June 2023

The June issue of Firehouse Magazine includes feature articles on diversity and inclusion, apparatus refurbishment, and aerial ladder placement. Plus, the results of our "Diversity in the Fire Service" survey and a look ahead to the new HOT Sessions at Firehouse Expo.
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Careers & Education

National Run Survey 2022 - Part 1

June 6, 2023
For the 42nd year, Firehouse shares and compares statistics about company and department levels, funding, staffing and pay for the career fire service. Part 1 looks at Fire Department...
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June 23 Diversity Survey Results 6477668263754
June 23 Diversity Survey Results 6477668263754
June 23 Diversity Survey Results 6477668263754
June 23 Diversity Survey Results 6477668263754
Careers & Education

Diversity in the Fire Service

June 5, 2023
More than 800 members responded to Firehouse's survey that inquired regarding, for example, department's code of conduct/DEI action steps, instances of discrimination and harassment...
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Community Risk Reduction

As Firehouse Sees It: Lithium-ion Batteries and Awareness for All

June 5, 2023
Peter Matthews explains why the theme of this year's Safety Stand Down is particularly notable.
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June 23 Fhe Preview Pic
June 23 Fhe Preview Pic
June 23 Fhe Preview Pic
June 23 Fhe Preview Pic
Firehouse Expo

Firehouse Expo Preview: New HOT Sessions

June 5, 2023
Two live fire programs headline the hands-on training lineup at Firehouse Expo.
Vector Cares V2
Vector Cares V2
Vector Cares V2
Vector Cares V2
Vector Cares V2
Careers & Education

For the Record 6/23

June 5, 2023
Five complementary online courses for members of the fire service are among 26 Vector Cares trainings that Vector Solutions launched.

More content from June 2023

Photo courtesy of SVI Refurb
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June 23 Apparatus Innovations Pic 1
June 23 Apparatus Innovations Pic 1
June 23 Apparatus Innovations Pic 1
June 23 Apparatus Innovations Pic 1
Apparatus

Apparatus Innovations: Refurbish, Remount, Replace

June 5, 2023
Jeffrey D. Gaskin provides a checklist to guide a department for a decision on whether a refurbishment of a fire apparatus makes sense.
Photo by Chris E. Mickal
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Chris Mickal 4 23 23 New Orleans Four Alarm Row Houses Pic 1
Chris Mickal 4 23 23 New Orleans Four Alarm Row Houses Pic 1
Chris Mickal 4 23 23 New Orleans Four Alarm Row Houses Pic 1
Chris Mickal 4 23 23 New Orleans Four Alarm Row Houses Pic 1
Operations & Training

Hot Shots 6/23

June 5, 2023
New Orleans Fire Department Engine 38 found a single-story occupied dwelling heavily involved, and the fire already had extended to the left to another single-story occupied dwelling...
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June 23 First Due Author Pic 645b9f3a6beec
June 23 First Due Author Pic 645b9f3a6beec
June 23 First Due Author Pic 645b9f3a6beec
June 23 First Due Author Pic 645b9f3a6beec
Careers & Education

First Due: Surviving the Lateral Process

June 5, 2023
Kanen Blackwell shares his experience in transferring to a new department and what does and doesn't work for the person and for the organization.
Photos by Kristin Gousse
Teams that have long hauling systems, limited staffing and/or continual operations might find that using a winch/drill combination makes raising and lowering easier. Here, a Harken LokHead winch is powered by a 60-volt cordless drill. A winch/drill combination can reduce dynamic forces through uneven hauling. The line that’s shown is Courant 11mm Rebel low-stretch static kernmantle rope.
Teams that have long hauling systems, limited staffing and/or continual operations might find that using a winch/drill combination makes raising and lowering easier. Here, a Harken LokHead winch is powered by a 60-volt cordless drill. A winch/drill combination can reduce dynamic forces through uneven hauling. The line that’s shown is Courant 11mm Rebel low-stretch static kernmantle rope.
Teams that have long hauling systems, limited staffing and/or continual operations might find that using a winch/drill combination makes raising and lowering easier. Here, a Harken LokHead winch is powered by a 60-volt cordless drill. A winch/drill combination can reduce dynamic forces through uneven hauling. The line that’s shown is Courant 11mm Rebel low-stretch static kernmantle rope.
Teams that have long hauling systems, limited staffing and/or continual operations might find that using a winch/drill combination makes raising and lowering easier. Here, a Harken LokHead winch is powered by a 60-volt cordless drill. A winch/drill combination can reduce dynamic forces through uneven hauling. The line that’s shown is Courant 11mm Rebel low-stretch static kernmantle rope.
Teams that have long hauling systems, limited staffing and/or continual operations might find that using a winch/drill combination makes raising and lowering easier. Here, a Harken LokHead winch is powered by a 60-volt cordless drill. A winch/drill combination can reduce dynamic forces through uneven hauling. The line that’s shown is Courant 11mm Rebel low-stretch static kernmantle rope.
Rope

