Has Anybody Seen Our Common Sense?

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“At the kitchen table one night, one of my firefighters came out with the statement that we should enforce a 300 foot buffer zone around every fire operation,”

FRM: Common-Sense Ventilation on the Fireground

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“Firefighters can penetrate deeper into the structure without coordinating the vent—simply because the gear and equipment masks the environment.”

“Expect Fire” Early Footage of Chicago Multiple Alarm on Weekday Afternoon

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Only a block away from quarters, Engine 22 has an afternoon full of fire and first line choices.

What Is Pride?

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“Pride” isn’t a fire department shirt or a sticker.

9-11: What Does It Mean To You?

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They came to work and stared blankly at the lockers of their friends, knowing that those lost would never come back, but also knowing that not finding them was far too much of a burden to bear.

Misguided Anger

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Maybe some of us can’t handle the truth, that this is what is expected. Maybe some of us have lost focus and forgotten about “getting the baby!” Maybe it’s the kinder, softer-side of firefighting, that makes reality more harsh.

Lessons Learned:Deadly Disorientation at Texas Plant Fire

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Probably one of the best reasons to do preplanning from 2010.

Ray’s Story

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“There’s a lot of guys that are sick on this job. A lot of guys.”

The “Ins” of the Successful Fire Officer

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Welcome Deputy Chief Ron Ayotte to the site with his post on important qualities every fire officer must have.

Rhetorical Lesson No.8:If We Did it 100 Years Ago, Is it Still Okay?

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100 years ago? Seriously? They must have had some damn fast horses and buggies back then.

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