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Congratulations, in 2015 you will be promoted to a Command Level Officer…MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY!

Congratulations, in 2015 you will be promoted to a Command Level Officer…MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY! Captain Joe Pronesti Guest Columnist TheFireOfficer.com It’s a new year and in many fire departments across America large or small, paid, part-paid and volunteer, members of our service will be retiring from positions of command and new faces will be taking […]

Predictability of Performance of the Building

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Taking it to the Streets The dynamics and time compression of the first-due with varied concurrent tactical assignments demands a well trained and coordinated assignment. The fire compartment, it’s rate of growth and degree of extension, the building’s structural system, resiliency, structural integrity and occupancy risk must be recognized in a timely manner and processed […]

Analysis of Firetruck Crashes and Associated Firefighter Injuries in the United States

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Approximately 500 firefighters are involved in fatal firetruck crashes each year and 1 out of 100 of these occupants dies as a result of the crash.

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“You donÂ’t need a last name for Herbie. Everybody knew Herbie”; Chicago Fire Capt. Herbie Johnson. Chicago Fire Captain LODD in residential fire.

New Sensor System Tracks Firefighters Where GPS Fails

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New Sensor System Tracks Firefighters Where GPS Fails. Portable device locates missing firefighters–saves time and maybe lives

Checking your Compass

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As a Company Officer; have you checked your compass lately? Do you know where you are?

Deployment Decisions: Defining Operations on the First-Due

First-due company operations are influenced by a number of parameters and factors; some deliberate and dictated, others prescribed and prearranged and yet others subjective, biased, predisposed or at times accidental, casual and emotional. For many of you riding the seat or arriving assuming command; you understand the connotations and implications I’m making here. HereÂ’s an […]

Near-Miss Report of the Week

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As an officer, you need to stay abreast of operational issues and situations in order to be knowledgeable and conversant with the variables that may affect company deployments and subsequent operations.

Texas Captain; 2010 LODD Report Issued with Lessons Learned

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Captain Araguz, a 30 year old, 11-year veteran of the Wharton Volunteer Fire Department made Captain in 2009.

Front Seat Responsibilities; On Both the LEFT and RIGHT Sides

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Front Seat Responsibilities Artwork by Paul Combs All Rights Reserved  A few days ago I posted an article entitled here on TCO: Front Seat Responsibilities; On Both the LEFT and RIGHT Sides, however the original article was lost as a result of the siteÂ’s melt down on Friday; thus resulting in the loss of the […]

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