Technical Rescue: Rope Rescue Gear—Balance Between Progression and Practicality

June 5, 2023
Jeremy Urekew notes why training and standards are crucial to a department's decision on whether to purchase innovative rope rescue equipment or stick with what currently is employed...
Photos by Michael Daley
Departments that normally respond to areas that have ample hydrants, few setbacks from the street and common utility control capabilities might struggle with the rules of engagement in a more rural setting.
Departments that normally respond to areas that have ample hydrants, few setbacks from the street and common utility control capabilities might struggle with the rules of engagement in a more rural setting.
Departments that normally respond to areas that have ample hydrants, few setbacks from the street and common utility control capabilities might struggle with the rules of engagement in a more rural setting.
Departments that normally respond to areas that have ample hydrants, few setbacks from the street and common utility control capabilities might struggle with the rules of engagement in a more rural setting.
Departments that normally respond to areas that have ample hydrants, few setbacks from the street and common utility control capabilities might struggle with the rules of engagement in a more rural setting.
Operations & Training

Fire Studies: Suppression & Survivability in the Rural Environment

June 5, 2023
Michael Daley explains for urban and metropolitan departments how they must preplan and prepare differently for responses to fires in rural sections of their jurisdiction.
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Operations & Training

The Fire Scene: Defining ‘Risk’

June 5, 2023
John J. Salka Jr. urges members to consider risk as definitively as possible rather than based on feel.
Photo by Dana Harrison
Here is an example of healthifying firehouse classic to fit within a gut health-promoting lifestyle. Homemade chicken parmesan is transformed by excluding added sugar and artificial ingredients and including anti-inflammatory cooking oils, such as extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil. This dish was served over spiralized zucchini noodles with tomato sauce plus a side of roasted broccoli.
Here is an example of healthifying firehouse classic to fit within a gut health-promoting lifestyle. Homemade chicken parmesan is transformed by excluding added sugar and artificial ingredients and including anti-inflammatory cooking oils, such as extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil. This dish was served over spiralized zucchini noodles with tomato sauce plus a side of roasted broccoli.
Here is an example of healthifying firehouse classic to fit within a gut health-promoting lifestyle. Homemade chicken parmesan is transformed by excluding added sugar and artificial ingredients and including anti-inflammatory cooking oils, such as extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil. This dish was served over spiralized zucchini noodles with tomato sauce plus a side of roasted broccoli.
Here is an example of healthifying firehouse classic to fit within a gut health-promoting lifestyle. Homemade chicken parmesan is transformed by excluding added sugar and artificial ingredients and including anti-inflammatory cooking oils, such as extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil. This dish was served over spiralized zucchini noodles with tomato sauce plus a side of roasted broccoli.
Here is an example of healthifying firehouse classic to fit within a gut health-promoting lifestyle. Homemade chicken parmesan is transformed by excluding added sugar and artificial ingredients and including anti-inflammatory cooking oils, such as extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil. This dish was served over spiralized zucchini noodles with tomato sauce plus a side of roasted broccoli.
Health & Fitness

