cover story How Education Helps Beyond the Fire Service Anthony Mangeri explains how education helps firefighters achieve positions within the fire service, transfer and promote within the fire service and, when their traditional fire service career ultimately comes to an end, transition into new careers, such as public administration, emergency management intelligence, and a variety of other fields available to those who are well educated and well trained to handle crises. of by Anthony S. Mangeri, MPA cover story New Developments in Reading Fire All firefighters learn about backdraft and flashover—how to anticipate them and change tactics accordingly. But much of what we teach firefighters is based on legacy fuels and building construction. Shan Raffel explains some new developments in our understanding of fire behavior and how they must influence our strategic and tactical decisions on the fireground. of by Shan Raffel Photo Juan Guerra Best Practices for Promotional Prep Steve Prziborowski offers four best practices for getting promoted in the fire service: 1) Start studying now; 2) Prepare for one position ABOVE; 3) Be able to explain why you want the promotion; and 4) Prepare for the position, not the test. By Steve Prziborowski hiring, interview, promoted, promotional candidates, promotional exam, promotional process, promotions, study, test, testing In some areas of the country, hundreds of people apply for each career position in the fire service. Photo Tina Gianos Feature Story How Education Helps Beyond the Fire Service Anthony Mangeri explains how education helps firefighters achieve positions within the fire service, transfer and promote within the fire service and, when their traditional fire service career ultimately comes to an end, transition into new careers, such as public administration, emergency management intelligence, and a variety of other fields available to those who are well educated and well trained to handle crises. By Anthony S. Mangeri, MPA emergency management, Higher Education, new careers, promotions, public administration A modified 40' shipping container is used to show the development stages of a small fire as it progresses toward flashover. Photos courtesy Shan Raffel Feature Story New Developments in Reading Fire All firefighters learn about backdraft and flashover—how to anticipate them and change tactics accordingly. But much of what we teach firefighters is based on legacy fuels and building construction. Shan Raffel explains some new developments in our understanding of fire behavior and how they must influence our strategic and tactical decisions on the fireground. By Shan Raffel B-SAHF, backdraft, building construction, collapse, fire behavior, fire behavior indicators, fire gas ignition, flashover, fuel load, modern building construction, modern fuel, plastic, reading fire, SAHF, smoke explosion, Sweden, synthetic fuel Company Officer Development The Officer's Role in Safe Apparatus Driving As a company officer, you no longer drive the apparatus—but that doesn't mean you don't play an integral part in getting the vehicle to the call. Steve Marsar looks at how the officer can and should play a role in emergency vehicle response. By Stephen Marsar accident, apparatus, apparatus accident, driver, emergency vehicle operator, EVO, Officer, safe driving The company officer makes sound initial command decisions when first on scene, promotes situational awareness, maintains crews and bears the responsibility for the health and safety of their crews. Further, when it comes to training, company officers must ensure that the crew understands the dynamics of their district, including the structures' design and construction features. Photo Cary Ulrich Safety Introducing Your New Health & Safety Officer … John Eisel explains that the company officer should also play the role of health and safety officer, and offers several ways that the company officer directly impacts the health and safety at every department. By John Eisel health and safety officer, safety officer The Back Step Firehouse Fun, or Reputation-Destroying Harassment? There's a profound difference between firehouse pranks/jokes and hazing/harassment. It's the company officer's responsibility to set the expectations for acceptable behavior and ensure that all members are treated fairly. By Matthew Tobia harassment, hazing, practical joke, probie In Lafayette, Ind., the Purdue University Fire Department (PUFD) has been putting a prototype firefighting robot through its paces, and they like what they see. As the unexpected owners of a South Korean DFR1100 Firebot—possibly the only one in North America—PUFD has used the robot in various training exercises, tested its abilities in extreme conditions and brought it along to help fight a warehouse fire. Photo Courtesy Purdue University Fire Department News South Korean Firebot on Loan to Lafayette (Ind.) Fire Department Though it isn’t available to everyone, the Firebot prototype is on fire with the ability to extinguish flames remotely. By Jane Jerrard Lafayette, machines, prototype, PUFD, Purdue university, remote control, robots Photo 1: When the 28' ladder (on the right) is extended three rungs, it will equal the height of the 20' straight-frame ladder. Feature Story Selecting & Using Ground Ladders Tom Sutkus discusses tips and tricks for choosing and using the correct ground ladder for access and egress. By Tom Sutkus ground ladders, ladder training, ladders Sweeper Vision Model 50 safety glasses come in a kit with several different lenses: clear, yellow and blue-mirrored (which I used, primarily). For those needing corrective lenses, they also have a prescription glasses component that can be snapped to the inside. Photo Greg Jakubowski Gear Test Gear Test: Sweeper Vision Model 50 Safety Glasses In his search for complete eye protection in an alternative to facemasks, Greg Jakubowski tests out this set of versatile safety glasses. By Greg Jakubowski eye protection, eyewear, gear test, safety glasses, Sweeper Vision Extrication has grown into one of our most important, life-saving operations. As training officers and at the company level, we must focus on finding training opportunities to hone our extrication skills, and making the most of them. Photo Glen Ellman Quick Drills Perfecting Basic Extrication Skills Due to the frequency of extrication calls, firefighters may have the greatest opportunity to save lives at these types of incidents. Capt. Homer Robertson stresses the importance for all firefighters to be trained and prepared to execute efficient, safe, professional extrication operations. By Homer Robertson cutter, dash displacement, extrication, extrication training, glass removal, hydraulic tools, popping doors, ram, roof removal, spreader, Stabilization AND MORE
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cover story
How Education Helps Beyond the Fire Service

