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PPEPGI 11. TK factors to look for in a particulate hoodAs manufacturers have worked to improve the design and materials for firefighter hoods, their effectiveness in particulate and thermal protection has grown. In this article, learn about the advances in particulate hoods and TK (some number of) factors to look for in a particulate hood, from comfort, to wearability, durability and protection.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-389Need to reviseAvsecAdded to Mayhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-10687
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Gear StorageGearGrid7/158/214. Wildland firefighter PPE care and storageProperly caring for and storing gear protects structural integrity and the gear’s longevity and is the first step in firefighter safety. Wildland firefighters’ PPE needs differ from structural firefighters in materials, composition and fit. This article explores the most important aspects of caring for and storing wildland firefighter gear.
10/28Linda WillingAdded to Septhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-11130
Emergency Response/Software/PreplansIncident Response Tech8/1510/13. Best practices for preplanning special eventsSpecial events, such as concerts, festivals, parades, pose unique challenges for fire department personnel charged with providing protection to attendees. Not only are there safety factors to consider but also coordination with other first responders and possibly local government agencies. Preplanning tools are essential tools to help firefighters prepare for such events so they have quick access to area files, maps and other resources that may help with response efforts in the event of an emergency.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-341Due 10/24Jim Spell
Emergency Response/Software/PreplansIncident Response Tech8/1510/14. Using real-time maps to stage and deploy personnelOne of the biggest challenges in responding to large-scale disasters is getting accurate mapping and sharing that information with multiple agencies, dispatch and responding units. Software solutions that enable fire chiefs and incident commanders to pinpoint and share hazards and response obstructions, like downed trees, power lines and road closures, allow efficient crew deployment and staging.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-342with Joann to share with client 10/25 NLRobert AvsecAdded to Octhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-11254
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Radios: Communications and Interoperability
Motorola6/117/26*1. How to use communications systems to help ensure personnel accountability during wildfire eventsWildfire and wildland/urban interface incidents can stretch miles, with personnel spread out in all directions. Personnel accountability during these incidents is top priority. This article will explain how incident commanders and other team members can use communications systems to help track personnel and enhance incident safety.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-395Staged; 10/9Jim SpellAdded to Septhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-11135
Gear StorageGearGrid7/158/21*3. Storage systems: It’s not just about turnout gearWhile many firefighters are familiar with locker-type systems used to store turnout gear, they may not realize that there are similar methods to store equipment, like hoses, equipment bags and specialty tools and equipment. This article will address the factors to consider when determining how best to arrange your station storage area in an effort to maximize space while providing easily accessible tools and equipment.
with RE to post for 9/27Robert AvsecAdded to Septhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-11129
Fire Hoods PPEWL Gore (1 of 2)6/208/5*3. Hood basics: What you need to know to about breathability and durabilityProtective hoods are a critical part of the firefighting ensemble, serving to join the helmet, SCBA facepiece and coat collar area to provide an increased level of protection for these areas of the body. It is therefore essential that the hood provide proper breathability and be appropriately durable for the job at hand. This article will look at the features that impact hood breathability and durability.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-415Staged; with JE for client review; RE can post for 10/2
Rom Duckworth
Added to Septhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-11134
Structual Turnout GearWL Gore (2 of 2)7/169/1*1. TK ways to manage heat stressFirefighters face grueling conditions on the fireground and fireline – sometimes in extreme heat conditions. When operating such conditions, firefighters face health risks associated with elevated heart rate, dehydration, high core body temperature and heat exhaustion. This article will review strategies the firefighters can employ before, during and after incidents to help manage heat stress, addressing topics related to turnout gear features that help manage heat stress as well as hydration and rehab efforts.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-488DONERobert AvsecAdded to Aughttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-11117
Communications; HeadsetsDavid Clark6/37/183. Understanding the system components of an in-vehicle communications systemCommunications systems that integrate with fire apparatus are essential to crews being able to perform their tasks in an efficient manner. These sophisticated systems have several components that allow them to provide clear communication to crews en route and at the scene. This article outlines the system components that department personnel need to understand to properly use their communications system.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-384DONEKeith PadgettIN
