38 Straight Talk
The director and creator of the Florian Program with Rosecrance
Health Network, a battalion chief in the Chicago (IL) Fire Department, talks about how he got into the field of providing assistance to
firefighters dealing with addiction, mental health issues, and recovery.
By Daniel DeGryse
40 Pride and Ownership
Those who act like owners feel the pride and love for this noblest
profession. Do you own or rent the job?
By Rick Lasky
Firefighters should be able to show up for work regardless of their
gender and ethnicity without their fellow firefighters wondering
if they were only hired to meet some quota. The culture change
By Tracy Whitten
45 Old School Rules
Firefighters love to pick a door and figure out a way to get to the
other side. Likewise, there are managerial “doors” that fire officers
and chiefs have to pick and get through during the course of
performing the administrative aspects of their jobs.
By Dennis L. Rubin
48 Urban Essentials
Here is a primer on how to estimate hose stretch minimums so you
don’t get caught short when trying to complete a successful stretch.
By Ray McCormack
50 Distant Fires
FireRescue’s resident historian takes a look back at fires of note from
January 1918, including one of the most difficult cellar fires in years
that took place in Boston, Massachusetts.
By Paul Hashagen
52 Barn Boss Leadership
The author walks through the life cycle of leading so you can use it
to assess your situation and determine the best course of action
based on your experiences and capabilities.
By Brian Ward
54 Leaders Are Readers
The author reviews and recommends The Immortal Irishman: The Irish
Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan.
By Michael M. Dugan
56 Thermal Imaging
You can use a thermal imaging camera on calls where you don’t
see visible smoke and flames emanating from a building—
to investigate odors, detect hot spots from smoldering fires,
and reveal hidden attic fires, for example.
By Carl Nix
57 New Deliveries
58 New Products
59 Ad Index
60 The Backstep
Maydays don’t just occur on the fireground. Officers must prepare
for the day when they will have to confront a personnel issue that is
so extreme it will rival a fireground Mayday.
By Matthew Tobia
COVER: A CalFire (CA) helicopter
egresses from a water drop on a hillside
in what was yet another busy California
wildfire season. The use of aircraft in
conjunction with ground crews to fight
wildfires still requires the same command
and control principles that urban, structural
firefighters depend on. Accountability and
location of units and their areas of operation
parallel both types of firefighting as the
primary concern on either fireground. Life
safety of occupants and firefighters alike
requires everyone to operate according
to the same incident management plan
regardless of wildland, rural, or urban setting. This also includes after-action reviews
that will look at accountability, safety, and outcomes of incident priorities as universal
determinants of success. (Photo by Keith D. Cullom, www.fire-image.com.)