Jim Crawford reviews several high-profile cases that called into question the conclusions of fire investigators and may have led to the punishment of innocent people. He uses these cases as examples for the greater need for science and an understanding of fire behavior in fire investigations.
Fire prevention personnel are under increasing pressure to demonstrate the success of prevention and public education programs. Jim Crawford introduces four ways to measure performance and shows how focusing on the end goal can help define how success will be measured.
Jim Crawford takes a look at Fire-Link, a system to retrofit building alarms, and Safer Emergency Candles, which are made with vegetable oil and are meant as a better and safer alternative to emergency lighting for families experiencing power failures.
A reader writes in to get Nozzlehead's opinion about citizens becoming disenchanted with the fire service after a series of negative press. Nozzlehead explains why firefighters and fire service leaders need to constantly work to prove their worth to the communities they serve so there is never a question as to whether cuts to fire department services should be considered by mayors and city managers.
Until we reach the day when taxpayers feel good enough about the economy to support fire prevention, we're going to have to get as creative as possible about doing what we can with the limited resources we have left.
Editor-in-Chief Tim Sendelbach shares a burn survivor's story, highlighting that even the most well equipped, quick-responding fire department can't prevent most burn injuries. The key in so doing: aggressive public education and prevention efforts.
Disasters, or smaller incidents that have tragic outcomes, can be valuable moments to spread the prevention message. But we must choose our words carefully.
Jim Crawford uses the recent UL studies on lightweight construction to highlight some areas in the prevention world that will continue to grow in prominence as lightweight construction spreads.
Integrated risk management is the key to reducing fire deaths—and it’s not that difficult to do. Jim Crawford argues that today’s fire officers are ready to implement IRM, if we only demonstrate that it’s part of our expectations.