Radios: Communications and Interoperability
Motorola6/117/263. The evolution of fireground communications systems: How to bring your department up to speedNot that long ago, firefighters struggled to ensure a strong connection between incident command and firefighters working interior. Fortunately, fireground technology has come a long way, particularly with communications systems. This article provides a brief overview of past systems while looking ahead to what departments should now expect from a modern-day communications system.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-396DONERobert AvsecINhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-11069
Ruggedized laptops and tabletsXplore 21: How mobile technology improves fireground accountabilityFirefighter accountability is a cornerstone of fireground safety. With the dynamic nature of the fire scene – and other all-hazards assignments to which fire personnel are called – incident commanders must know where their personnel are at all times. Key to this mission is technology, particularly mobile technology, so ICs can monitor the situation, whether in the command vehicle or out in the field during a disaster event. This article will outline how mobile technology can aid in fireground accountability and improve firefighter safety.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-420Posted 6/27/19AvsecAdded to Junehttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-10919
Data ManagementImageTrend2. Using data to map your community responseIdentifying areas of significance in your community through visual data mapping, using pins or clusters, can allow you to staff appropriately, ensure new personnel are familiar with areas they’ll likely respond to, and so much more.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-185Staged for 7/17, 7/31 promoAvsecAdded to novhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9885
Hazmat/Radiation DetectionMirion Technologies 23. 4 types of radiation exposureThis article outlines the four types of radiation; alpha, beta, gamma and neutron, the dangers of each, and how to measure and protect against exposure during a Hazmat response.RM-208Staged for 7/16, 7/26 promoJim SpellAdded to Febhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-10411
CommunicationsCradlepoint 26. How to achieve fire vehicle connectivityTechnology plays a key role in providing fire officers and incident commanders the tools they need to be mobile, connected responders. In-vehicle connectivity is a critical part of this mission. To accomplish this, today’s fire vehicles need a high-performance mobile router solution that securely connects mission-critical applications and mobile assets. This article outlines what departments should look for to ensure the device they choose offers the functionality they need and how to utilize that connectivity for maximum effect.RM-319Staged for 8/1, 8/16 promoRobert AvsecAdded to Janhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-10267
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Extrication ToolsHolmatro 1Training day: Extrication on an embankmentNot every accident scene leaves the vehicles within easy reach of rescuers and their equipment. Sometimes, emergency rescue crews need to leave the road to extricate patients, bringing their gear and tools with them. This article will contain everything the training officer needs to stage a training drill for educating firefighters on extricating patients in hard-to-reach areas, like roadside embankments: learning objectives, tools and props needed, how to set up the drill, how to enact the drill, and how to evaluate performance.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/CC-1411DoneRobert Avsecadded to Febhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-150
PPE (hoods)W. L. Gore & AssociatesFirefighter hood tech protects firefighters: The 2018 Edition of NFPA 1971 and New Liquid and Particulate Blocking Hoods address how firefighter hoods protect firefighters from thermal burns and carcinogensNew designs and materials first introduced in 2016 help protect firefighters from cancer-causing liquids and particles as well as thermal burns are now addressed in NFPA 1971’s 2018 edition.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/CC-1669Done
Rommie Duckworth
added to Marchhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-149
SoftwareIncident ResponseHow real-time accountability improves response, safetyCloud computing and software that allows real-time updates from multiple sources can help incident commanders on the ground plot fire activity, the location of hand lines and where unit assets are located. Quickly capturing and sharing vital location information is key to planning a fire attack and maintaining the safety of firefighters.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/CC-1494 DoneRobert Avsecadded to Marchhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-8689
PPE (turnout gear and wildland)FireDex 1Choosing the turnout gear right for youA good fit and field evaluation will help you make better choices about the most important gear in your department Purchasing the right turn out gear for your firefighters can be one of the most crucial, and complex processes that a chief officer can undertake. Here are the key steps to performing fit and field evaluations before you buy your gear.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/CC-1548 DoneRobert Avsecadded to Marchhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-8673
