Two biocultural anthropologists provide some strategies for better sleep quality.
Two biocultural anthropologists set out to test the impact of sleep quantity and quality on firefighters behavior, finding that less sleep generally contributes to more impulsive behavior, but also offering a conclusion that firefighters must find a healthy balance between too little sleep and too much sleep, as the latter can reduce the urgency they need to respond to emergencies in a timely fashion.
SOPs may fail to address all of the electrical issues firefighters can face during residential structure fires. This article focuses on some of the common yet less known electrical issues, including energized utility panels, solar-power systems, falling wires and more.
Monte Egherman discusses the idea that for firefighters to effectively do their jobs, they must be performing the proper exercises during training. In other words, they must be performing "fireground-specific" training. Monte then details one such exercise, called the first-alarm hose-pull, that challenges firefighters' strength and endurance in the same way that they would be challenged on the fireground.
Firefighter fitness is imperative to successful fireground operations, as well as overall firefighter health. Michael Ong discusses three questions every department must consider when adopting a fitness regimen that the entire department will participate in.
There have been many changes over the years to the NFPA standards related to hazmat PPE. In this feature, Grady Poole offers a look back at what fueled these changes as well as a close analysis of the differences between the two major standards so your department can respond in the correct ensemble.
Michael DeGrandpre offers the play by play of the Combat Challenge's 2010 Nationals and World Championship events.
John Tippett uses three near-miss reports--one about maintaining situational awareness, one about wearing proper PPE and the last about knowing when to say when on the incident scene--to highlight the importance of being proactive rather than reactive, and really understanding the ins and outs of our jobs.
Chief Robert Dube addresses some basic lessons to help your crew stay safe during training--lessons related to NFPA 1500, situational awareness, live-fire training and more.
Firefighters of all ranks should know what to do if and when a colleague comes to them with the news that they have cancer. Fortunately, the Firefighter Cancer Support Network has resources to help both firefighters battling the fight with cancer and those who want to help them through the process.