July 2023

The July issue of Firehouse Magazine includes feature articles on leadership, wildland firefighting, fire-based EMS and forcible entry. And don't miss Part 2 of our annual National Run Survey, which looks at Total Calls, Busiest Engines and Busiest Ladder Companies.
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Careers & Education

National Run Survey 2022 - Part 2

July 11, 2023
For the 42nd year, Firehouse shares and compares statistics for the career fire service. Part 2 looks at Total Calls, Busiest Engines and Busiest Ladder Companies.
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Operations & Training

As Firehouse Sees It: Is Training and Education Your Priority?

July 3, 2023
Peter Matthews heard multiple times and multiple recent events and conferences that he attended that, unfortunately, training isn't top of mind.
Photo by Andre Gustavo Stumpf
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Fdny Haz Tac Pic 4
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EMS

FDNY’s Haz-Tac Battalion

July 3, 2023
Mark Bonilla describes the unique training that members of an exclusive unit of the department's EMS Special Operations Command undergo to prepare for high-risk/low-probability...
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Careers & Education

For the Record 7/23

July 3, 2023
Registration is open for the 11th annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI.
Glen Ellman
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Operations & Training

Hot Shots 7/23

July 3, 2023
On arrival, Fort Worth, TX, firefighters found an apartment complex that was under construction fully involved.

More content from July 2023

Photo by Lloyd Mitchell
The third of three cuts that are made in the slash tactic for a steel roll-down gate. The slats then are pulled by the purchase point that was made in the beginning of the operation.
The third of three cuts that are made in the slash tactic for a steel roll-down gate. The slats then are pulled by the purchase point that was made in the beginning of the operation.
The third of three cuts that are made in the slash tactic for a steel roll-down gate. The slats then are pulled by the purchase point that was made in the beginning of the operation.
The third of three cuts that are made in the slash tactic for a steel roll-down gate. The slats then are pulled by the purchase point that was made in the beginning of the operation.
The third of three cuts that are made in the slash tactic for a steel roll-down gate. The slats then are pulled by the purchase point that was made in the beginning of the operation.
Operations & Training

Forcible Entry: Roll-Down Gates & Garage Doors

July 3, 2023
Robert "RJ" James and Charles Hendry unlock the particulars to providing access for members to a structure through a steel roll-down gate and a folding panel garage door that ...
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Operations & Training

The Fire Scene: Courage and Risk

July 3, 2023
John J. Salka Jr. reminds members that risk, training, experience and courage are linked.
Photos by Chad Costa
A control line can be placed almost anywhere, but a final decision must be based on its probability of successfully stopping the fire. That said, the location of the control line could be selected even when the probability of success is low when high-value properties are at risk.
A control line can be placed almost anywhere, but a final decision must be based on its probability of successfully stopping the fire. That said, the location of the control line could be selected even when the probability of success is low when high-value properties are at risk.
A control line can be placed almost anywhere, but a final decision must be based on its probability of successfully stopping the fire. That said, the location of the control line could be selected even when the probability of success is low when high-value properties are at risk.
A control line can be placed almost anywhere, but a final decision must be based on its probability of successfully stopping the fire. That said, the location of the control line could be selected even when the probability of success is low when high-value properties are at risk.
A control line can be placed almost anywhere, but a final decision must be based on its probability of successfully stopping the fire. That said, the location of the control line could be selected even when the probability of success is low when high-value properties are at risk.
Wildland

Wildland Firefighting: The Containment Box

July 3, 2023
Chad Costa describes the three elements of the tactics and strategies of a wildland fire attack plan that must be considered before the control objectives of the fire can be identified...
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Private showers, toilets and changing stalls can be mingled with public sinks and storage spaces in combined all-gender facilities. The functionality of the private spaces remains the same while changing the connotations on the public space.
Private showers, toilets and changing stalls can be mingled with public sinks and storage spaces in combined all-gender facilities. The functionality of the private spaces remains the same while changing the connotations on the public space.
Private showers, toilets and changing stalls can be mingled with public sinks and storage spaces in combined all-gender facilities. The functionality of the private spaces remains the same while changing the connotations on the public space.
Private showers, toilets and changing stalls can be mingled with public sinks and storage spaces in combined all-gender facilities. The functionality of the private spaces remains the same while changing the connotations on the public space.
Private showers, toilets and changing stalls can be mingled with public sinks and storage spaces in combined all-gender facilities. The functionality of the private spaces remains the same while changing the connotations on the public space.
Stations

