No matter what your staffing levels are firefighters need to adjust for the clutter and take into considerations when searching to give the occupant the best chance of survival.
Fireground strategies are beginning to change with the introduction and use of new technology. Mike Richardson examines the use of thermal imaging in structural firefighting and provides tips for safe, effective size-ups.
Nozzlehead looks at what's best for the people having a fire and or those going to the fire in response to a question about pumps on tankers.
Controlling smoke and airflow has a direct and immediate influence on the development and severity of the fire itself. For about 10 years, firefighters in central Europe have been extensively using portable smoke-blocking devices in fires. This article explains how these “curtains” work.
A reader reacts to an earlier Nozzlehead column about how fire science is challenging our tactics, arguing that recent research supports the department’s long-used tactic of employing semi-fog patterns in direct attack.
Changes to building construction and fuel loads have transformed most fires we go to from being fuel-controlled to being ventilation-controlled. Fire behavior researcher and fire chief Ed Hartin discusses the implications of this change, and the importance of door control and anti-ventilation in today’s fire environment.
BC Matt Tobia uses some examples to emphasize the importance of company officers knowing their first-due response area.
Andy Speier provides several examples of incidents that firefighters may encounter while off-duty and key considerations for how to ensure a successful outcome.
Recognizing a hoarding condition and appropriately adjusting tactics is key to firefighter safety. Ryan Pennington shares some tips.
Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) is a valuable fireground tactic, but it’s also easily misunderstood. As the fire service awaits new PPV research, Homer Robertson reviews PPV basics.