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Rollbacks in Firefighter Pensions

Tue Jun 12 16:32:00 CDT 2012
In past blogs, I have warned that Cities, Towns and other governmental entities have set their sights on firefighter’s pensions and other public pension retirement benefits to include among the other egregious actions of reducing the numbers of f...

Legal Fire Prevention - Social Media Policy

Wed May 16 17:34:00 CDT 2012
With the recent spate of demotions, terminations and litigation related to the use of social media to post your likes, dislikes, ranting and ravings under an assumption that your First Amendment protections apply to you, here is another thought. They d...

The Fire Service Crucible – are we prepared to withstand the heat in order to survive?

Tue May 01 14:09:00 CDT 2012
According to Wikipedia, a crucible is a container that can withstand very high temperatures and is used for metal, glass and pigment production as well as a number of modern laboratory processes. While crucibles historically were usually made from clay...

Pesky Legal Fires that Keep on Burning

Mon Mar 26 20:28:00 CDT 2012
I’m the little voice in your head (otherwise known as your conscience) that keeps reminding you that you should not do this or that because it is: wrong, illegal, immoral or fattening. I am taking this opportunity to remind you of the pesky legal...


Mon Mar 19 09:09:00 CDT 2012
For you Marines in the reading audience, you can relate to the days of boot camp and the Drill Instructor in your face yelling at you when you are on your last legs, fatigued beyond your imagination and you were about to drop:  to motivate you to ...

Legal Issue Articles

Family Seeks Answers to Dallas Firefighter's Death

The widow of Dallas firefighter Stan Wilson seeks answers to his death

The Halligan: “The Maximum in Utility, Efficiency and Speed”

How, when, and where did the halligan originate? Check out our latest From the Fire Engineering Vault feature, where ...

Auditor States San Diego FD Should Hire, Not Rely on Overtime

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department should consider hiring additional personnel instead of relying on overtime to fi...

D.C. Fire Chief Says Firefighters Deserve Tougher Discipline

D.C.'s interim fire chief handed out discipline Thursday to three of the five firefighters who failed to help a dying...

Houston Mayor and City Attorney Propose New Firefighter Pension Plan

Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman revealed details of a proposed new Houston firefighter pension plan

Teen Girl Accused in Cocos Fire Will Stand Trial

A teenage girl accused of starting north San Diego’s devastating Cocos Fire is competent to stand trial.

Colleges in Boston Required to Release Off-Campus Addresses

The Boston City Council on Wednesday voted to require colleges with a presence in Boston to provide a list of off-cam...

Wrongful Death Suit Expected After Fatal Massachusetts Fire

The family of a Boston University student killed in a fire last year after becoming trapped in her attic bedroom is f...

Kids Playing with Lighter Caused Superior Fire

After a destructive house fire in Superior on Sunday claimed the lives of two dogs and one cat, investigators have de...

Fire/EMS at Active-Shooter Incidents

It seems that mass-casualty shootings-"active-shooter" situations in law enforcement terms-have been occurr...

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Legal Minute: Issues That Get Fire Departments in Trouble

Attorney and former deputy chief John K. Murphy discusses some of the legal issues that seem to plague fire departments across the United States.

Fire Service Team Building

How does one become a great team member? John K. Murphy has some thoughts about how firefighters can contribute to achieving their organization's goals.



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.


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.

Arizona Firefighters' Group Chief: We Should Voluntarily Cut Pensions

The head of an Arizona firefighters' group says police and firefighters should volunteer to have their pensions cut in the interest of helping their struggling communities avoid financial disaster.

Albuquerque Sues Over Union Work

The city of Albuquerque is suing three labor unions over claims that their leaders drew pay while conducting union business.

Fire Service Traditions & History

The Halligan: “The Maximum in Utility, Efficiency and Speed”

How, when, and where did the halligan originate? Check out our latest From the Fire Engineering Vault feature, where you can find Fire Engineering articles on the topic. Fire Department of New York (FDNY) officer Mike Ciampo offers some more background on this classic firefighting tool and the man behind it.


Family Seeks Answers to Dallas Firefighter's Death

The widow of Dallas firefighter Stan Wilson seeks answers to his death

Officer Development

The Seniors Must Teach the Juniors

Academy training is the foundation on which junior firefighters will build their skills, but after its completion, the experience learning begins, writes Jeff Johnson.

Fireground Management

Roundtable: Door Control

What steps has your department taken to add this "evolution" or assignment of door control in your department? How would your department handle this fire usng the new procedure? Share your thoughts with other Fire Engineering readers.

Volunteers Corner

Texas Firefighter Saves Twin Brother's Life

A Port O'Connor (TX) volunteer firefighter used his training while off duty to save his twin brother's life following an accident.


Science and Technology Seeks Your Help

S&T is dreaming big and they need your help.

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