18 Wildland Urban Interface
Understanding the paradox of fire exclusion
in the WUI.
By Dena Ali
24 Fire Attack
Responding to natural gas emergencies.
By Brian Focht and Greg Jakubowski
31 Hump Day S.O.S.
Be thankful for the best job in the world.
By David Rhodes
33 Distant Fires
Fires of note from November 1917.
By Paul Hashagen
36 From the Chief’s Desk
Scholarships for fire students.
By Ronny J. Coleman
37 Thermal Imaging
Using the camera to recognize
By Carl Nix
56 Health and Wellness
A stress management recovery plan.
By Jordan Ponder
58 Community Risk Reduction
A specialized care unit helps cut down on ER visits.
By Jim Crawford
60 New Deliveries
62 New Products
63 Ad Index
64 The Backstep
Confronting suicide with words and action.
By Matthew Tobia
COVER: The roof firefighter from Worcester (MA) Fire Department Ladder 1 makes a daring move to an
aerial after his original egress point was cut off by fire. He called a Mayday once the eaves of this three-decker wood-frame dwelling fire became heavily involved in fire. An astute aerial operator from another ladder company was able to
get his aerial to another location for the roof firefighter to make a safe egress off the now-compromised dwelling roof.
Maydays can be called at any time during an incident. If they come from the interior, those on the inside and ready rapid
intervention teams are there in quick fashion. When they come from topside, they involve the placement of ladders and
aerials, which may not be timely if not placed well in advance of a Mayday being called. Incident commanders should
take this into account early during the operation to allow those operating on the roof to know where secondary means of
egresses are as soon as they arrive at the roof. (Photo by Paul LaRochelle.)
5 From the Editor
Maintaining the fire department machine.
By Erich Roden
Jumping a few rungs on the leader ladder.
By Jay Shaw
10 Letters to the Editor
Readers weigh in on Nozzlehead.
After action incompetence
by the incident commander.
By Billy Goldfeder
16 Apparatus Ideas
Phantom Controls’ fully automated fire pump.
By Bob Vaccaro