Always and never. Those of us in the firefighting and fire science business know all too well about the Always and Never lists of things to do and not do when fighting fires. These have been part of academy training for many years, and it's likely that your chief is alive and got to his or her position by following and committing the memory the absolutes listed.
Firefighters just sit around, playing games, eating, sleeping and watching TV, and once in a while they are called out to hose down a fire here and there...right?
It was just a little more than a year ago that 19 firefighters were killed by the Yarnell Hill wildfire in central Arizona. Only one member of the Granite Mountain hotshot team survived the tragedy, which is the largest single loss-of-life event for firefighters since Sept. 11, 2001.
Several states in the last few years have contradicted federal law and allowed residents to use marijuana in small amounts either for recreational or medicinal purposes.
There is no question that firefighters are among the most essential government workers in most municipal jurisdictions. Yet, in the current economic climate across much of the country, local budgets are being squeezed, and sometimes that means the firehouses don't always get all the funding they may need in order to continue operations uninterrupted.
Fighting fires for a living is not only one of the most dangerous professions in the world, it can also be one of the most time-consuming. As a result, it can be hard to keep up with all of the news and information that affects your world.
Posted by Feldfire Team on 6/18/2014
Fire or other life-threatening situations (like extrication) can be very dangerous for firefighters, first responders and the victims.
The problem is that, with firefighters tending to be a prideful sort, some of the PTSD cases go undiagnosed and thus untreated because these men and women don't generally ask for help.
Firefighters must stay fit and strong. Failure to do so can keep them from being able to perform the duties of their profession and can even keep them from leading long and enjoyable lives.
Posted by Feldfire on 5/22/2014
Whether you are going on a road trip, driving in inclement weather, or just going on your normal weekday commute, it is a good idea to equip your car with the right tools in the event of an emergency.