Fire Emergency Response Software, Dispatch Equipment, Fire CommunicationseDispatches 11. How to implement automated dispatchAutomated dispatch systems are designed to alert responders to emergencies without a radio pager or the direct aid of dispatch. When implementing a system, decide how you want to alert your personal (cell phones, landlines or wireless devices), and in what medium (text, voice or app notification). Identify who will receive which alerts, and how you will use the system (e.g., mapping routes to calls, dispatching volunteer firefighters to the scene, or dispatching engine crews to a incident).https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/CC-1530 DoneRobert Avsecadded to Marchhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-8854
Emergency Lighting Command Light*1. TK Questions to answer when purchasing scene lightingBefore purchasing new lighting options, examine what currently isn’t working on scene (inadequate wattage or illumination field) as well as historical and potential future use cases. Ask these questions to determine the lighting solution that best suits your department’s vehicles.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/CC-1460DoneRobert Avsecadded to Mayhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-8881
SCBAMSA2. Training Day: Executing a mayday save with the rapid intervention teamFirefighters know all about training for the worst. While every firefighter dreads a mayday call, it’s important to train for rescuing a trapped firefighter, from locating a trapped firefighter, to using the RIT bag and providing emergency breathing air, often in poor-to-no visibility. This article contains everything the training officer needs to stage a RIT training drill, including: learning objectives, tools and props needed, how to set up the drill, how to enact the drill, and how to evaluate performance.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/CC-1582DoneRobert Rielageadded to Marchhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-8743
Gear storage racksGearGrid 1Three questions to answer before purchasing your next gear storage systemProperly maintaining and storing turnout gear extends its lifecycle and protective properties. When evaluating gear storage systems, ask the following questions to find the product that’s right for your station. / Examples: / How much space is available, and where? / What is the volume of gear and equipment that needs to be stored? / Can configurations be changed over time? / How are you going to clean and maintain the storage system? / Don’t forget to anticipate future needs. Will you be adding personnel? How will changing recommendations impact future storage (i.e., will you have the room to store multiple sets of gear for each firefighter if needed?). Think ahead to find the perfect fit for gear storage.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/CC-1793Done
Robert Avsec, due 4/30
added to Aprilhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-8855
Radios: Communications & InteroperabilityMotorola 1*2. Training Day: Fireground communcationsOne of the biggest areas for improvement on the fireground is radio communications. Responding firefighters need communications training, for their safety and the safety of the mission. In this article, learn how to stage a training drill for crucial fireground communications.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-92DoneKeith Padgettadded to Mayhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-8927
Turnout gear/bootsGlobe1. From the ground up: Cleaning turnout gear means cleaning bootsRecently, changes have been recommended for moving forward with more frequent advanced cleaning of turnout clothing. Generally, the focus has always been on garments and hoods, because these items can be cared for much like regular apparel and machine washed. Helmets, gloves and footwear are generally more frequently ignored, yet it is well recognized that these items become just as dirty, if not more so than the full garments. This article will focus on how to care for and properly clean your boots.CC-1759Done
Robert Avsec, due 5/10
added to Mayhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-8882
Radios: Communications & InteroperabilityMotorola 23. Who, where, what: Automatic accountability on the firegroundConditions on the fireground can change in an instant. Incident commanders are periodically conducting risk assessments and determining the appropriate mode of operation. This article explores how personnel accountability systems help incident command track where personnel are on the fireground, and what they’re doing.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-90DoneKeith Padgettadded to Mayhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-8928
SoftwareESO Solutions*1. Implementing controls to ensure a successful fire department inspection cycleProper documentation is the key to establishing and maintaining a regular inspection cycle, logging inspector daily activities, conducting staffing analyses, and maintaining an accurate database to improve situational awareness.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-142DoneRobert Avsecadded to Mayhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-8883
PPE, Hoods W. L. Gore & AssociatesThe three things you need to keep your hood healthyThe new class of particulate hoods certified to the NFPA 1971 standard help protect firefighters from harmful fireground particulates as well as provide thermal protection, but only if you care for it correctly. Protect your gear so it can protect you.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-204Done
Robert Avsec (due 6/11)
added to Junehttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9027
Rescue Stretchers, Rescue Equipment, Patient Transport (Rescue environment)Skedco1. Caring for and cleaning equipment used in a hazmat patient care environmentHow patient transport devices and equipment are cleaned after a hazmat call depends on the materials and construction of the equipment (e.g., grommets, straps, fasteners, cloth, plastic, etc.). This article covers strategies to inspect and clean gear, and how to know when to replace equipment after exposure to chemicals and hazardous materials before putting it back in service.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/CC-1915DoneRobert Avsec added to Junehttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9025
