Fire engineers: 12 rookie mistakes

Viewed as opportunity or setback, the jump to the driver’s seat brings a new set of responsibilities for firefighters Call it chauffeur, engineer, technician or driver, if you come from a small to mid-size department the guaranteed next career step for a firefighter is to pump, raise ladders, swing buckets and drive every rig in…

11 tips to keep apparatus glass clean

A huge component of fire truck safety is being able to see the road; here’s a look at how to keep your glass clean, especially in bad weather. I’ve worn corrective lenses since I was in the second grade. So I know a thing or two about the affect of having glass between me and…

Bulldog 4×4 Extreme Is the Off-Road Fire Truck of Our Dreams

With 25 inches of ground clearance, locking differentials, and a roll cage, this Bulldog is perfect for fighting fires where the pavement ends. Finding a truck that meets your fire department’s needs can be difficult when your service area has a wide variety of environments. Most department shy away from specialty trucks due to the…

7 reasons for annual firefighter physical tests

It is more important to know firefighters’ physical abilities each year than at the beginning of their careers. I have heard a lot of discussion about annual physical assessment tests — whether they are a good idea, if they are necessary, how relevant they are, how well accepted they are and whether the world will…

9 sources of firefighter stress

Firefighting was crowned most-stressful job; understanding what makes it so is key to reducing that stress When I read the recent article that declared firefighting to be the most stressful job in the United States, I remembered a conversation I had long ago with a friend who was a paramedic with the private ambulance service…

8 keys to good firefighter extrication gloves

Whether or not the gloves are NFPA certified, use this checklist to guide your next extrication glove purchase Many fire departments have evolved from being strictly a fire suppression and protection operation to that of an all-hazards emergency services organization. For many of those departments, providing technical rescue services like vehicle extrication, rope rescue, water…

4 serious reasons why firefighters pass out

Passing out, even briefly, can be a sign that a firefighter has life-threatening health issues; a trip to the hospital is always in order You are assisting the instructors at the fire academy as they are running a group of recruits through basic drills. It is a pleasant day, not too hot, not too humid….