August 2023

The August issue of Firehouse Magazine includes feature articles on leadership, equipment mounting solutions and a preview of Firehouse Expo 2023.
Fernando Villicana
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Careers & Education

National Run Survey 2022 - Part 3

Aug. 24, 2023
For the 42nd year, Firehouse shares and compares statistics for the career fire service. Part 3 looks at Busiest Chief, Busiest Station, Busiest Ambulance, Busiest Hazmat and ...
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Careers & Education

As Firehouse Sees It: Staffing Challenges

Aug. 7, 2023
Peter Matthews' participation in recent roundtables and one-on-one discussions with chiefs uncovered a few success stories in the realm of recruitment and retention.
Ron Siarnicki
Ron Siarnicki
Ron Siarnicki
Ron Siarnicki
Ron Siarnicki
Careers & Education

For the Record 8/23

Aug. 7, 2023
Ronald Siarnicki and Janet Wilmoth are the Firehouse Hall of Fame 2023 inductees.
Expo Preview
Expo Preview
Expo Preview
Expo Preview
Expo Preview
Careers & Education

Firehouse Expo Preview: New Big Room Session to Close Out Event

Aug. 7, 2023
Aggressive tactics. Risk-based decision-making. Both will be scrutinized to culminate the 40th—and best—Firehouse Expo.
John Gallagher
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John Gallagher 5 20 23 Aberdeen, Md Townhouse Fire Pic 2
John Gallagher 5 20 23 Aberdeen, Md Townhouse Fire Pic 2
John Gallagher 5 20 23 Aberdeen, Md Townhouse Fire Pic 2
John Gallagher 5 20 23 Aberdeen, Md Townhouse Fire Pic 2
Operations & Training

Hot Shots

Aug. 7, 2023
First-arriving companies of multiple Harford County, MD, departments found the Charlie side of five townhouses well involved.

More content from August 2023

Photo 2: A common box alarm response to an apartment building fire (four engines, two trucks, one squad, EMS and two chiefs). It’s critical that all apparatus be positioned for the maximum potential of an incident and where later-arriving apparatus will position based on required assessments.
Photo 2: A common box alarm response to an apartment building fire (four engines, two trucks, one squad, EMS and two chiefs). It’s critical that all apparatus be positioned for the maximum potential of an incident and where later-arriving apparatus will position based on required assessments.
Photo 2: A common box alarm response to an apartment building fire (four engines, two trucks, one squad, EMS and two chiefs). It’s critical that all apparatus be positioned for the maximum potential of an incident and where later-arriving apparatus will position based on required assessments.
Photo 2: A common box alarm response to an apartment building fire (four engines, two trucks, one squad, EMS and two chiefs). It’s critical that all apparatus be positioned for the maximum potential of an incident and where later-arriving apparatus will position based on required assessments.
Photo 2: A common box alarm response to an apartment building fire (four engines, two trucks, one squad, EMS and two chiefs). It’s critical that all apparatus be positioned for the maximum potential of an incident and where later-arriving apparatus will position based on required assessments.
Operations & Training

Command & Control Success: When to Deviate from Foundational Tactics

Aug. 7, 2023
Curt Isakson urges fireground commanders, particularly those with county agencies, to prepare for circumstances that require "graduating beyond the basics of everyday firefighting...
Photo by Toledo Fire & Rescue
Just as confined-space-rescue experts equip themselves for an incident, first-due responders should dress out in turnout gear and SCBA.
Just as confined-space-rescue experts equip themselves for an incident, first-due responders should dress out in turnout gear and SCBA.
Just as confined-space-rescue experts equip themselves for an incident, first-due responders should dress out in turnout gear and SCBA.
Just as confined-space-rescue experts equip themselves for an incident, first-due responders should dress out in turnout gear and SCBA.
Just as confined-space-rescue experts equip themselves for an incident, first-due responders should dress out in turnout gear and SCBA.
Confined Space

Confined-Space Rescue: The First 15 Minutes

Aug. 7, 2023
Jake Hoffman tells of the tasks that first-due responders to a confined-space incident should tackle in advance of the arrival of the technical rescue team.
Rick Bossert
Rick Bossert
Rick Bossert
Rick Bossert
Rick Bossert
EMS

EMS: The Elderly: Not Just ‘Older Adults’

Aug. 7, 2023
Richard Bossert warns of the mistake that EMS providers make when they approach patients who are in the mid-60s or older as though they are in their 40s, 50s or early 60s.
Membership in the fire service goes hand in hand with responsibility. Many don’t consider the importance of sharing knowledge as part of that responsibility. This includes pursuing opportunities to instruct at conferences, but you must be passionate about the topic. You can’t get others to be excited about it if you aren’t.
Membership in the fire service goes hand in hand with responsibility. Many don’t consider the importance of sharing knowledge as part of that responsibility. This includes pursuing opportunities to instruct at conferences, but you must be passionate about the topic. You can’t get others to be excited about it if you aren’t.
Membership in the fire service goes hand in hand with responsibility. Many don’t consider the importance of sharing knowledge as part of that responsibility. This includes pursuing opportunities to instruct at conferences, but you must be passionate about the topic. You can’t get others to be excited about it if you aren’t.
Membership in the fire service goes hand in hand with responsibility. Many don’t consider the importance of sharing knowledge as part of that responsibility. This includes pursuing opportunities to instruct at conferences, but you must be passionate about the topic. You can’t get others to be excited about it if you aren’t.
Membership in the fire service goes hand in hand with responsibility. Many don’t consider the importance of sharing knowledge as part of that responsibility. This includes pursuing opportunities to instruct at conferences, but you must be passionate about the topic. You can’t get others to be excited about it if you aren’t.
Leadership