Thermal Imaging/Video EquipmentSafety Vision*1. Why you should add video surveillance to your training toolsCollision avoidance and apparatus video surveillance footage can be used to evaluate performance, identify unsafe behavior and illustrate areas for improvement during apparatus operation and emergency response training.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/CC-1809Done
Robert Avsec, due 6/25
added to Junehttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9103
Apparatus AccessoriesZiamatic*1. Configuring your apparatus storageFire apparatus serve many purposes, whether on the fire ground or at the scene of a motor vehicle accident, from transporting gear to blocking oncoming traffic. Consider how you will use your vehicles to most efficiently store your gear, so the tools you’re likely to need at each incident are in a logical place, putting them in the hands of firefighters quickly and safely.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/CC-1488Done
Robert Avsec due 6/28
added to Junehttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9087
Extrication toolsHolmatro 2*1. Extrication in a tunnelTwo buses collided in the Lincoln Tunnel communter traffic recently injuring more than 30 people. Is your department prepared to respond to a similar incident? This article covers the unique considerations to responding to an incident in a tunnel, from reaching the victims with your gear in gridlock traffic, to extricating the victims from tight, dark quarters. https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-87Done
Dalan Zartmna, July 5 due date
added to Julyhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9177
Specialty VehicleLenco*MCI response: How police departments can use armored vehicles to deliver emergency medical careAs mass casualty incidents (MCIs) continue to challenge public safety agencies, police response to such events is in a continuous state of evolution. Part of that evolution involves addressing the need for rapid rescue and treatment of victims. Police must carefully coordinate with fire-EMS assets to provide rapid treatment of victims to ensure they get suitable medical care as soon as possible. One option is the use of a specialty armored vehicle to deliver police and medical personnel to the hot zone where they can extract and treat victims at the same time. This article outlines the equipment available on these specialty vehicles and discusses how police and EMS can train together to deliver definitive medical care to both injured civilians and police officers.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-21DoneJim Morrisseyadded to Julyhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9191
PPE/glovesFireDex 2*1. TK things to consider when purchasing firefighter glovesGloves are one of the most important pieces of firefighting equipment, and it's important to find a balance between utility and protection. Consider dexterity, thermal protection, moisture resistance and more when evaluating firefighter gloves.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-16Done
Robert Avsec due 6/25
added to Junehttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9104
Fire Emergency Response Software, Dispatch Equipment, Fire CommunicationseDispatches 22. The first tool in the call: the smartphoneTrack your training, find the latest NFPA standards and get instant dispatch notifications with the firefighting tool you always have with you: your smartphone. Fire departments are equipping their firefighters with smartphone apps that act as a pager, recording dispatch calls, and providing real-time intelligence aimed to aid in incident response. Get real-time maps and route addresses to ensure a timely response with a tap of an icon.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-105Done
assigned to Tim Nowak
added to Mayhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-8937
Gear storage racksGearGrid 22. Not your grandfather’s gear rack: Evolution in firefighter gear storageNot that long ago, running gear laid in the cab or on the floor. We didn’t have racking systems to store or hang wet and dirty gear. Racking systems have evolved, which together with NFPA standards, contribute to a reduction in routine carcinogen exposure concerns.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-14Done
Robert Avsec, due 7/9
added to Julyhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9233
SCBAZiamatic1. *Safely transporting breathing apparatusOne of the most important things you transport to and from scenes (other than your people) is your breathing apparatus. Make sure you’re including the right kind of storage and covers in your fire engine design. Cabinets and covers, with properly fitted bracketing systems, keep your SCBA secure and clean for when you need it most.RM-229Done
Robert Avsec due 7/16
added to Julyhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9253
PPETenCate*1. What to wear under your turnout gearThis article explores NFPA standards on firefighter apparel, and the best clothing to wear under your bunker gear to protect against exposure, thermal injury, heat exhaustion, while maintaining comfort and range of motion.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/CC-1575Done
Robert Avsec, due July 30
added to Julyhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9212
PPEGlobe 2*1. TK Common Cancer-Causing AgentsEvery modern firefighter knows smoke is dangerous, but it’s just the tip of the contamination iceberg. This article provides an overview of TK carcinogens, where firefighters are most likely to encounter them and how to best protect against exposure.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-96DoneAvsec, Inadded to Augusthttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9358
