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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...

PAIN IS WEAKNESS LEAVING THE BODY

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

NAFI Hires Insurance Coordinator to Assist with Launch of Professional Liability Insurance Program for Members

The National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) is pleased to welcome Paulette Braga as its new insurance progr...

Drones: Change is in the Air

Drone use will become widely accepted and practiced in the days and years ahead, writes P.J. Norwood.

Panel to Discuss Controversy of Releasing or Withholding 911 Recordings

In New York City in November, the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies and The Academy for Criti...

Fairburn (GA) Terminates Firefighter Recovering from Cancer

Responding to Opioid Overdoses

Scenario: Your medic has been asked to respond to a residence in your first-due area known for high drug use and freq...

Courage, Bullies, and Us

It was reported again this year that the number one leading injury in the fire service was hurt feelings.

Fort Worth Council Votes to Cut Firefighter Benefits

The president of the Fort Worth Professional Firefighters said Tuesday night that the group plans to move forward wit...

Los Angeles Officials Reach Deal with Firefighters Union

Los Angeles officials have reached a tentative salary agreement with the city's firefighters union that provides no r...

Texas Man Admits Setting 1986 Fire That Killed Two Boys

A Texas man admitted Tuesday to setting a backyard fire that killed his two young stepsons a quarter-century ago, bri...

SKIDCAR System, Inc. Receives the 2014 Z-Man Achievement Award from ALERT International

SKIDCAR System, Inc. company President, Dane Pitarresi, was proud to receive the 2014 Z-Man Achievement Award from AL...

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Legal Minute: Fire Inspections

Why do we perform fire inspections? Retired deputy fire chief and attorney John K. Murphy discusses the legal aspects of conducting fire inspections.

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.

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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

Angry Protest over Attempt to Close Albany (NY) Ladder Company

Citizens and firefighters showed up in droves to protest the attempt to eliminate a ladder truck at a fire station in the city of Albany, New York.

Michigan Ends Ban on Firefighter Two-Hatting

A bill signed earlier this week by Michigan's governor would apparently end a ban on full-time firefighters working for other departments on their days off.

Mississippi Firefighter Loses Position After Marrying Colleague's Niece

A Columbus (MS) firefighter lost his job because he married a family member of another firefighter, thereby violating the city's nepotism policy.

Fire Service Traditions & History

From the Fire Engineering Vault: Boston Collapse Kills Five Firefighters

The city of Boston recently paid tribute to the five firefighters who were killed in a fire scene collapse in the Trumbull Street fire of 1964.

LODD

In Case You Missed It: Major Fire Stories This Week

This past week marked the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy's path of destruction on the New Jersey coast and elsewhere, where residents are still having trouble getting back on their feet.

Legal

NAFI Hires Insurance Coordinator to Assist with Launch of Professional Liability Insurance Program for Members

The National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) is pleased to welcome Paulette Braga as its new insurance program coordinator. 

Officer Development

The SPRECTRUM Model of Organizational Change, Part Two

As a fire service leader, one of the most important studies you can undertake is the exploration of organizational change, writes Mark Wallace.

Fireground Management

How to Measure Management

I recently was in a conversation with a young company officer who asked me, "How do you measure management"? My fairly predictable response was, "Beats me."

Volunteers Corner

Traditions Training Drill: Less Expensive Metal Cutting Props

Kentland (MD) Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Roger A. Steger Jr. offers this new Traditions Training drill focusing on creating affordable rotary saws for firefighters.

Grants

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Application Period Opens Soon

The FY 2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period will open this coming Monday, November 3, 2014, at 8 am EST, and will close on Friday, December 5, 2014, at 5 pm EST.

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In Case You Missed It: Major Fire Stories This Week

October 31, 2014 This past week marked the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy's path of destruction on the New Jersey coast and e...

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