PERI Symposium on Firefighter Deaths and Injuries

Review of the PERI “Reducing Firefighter Deaths and Injuries: Changes in Concept, Policy, and Practice” Symposium InformationNear the end of September 2008, the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) conducted an online symposium for the purpose of looking into how to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. Being an online or virtual gathering, a total of 19 […]

Commentary: GFO Need Not Apply

There are three different personalities of those who “teach fire”. Some who do it let their actions on the fireground and in the burn building speak for themselves. They keep their philosophy to themselves. Others have the actions mastered, yet when they speak they show an ignorance and arrogance towards the changing firefighter culture. The […]

To Stretch or Not To Stretch

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A tale of two engine bosses On 3 December 2008 a box alarm was transmitted for fire coming from the hot tub at 4806 Jamestown Road in Bethesda, Maryland[1]. Prior to units arriving, dispatchers transmitted the Rapid Intervention Dispatch and Task Force alarms. The reason for the quick additional alarms was most likely that the […]

Wallet Card Firemen

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The latest edition of Training and Tactics Talk, at, is about training today’s fire service, with a focus towards the volunteer fire department. Chief Doug Cline and guest, South Carolina State Fire Training Academy’s Resident Training Coordinator Phillip Russell, spoke about how fire departments should reevaluate their training as well as their attitude towards […]

IAFC Firefighter Injury Survey

The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Safety, Health and Survival Section is conducting an online survey to collect information on the needs of firefighters who have been critically injured in the line of duty. The data collected will assist the section in creating sample guidelines for deparments to use when faced with a member(s) having […]


The arrival of fall means many things. Football season. Muzzleloading season. An early look at spring training for the Red Sox. An increase, however slight, of some degree in working fires? Perhaps that is the reason that lately there has been an increase in the number of figures in our fireground media world focusing on […]

Engine Company Principles, Part I

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This series will look in detail at three principles of a disciplined and effective engine company: Prepared to Work; Knowing the Response Area; and Basics of Handline Stretches. Each will look at points to address before the alarm. Prepared to Work The modern firefighter comes out of his or her introductory training with basic knowledge […]

Fire Dynamics, Addendum

“The evolution of our tactical capability will only be enhanced by the evolution of our mental agility.” These are Bobby Halton’s words in his description of the NIST Fire Dynamics for the Fire Service presentation. To me, that’s a rather amazing and daunting statement, “mental agility”. There is a continual emphasis to sharpen our states […]

Fire Dynamics for the Fire Service

I attended this event yesterday at NIST and was very impressed. There were many members from Montgomery, Fairfax and Prince William counties. I also saw a few of us from PG and DC and out-of-towners as well. A lot of the information presented was the prologue to the PPV research done at Governors Island. Later […]

Considering LODD Medical Information

Also see: “Is It the Job or Your Body?” The intent is not to devalue or criticize the loss but to understand that there are differing methods of determining the data being presented. These differences may influence reported statistical data.Maybe it’s not always the guy who is in poor shape. Maybe it is the combination […]

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