Rescue EquipmentParatech*1. Training Day: Vehicle stabilizationThis article contains learning objectives, recommended tools and props, how to enact a scenario and how to evaluate performance to help the training officer stage a training drill for stabilizing a vehicle during a technical rescue.CC-1451DoneKeith Padgettadded to Julyhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9254
Dalmation 1TK pieces of fire equipment/gear you can buy usedFire department budgets are scrutinized from all angles. Justifying new gear, equipment and apparatus can be a challenge, especially when the price tags are steep. This article explores an alternative to big-ticket new purchases, in TK (some number) pieces of fire equipment/gear that can be bought used, delivering big savings.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-249Done
Robert Avsec, in
added to Augusthttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9357
PPEGlobe 3*3. The firefighter gear contamination cycleStudies have shown that firefighter turnout gear and PPE that gets coated with toxic agents from the fireground can continue to transfer and off-gas contaminants long after the incident has ended. This article follows firefighter gear from contamination, through doffing, transport and cleaning to identify potential areas for exposure in the gear contamination cycle.RM-98DoneAvsecadded to Septhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9435
Rehab/CoolingFirst Line Technology 1*2. Keeping cool throughout operationsExploring solutions in cooling technology to reduce firefighter risk of heat exhaustion without hindering mobility and the execution of the mission at hand. Adaptations in cooling technology for the emergency response environment mean wearable, cooling vests and equipment can be worn throughout operations, increasing firefighter effectiveness.RM-170DoneAvsecadded to Septhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9432
Rescue EquipmentParatech*2. TK challenges for the structural fire department responding to a train derailmentStructural firefighters face unique location, access, PPE and site security challenges when responding to rail incidents. This article explores how to prepare for an event like this, and how to overcome the top rescue challenges.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-164DoneKeith Padgettadded to Octhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9619x
Ventilation fansSVI Trucks 2. Training Day: Ventilation basicsThis article provides training officers with a game plan for planning a training exercise to review ventilation basics (when, how and how long) and techniques (positioning, and various types of equipment, including battery operated ventilation fans).https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-131DoneAvsecadded to Octhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9725
UAV/DronesMacatawa Unmanned Systems2. COA vs. individual certifications for operating a fire department droneAccording to a recent FireRescue1 survey on how fire departments are using drones and the barriers preventing purchase, one of the most common question departments have about implementing a UAS program is how to decide on whether to apply for a public certificate of waiver or authorization (COA) or license pilots individually under Part 107 rules. This article explores the benefits of each route to the skies.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-213Staged for 11/12, 11/19 promo
Jim Spell, due 8/21
Added to Augusthttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9409
Water Supply Haines Fire (Hytrans)*1. TK instances where the fire hydrant may not be enoughWhat would you do if the hydrant you go to hit has been damaged or is simply incapable of keeping up with the demand? This article explores the types of incidents that may require a mobile water hydrant, from industrial firefighting, to wildland fires, to large-scare structural fires.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-237Staged for 11/12, 11/21 promoAvsec due 9/7*add to Septhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9430
Radios: Communications & InteroperabilityMotorola 3TK things that can be automated in the fire stationMany homeowners are controlling their sound systems, lights, thermostats and more with voice activated and automated technology. Smart stations are integrating software to control apparatus bay doors, exhaust systems and more.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-86Staged for 12/5. 12/12 promoAvsecadded to Augusthttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9434x
Cutters & Spreaders: extrication toolsHurst 1*1. Training day: Breaching the doorProperty can be restored, however, lives cannot. When victims are trapped in an involved fire, firefighters must move quickly to assess the scene, determine an access point and gain access before search and rescue can occur. This article explores learning objectives, recommended tools and props, how to enact a scenario and how to evaluate performance to help the training officer stage a training drill for gaining entry.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-125Staged for 12/7. 12/14 promoKeith PadgettAdded to novhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9879x
Radios: Communications & InteroperabilityMotorola 4Command post communicationsCommand posts take many forms, shapes and sizes. While the incident commander is flooded with information and requests from all directions, it can impact decision making. Ensuring personnel are accounted for and streamlining radio communications ensures no crucial piece of operational information, or crew member goes unaccounted for.RM-83Staged for 12/10. 12/17 promoAvsecadded to Augusthttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9433x
