Brett Ellis
Brett Ellis
Brett Ellis
Brett Ellis
Brett Ellis
Leadership

The Company Officer: The Loneliness of Leadership

May 8, 2023
Dr. Brett Ellis explains how staying connected, constant and curious allows company officers to be the leader who their crew needs.
All photos by Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects except where noted otherwise
Large windows make the lobby-museum of the Sumter, SC, Fire Department headquarters station highly visible and inviting to the community.
Large windows make the lobby-museum of the Sumter, SC, Fire Department headquarters station highly visible and inviting to the community.
Large windows make the lobby-museum of the Sumter, SC, Fire Department headquarters station highly visible and inviting to the community.
Large windows make the lobby-museum of the Sumter, SC, Fire Department headquarters station highly visible and inviting to the community.
Large windows make the lobby-museum of the Sumter, SC, Fire Department headquarters station highly visible and inviting to the community.
Stations

We Will Never Forget

May 8, 2023
Ken Newell provided ways that a department's history can be incorporated into a renovated or new firehouse and to explain how that serves the community and current and retired...
Photos by Paul Barrett
The small, usually heavy-duty or glass block windows of residential basements can restrict access to a fire in the basement and cause a ventilation problem, which can produce limited or zero visibility.
The small, usually heavy-duty or glass block windows of residential basements can restrict access to a fire in the basement and cause a ventilation problem, which can produce limited or zero visibility.
The small, usually heavy-duty or glass block windows of residential basements can restrict access to a fire in the basement and cause a ventilation problem, which can produce limited or zero visibility.
The small, usually heavy-duty or glass block windows of residential basements can restrict access to a fire in the basement and cause a ventilation problem, which can produce limited or zero visibility.
The small, usually heavy-duty or glass block windows of residential basements can restrict access to a fire in the basement and cause a ventilation problem, which can produce limited or zero visibility.
Operations & Training

Truck Tactics: Residential Basement Fire Operations

May 8, 2023
Sean Eagen covers the difficulties to responding to a basement fire, including the fact that exterior size-up clues can indicate a situation other than fire below grade.
Photos by Frank Leeb
Sunscreen dispensers at the FDNY Fire Academy. Sunscreen dispensers also are one of the initiatives now implemented at the Fort Worth, TX, Fire Department (FWFD).
Sunscreen dispensers at the FDNY Fire Academy. Sunscreen dispensers also are one of the initiatives now implemented at the Fort Worth, TX, Fire Department (FWFD).
Sunscreen dispensers at the FDNY Fire Academy. Sunscreen dispensers also are one of the initiatives now implemented at the Fort Worth, TX, Fire Department (FWFD).
Sunscreen dispensers at the FDNY Fire Academy. Sunscreen dispensers also are one of the initiatives now implemented at the Fort Worth, TX, Fire Department (FWFD).
Sunscreen dispensers at the FDNY Fire Academy. Sunscreen dispensers also are one of the initiatives now implemented at the Fort Worth, TX, Fire Department (FWFD).
Cancer Prevention

Health & Wellness: Skin Cancer and Firefighters: How to Best Protect Ourselves

May 8, 2023
Frank Leeb explains what many firefighters likely don't know about their susceptibility to skin cancer and how they can minimize their risk.
Photo by Lewis Unger
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May 23 First Due Pic 1
May 23 First Due Pic 1
May 23 First Due Pic 1
May 23 First Due Pic 1
Community Risk Reduction

First Due: Vacation Rentals and Fire Jurisdictions

May 8, 2023
Rodney Kwiatkowski urges fire departments to be mindful of how vacation rentals growth can be outpacing department's capability to help to ensure the safety of the public and ...
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Operations & Training

The Fire Scene: Did You Ever Wonder Why?

