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.
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.
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.
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.
Randy Frassetto breaks down the differences among the various types of building construction, offering tips about what tactics ladder crews should apply to each type.
Every structure fire poses the risk of building collapse. In this article, Capt. Homer Robertson reviews some basic guidelines for determining safe distances to position apparatus and firefighters.
It's inevitable that you'll be confronted by customers irate at the latest fire department action. Here's how to diffuse the conflict & stay safe.
In rural firefighting, seat assignments can help clarify responsibilities on the fireground and ensure that someone is prepared to take over when the crew is short-staffed.