Station Design: Gender Equity in Emergency Services Facilities

July 3, 2023
Rachael Grodzki and Adam Champagne explain how combined all-gender design for restrooms, shower rooms and locker rooms maximizes available square footage, saves on costs and enhances...
Photo by Aaron Zamzow
Members whose physical activity has been minimal should embrace workouts that focus on improving mobility—as opposed to programs that they took on in high school—and can be integrated into their routine consistently.
Members whose physical activity has been minimal should embrace workouts that focus on improving mobility—as opposed to programs that they took on in high school—and can be integrated into their routine consistently.
Members whose physical activity has been minimal should embrace workouts that focus on improving mobility—as opposed to programs that they took on in high school—and can be integrated into their routine consistently.
Members whose physical activity has been minimal should embrace workouts that focus on improving mobility—as opposed to programs that they took on in high school—and can be integrated into their routine consistently.
Members whose physical activity has been minimal should embrace workouts that focus on improving mobility—as opposed to programs that they took on in high school—and can be integrated into their routine consistently.
Health & Fitness

Health & Wellness: SMART Habits for Improved Fitness and a Healthy Career

July 3, 2023
Aaron Zamzow explains why focusing on sleep, movement, water, real foods and tenacity are is crucial to on-duty and off-duty well-being.
Brian Gettemeier Pic
Brian Gettemeier Pic
Brian Gettemeier Pic
Brian Gettemeier Pic
Brian Gettemeier Pic
Operations & Training

First Due: Three Considerations for Warehouse Fires

July 3, 2023
Brian Gettemeier and Tim Frankenberg are adamant regarding cubic footage, consulting the preplan, commitment to the sprinkler system and appreciating the size of buildings that...
Photos by Jonathan Hall
The goal of the FDC bag is to provide basic tools and equipment that are needed to rapidly and safely establish a supply to the FDC as well as one or two simple contingencies for several of the most commonly encountered problems.
The goal of the FDC bag is to provide basic tools and equipment that are needed to rapidly and safely establish a supply to the FDC as well as one or two simple contingencies for several of the most commonly encountered problems.
The goal of the FDC bag is to provide basic tools and equipment that are needed to rapidly and safely establish a supply to the FDC as well as one or two simple contingencies for several of the most commonly encountered problems.
The goal of the FDC bag is to provide basic tools and equipment that are needed to rapidly and safely establish a supply to the FDC as well as one or two simple contingencies for several of the most commonly encountered problems.
The goal of the FDC bag is to provide basic tools and equipment that are needed to rapidly and safely establish a supply to the FDC as well as one or two simple contingencies for several of the most commonly encountered problems.
Operations & Training

Engine Essentials: The Fire Department Connection Bag

July 3, 2023
Jonathan Hall explains what tools, fittings and equipment must be included in the kit that's used to complete and troubleshoot a positive water supply to the FDC.
July 23 Leadership Lessons Author Pic
July 23 Leadership Lessons Author Pic
July 23 Leadership Lessons Author Pic
July 23 Leadership Lessons Author Pic
July 23 Leadership Lessons Author Pic
Leadership

Leadership Lessons: Perspective, Understanding and Grace

July 3, 2023
Dan Curia urges fire chiefs to check their ego at the door and realize that teams are developed best when different experiences contribute to the thought process.
Photo courtesy of Lutheran Church Charities
People who have experienced a traumatic event are more apt to talk to a comfort dog than to a person. Here, “Anna,” from the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry, visits with a student after the mass shooting that took place on campus on Feb. 13, 2023.
People who have experienced a traumatic event are more apt to talk to a comfort dog than to a person. Here, “Anna,” from the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry, visits with a student after the mass shooting that took place on campus on Feb. 13, 2023.
People who have experienced a traumatic event are more apt to talk to a comfort dog than to a person. Here, “Anna,” from the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry, visits with a student after the mass shooting that took place on campus on Feb. 13, 2023.
People who have experienced a traumatic event are more apt to talk to a comfort dog than to a person. Here, “Anna,” from the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry, visits with a student after the mass shooting that took place on campus on Feb. 13, 2023.
People who have experienced a traumatic event are more apt to talk to a comfort dog than to a person. Here, “Anna,” from the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry, visits with a student after the mass shooting that took place on campus on Feb. 13, 2023.
EMS

EMS: Therapy Dogs & First Responders

July 3, 2023
Kristen Wade explores the possibilities of the use of comfort dogs by EMS personnel to ease the emotional pain of victims of traumatic events—and of EMS providers who respond ...
Photo by David Bryce
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David Bryce July Aug 2022 Detroit Various Pic 17
David Bryce July Aug 2022 Detroit Various Pic 17
David Bryce July Aug 2022 Detroit Various Pic 17
David Bryce July Aug 2022 Detroit Various Pic 17
Leadership

Get S.M.A.R.T.—Goal Setting for the Fire Service

May 30, 2023
David Hupp believes that effective goals must be specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable and time-based.