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The New Rules of Engagement for Structural Firefighting

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The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is committed to reducing firefighter fatalities and injuries. As part of that effort, the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival (SHS) Section has developed DRAFT “Rules of Engagement for Structural Firefighting” to provide guidance to individual firefighters and incident commanders regarding risk and safety issues when operating on the […]

Accountability: Errors & Omissions

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This past week on the burgeoning internet call-in radio show Firefighter Netcast.com, HERE, a dynamic discussion developed related to the DeKalb County fatal house fire incident and the apparent questionable  actions purported by the company and command officers and the repercussions that have lead to FD employment terminations and resignations, HERE. I discussed recently how […]

RACE: Responsibility, Accountability, Complacency, Expectations

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By now many of you may have seen the reports making their way around the internet circuit relating to the regrettable circumstances in DeKalb County, Georgia.  If you haven’t caught up on the incident particulars then check out these links, HERE, HERE and HERE  for starters. There are some poignant and significant issues that clearly […]

360 Degrees of Separation

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360 Degrees of Separation. The fireground often has competing or conflicting incident priorities, demands or distractions before a complete appreciation of all mission critical or essential information and data has been obtained. The effective assessment of the incident scene is much more than the three-sided size-up methodology of past fireground practices. In fact the term […]

It’s more than just Size-Up; Situational Awareness and Dynamic Risk Assessment

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Dynamic Risk Assessment is commonly used to describe a process of risk assessment being carried out in a changing or evolving environment, where what is being assessed is developing as the process itself is being undertaken. This is further problematical for the Incident Commander when confronted with competing or conflicting incident priorities, demands or distractions […]

Reloaded

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“It’s no longer just brute force and sheer physical determination that define structural fire suppression operations. Aggressive firefighting must be redefined and aligned to the built environment and associated with goal oriented tactical operations that are defined by risk assessed and analyzed tasks that are executed under battle plans that promote the best in safety […]

Fire in the United States Report 2003 to 2007

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Fire in the United States Fire in the United States covers the 5-year period from 2003 to 2007 The report focuses on the national fire problem and provides an overview of fires and losses in buildings, vehicles and other mobile properties, and other properties. The report also examines fire and fire loss trends, fire casualties […]

Leading Recommendations for Preventing Fire Fighter Fatalities, 1998–2005

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NIOSH issues Report on: Leading Recommendations for Preventing Fire Fighter Fatalities, 1998–2005 The United States currently depends on approximately 1.1 million fire fighters to protect its citizens and property from losses caused by fire. Each year in the United States, approximately 100 fire fighters die in the line of duty. Sudden cardiac death is the […]

BECOME SAFE

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How do you think these elements fit into the Big Picture during combat fire suppression operations at working structure fire? What’s your experience gauge telling you as it related to these elements? As a Company Officer it is imperative that you maintain a balanced operational safety perspective to ensure the safety and well being of […]

Shaping the Future; “Creating Leaders in our Youth” Part I

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As we quickly approach a time when much of the fire service leadership will be retiring we are destine to face the loss of great leadership in the fire service. This could prove to be a tragedy for our profession or we can make it a positive bench mark. A lot is going to depend […]

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