Firefighters in Spartanburg, S.C., battle a test burn of an abandoned house in an experiment to demonstrate new techniques for combating flashover. Researchers from NIST, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, and state and local fire and safety officials participated in the tests.
The Tualatin Valley (Ore.) Fire & Rescue Department recently hosted members of FirstNet's engineering team to learn about fireground communications in their quest to develop public-safety grade technologies that will operate the nationwide, interoperable public-safety broadband network.
The Phoenix Fire Department began its master plan development of a fire academy a decade ago. The then-funding limited the development to a driver-training track, Class A and B burn buildings and recruit training classroom. Future plans included additional classroom training facilities, an administrative building and a redundant dispatch/emergency operations center.
Santa Cruz (Calif.) firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of a police-officer shooting. When they arrived, firefighters even shielded innocent bystanders from bullets, according to this report from KGO-TV....More
Early Wednesday morning Central Dispatch got a call for a possible fire in the area of Pilgrim and Shafer. When the first engine arrived on the still alarm they found a dwelling going throughout at the corner of Pilgrim and Snowden and would be stretching. They called for the box alarm and requested an extra engine for a possible second dwelling on fire. An offensive attack was taken to try and knock down the fire, but it was quickly spreading and the chief ordered an immediate evacuation. The fire was soon after brought under control with the exposure dwelling saved. No injuries were reported.
Whenever someone is hurt, our nation’s first responders are compelled to rush in to help. I love that about this industry. However, self-deployed first responders also put themselves and the operation at risk unknowingly....More
With a vote declaring this sacred loss of trust, there is no turning back. What’s done is done and, regardless of the justifications or excuses, the fabric of command and control has been torn forever....More
By Mike Metro -- The last time I wrote, I discussed the concept of sending the right person, at the right time, with the right equipment and the right training, in the right vehicle. Last month, we focused on the right person. For this article, I want to focus on the right equipment....More
VFIS's Ryan Pietzsch said that many agencies do not consider safety and security during the fire station design phase. Instead, they wait until after construction is completed and accidents or losses begin to occur....More
By Daniel B.C. Gardiner--Hundreds of pieces of fire apparatus will be blasting their way down different Main Streets this Memorial Day, giving nearby spectators as well as the firefighters in the line of march, a good dose of acoustic trauma....More