22 Fire Attack
Understanding foam systems in buildings.
By Greg Jakubowski
26 Hump Day S.O.S.
Training in acquired structures.
By David Rhodes
28 Distant Fires
Fires of note from June 1917.
By Paul Hashagen
30 From the Chief’s Desk
Turning a personnel file into a resume.
By Ronny J. Coleman
31 Thermal Imaging
A camera for every firefighter.
By Carl Nix
48 Company Officer Development
The fires that invite complacency.
By Stephen Marsar
50 Community Risk Reduction
Challenges of fire code compliance inspections.
By Jim Crawford
52 New Deliveries
53 New Products
55 Ad Index
56 The Backstep
Risks of personal board and care homes.
By Matthew Tobia
COVER: Firefighters in Westminster (MA) narrowly missed tragedy when a partial collapse filled
the tower ladder bucket with bricks during a seven-alarm fire. Anytime an aerial positions its boom (bucket) or
tip to operate defensively, apparatus operators need to be positioned near the control pedestal to move either
if a collapse is suspected. Apparatus operators should also position the aerial apparatus outside the estimated
collapse zone on arrival, as repositioning later in the operation is difficult or impossible in most instances. Incident
commanders (ICs) must be cognizant of apparatus positioning, particularly aerials during the initial phases of
the operation, and be willing to hold other companies at the end of the block to get aerials in a safe and proper
position. Once hoselines and aerials are in front of the fire building, ICs should keep a watchful eye on the
position of operating aerials and ensure that apparatus operators are not positioning themselves to be in harm’s
way, even if it provides the optimal stream position. (Photo by Jim Marabello.)
5 From the Editor
Getting a clearer view of LODDs.
By Erich Roden
6 ToolsNews Techniques
Station wear for added protection.
By Mark Saner
Cancer may be just one fire away.
By Billy Goldfeder
14 Apparatus Ideas
MBF command post vehicle for Suffolk County,
By Bob Vaccaro
18 Wildland Urban Interface
Managing the unexpected during WUI suppression.
By Todd McNeal