Staffing Effects Research

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From Dave Statter, WUSA9 ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA)- Firefighters crawling inside a burning building to put out a fire. But this is a test. If this had been an actual emergency your local fire department may not have four firefighters on board each fire truck as they did on Thursday at the Montgomery County Fire Rescue […]

Tactical Benchmarks

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The latest edition of Radio @’s Training and Tactics Talk presented a brief outline of what will be Chief Doug Cline’s future radio programs. Chief Cline begins to look at real tactical operations that occur in the field; a comparison of these between big city and rural departments; and the tactics that have to […]

Training Opportunity

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Elmsford Fire Department Annual Lt. Andy Fredericks, FDNY Memorial Seminar and Exhibits Hosted by the Elmsford Fire Dept. Saturday, February 7, 2009 Registration, refreshments and exhibits begin at 7:30 a.m. Program 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. “Lightweight Construction” Presented by Battalion Chief Bill Hines, FDNY, ret. “Strip Mall Fires” Presented by Deputy Chief Tom Dunne, […]

Training Opportunity

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Andy Fredericks Training Days will be hosted annually in Alexandria to continue Andy’s legacy of excellent instruction on the basic operations of structural firefighting. This three day lecture series covering fundamental fireground operations will be delivered by friends of Andy, each of whom had the opportunity to share in Andy’s life work.Not only will these […]

In Defense of Jumping

“”I think it takes a particular coward to criticize procedures that you don’t understand particularly when they apply to places that you don’t have the bravery to go,” FDNY Battalion Chief John Sullivan said. “Friday the 23rd families and members of the FDNY gathered togther at a church in the Bronx and one in Brooklyn. […]

Fire Dynamics comes to MFRI

Executive Development Seminar: Fire Dynamics for the Fire ServiceThursday, February 19, 20099:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute4500 Paint Branch Parkway College Park, MD 20742301-226-9900 or 1-800-ASK-MFRIFeaturing:Daniel Madrzykowski Steve Kerber Building and Fire Research Laboratory National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Gaithersburg, Maryland This presentation will discuss how building geometry, materials, furnishings, […]

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 […]

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