The size-up term "nothing showing" has been used for years in most parts of the country for first-arriving fire officers and has become part of the extinguishment culture. Ray McCormack argues the time has come to stop using it.
Do some firefighters actually wish to get injured or killed on the fireground? Read commentary from Ray McCormack.
A family of four escaped their home after fire broke out in the upstairs bedroom of their Indianapolis (IN) home on Wednesday.
Ray McCormack addresses the common narrative fallacy that says firefighters get too close to the fire before applying water.
Those who clamor for early adoption of new firefighting tactics have to realize that people's lives will hang in the balance and not every test burn will end up successful, Ray McCormack writes.
The fire service needs to give itself credit for the successful operations and protection of lives and property that happen every day, Ray McCormack writes.
Taking short cuts can lead to bad consequences on the fireground. But when those short cuts fail to result in disaster, bad habits can be reinforced, Ray McCormack writes.
When a firefighter is faced with a decision to risk their life to try and save another life, they have reached the pinnacle of what being a firefighter is all about, Ray McCormack writes.
Why do fire departments resist change? Ray McCormack on new ideas and leaders who aren't focused on proficient firefighting operations and understanding the fireground.
The fire service is always traveling by bridge as it heads back and forth on topics of concern and popularity and for the passage of new ideas.