Also, Raul Angulo on the pickhead ax
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February 23, 2018

In This Issue: School Buses Burn in PA, CA Apartment Fire, Ax Scabbards, More...

Tonight join Billy Greenwood and company on the "Tap the Box" radio program. CLICK HERE to listen in at 7:30 p.m. Eastern

At this year's FDIC International, join us for some of our preconference workshops, such as Toledo (OH) Battalion Chief Michael Benadum's presentation on that department's 2014 double line-of-duty death fire. If you haven't yet, register HERE.--Pete Prochilo, Online Editor

Fire Destroys 25 School Buses in PA

A fire destroyed more than two dozen school buses overnight and forced a Pennsylvania district to cancel classes Friday.

Wash your PPE to remove harmful toxins!

Dryers feature factory presets for proper PPE care

Red Rack® storage systems help PPE last longer

Crews Respond to Raging CA Apartment Fire


About 300 residents fled a Pico Rivera apartment complex after a third-floor unit erupted in flames that quickly spread through the building.

Plastic Tubing Ax Scabbards


One of the iconic symbols of the fire service is the pickhead fire ax. Raul Angulo looks at some of the considerations for carrying this tool and some tricks of the trade to help with safety concerns.

On the Road with Phenix Fire Helmets


On this week's Humpday Hangout, join Chief Bobby Halton, Chief Rick Lasky, and the Phenix Technology Team at the company's Firefighter Memorial Museum.

Photos: Arcata (CA) Fire District Prescribed Burn


Valerie Hanson offers some photos from the Foster Avenue Vegetation Management Burn, a prescribed burn that Arcata Fire District and mutual aid agencies undertook last summer.

FirstNet Built with AT&T

$subtitles.get($x) It’s the exclusive communication system that utilizes the power of preemption to give first responders a “fast lane” to connect to the information they need every day, in every emergency. Learn more at

Innovative Controls Introduces Unique Controls

$subtitles.get($x) Innovative Controls now introduces a governor that is easy to use, accurate and reliable. A new, small, handwheel valve control gives users a cost-effective step up from a standard push pull rod, without the expense and panel space consumption normally associated with handwheels.

2018 Globe Gear Giveaway: Apply for Free Turnouts

$subtitles.get($x) Does your department need new gear? Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions, and the National Volunteer Fire Council are teaming up to provide state-of-the-art turnout gear to volunteer fire departments. Learn more and apply by June 1 at

Lineboss Leadership


Read some more leadership thoughts from Ray McCormack.

NC Firefighter Out of Air at Structure Fire


On April 30, 2016, a 20-year-old male volunteer firefighter died after he ran out of air and became disoriented while fighting a fire in a commercial strip mall. Read NIOSH recommendations from the incident.

Good Enough?

$subtitles.get($x) You may feel that you are in the best shape of your life, or consider yourself to be the best conditioned person on your department, but what does that really mean? A new piece on physical fitness from Mike Krueger.

Understanding Firefighter Suicide

$subtitles.get($x) The focus in this presentation from Dena Ali is on understanding suicide by learning its traceable causes. The student will learn by individual, company, and departmental protective factors associated with prevention.

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