The New Year is typically a time for resolutions on how we can improve ourselves. But it's also a good time to evaluate what needs improving in our fire companies. Homer Robertson provides four key areas to consider when evaluating engine company performance.
NFPA 1500 recommends that fire departments establish an annual proficiency evaluation for all members. Many fire departments have chosen to use a Minimum Company Standards (MCS) program to comply with this requirement. In this article, Editor-in-Chief Tim Sendelbach shares how to establish an MCS program that meets or exceeds the requirements of NFPA 1500.
Jake Rhoades explains the many benefits of training props, noting that they offer cost-effective, realistic training that focuses on realism and safety.
Understanding how much time you have in an IDHL environment, and how to conserve air if you become trapped, is a critical skill for every firefighter.
A 2012 line-of-duty death at a Smoke Divers class revealed serious problems in the culture and structure of the curriculum. FireRescue Editor-in-Chief Tim Sendelbach uses the report as a call to all instructors and students to renew their commitment to ensuring that everyone goes home.