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Has Fire Service Leadership Changed in the Past Five Years?

The fire service has overwhelmingly recognized the importance of leadership. Yet, it does not seem that much has changed in actually applying leadership concepts over the past five years, writes Dane Carley and Craig Nelson.

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AFSA Executive Awarded Prestigious Designation

Frank Mortl III, executive vice president of the Dallas-based American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), has been awarded the designation of ...

Has Fire Service Leadership Changed in the Past Five Years?

The fire service has overwhelmingly recognized the importance of leadership. Yet, it does not seem that much has changed in actually applying leade...

STIHL Inc. President Fred Whyte to Retire

STIHL Inc. announced today that president Fred Whyte will retire at the end of this year.  Whyte has been part of the STIHL group for 44 ...

NFPA Announces New Members to Board of Directors

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today elected new members to its Board of Directors at the 2015 NFPA Conference &...

Organizational Empowerment

Organizational empowerment is a lofty goal. The process takes time and effort to implement and realize all of the benefits both organizationally an...

Roundtable

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.

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 En...

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 ...

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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...

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POLITICS & POLICIES

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...

The Effects of Staffing Levels on Critical Decision Making

Keeping the officer in a role that allows him to function as a leader and not be focused on tasks will result in better situational awareness, comm...

Fire Service Traditions & History

Fire Guts Warehouse: ‘Not Enough Water’

On June 21, 1982, fire severely damaged a 1.2-million-square-foot warehouse, less than a month after the local fire chief warned about inadequate f...

LODD

Arizona State Parks Win Land for Fallen Firefighter Memorial

The site where 19 Arizona firefighters died battling a wind-driven blaze will become a memorial park.

Legal

African-American Firefighter Files Federal Lawsuit Over Alleged Noose Incident

An African-American firefighter and his wife have filed a federal lawsuit against a City of Marion deputy fire chief, accusing him of throwing a no...

Officer Development

Training Officer's Toolbox: Air Consumption

How well do you know your crew's air consumption capabilities? In this week's training bulletin, Brian Ward provides two air consumption drills for...

Fireground Management

Wind Pushes Laguna Canyon (CA) Fire Away from Homes

More than 100 firefighters were struggling Friday afternoon to contain a brush fire that has charred 10 acres in Laguna Canyon and briefly forced t...

Volunteers Corner

Richardsville VFD Faces Three Fires in 48 Hours

Richardsville Volunteer Fire Department in the past 48 hours responded to three structure fires, two injury wrecks and five medical runs.

Grants

NVFC Receives Top ASAE Honors for Share the Load Program

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) earned a 2015 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for its Share the Load program, a behavioral hea...

Top News

Wind Pushes Laguna Canyon (CA) Fire Away from Homes

July 4, 2015 More than 100 firefighters were struggling Friday afternoon to contain a brush fire that has charred 10 acres in Lagu...

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