May 8, 2023
John J. Salka Jr. is perplexed about how some departments that respond to incidents together nevertheless use different accountability systems. The confusing nature of this specific...
This figure is a copyrighted material excerpted from the ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters—2020 (ICC 500-2020). Copyright © 2020. International Code Council, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission. www.ICCSAFE.org.
Figure 304.2(1). Values are nominal three-second gust wind speeds in miles per hour at 33 feet above ground for Exposure Category C. (Multiply miles per hour by 0.477 to obtain meters per second.) Location-specific storm shelter design wind speeds shall be permitted to be determined using the ATC Hazards by Location website (hazards.atcouncil.org).
Figure 304.2(1). Values are nominal three-second gust wind speeds in miles per hour at 33 feet above ground for Exposure Category C. (Multiply miles per hour by 0.477 to obtain meters per second.) Location-specific storm shelter design wind speeds shall be permitted to be determined using the ATC Hazards by Location website (hazards.atcouncil.org).
Figure 304.2(1). Values are nominal three-second gust wind speeds in miles per hour at 33 feet above ground for Exposure Category C. (Multiply miles per hour by 0.477 to obtain meters per second.) Location-specific storm shelter design wind speeds shall be permitted to be determined using the ATC Hazards by Location website (hazards.atcouncil.org).
Figure 304.2(1). Values are nominal three-second gust wind speeds in miles per hour at 33 feet above ground for Exposure Category C. (Multiply miles per hour by 0.477 to obtain meters per second.) Location-specific storm shelter design wind speeds shall be permitted to be determined using the ATC Hazards by Location website (hazards.atcouncil.org).
Figure 304.2(1). Values are nominal three-second gust wind speeds in miles per hour at 33 feet above ground for Exposure Category C. (Multiply miles per hour by 0.477 to obtain meters per second.) Location-specific storm shelter design wind speeds shall be permitted to be determined using the ATC Hazards by Location website (hazards.atcouncil.org).
Stations

Firehouse Storm Shelters: Working With Architects to Survive the Onslaught

May 8, 2023
Stephen Hilt, Ray Holliday and Dianne Jones provide details relating to the construction of a tornado shelter or hurricane shelter that give a department quite the leg up on incorporati...
Photos courtesy of Mitchell Architects
May 23 Station Design Supplement Gear Eqpt Cleaning Update Pic 1
May 23 Station Design Supplement Gear Eqpt Cleaning Update Pic 1
May 23 Station Design Supplement Gear Eqpt Cleaning Update Pic 1
May 23 Station Design Supplement Gear Eqpt Cleaning Update Pic 1
May 23 Station Design Supplement Gear Eqpt Cleaning Update Pic 1
Cleaning & Laundry

Turnout Gear & Equipment Cleaning

May 8, 2023
Robert Mitchell provides a tidy explanation of how departments must set up the facilities for ridding carcinogens and toxins from turnout gear, equipment and clothing before members...
Photos by Kmiecik Imagery. All rights reserved.
The cost and use of prime space for a single-user toilet/shower that’s located off of the apparatus bay can be offset by the capability that’s afforded to reduce the number of Cold Zone toilets/showers.
The cost and use of prime space for a single-user toilet/shower that’s located off of the apparatus bay can be offset by the capability that’s afforded to reduce the number of Cold Zone toilets/showers.
The cost and use of prime space for a single-user toilet/shower that’s located off of the apparatus bay can be offset by the capability that’s afforded to reduce the number of Cold Zone toilets/showers.
The cost and use of prime space for a single-user toilet/shower that’s located off of the apparatus bay can be offset by the capability that’s afforded to reduce the number of Cold Zone toilets/showers.
The cost and use of prime space for a single-user toilet/shower that’s located off of the apparatus bay can be offset by the capability that’s afforded to reduce the number of Cold Zone toilets/showers.
Building Components

Healthy Station Design Doesn’t End with Hot and Cold Zones

May 8, 2023
Mark Bushhouse explains why enhancement to design and equipment and improvement of protocols and procedures are necessary to build upon bottom-line efforts to reduce carcinogens...