We all know that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a necessary part of firefighting. Through the years PPE has evolved into the most high-tech equipment ever used by the modern firefighter. Every year that passes brings new innovations to make a dangerous job, on a good day, a little safer. None of us would ever dream of sending our firefighters into a burning structure without proper PPE. We would never send them into fight fire without the best gear we can afford to buy. We…See More
I hate to admit it, but unfortunately, as a leader, I know what the words I don’t trust you sound like. Perhaps the most frustrating part for me at the time was that I didn’t know exactly what I did at the time to earn this statement. I spent countless hours second-guessing myself, asking other’s opinions, and trying to find a way to reconnect with this person to get us back on track. But in searching for answers I found none. Each day the distance between us seemed to grow larger,…See More
One of the most important aspects of fire safety design deals with the configuration of the smoke ventilation system. If a fire breaks out, the ventilation system needs to successfully extract the smoke and gas from the area while ensuring a safe evacuation of any people in the building and, at the same time, reducing the temperature and maintaining sufficient visibility to make the firefighters’ job easier. One of the techniques used to assess the performance and efficiency of the HVAC system…See More
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