The use of a blocking vehicle makes total sense. It is an emergency responder life saver. Your department may have one. If not, explore ways of getting one.
The incidents of emergency response personnel and fire apparatus being struck while operating on the scene are well known. What is not known is how many of these (especially at nighttime) were caused by drivers being blinded by emergency lights.
Despite public perception, the type of duty deaths continues to reflect that firefighters are more likely to die doing something other than operating on the fireground.
No doubt you have heard about cancer-causing perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) being in the fabric of your turnout gear—even when it comes from the factory.
Embrace and encourage R&D. Science-based research reports can often be strong tools in justifying budget development.
This month will cover some of the positive potential changes emerging for NFPA 1901.
A key principle in designing and specifying an apparatus is to minimize the need to climb on top of the apparatus.
Several members of the audience were dumbfounded when they learned that one of the proposed changes was to allow fire departments to choose their own colors for the chevron striping on the back of apparatus.
One of the typical responses to establishing a standard operating procedure stating that contaminated PPE should not be placed in an apparatus cab is that the crews must remain out of service until they return to the station to have their PPE cleaned or access their second set of PPE.
The survey provided an interesting look (probably for the first time) at what we wear when responding to and mitigating emergency incidents.