Passing the Torch: How Firefighters Can Share Their Knowledge and Experience

Aug. 7, 2023
Jared Renshaw provides hands-on-useful guidance for members who heed his recommendation to broaden their fire service by sharing their knowledge and experiences.
Dennis Rubin Pic
Dennis Rubin Pic
Dennis Rubin Pic
Dennis Rubin Pic
Dennis Rubin Pic
Operations & Training

First Due: CRM: Avoiding Fire & Rescue Errors

Aug. 7, 2023
Dennis Rubin provides two examples of how the principles of CRM apply perfectly to the fire service.
Photos by Harry Loud
When Wantagh, NY, Fire Department Assistant Chief Leonard Mathewson arrived at the address of a reported house fire, flames were extending out of the garage on the A/D corner of a residence. Mathewson requested a working fire be transmitted. Engine 2 was the first engine on scene. The crew hooked up to a hydrant that was in front of the house. The automobile and the garage at the house were on fire.
When Wantagh, NY, Fire Department Assistant Chief Leonard Mathewson arrived at the address of a reported house fire, flames were extending out of the garage on the A/D corner of a residence. Mathewson requested a working fire be transmitted. Engine 2 was the first engine on scene. The crew hooked up to a hydrant that was in front of the house. The automobile and the garage at the house were on fire.
When Wantagh, NY, Fire Department Assistant Chief Leonard Mathewson arrived at the address of a reported house fire, flames were extending out of the garage on the A/D corner of a residence. Mathewson requested a working fire be transmitted. Engine 2 was the first engine on scene. The crew hooked up to a hydrant that was in front of the house. The automobile and the garage at the house were on fire.
When Wantagh, NY, Fire Department Assistant Chief Leonard Mathewson arrived at the address of a reported house fire, flames were extending out of the garage on the A/D corner of a residence. Mathewson requested a working fire be transmitted. Engine 2 was the first engine on scene. The crew hooked up to a hydrant that was in front of the house. The automobile and the garage at the house were on fire.
When Wantagh, NY, Fire Department Assistant Chief Leonard Mathewson arrived at the address of a reported house fire, flames were extending out of the garage on the A/D corner of a residence. Mathewson requested a working fire be transmitted. Engine 2 was the first engine on scene. The crew hooked up to a hydrant that was in front of the house. The automobile and the garage at the house were on fire.
Operations & Training

Close Calls: Smoke Explosion at a Single-Family Dwelling Fire

Aug. 7, 2023
Billy Goldfeder shares multiple key items from a dwelling smoke explosion that all members should know.
Photos courtesy of UL's Fire Safety Research Institute
E-scooter battery pack removed from metal enclosure to show how the individual 18650 cells were configured.
E-scooter battery pack removed from metal enclosure to show how the individual 18650 cells were configured.
E-scooter battery pack removed from metal enclosure to show how the individual 18650 cells were configured.
E-scooter battery pack removed from metal enclosure to show how the individual 18650 cells were configured.
E-scooter battery pack removed from metal enclosure to show how the individual 18650 cells were configured.
Operations & Training

Research Corner: Electric Scooter Battery Thermal Runaway & Fire Growth Acceleration

Aug. 7, 2023
Craig Weinschenk's description of FSRI's thermal runaway experiments with e-scooter lithium-ion batteries provides explanation for why the fires that can erupt from them often...
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Leadership

The Fire Scene: Discipline and Supervision

Aug. 7, 2023
John J. Salka Jr. says that the combination of good officers, responsible firefighters and reasonable supervisors is key to successful implementation of flexibility with some ...
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Aug 23 Health And Wellness Behavioral Author Pic 648cb0c566d02
Aug 23 Health And Wellness Behavioral Author Pic 648cb0c566d02
Aug 23 Health And Wellness Behavioral Author Pic 648cb0c566d02
Aug 23 Health And Wellness Behavioral Author Pic 648cb0c566d02
Safety & Health

Health & Wellness: Trauma-Informed Peer Support: The Missing Connection

Aug. 7, 2023
Dr. Nancy Wesselink believes that peer support teams that are attuned to members' personal issues as well as to trauma puts them in a better position to get in front of the suicide...
Photo courtesy of Ziamatic
In response to the growing need for battery-powered extrication tool mounts, Ziamatic developed several lazy Susan mounts that reduce the overall storage footprint in the compartment. Shown here, the QM-MEH-1 can hold as many as four extrication tools despite a base of only 23 inches.
In response to the growing need for battery-powered extrication tool mounts, Ziamatic developed several lazy Susan mounts that reduce the overall storage footprint in the compartment. Shown here, the QM-MEH-1 can hold as many as four extrication tools despite a base of only 23 inches.
In response to the growing need for battery-powered extrication tool mounts, Ziamatic developed several lazy Susan mounts that reduce the overall storage footprint in the compartment. Shown here, the QM-MEH-1 can hold as many as four extrication tools despite a base of only 23 inches.
In response to the growing need for battery-powered extrication tool mounts, Ziamatic developed several lazy Susan mounts that reduce the overall storage footprint in the compartment. Shown here, the QM-MEH-1 can hold as many as four extrication tools despite a base of only 23 inches.
In response to the growing need for battery-powered extrication tool mounts, Ziamatic developed several lazy Susan mounts that reduce the overall storage footprint in the compartment. Shown here, the QM-MEH-1 can hold as many as four extrication tools despite a base of only 23 inches.
Equipment Mounting & Reels

Apparatus Innovations: Equipment Mounting Solutions: Focus on Versatility & Safety

July 26, 2023
Peter Matthews shares good news about the evolution of equipment-mounting technology as it pertains to firefighter effectiveness on the fireground and firefighter health and safety...