22 Fire Attack
Firefighting in wood buildings under construction.
By Greg Jakubowski
28 Wildland Urban Interface
Developing master proficiency
with “everyday” tools.
By Seth Barker
32 Hump Day S.O.S.
Caution: The fire service is losing its experts.
By David Rhodes
36 Distant Fires
Fires of note from September 1917.
By Paul Hashagen
37 From the Chief’s Desk
Choosing and becoming a role model.
By Ronny J. Coleman
38 Thermal Imaging
Using thermal imaging during overhaul.
By Carl Nix
58 Community Risk Reduction
A new youth firesetting information
By Jim Crawford
60 New Deliveries
61 New Products
63 Ad Index
64 The Backstep
The most difficult job in emergency services.
By Matthew Tobia
COVER: A Lawrence (MA) deputy chief surveys the scene of a defensive fire that went to six alarms to bring
under control. Defensive fires of an extended duration will see a continual rotation of companies to operate ground-based
deck guns and aerial master streams and recheck exposures. Incident commanders (ICs) must ensure that all personnel
rotating into the operational side of the incident are aware of established collapse and hazard zones. This can be
accomplished by a face-to-face roll call for fresh companies or the taping off of the hazard zone with scene tape. Either
way, it is incumbent on all those operating anywhere near the hazard zone to understand the established hazard zones
and monitor those who inadvertently venture past these zones. ICs must be diligent in protecting these zones and not
become persuaded to allow any member or company to operate past the established zones for any length of time. Often,
companies will “suggest” a way to reduce time on scene by being allowed to operate behind the hazard or collapse zone
“just for a moment.” This is where the IC’s command presence and discipline will be tested, and it becomes the manner
in which you set the tone for those coming to your next fire.(Photo by Jimmy Daly.)
6 From the Editor
Strategies for balancing work and home life.
By Erich Roden
8 ToolsNews Techniques
New technology will assist emergency
By Dave Donohue
The loss of three fire service brothers and differing
By Billy Goldfeder
18 Apparatus Ideas
Ferrara tractor-drawn aerial to Ashburn (VA)
Volunteer Fire and Rescue.
By Bob Vaccaro