Air Management
The Myth of Air

The Myth of Air

Climbing with spare cylinders was next to impossible     By Michael M. Dugan Imagine you are responding to a fire in a high-rise building in your jurisdiction. Upon arrival, you have a working fire on the upper floor. The incident commander orders your unit...

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Breathing Air and Firefighter Safety

Breathing Air and Firefighter Safety

Recent years have provided much more information about the increasing health risks to firefighters during the normal course of doing their job. One aspect is the toxicity of the environment in which the firefighters work. The content of the smoke is very hazardous to...

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FARS: Why Have I Never Heard Of This?

FARS: Why Have I Never Heard Of This?

Why have you never heard of them? Because the fire service has a history of being slow to change   By Michael M. Dugan FARS, the short version of "firefighter air replenishment systems," are an in-building air system similar to a standpipe that firefighters use...

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Technology & The Modern Fire Environment

Technology & The Modern Fire Environment

Brian P. Kazmierzak, EFO, CTO I recently returned from a couple days in Oakland, CA after attending the National Fallen Firefighters (NFFF) Technology Summit.  This is the second time I have attended an NFFF technology event, having attended in 2014 as well.  It...

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