October 2023

The October issue of Firehouse includes feature articles on finding the perfect set of alternative PPE and the news of Firehouse returning to California to partner with the California State Firefighters' Association for CTEX 2024. Plus, read the results of the Firehouse Volunteer Run Survey, which includes responses from more than 650 volunteer departments.
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Oct 23 First Due Author Pic 650db675c8092
Oct 23 First Due Author Pic 650db675c8092
Oct 23 First Due Author Pic 650db675c8092
Oct 23 First Due Author Pic 650db675c8092
Leadership

First Due: Bugles, Leadership and Communication

Dec. 8, 2023
Thomas Humphries urges officers to truly consider what the insignia on their uniform means.
Careers & Education

Going Back to Cali

Oct. 16, 2023
Fireground operations, wildland fire and behavioral health are among the numerous session tracks that will be presented at the second annual training and networking event.
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews
Operations & Training

As Firehouse Sees It: Lessons from My Uber Driver

Oct. 16, 2023
Peter Matthews' conversation with an Uber driver reminded him of one of Fire Chief Alan Brunacini's famous takes on being a member of the fire service.
Ctex Logo
Ctex Logo
Ctex Logo
Ctex Logo
Ctex Logo
Careers & Education

For the Record 10/23

Oct. 16, 2023
Firehouse Magazine and the California State Firefighters’ Association (CSFA) announced a dynamic new collaboration on the CSFA Training & Education Expo (CTEX).
Image courtesy of Command Consulting LLC
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Oct 23 Station Design Pic 1
Oct 23 Station Design Pic 1
Oct 23 Station Design Pic 1
Oct 23 Station Design Pic 1
Stations

Station Design: Economizing the Firehouse that Runs Electric Rigs

Oct. 16, 2023
Michael Benson explains how equipping a station with a nontraditional power system has benefits beyond ensuring that an electric apparatus always is ready to respond.

More content from October 2023

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Austin Daniels 3 28 23 New Bedford, Ma Apt Bldg Pic 8
Austin Daniels 3 28 23 New Bedford, Ma Apt Bldg Pic 8
Austin Daniels 3 28 23 New Bedford, Ma Apt Bldg Pic 8
Austin Daniels 3 28 23 New Bedford, Ma Apt Bldg Pic 8
Operations & Training

Hot Shots 9/23

Oct. 16, 2023
New Bedford, MA, Fire Department firefighters responded for a building fire with fire showing and people trapped.
Kristen Wade Pic
Kristen Wade Pic
Kristen Wade Pic
Kristen Wade Pic
Kristen Wade Pic
EMS

EMS: Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Oct. 16, 2023
Kristen Wade shares how South Metro Fire Rescue convinced its EMS clinical services personnel to embrace POCUS imaging to improve course of care and time to treatment.
Photo courtesy of Chief Edward Mullen, Perth Amboy, NJ, Fire Department
Lateral and vertical spread are concerns in these types of occupancies. Note the tin ceiling that’s installed above the drop-tile ceiling in this store.
Lateral and vertical spread are concerns in these types of occupancies. Note the tin ceiling that’s installed above the drop-tile ceiling in this store.
Lateral and vertical spread are concerns in these types of occupancies. Note the tin ceiling that’s installed above the drop-tile ceiling in this store.
Lateral and vertical spread are concerns in these types of occupancies. Note the tin ceiling that’s installed above the drop-tile ceiling in this store.
Lateral and vertical spread are concerns in these types of occupancies. Note the tin ceiling that’s installed above the drop-tile ceiling in this store.
Operations & Training

Fire Studies: Rules of Engagement for Strip Mall & Taxpayer Fires

Oct. 16, 2023
Michael Daley explains the particularly ways by which fires in these occupancies can injure and kill firefighters who work inside of them.
Photos courtesy of Total Technical Rescue Solutions
A major drawback to wooden shores is that a rescuer must enter the trench to build the system.
A major drawback to wooden shores is that a rescuer must enter the trench to build the system.
A major drawback to wooden shores is that a rescuer must enter the trench to build the system.
A major drawback to wooden shores is that a rescuer must enter the trench to build the system.
A major drawback to wooden shores is that a rescuer must enter the trench to build the system.
Trench Rescue

Technical Rescue: Basic Considerations for Trench Collapse Shoring

Oct. 16, 2023
Brian Gettemeier, Mike Shafferkoetter and Matt Wilcox construct an easy-to-follow explanation of the equipment and steps that are involved in protecting victims and responders...
Photos courtesy of Veridian Fire Protective Gear
Oct 23 Ppe Pic 9 (veridian)
Oct 23 Ppe Pic 9 (veridian)
Oct 23 Ppe Pic 9 (veridian)
Oct 23 Ppe Pic 9 (veridian)
Oct 23 Ppe Pic 9 (veridian)
PPE

Your Perfect Set of Alternative PPE

Oct. 16, 2023
Patrick Redd explains what fire departments must consider when they contemplate the purchase of turnout gear for responses other than fires.
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Joh Salka
Operations & Training

The Fire Scene: Being Ready Is Being Safe

Oct. 16, 2023
John J. Salka Jr. provides an important reminder that getting ready for a shift or a drill is more than dropping your gear next to the rig at your riding position.
Michaela Raines
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Michaela Raines 1 20 22 Hampshire County, Wv Structure Fire Pic 2
Michaela Raines 1 20 22 Hampshire County, Wv Structure Fire Pic 2
Michaela Raines 1 20 22 Hampshire County, Wv Structure Fire Pic 2
Michaela Raines 1 20 22 Hampshire County, Wv Structure Fire Pic 2
Careers & Education

2022 Volunteer Fire Department Run Survey

Oct. 16, 2023
Firehouse proudly presents its 35th annual Volunteer Fire Department Run Survey.
Photos courtesy of Hamilton Township, OH, Fire Rescue
Even after vertical ventilation was completed at a reported structure fire, members weren’t aware that they were dealing with a fire in the space below the floor of the second floor and above the first floor ceiling, which was caused by flame from a pinhole in corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) that was caused by a lighting-induced arcing event.
Even after vertical ventilation was completed at a reported structure fire, members weren’t aware that they were dealing with a fire in the space below the floor of the second floor and above the first floor ceiling, which was caused by flame from a pinhole in corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) that was caused by a lighting-induced arcing event.
Even after vertical ventilation was completed at a reported structure fire, members weren’t aware that they were dealing with a fire in the space below the floor of the second floor and above the first floor ceiling, which was caused by flame from a pinhole in corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) that was caused by a lighting-induced arcing event.
Even after vertical ventilation was completed at a reported structure fire, members weren’t aware that they were dealing with a fire in the space below the floor of the second floor and above the first floor ceiling, which was caused by flame from a pinhole in corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) that was caused by a lighting-induced arcing event.
Even after vertical ventilation was completed at a reported structure fire, members weren’t aware that they were dealing with a fire in the space below the floor of the second floor and above the first floor ceiling, which was caused by flame from a pinhole in corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) that was caused by a lighting-induced arcing event.
Operations & Training

Close Calls: Our Latest Enemy Strikes … Again

Oct. 16, 2023
When Billy Goldfeder investigated another CSST-pinhole gas-fed fire, he learned that the implementation of training to secure utilities kept a fire that burned between a ceiling...
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David Griffin 6504be6c6da88
David Griffin 6504be6c6da88
David Griffin 6504be6c6da88
David Griffin 6504be6c6da88
Leadership

Leadership Lessons: Communication Is Key

Oct. 16, 2023
Dr. David Griffin provides three methods in addition to phone calls that department leadership should employ to ensure that members know that their input is valued.