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For over 133 years, Fire Engineering magazine has provided training, education, and management information for fire and emergency services personnel worldwide. Articles are written by experts in the fire service and focus on lessons-learned.

Feature articles cover real-life situations such as collapse void search, confined space rescue, high-angle rescue, and extrication. Regular magazine departments focus on education and management issues.

The online version of Fire Engineering provides daily international business and industry-related news, current issue articles, and access to years of searchable editorial archives. Check the calendar of events for the next FDIC, industry-related conference, or refer to the Product Guide for vendor, product and service information.

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Fire Engineering Editorial Staff

Bobby Halton Chief (Ret.) Bobby Halton is editor in chief of Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment and Fire Engineering magazines and education director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). Halton is a native New Yorker whose family has deep roots in the Fire Department of New York and the New York City Police Department. 

He began his career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department in 1984, attained national registry as a paramedic, was chief of training, and rose to the rank of chief of operations until his retirement from that department in 2004. He then became chief of the Coppell (TX) Fire Department. He left to assume the duties as editor in chief of Fire Engineering. 

Halton is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, left a member in good standing with the International Association of Fire Fighters, is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and has served on several of the National Fire Protection Association technical committees. He is active with the National Fallen Firefighters Life Safety Initiatives. He has done extensive speaking and training for the fire service in the United States and Canada and internationally.
 
Diane Rothschild Diane Rothschild is executive editor of Fire Engineering and Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment as well as conference director of FDIC. She has been with PennWell, the parent company, for 24 years. Rothschild has a BA in English/communications and previously was an editor at the American Management Association in New York City. She is also a freelance editor/proofreader on special projects for Sesame Workshop.
Mary Jane Dittmar Mary Jane Dittmar is senior associate editor of Fire Engineering and conference manager of FDIC. Before joining the magazine in January 1991, she served as editor of a trade magazine in the health/nutrition market and held various positions in the educational and medical advertising fields. She has a bachelor’s degree in English/journalism and a master’s degree in communication arts.
Robert Maloney Rob Maloney is an associate editor with Fire Engineering, which he joined as an assistant editor in 1995. Previously, he worked in a variety of editing and proofreading positions. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
 
Derek Rosenfeld

Derek Rosenfeld has been an associate editor for Fire Engineering since 2007. He is also the Web administrator and sports columnist for FireLife.com, which focuses on the many interests of off-duty firefighters. 

Rosenfeld grew up in Oakland, New Jersey, and is a 1997 graduate of Ramapo College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications: Writing. He was also the starting second baseman for the Ramapo College baseball team from 1995-97, where he garnered All-New Jersey Athletic  Conference honors and was a two-time New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association All-Star selection. He went on to coach baseball for eight years at the collegiate level, most recently at Bloomfield (NJ) College.

Before coming to Fire Engineering, Rosenfeld was a content editor for the New York City Economic Development Corporation in Manhattan for seven years. He resides in North Bergen, New Jersey.
 

Pete Prochilo Pete Prochilo is the online editor for Fire Engineering. He previously worked as a producer at nj.com.