PPEGlobe 45. A head-to-toe PPE fittingEnsuring your turnout gear components fit securely and overlap with each other, from helmet, to mask, hood, through bunker gear and boots, protecting the neck, torso, wrists and ankles is key to reducing exposure to dangerous combustion chemicals and reducing the risk of cancer. This article covers proper donning and PPE interfaces designed to protect firefighters.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-74Staged for 12/12, 12/19 promoAvsecAdded to Septhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9517
SCBAScott Safety 1*1. Training Day: Emergency breathing with the RITIn this article, training officers will learn how to set up an exercise to practice and measure firefighters’ ability to search for downed firefighters and engage their SCBA or emergency air to safely extricate them from a Mayday situation.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-32Staged for 12/17, 12/28 promoAvsecadded to Octhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9750
ExtricationTNT 1Auto extrication: 3 things you need to know about seat removalHeavy front-end entrapments can require creative approaches to free up space for patient management, even after doors are removed. Removing seat backs can allow quicker patient assessment and intervention, improving outcomes rather than waiting to begin treatment until the entrapment is mitigated. This article details steps to take before you cut, to protect responders on scene, the patient and the equipment.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-264Staged for 12/14, 12/21 promoAsked DalanAdded to Novhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9863
PPETenCate 2*2. Staying cool strategies to protect firefighter cardiac healthCardiac events are one of the biggest direct causes of firefighter death, both in the line of duty and after active duty or training has concluded. This article explores strategies to protect firefighter cardiac health by avoiding extreme temperature changes, utilizing cooling technology and adopting bunker gear that can protect from thermal injury and exposure without trapping moisture and heat inside.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-85Staged for 12/19, 1/2 promoRA inAdded to Augusthttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9381
Administration and Billing Cost RecoveRX*1. A history of private to public fire departmentsBefore the inception of government fire departments, private fire brigades fought fires at the behest of insurance companies, only for those covered. This article looks at the historical development of fire departments and their expanded community coverage.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-238Staged for 12/28, 1/9 promo
Asked Bruce Hensler
Added to Novhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9861
Fentanyl ProtectionDecon Systems 1*1. Keeping Safe Stations safeIndividuals interested in starting a path to recovery from drug abuse can seek assistance at designated “Safe Stations,” where they will be examined and required to drop any drugs/paraphernalia. This article outlines the safety considerations firefighters and emergency responders manning Safe Stations should take to prevent exposure to opioids.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-277Staged for 12/28, 1/9 promoLinda WillingAdded to Dechttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9989
Data ManagementImageTrend1. Connected care: patient evaluation across the care journeyConnecting your fire/EMS data allows you to identify patients you’ve treated before and evaluate their progression through the care journey through patient history, timelines, KPIs and more, improving your performance and patient-centric care.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-184Staged for 1/9, 1/18 promoAvsecAdded to Octhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9749
Extrication EquipmentPower Hawk Technologies *1. TK elements to an extrication sizeupUpon arrival at the scene requiring a vehicle extrication, these are the TK (some number of) variables you should be evaluating, from number of patients, to status of the vehicle doors/locks, to the vehicle frame, in order to safely stabilize the vehicle and extricate the patients.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-271Staged for 1/16, 1/25 promo
Dalan Zartman
Added to January
FirstNet ready devices and communications
Cradlepoint 1*1. TK things you need to effectively operate drones at structure firesFrom a certificate of authority, to a trained operator, to the connectivity solution that secures and transmits the surveillance data, there are TK (some number) of things you need to effectively operate a drone over the fireground, but once in place, the technology can help you put fires out faster, keeping firefighters out of harm’s way.RM-318Staged for 2/4, 2/19 promoJim SpellAdded to Dechttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9988
TICScott Safety 2*1. Training Day: Advancing the hose lineIn this article, training officers will learn how to set up an exercise to practice and measure firefighters’ ability to advance the hose line into a structural fire while using the hand-free tools at their disposal to assess the fluid situation and searching for victims and potential dangers.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-37Staged for 2/8, 2/15 promovan der Feystadded to octhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9754
Fentanyl ProtectionDecon Systems 2*2. How to decontaminate firefighter gear after an opioid callDecon is a part of firefighting life, and a part of the daily lifecycle for firefighter gear after an active fire call. This article discusses the steps that should be taken to decontaminate firefighter gear after a medical call involving opioids to avoid exposure and avoid tracking opioids back to the station.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-278Staged for 2/25, 3/11 promo
