5 From the Editor
FireRescue debuts a new mix of columnists sure to inform,
enlighten, and stimulate progressive thinking about the fire service.
By Erich Roden
Visions from fire calls past haunt the author—like they can with
anyone in this demanding yet often draining profession—and he
tells how he copes with these “ghosts” and carries on.
By James K. Crawford
Gaining community support for your department is like dating, and
Nozzlehead offers an action plan for romancing the voting public.
By Billy Goldfeder
13 Apparatus Ideas
The Honolulu (HI) Fire Department puts an SVI helicopter tender
in service. Here’s a look at the detailed preplanning that went into
the design of this specialty vehicle.
By Bob Vaccaro
16 Wildland Urban Interface
When the three predictors of fire behavior—weather, topography,
and fuel—are working in each other’s favor, you achieve “full
alignment” in the wildland-urban interface.
By Seth Barker
18 Hump Day S.O.S.
The author recalls his first encounter with the late fire service
legend Alan Brunacini and how it shaped a career-long
relationship with the legend even though they were decades
apart in age.
By David Rhodes
22 From the Chief’s Desk
It is important to become a firehouse lawyer by understanding
important legal concepts relative to the fire service, especially in
this litigious society.
By Ronny J. Coleman
24 Details Matter
Because of a greater understanding of fire dynamics and
ventilation-induced fire behavior, many departments, among them
big-city departments, are adopting and instituting new best
practices on the fireground.
By P.J. Norwood and Sean Gray
26 Firefighter Cancer Support Network
Cancer in the fire service is the new reality, but there are measures
everyone should be taking to minimize the risks and exposure.
By Keith Tyson
29 Construction Under Fire
The modern built environment is incorporating lighter and
dimensionally reduced building materials in new construction,
which requires constant education and familiarization.
By James Johnson
32 Company Near Miss Review
A look at a volunteer response gone wrong yields important
lessons about drivers, seat belts, speed, braking, and recognition-primed decision making.
By Greg Lindsay
34 High-Rise Operations
Calling for help early and having mutual-aid agreements
in place with neighboring departments are keys to success
at your next high-rise fire.
By Dave McGrail
Volume 36, Issue 1
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