Active Shooter/Hostile Event The Importance of Inter-Agency Operations

I want to open this article with saying that this is not going to be your traditional command and control article. I’m not coming from the fire or EMS side of the house talking about the importance o... Read More...

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After Startling Jump in 2017 Struck-by Deaths, Reflecting May Not be Enough

It should have been a banner year for firefighter safety in America in 2017. In June, the National Fire Protection Association released its annual report on firefighter fatalities in the United State... Read More...

Relevant Tags: First Responder Safety

The Active Shooter Threat: Equipment Considerations

The threat of active shooters and active assailants continues. In the time between the publication of the last article in this series and this article, the United States experienced the deadliest mas... Read More...


The Truth About Cancer Hazards and Turnout Gear

Awareness of cancer clusters among firefighters has increased recently as more information becomes available. Over the last decade, three key studies have shown elevated risks of certain types of can... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Cancer Risks for Firefighters

A Firefighter’s Risk of Developing Cancer is Twice That of Any Other Profession

Smoke produced by fires today is much more dangerous than in years past. In the past, furnishings were made from natural products such as wood, cotton, wool, silk, glass and metal, which produced har... Read More...

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Minimizing Cancer Risk Through Station Design

(This is part one of a two part series.) Serving your community as a firefighter has always been recognized as a dangerous, yet rewarding endeavor.  Most of the dangers have been fairly easy t... Read More...

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Work Place Safety ... As Simple as a Seat Belt

As emergency service providers you have all seen the difference between injuries sustained by drivers and passengers who are involved in motor vehicle accidents who are wearing seat belts compared to... Read More...

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Silo fires A fire, high angle, hazmat and confined space call ... in a can!

On August 27, 1985, three firefighters were killed as a result of an explosion that occurred at an oxygen-limiting silo. On April 11, 2010, another firefighter was killed during a silo explosion that... Read More...

Relevant Tags: silo, fire, oxygen, conventional silos, silo fires, confined space, prevention efforts

Pre-planning for large scale incidents

Disasters like Hurricane Sandy that impact large areas and several types of infrastructure, cripple communities and cost us lives are an unfortunate reality we face as First Responders. As firefighte... Read More...

Relevant Tags: FIRE PRE-PLANNING, plans, building, responders, first responders, large scale, pre planning, hurricane sandy, response recovery, situational awareness

Fire Service Safety: Avoid aggressive ignorance on scene

Several years ago I was at the scene of a 1,000 gallon Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tank that was laying on its side leaking what was clearly liquid, creating a large white vapor cloud around the ta... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Rescue, fire, safety, firefighter, service, fire rescue, aggressive ignorance, safety program, fire responses

Electronic Pre-Planning for first responders Taking Situational Awareness Data from Page to Screen

I’ve been in the fire service for over 35 years. I can say with confidence that pre-planning is essential, but not because of my years of fire service experience. What 35 years of experience yields i... Read More...

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Are you prepared for summer season emergencies?

The flowers are blooming and the air is warm and sweet! It’s time to go to the park. It’s time to float that river. It’s time to break out the camping gear, load the motor home down, hit the road and... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Extrication Education, fire, summer, emergencies, practice, season emergencies, summer season, gear load

Prepare your fire department for the hurricane season

The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and ends Nov. 30. However, before the official start of the season, tropical storms Alberto and Beryl developed early, the first such occurrence sin... Read More...

Relevant Tags: THE STATION HOUSE, season, department, hurricane, fire, emergency, station, community, hurricane season, backup power, fire department, severe weather, service providers

‘Then and Now’ — Safety in today’s fire service

When I started in the fire service 30 years ago, we were riding the tail board of the trucks, had SCBA’s (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus), in plastic boxes on the side, or in the compartments of ... Read More...

Relevant Tags: fire, safety, service, air, firefighters, training, fire service, hazardous materials, low air, minute cylinders, tail board, carbon monoxide, self contained, fire department

Highway to Hell. Are you on it?

“No stop signs, speed limit; Nobody’s gonna slow me down. Like a wheel, gonna spin it; Nobody’s gonna mess me round.” Lyrics from AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” Read More...

Relevant Tags: Highway to Hel, fire, department, emergency, highway, safety, fire department, highway hell, stop signs, common sense, fire apparatus, education training, fire safety, industry news

Issue 34.1 | Summer 2019

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