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Failure is Not an Option…or Is It?

Craig Nelson's and Dane Carley's new Tailboard Talk discusses how best to capitalize on failure.

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Regina Fire and Protective Services Records Management System Useful for Optimizing Assets

Regina Fire & Protective Services reported today that with help from their Records Management System (RMS) partne...

House Fire 101

Establishing a command system early on with plenty of resources, tracking personnel, tactical channels, and training ...

Mid and West Wales Fire Service Select RescueSim for Virtual Incident Response Training

Following an official tender for delivery and implementation of a virtual incident command training platform, the Mid...

Electrical Oddities

On Wednesday, June 29, 2011, Boca Raton (FL) Fire Rescue Services (BRFRS) units responded to a reported structure fire.

The 2014 Company Officer: Are You Up for the Challenge?

Regardless of what your fire department calls the rank of company officer (sergeant, lieutenant, captain, or senior c...

EMS Aspects of Extrication

Good vehicle extrication demands rescuers' expertise with an ever-changing set of tools and techniques to adapt to co...

And the Band Played On

There is an interesting conversation that some think is sacrilegious to question: the role of the first-arriving comp...

FDIC 2014: Initial Size-Up Reports for First-Due Company Officers

Trenton (NJ) Battalion Chief Leonard Carmichael Jr. will be presenting "Initial Size-Up Reports for First-Due Co...

Rhodium Incident Management Suite Adds Instant Outbound Conference Calling from ZipBridge

Incident Response Technologies (IRT), a leading developer of incident management software solutions, announces a stra...

Evacuating a Senior Living Center: What Does It Really Take?

In July 2012, a large and prolonged heat wave that caused many severe storms struck Chicago, Illinois.

No-Brainer Management

As I have trudged through all the stages and ages of being a firefighter, I have developed the habit of writing an ab...

Initial Search and Interior Isolation at Dwelling Fires

Much research has been done over the past few years on fire behavior in modern furnished dwellings.

Safety Region Ijsselland to Use RescueSim for Incident Response Training

The Dutch Safety Region of IJsselland will use RescueSim to prepare its  incident commanders and officers for po...
ICS: Rightsizing for Each Event

ICS: Rightsizing for Each Event

ICS: Rightsizing for each Event addresses the misconceptions surrounding the Incident Command System (ICS) and demons...

Five Skills to Practice Before Your Mayday

When you make emergency procedures part of your routine, they will be performed efficiently and correctly during the ...

"Let the Big Dog Eat"

Lately, I have recorded a lot of doodles on my little shirt pocket notebook.

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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 Hiraki writes.

POLITICS & POLICIES

Forest Service Chief Cites Successes, Challenges in Testimony on FY15 Budget

In testimony today before the House Appropriations Committee, Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell cited three key areas of focus for the FY 2015 President's Budget of $4.77 billion for the Forest Service: restoring resilient landscapes, building thriving communities, and managing wildland fires.

FDNY Discrimination Lawsuit Settled

After seven years of legal wrangling, New York City settled a discrimination lawsuit against the fire department late Monday.

Bill Would Let Alaska Municipalities Make Changes to Fire Service

The Alaska Senate recently passed a bill that would allow municipalities to change aspects of their fire service areas without an area-wide vote.

Fire Service Traditions & History

From the FE Vault - Aug 23, 1879

As we enter into the 2014 Fire Department Instructors Conference, let’s look at a few pages from The Fireman’s Journal, August 23, 1879. Among other matters, in discussing a fire at a summer hotel—a regular occurrence back then—the editor raises questions about fire safe building construction and hazardous materials. “As these hotels are at present arranged, there is no protection afforded to either life or property.” It would take a “great calamity” to compel lawmakers to pass laws requiring hotel operators to provide fire protection. “At present these hotels are so many death traps, into which one lies down to sleep at the peril of his life.”

LODD

NYPD Revised Fire Response Protocol Now Bans Elevator Use

A week after cops were told to use caution when taking an elevator while responding to building fires, the NYPD has rescinded the directive and issued revised protocol that requires stairs to be used at all times.

Legal

Chicago Suspends 16 Firefighters for Falsifying Mileage

Another group of Chicago Fire Department personnel has been suspended for falsifying thousands of dollars worth of mileage reimbursement claims, according to a report released by the city's top internal watchdog.

Officer Development

FDIC 2014: The Qualities of a Good Officer

Dave Casey and Chris Niebling presented "Company Officer Development: Lead from the Right Seat" at FDIC 2014.

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Regina Fire and Protective Services Records Management System Useful for Optimizing Assets

Regina Fire & Protective Services reported today that with help from their Records Management System (RMS) partner, FDM Software, it was able to make significant department improvements over the past year.

Volunteers Corner

Watch West (TX) Documentary and Anniversary Memorial Online

On April 17, 2013, the difference between life and death was just 13 minutes. That's the interval between the time first responders arrived at the West Fertilizer Co. and the explosion that left 12 of them dead.

Grants

NVFC Receives SAFER Grant for National Firefighter Recruitment and Retention Campaign

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has been awarded a $2,390,479 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to implement a national volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention campaign.

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Chicago Suspends 16 Firefighters for Falsifying Mileage

April 19, 2014 Another group of Chicago Fire Department personnel has been suspended for falsifying thousands of dollars worth of mi...

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