Anthony Mangeri explains how education helps firefighters achieve positions within the fire service, transfer and promote within the fire service and, when their traditional fire service career ultimately comes to an end, transition into new careers, such as public administration, emergency management intelligence, and a variety of other fields available to those who are well educated and well trained to handle crises.

of by Anthony S. Mangeri, MPA
cover story
New Developments in Reading Fire

All firefighters learn about backdraft and flashover—how to anticipate them and change tactics accordingly. But much of what we teach firefighters is based on legacy fuels and building construction. Shan Raffel explains some new developments in our understanding of fire behavior and how they must influence our strategic and tactical decisions on the fireground.

of by Shan Raffel

Photo Juan Guerra
Best Practices for Promotional Prep

Steve Prziborowski offers four best practices for getting promoted in the fire service: 1) Start studying now; 2) Prepare for one position ABOVE; 3) Be able to explain why you want the promotion; and 4) Prepare for the position, not the test.

By Steve Prziborowski hiring, interview, promoted, promotional candidates, promotional exam, promotional process, promotions, study, test, testing
In some areas of the country, hundreds of people apply for each career position in the fire service. Photo Tina Gianos
Feature Story
How Education Helps Beyond the Fire Service

Anthony Mangeri explains how education helps firefighters achieve positions within the fire service, transfer and promote within the fire service and, when their traditional fire service career ultimately comes to an end, transition into new careers, such as public administration, emergency management intelligence, and a variety of other fields available to those who are well educated and well trained to handle crises.

By Anthony S. Mangeri, MPA emergency management, Higher Education, new careers, promotions, public administration
A modified 40' shipping container is used to show the development stages of a small fire as it progresses toward flashover. Photos courtesy Shan Raffel
Feature Story
New Developments in Reading Fire

All firefighters learn about backdraft and flashover—how to anticipate them and change tactics accordingly. But much of what we teach firefighters is based on legacy fuels and building construction. Shan Raffel explains some new developments in our understanding of fire behavior and how they must influence our strategic and tactical decisions on the fireground.

By Shan Raffel B-SAHF, backdraft, building construction, collapse, fire behavior, fire behavior indicators, fire gas ignition, flashover, fuel load, modern building construction, modern fuel, plastic, reading fire, SAHF, smoke explosion, Sweden, synthetic fuel
Company Officer Development
The Officer's Role in Safe Apparatus Driving

As a company officer, you no longer drive the apparatus—but that doesn't mean you don't play an integral part in getting the vehicle to the call. Steve Marsar looks at how the officer can and should play a role in emergency vehicle response.

By Stephen Marsar accident, apparatus, apparatus accident, driver, emergency vehicle operator, EVO, Officer, safe driving
The company officer makes sound initial command decisions when first on scene, promotes situational awareness, maintains crews and bears the responsibility for the health and safety of their crews. Further, when it comes to training, company officers must ensure that the crew understands the dynamics of their district, including the structures' design and construction features. Photo Cary Ulrich
Safety
Introducing Your New Health & Safety Officer …

John Eisel explains that the company officer should also play the role of health and safety officer, and offers several ways that the company officer directly impacts the health and safety at every department.

By John Eisel health and safety officer, safety officer
The Back Step
Firehouse Fun, or Reputation-Destroying Harassment?

There's a profound difference between firehouse pranks/jokes and hazing/harassment. It's the company officer's responsibility to set the expectations for acceptable behavior and ensure that all members are treated fairly.

By Matthew Tobia harassment, hazing, practical joke, probie
In Lafayette, Ind., the Purdue University Fire Department (PUFD) has been putting a prototype firefighting robot through its paces, and they like what they see. As the unexpected owners of a South Korean DFR1100 Firebot—possibly the only one in North America—PUFD has used the robot in various training exercises, tested its abilities in extreme conditions and brought it along to help fight a warehouse fire. Photo Courtesy Purdue University Fire Department
News
South Korean Firebot on Loan to Lafayette (Ind.) Fire Department

Though it isn’t available to everyone, the Firebot prototype is on fire with the ability to extinguish flames remotely.

By Jane Jerrard Lafayette, machines, prototype, PUFD, Purdue university, remote control, robots
Photo 1: When the 28' ladder (on the right) is extended three rungs, it will equal the height of the 20' straight-frame ladder.
Feature Story
Selecting & Using Ground Ladders

Tom Sutkus discusses tips and tricks for choosing and using the correct ground ladder for access and egress.

By Tom Sutkus ground ladders, ladder training, ladders
Sweeper Vision Model 50 safety glasses come in a kit with several different lenses: clear, yellow and blue-mirrored (which I used, primarily). For those needing corrective lenses, they also have a prescription glasses component that can be snapped to the inside. Photo Greg Jakubowski
Gear Test
Gear Test: Sweeper Vision Model 50 Safety Glasses

In his search for complete eye protection in an alternative to facemasks, Greg Jakubowski tests out this set of versatile safety glasses.

By Greg Jakubowski eye protection, eyewear, gear test, safety glasses, Sweeper Vision
Extrication has grown into one of our most important, life-saving operations. As training officers and at the company level, we must focus on finding training opportunities to hone our extrication skills, and making the most of them. Photo Glen Ellman
Quick Drills
Perfecting Basic Extrication Skills

Due to the frequency of extrication calls, firefighters may have the greatest opportunity to save lives at these types of incidents. Capt. Homer Robertson stresses the importance for all firefighters to be trained and prepared to execute efficient, safe, professional extrication operations.

By Homer Robertson cutter, dash displacement, extrication, extrication training, glass removal, hydraulic tools, popping doors, ram, roof removal, spreader, Stabilization

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