26 Hump Day S.O.S.
Why Santa rides in on a fire truck.
By David Rhodes
28 Distant Fires
Fires of note from December 1916.
By Paul Hashagen
30 From the Chief’s Desk
Embracing new strategies in a changing world.
By Ronny J. Coleman
31 Thermal Imaging
Staying safe during the holidays.
By Carl Nix
57 Company Officer Development
Poking fun at the “newbie.”
By Stephen Marsar
59 Community Risk Reduction
Alabama’s fire prevention efforts.
By Jim Crawford
60 New Deliveries
61 New Products
63 Ad Index
64 The Backstep
Leading in a combination department.
By Matthew Tobia
COVER: Firefighters begin removing window bars and board-ups at a multiple-dwelling fire. The removal of
window bars should always be a priority for the incident commander (IC), as it correlates to firefighter safety. As crime
in communities increases, property owners add additional barriers to unlawful entry in addition to window bars and
gates such as wood covering or HUD windows. If these are present in a fire department’s community, truck companies
must be able to overcome these property security measures with an array of tools and saws. Remember, the weakest
points on window bars are always the attachment points to the structure, and knowing the best means of addressing
these points is the surest way of protecting interior firefighters. Once window bars and board-ups have been removed,
the IC must make a radio transmission to all operating firefighters so interior and exterior companies can deploy with the
confidence that they will have unimpeded access to every part of the fire building. (Photo by Tod Sudmeier.)
7 From the Editor
By Erich Roden
Do you have cave rescue capabilities?
By Dustin Gladwell
Being a fully involved firefighter.
By Billy Goldfeder
20 Apparatus Ideas
Smeal’s Snorkel for Frankfort (IL).
By Bob Vaccaro
24 Wildland Urban Interface
A look back at the 2016 WUI fire season.
By Todd McNeal