Recently, a group of well-seasoned firefighters gathered at the National Fire Academy and were asked to participate in a forum to generate strategies and materials to support suicide intervention and prevention in the fire service. The response from several was one of surprise at the scope of the issue and disappointment in how few of us were aware of or had a good handle on the issue. Presentations were made by several well-educated, kind, and sensitive people who shared their knowledge and…Continue
Many years ago, a young firefighter was chastised by his officer-me-for attacking an interior fire from an exterior position, based on the belief that the hose stream would push the fire throughout the structure and create an environment that was untenable for any potential victims. Personal experience and observation had led to this conclusion that a handline directed on a fire could, in fact, help to advance that fire to yet uninvolved portions of the building.