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The Fire Officer's Guide to the Tough Community Questions, Part 1

Mark Wallace offers the first part in a multipart series that is designed to explore the issues at hand to facilitate the best answers and approaches for your community.

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Learning and Leading

You begin as a learner and then become a leader-teaching others. It's "the circle of fire service life." PATRICK J. CHAMPAGNE   ...

Developing Leaders for the Next Generation

Professional development should encompass education, training, experience, and self-development. DOUGLAS K. CLINE

Positive Power

In last month's column, we continued our discussion about how a boss personally uses the power that goes with his position. We included a fairly lo...

Distinguished Veterans Presented with Henry Military Service Tribute Rifles at VFW 2015 National Convention

VFW Commander-in-Chief John W. Stroud was presented with a Henry Repeating Arms Military Service Tribute Rifle during the Joint Opening Session of ...

The Fire Officer's Guide to the Tough Community Questions, Part 1

Mark Wallace offers the first part in a multipart series that is designed to explore the issues at hand to facilitate the best answers and approach...

Roundtable

What Would You Do? Sewer Fire

This fire involves a fire of unknown origin and materials in a city sewer system.  All traffic in the area has been stopped. Skip Coleman has ...

Roundtable: Officer Development

What preparation for promotion does your department formally provide once the testing is complete and the list is established? Share your experienc...

Roundtable: Second-In Unit Assignment

Skip Coleman proposes a scenario based on recent fire studies conducted by UL and NIST.

FIRE COMMENTARY

Names in the News

LANDRY MERKISON, an assistant chief of emergency services with Clayton County (GA) Fire and Emergency Services, received a scholarship from Columbi...

Expect Fire

To combat complacency, firefighters ought to respond to every reported fire with the expectation that they will encounter fire at the scene, Lance ...

Fire Commentary: The Next Guy

Don't leave things for The Next Guy to take care of, Sam Baretich writes. Make it a point to leave things in your fire department better than you f...

Fire Commentary: Brotherhood Demands Action

Why are some Fire departments so rich in brotherhood, but others just don't really seem to care? Samson J. De Sessa offers his thoughts on the conc...

Letter to the Editor: On Firefighter Stagnation and Motivation

Jim Washko offers his thoughts on Rusty Sullivan's commentary piece, "Is Our Stagnation Hurting Us?"

Is Our Stagnation Hurting Us?

It is time for rank-and-fire firefighters to have the same opportunities to advance and move around as other professionals, including fire chiefs, ...

Letter to the Editor: 9/11 Memorial/Museum a Permanent Affront

James McCaffrey offers his thoughts on the shortcomings on the 9/11 Memorial/Museum at Ground Zero.

Are You in Port, or Setting Sail?

East Manatee (FL) Fire Rescue's Tim Hyden offers this article cautioning fire service leaders who do not allow their subordinates to fulfill their ...

PAUL COMBS CARTOONS

PAUL COMBS: DRAWN BY FIRE

BOBBY HALTON

Transgressions and Forgiveness

A friend called the other day and asked a question and hoped it would not insult me, but he was very upset and needed to vent to someone. 

Stepping Up

Stepping Up: So Why Are We Doing This?

Taking a moment to let your firefighters know the learning objectives of a particular training session can help them focus on its purpose, Ron Hira...

POLITICS & POLICIES

New Jersey Official Says Volunteer Firefighters, Rescue Squads Scamming Retirement System

The New Jersey state comptroller says that some volunteer fire departments and first aid squads are partaking in taxpayer-funded retirement account...

Newark (OH) Firefighters Union Files Grievance on Staffing

The Newark firefighters union has filed a grievance with the city over the fire department's staffing policy and timely notification of changes

IAFF Issues Statement on Trade Agenda and Firefighter Retirement Legislation

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) General President Harold Schaitberger issued a statement on Congress’ plan to hold firefighte...

Fire Service Traditions & History

Port Chicago Explosion 1944

During World War II, untrained segregated personnel handling explosive armaments, the pressure to quickly load cargo, and a disregard for safety we...

LODD

Hidden in Plain Sight

A condition, feature, or facet of a building omitted during preplanning can create an operational setback. ERIC G. BACHMAN      

Legal

Spotswood (NJ) EMS Official Killed in Ambulance Accident

A Piscataway woman working with the Spotswood Emergency Services was killed in an ambulance crash Saturday morning

Officer Development

Taking the Promotion: How Becoming an Officer Changes Us

A new officer must change his technical approach to the fire, supervise his crew, and adapt to a new social role in the company . MATT MARIETTA&nbs...

Fireground Management

Taking the Promotion: How Becoming an Officer Changes Us

A new officer must change his technical approach to the fire, supervise his crew, and adapt to a new social role in the company . MATT MARIETTA&nbs...

Volunteers Corner

Leading Today's Fire Service Youth: Using History to Understand Motivation

Although two qualities of today's youth-narcissism and entitlement-may not be conducive to the fire station or the fireground, their sense of civic...

Grants

Department of Homeland Security Releases Report For First Responders

First Responder Guide for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents is now available through the Depar...

Top News

Learning and Leading

July 27, 2015 You begin as a learner and then become a leader-teaching others. It's "the circle of fire service life." PA...

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