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Cutters & Spreaders: extrication toolsHurst 2*2. Rapid intervention: Gaining access to the fallen firefighterWhen a firefighter is in distress, the rapid intervention team is cued to enter, seek the downed firefighter and provide aid. This article explores the challenges, strategies and tools needed to rescue a firefighter who has fallen through a floor in an involved structure fire.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-124Staged for 2/11, 2/20 promoKeith PadgettAdded to Novhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9880
PPEDarley & Co 13. Things you need to know to care for modern structural firefighting gearGreat firefighters care for their equipment. A shiny engine, clean set of irons, and full SCBA are the sign of a prepared firefighter. Now add to that list a clean and ready set of fire gear. Good turnout gear helps a firefighter to be safe and effective, so it is up to the firefighter to return the favor. Poorly cared for gear can hurt a department budget and endanger a firefighter.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/CC-1593Staged for 2/8, 2/22 promoLinda WillingAdded to Janhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-10237
ExtricationTNT 2Achieving efficiency in firefighter tools with combination cutters and spreadersAs departments across the country face tightened budgets and recruitment/retention challenges, the pressure is on to do more with less. Innovative departments are using equipment, apparatus and personnel in new and increasing ways, becoming well-oiled machines of firefighting efficiency. This article explores combination tools that serve multiple purposes, saving time, space and money for your department.RM-265Staged for 3/13, 3/20 promoAsked DalanAdded to Dechttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9899?searchSessionId=2ff60958-f22f-4016-9e05-fabfdf1557bc&searchObjectId=97060&searchContainerId=12300&searchContentType=quick-search-issues
Software/dispatchTyler Technologies*3. Breaking down geographic barriersThis article explores how software and CAD implementation across jurisdictions and agencies can help responders communicate scene status, resources and needs across mutual aid agreements and disciplines.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-99Live, promo for 3/25AvsecAdded to Novhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9884
Radiation monitorMirion Technologies 1*1. Time, distance, shielding: minimizing radiation exposureThis article explores how first responders should stage a Hazmat response when radiation is present; how to measure exposure, and establish a safe distance while mitigating the incident, and treating and evacuating victims.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-207Staged for 3/15, 3/27 promoAvsecAdded to Febhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-10301
PPEDarley & Co 2*2. How to inspect your turnout gear for damageRips, tears, holes, burns and broken clasps, snaps or connections can impair your turnout gear’s protection from thermal injury and particulate contamination. This article explores how to inspect your gear after a call for structural integrity.RM-102Staged for 3/22, 3/29 promoLinda WillingAdded to Febhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-10319
Exhaust removalMagnegrip1. TK Things to consider when purchasing exhaust removal systemsExhaust removal systems remove diesel exhaust from the apparatus bays, reducing firefighter exposure to toxic gases and particulates that are linked to cancer and other health concerns. In this article, learn TK (some number of) things to consider when evaluating potential exhaust removal systems, from how they connect physically to the apparatus, to how they function to remove exhaust while minimizing energy expended.RM-371Staged for 5/31 promoRobert AvsecAdded to Aprilhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-10560
MSA (also pitched to Dalmation)1. Training Day: Donning and operating in SCBAManufacturers provide detailed instructions and downloadable videos to accompany their products. Whatever instructional method you go with, it’s important to have the firefighters put their hands on the SCBA to demonstrate tasks and to ensure they master donning and doffing, changing batteries, inspecting the face piece and switching on an integrated thermal imaging cameras. This article will provide everything a training officer needs to run an SCBA training exercise. While it might seem basic, perfecting this basic skill is the first step to coming home safely.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-35Staged for 5/24, 5/31 promoAvsecAdded to Novhttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-9864
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Rehab/CoolingFirst Line Technology 2*1. Things to include in your rehab setupFirefighters spend a lot of time training for the known and unknown. We don’t spend so much time thinking, training or actually participating in on-scene rehab programs. Proper rehab must be a part of your incident command toolbox - take care or your people ... they are your most important resource.https://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/RM-171CancelledRobert AvsecAdded to Dechttps://praetoriangroup.atlassian.net/browse/ED-10031Written
SoftwareIncident ResponseUsing real-time maps to stage and deploy personnelOne of the biggest challenges in responding to large-scale disasters is getting accurate mapping and sharing that information with multiple agencies, dispatch and responding units. Software solutions that enable fire chiefs and incident commanders to pinpoint and share hazards and response obstructions, like downed trees, power lines and road closures, allow efficient crew deployment and staging.
