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The Fire Officer's Guide to the Tough Community Questions, Part 1

Mark Wallace offers the first part in a multipart series that is designed to explore the issues at hand to facilitate the best answers and approaches for your community.

Officer Development Articles

Taking the Promotion: How Becoming an Officer Changes Us

A new officer must change his technical approach to the fire, supervise his crew, and adapt to a new social role in the company . MATT MARIETTA&nbs...

The Fire Officer's Guide to the Tough Community Questions, Part 1

Mark Wallace offers the first part in a multipart series that is designed to explore the issues at hand to facilitate the best answers and approach...

Training Officer's Toolbox: Generations

How many different generations do you have in your station? Brian Ward has a new training bulletin on learning how to strengthen your team.

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...

Tailboard Discussions: The Role of the Incident Commander

As the IC, it is imperative that you keep the tailboard safe and supportive for the crews., writes Paul Luizzi.

Training Officer's Toolbox: Influence

As an officer, of any rank, there are several ways you influence your team members. Discuss this week's topic with your team and see where your tea...

Drill: The Company Officer

Fire Department of New York lieutenant Douglas Mitchell Jr. offers this new Traditions Training drill that discusses the importance and the respons...

A Day in the Life of a Company Officer

As a company officer, you have the ability to influence firefighters to be great while instilling in them what is acceptable in your department’s c...

Training Officer's Toolbox: Assertiveness vs. Aggressiveness

We want aggressive officers and firefighters on the fireground, but have you ever thought about how that translates into the leadership role off of...

Slow down!

A chief officer from another town asked me how I stayed so calm at fires. I pondered that question back at my office after the fire. Was I always a...

FDIC 2015: How Firefighters Learn: How Fire Instructors Should Teach Them.

FDIC 2015, Monday, April 20, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 236-237 “Everything--from firefighter safety to the support of the public (our customer and our so...

Knowledge and Experience: Becoming the Senior Firefighter

Every day on fire apparatus across this country, senior firefighters are relied on for decision making during incidents. As company officers, appar...

Reciprocal Rescue

Last month, we used an old-time unusual acronym POSDCORB (Planning/Organizing/ Staffing/Directing/COordinating/Reporting/Budgeting) to describe man...

Hoseline Selection: 1¾- and 2½-Inch Hoselines

Anthony Rowett Jr. discusses the pros and cons of the two most commonly used hoselines used during operations.

Training Programs Matter for Today's Changing Fire Service

In case you haven't heard, the fire service is changing. It is more demanding than ever given the amount of new responsibilities, the increased lev...

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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...

POLITICS & POLICIES

New Jersey Official Says Volunteer Firefighters, Rescue Squads Scamming Retirement System

The New Jersey state comptroller says that some volunteer fire departments and first aid squads are partaking in taxpayer-funded retirement account...

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...

Fire Service Traditions & History

Port Chicago Explosion, 1944

During World War II, untrained segregated personnel handling explosive armaments, the pressure to quickly load cargo, and a disregard for safety we...

LODD

Hidden in Plain Sight

A condition, feature, or facet of a building omitted during preplanning can create an operational setback. ERIC G. BACHMAN      

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FlareAlert Announces Battery Powered Emergency LED Beacon Kits

FlareAlert introduces our Emergency LED Beacon Kits. Designed for professional firefighters, law enforcement, and military, as well as persona...

Officer Development

Taking the Promotion: How Becoming an Officer Changes Us

A new officer must change his technical approach to the fire, supervise his crew, and adapt to a new social role in the company . MATT MARIETTA&nbs...

Fireground Management

Taking the Promotion: How Becoming an Officer Changes Us

A new officer must change his technical approach to the fire, supervise his crew, and adapt to a new social role in the company . MATT MARIETTA&nbs...

Volunteers Corner

Leading Today's Fire Service Youth: Using History to Understand Motivation

Although two qualities of today's youth-narcissism and entitlement-may not be conducive to the fire station or the fireground, their sense of civic...

Grants

City of Poughkeepsie Set to Hire Seven Firefighters

The City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department is at its lowest staffing level in its history, said fire Chief Mark Johnson.

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City of Poughkeepsie Set to Hire Seven Firefighters

July 30, 2015 The City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department is at its lowest staffing level in its history, said fire Chief Mark Jo...

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