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The Administrative-Operational Gap      

The Administrative-Operational Gap

Trying to understand the vantage point of your colleagues can make the difference in overcoming the disconnect, writes Pedro Cáceres.


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Kenneth Pienkowski of Onondaga County Elected As 1st Vice President of FASNY

Kenneth Pienkowski, of the Taunton Volunteer Fire Department in Onondaga County has been elected 1st Vice President o...

Why You Should Attend FDIC

FDIC is a major event for the fire service, bringing together tens of thousands of firefighters, instructors, and man...

Fire Caucus Leadership Presents Flags to National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Leaders of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus presented 107 American flags to the National Fallen Firefighters Fo...

Harris County (TX) New Emergency Operations Center Equipped to Serve One of the Fastest Growing Regions

Harris County, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation has a new, state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Cen...

Fire Department Mergers, Consolidations, and Annexations

Fire department mergers, annexations, or consolidations can be complicated, but they're not impossible. John K. Murph...


Roundtable: Officer Development

What preparation for promotion does your department formally provide once the testing is complete and the list is established? Share your experience and knowledge with other firefighters from around the nation and world.

Roundtable: Second-In Unit Assignment

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

Roundtable: Firefighting Technology

What do you consider the most significant technological advancement in the fire service over the last 50 years? Share your views with other Fire Engineering readers.



More Firefighter Features

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 Hiraki writes.

Related Topics


Illinois Firefighters in Flag Decal Flap Can Return to Work

Several Illinois firefighters who had been sent home from work for refusing to remove U.S. flag stickers from their helmets can return to work and keep the stickers posted, according to a news report.

West Metro (CO) Fire Rescue Announces Drastic Staffing Cuts

The fire district will be undertaking a variety of measures including apparatus closures, reallocation of personnel, civilian layoffs, and demotions in an effort to further control costs.

Houston Firefighters Union Head Resigns Over Threats

The head of Houston's firefighters union has resigned after reportedly being targeted by firefighters on social media.

Fire Service Traditions & History

Not So Amusing: Amusement Park Fires

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the deadly Haunted Castle fire at the Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, New Jersey, which killed eight teens and injured a dozen others. The “castle” was in reality a series of interconnected truck trailers. In the latest From the Fire Engineering Vault feature, we look at this and other amusement park fires covered in the magazine. What common factors do you see in these fires?  


IAFF to Honor Fallen Firefighters

This year, the IAFF will share 168 compelling stories of professional fire fighters and paramedics who paid the ultimate price protecting their communities.


Minnesota Sprinkler Law Pleases Firefighters

Large, newly built homes throughout Minnesota will come with an added feature next year -- whether their owners want it or not.

Officer Development

The Fire Department Administrative-Operational Gap

Trying to understand the vantage point of your colleagues can make the difference in overcoming the disconnect between company-level operations and the administration, writes Pedro Cáceres.

Fireground Management

No Containment Yet of 36 Pit Fire (OR)

The 36 Pit fire, burning in grass and timber about 10 miles southeast of Estacada, has charred 2,300 acres and is zero-percent contained.

Volunteers Corner

NVFC Staff Accepts Challenge and Donates to Firefighter Support Fund

The staff of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) was recently challenged by the staff of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.


Northeastern University Seeks Pilot Sites to Evaluate Project

Through a federal grant, Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, is seeking pilot sites to be part of a national-scope project to implement and evaluate a Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT).

Top News

No Containment Yet of 36 Pit Fire (OR)

September 15, 2014 The 36 Pit fire, burning in grass and timber about 10 miles southeast of Estacada, has charred 2,300 acres and is zer...

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August 2014
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