SoftwareIncident ResponseHow to incorporate maps, GIS into natural disaster pre-plansWildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other forces of nature caused a record estimated $306 billion in damage in 2017. An increasing frequency of natural disasters calls for every agency to be prepared. The good news is emergency response software solutions are evolving to capture detailed pre-planning data and put geographical resources, GIS mapping layers and situational awareness data at the fingertips of responding agencies when an incident occurs.
PPE (turnout gear and wildland)FireDex 1PPE considerations unique to equipping the wildland firefighter Like any firefighter, wildland firefighters require proper PPE – boots; gloves; torso; head face and neck gear – to protect the skin from thermal injury and carcinogen exposure. Wildland firefighters engage in fire suppression operations on rough terrain in hot and dry or humid conditions. This article explores the unique PPE needs of the wildland firefighter to prevent heat stress, burns, and slipping and tripping.
Fire Emergency Response Software, Dispatch Equipment, Fire CommunicationseDispatches3. Gaps in fire service communication and how to close themWhat are the gaps in your department’s lines of communication? With today’s technology, there are no excuses for missing the call or not knowing about training requirements. Emergency service communication software can close those gaps by dispatching crews to calls, notifying firefighters of an upcoming test or promotion opportunity, easily disseminating department news, or keeping captains and chiefs apprised of department activity, no matter where they are.
Gear storage racksWildland firefighter PPE care and storageImproperly cared for PPE and gear carries a physical and fiscal risk: it’s not as effective in protecting firefighters from thermal injuries and carcinogen exposure, and it can cost fire departments exponentially to replace gear. Properly caring for and storing gear protects structural integrity and the gear’s longevity, and is the first step in firefighter safety. Wildland firefighters’ PPE needs differ from structural firefighters in materials, composition and fit. This article explores the most important aspects of caring for and storing wildland firefighter gear.
SoftwareESO Solutions2. Streamline your fire department's record keepingCloud-based record keeping can help your fire department minimize forms, eliminate redundant data entry, automate NFRIS submission, and identify errors or gaps in reporting.
Radios: Communications & InteroperabilityMotorola 1*1. TK critical fireground communicationsWhether it’s a roll call, setting up a collapse zone or an evacuation order, there are orders given on the fireground that are critical to the mission at hand. This article details some of those orders and why it’s essential all personnel receive them.
Radios: Communications & InteroperabilityMotorola 24. Emergency communications: Calling a maydayThere are a number of acronyms and mnemonics for helping firefighters remember the vital information that needs to be communicated when a firefighter is trapped or missing. This article covers training strategies to get your crew on the same page when it comes to communicating a firefighter emergency.
Emergency Lighting Command Light2. TK benefits of better scene lightingTrying to find room in the budget for new lighting solutions? Use this list of benefits to justify your purchase. From a safety perspective (limiting trip and fall hazards, as well as illuminating responders and vehicles on scene before passing motorists) to a crucial element of performing assessment and treatment, scene lighting is a critical component of emergency response.
Rescue Stretchers, Rescue Equipment, Patient Transport (Rescue environment)Skedco2. Training Day: Patient transport in a hazmat environmentCaring for patients on the scene of an incident who have been contaminated by a hazardous material or victims of a chemical attack calls for strict planning to protect both patients and providers. This article provides learning objectives, tools/materials needed, training exercise particulars and performance evaluation criteria for training officers to stage a hazmat patient transport drill.
Thermal Imaging/Video EquipmentSafety Vision2. Interpreting your thermal imageryThermal imaging cameras are an essential tool to a fire attack, and search and rescue operation. Interpreting imagery and understanding flow path concepts go hand-in-hand while using thermal imagers. This article explores how firefighters can utilize thermal imagery to not only locate fires and victims, but to keep themselves and their crews safe.
Extrication toolsHolmatro 2TK Tools to consider adding to your engineGetting the most out of your crews and apparatus means equipping them for the variety of emergencies they may respond on. This article explores the added value a variety of tools could add you your engine response, from cutters/spreaders to ropes, in making them self-sufficient response vehicles.
Apparatus AccessoriesZiamatic2. TK trends in apparatus accessoriesFirefighter functionality and safety should be two of the top priorities when designing apparatus. The myriad of options available to “trick-your-ride” are nearly limitless. This article explores current trends in add-on accessories and storage.