Health & Wellness: Gut Health and Its Importance in the Firefighter’s Lifestyle

June 5, 2023
Dana Harrison boils down to the basics of how members can evolve their diet so that their digestive system can work to improve their overall health.
Photo by Victorian Simmons
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Victorian Strobel X Xx Xx Greensboro, Nc Elevator Shaft Pic 7
Victorian Strobel X Xx Xx Greensboro, Nc Elevator Shaft Pic 7
Victorian Strobel X Xx Xx Greensboro, Nc Elevator Shaft Pic 7
Victorian Strobel X Xx Xx Greensboro, Nc Elevator Shaft Pic 7
Leadership

The Mission Statement, Core Values & Inclusion

June 5, 2023
Andrew Holter explains why a department's mission statement and its core values lead to inclusion—if they are created correctly.
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June 23 Leadership Lessons Pic 1
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June 23 Leadership Lessons Pic 1
June 23 Leadership Lessons Pic 1
Leadership

Leadership Lessons: Fire Chief Thomas Carr Jr.

June 5, 2023
Dr. David Griffin explains how the former fire chief of the Charleston, SC, Fire Department shaped his career and life and that of countless others in the department and in the...
Photo by Glen E. Ellman
Fire walls and smoke dampers prevented the spread of flames at this commercial building fire. Despite the usefulness of these and other smoke containment systems and of smoke management systems, they can lead firefighters to misread signs during a size-up. This adds to the importance of preplanning one's community.
Fire walls and smoke dampers prevented the spread of flames at this commercial building fire. Despite the usefulness of these and other smoke containment systems and of smoke management systems, they can lead firefighters to misread signs during a size-up. This adds to the importance of preplanning one's community.
Fire walls and smoke dampers prevented the spread of flames at this commercial building fire. Despite the usefulness of these and other smoke containment systems and of smoke management systems, they can lead firefighters to misread signs during a size-up. This adds to the importance of preplanning one's community.
Fire walls and smoke dampers prevented the spread of flames at this commercial building fire. Despite the usefulness of these and other smoke containment systems and of smoke management systems, they can lead firefighters to misread signs during a size-up. This adds to the importance of preplanning one's community.
Fire walls and smoke dampers prevented the spread of flames at this commercial building fire. Despite the usefulness of these and other smoke containment systems and of smoke management systems, they can lead firefighters to misread signs during a size-up. This adds to the importance of preplanning one's community.
Operations & Training

Fire Technology: Smoke Containment & Smoke Management Systems

June 5, 2023
Justin Rodino explains why firefighters benefit from learning which of the buildings in their response area have fire-rated walls, smoke curtains, fire doors, smoke dampers, smoke...
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June 23 Ems Author Pic
June 23 Ems Author Pic
June 23 Ems Author Pic
June 23 Ems Author Pic
EMS

EMS: Summer Is Here—Heat-Related Illnesses

June 5, 2023
Brandon Heggie provides the critical methods that responders must employ when they encounter patients who are overwhelmed when the thermometer reaches its highest points.
Photos by Robert Policht
Overhead obstructions that you might encounter include power and communication wires. Getting the turntable under the wires makes for the most likely chance of successfully positioning the aerial to the target. That said, you also must consider your terrain (e.g., the sidewalk, a driveway, a grassy area).
Overhead obstructions that you might encounter include power and communication wires. Getting the turntable under the wires makes for the most likely chance of successfully positioning the aerial to the target. That said, you also must consider your terrain (e.g., the sidewalk, a driveway, a grassy area).
Overhead obstructions that you might encounter include power and communication wires. Getting the turntable under the wires makes for the most likely chance of successfully positioning the aerial to the target. That said, you also must consider your terrain (e.g., the sidewalk, a driveway, a grassy area).
Overhead obstructions that you might encounter include power and communication wires. Getting the turntable under the wires makes for the most likely chance of successfully positioning the aerial to the target. That said, you also must consider your terrain (e.g., the sidewalk, a driveway, a grassy area).
Overhead obstructions that you might encounter include power and communication wires. Getting the turntable under the wires makes for the most likely chance of successfully positioning the aerial to the target. That said, you also must consider your terrain (e.g., the sidewalk, a driveway, a grassy area).
Aerial

Maximizing Your Aerial Operational Potential

June 5, 2023
Robert Policht provides instruction regarding how to position an aerial ladder and aerial bucket for rescue, ventilation, master streams, ingress/egress and special situations...