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Fair Reach Forum

Fair Reach Forum

By Jim Spell
A firefighting podcast to inspire discussion.
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Building Construction Basics: Key Terms Firefighters Need to Know
A firefighter’s guide to building loads, forces and hazards. Read this article where it first appeared on
September 1, 2020
Overcoming Fear: What Firefighters can do to Alleviate Problematic Phobias
Steps to dealing with fear involves learning to understand, face and minimize negative reactions.   Read this article where it first appeared on
August 1, 2020
There is an 'I' in team – and it’s good to recognize and reward it
Individual accomplishment serves the greater good of the entire crew. Read this article where it first appeared on
July 1, 2020
Solidifying Firefighter Accountability on the Fireline
How to use communications systems to help ensure personnel accountability during wildfire events.  Read this article where it first appeared on 
June 1, 2020
What City Firefighters Need to Know about Wildland Fires
Increasingly structural firefighters are called on to battle wildfires encroaching interface areas; these are very different fires that require training and preparation.  Read this article where it first appeared on
May 1, 2020
When the Power Goes Out: Redundancy is Key with Firefighting Technology
Technological advances hold promise, but fireground principles and rudiments must be focus of ongoing training efforts.  Read this article where it first appeared on
April 1, 2020
A Firefighter’s Guide to Fire Service Politics
Learn to employ smart political tactics while working toward the greater good Read this article where it first appeared on
March 1, 2020
From Meaningful to Mundane: The Importance of Firefighter Conversations
Fire officer tips for effective communication with firefighters at the station.  Read this article where it first appeared on
February 1, 2020
4 Roles of a Great Company Fire Officer
So you want to be a fire officer; here are the four key roles you will need to play. Read this article where it first appeared on
January 19, 2020
Best Practices for Preplanning Special Events
Reviewing the safety considerations, interagency planning and preplanning tools to aid firefighters. Read this article where it first appeared on
December 8, 2019
A firefighter’s Guide to Radiation and Response
Hazmat training should include the four types of radiation, and how time, distance and shielding can protect firefighters from exposure. Read this article where it first appeared on
December 1, 2019
Social Media Landmines: Protecting Firefighters from Themselves
Even fire service content shared from private accounts can spread far beyond its intended audience. Read this article where it first appeared on
November 16, 2019
Announcing Boot Basics the book
We are proud to announce the release of a new book by Jim Spell - Boot Basics - A Firefighter's Guide to the Service. Available now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Also available as part of Kindle Unlimited. Boot Basics is a concise, general explanation of what a firefighter needs to know to begin a lifelong career in the fire service. Boot Basics provides the all-important overview of the fire service… allowing you to acclimate to the demands and rigors of the profession. Chapter by chapter, quiz and answers, Boot Basics gets you to where you want to go. Amazon Book: Amazon Kindle:
November 13, 2019
A Firefighter’s Guide to UAS Certification
New Federal Aviation Administration guidelines announced for fire departments. Read this article where it first appeared on
November 1, 2019
10 Keys to Electrical Fires and Emergencies
What firefighters need to know about mitigating electrical emergencies.
October 1, 2019
Reflecting on 9/11 and the Superhero First Responder
In the years since Sept. 11, 2001, firefighters have been elevated in TV shows, movies and advertising as modern heroes.
September 9, 2019
Sign of Low Firefighter Morale
Decreasing productivity, lack of participation, bullying as humor and a loss of confidence are the first signs of low firefighter morale in your firehouse.
September 1, 2019
How to Succeed as a Firefighter
A sense of responsibility, being trustworthy and having a positive attitude are three step you need to succeed in your career and in your personal life.
August 1, 2019
A firefighter's Guide to the Two-Way Portable Radio
Firefighters must learn to use the two-way portable two-way radio. If there is ever a moment of equality in the fire service, it is when the microphone of a two-way radio is keyed.
July 23, 2019
The Challenges of a Railroad Disaster
Railway disasters are growing more frequent and more severe. They can happen in any community and firefighters must know how to respond safely and effectively. Read this article where it first appeared on
July 10, 2019
Fire Service Lessons for a Successful Retirement
Learning to apply fire service lessons to retirement is a formula for success. From active firefighter to engaged civilian, it is time to reflect and move forward. Read this article where it first appeared on
July 9, 2019
Post Incident Analysis
Whether you are starting your career as a firefighter or a seasoned officer, getting the most out of an incident critique makes you and your department better. Read this article where it first appeared on
July 8, 2019
PTSD Part Two - Treatments
Here are the primary treatments currently being used to treat firefighter experiencing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Acronyms for the various therapies: CBT-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, ET-Exposure Therapy, CR-Cognitive Restructuring, PE-Prolonged Exposure Therapy, CPT-Cognitive Processing Therapy, EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, SIT-Stress Inoculation Training, PCT-Present Centered Therapy Read this article where it first appeared on
June 7, 2019
PTSD Part One - Symptoms
Firefighters need to recognize and understand the symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder as it relates to our profession.  Read this article where it first appeared on
June 7, 2019
Tunnel Vision
Tunnel vision can put you and your crew at risk. Learning what it is and how to minimize it is critical to all firefighters.  Read this article where it first appeared on
April 24, 2019
Generational Change in the Fire Service
There is a real need to understand and accept the generational change happening in the fire service.  Read this article where it first appeared on
April 22, 2019
Firefighter Stress and Well-Being
Firefighter stress and well-being. Understanding well-being may be the key to eliminating firefighter stress. Read this article where it first appeared on
March 20, 2019