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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 ch...

The Fire Department Administrative-Operational Gap

Trying to understand the vantage point of your colleagues can make the difference in overcoming the disconnect betwee...

The Seniors Must Teach the Juniors

Academy training is the foundation on which junior firefighters will build their skills, but after its completion, th...

The Job: Goals and Obstacles

What goals do you have as a firefighter, and what obstacles are out there that you have to overcome to achieve those ...

Preparing for the Role of Company Officer

How well will you be prepared for the new role that will rapidly become a reality? Know your SOPs and gain as much ex...

The Job: Effort at the Station

How does a leader deal with team members who are aren't putting forth solid effort in the firehouse? P.J. Norwood sha...

Quick Drills for the Chief Officer

One of the most important responsibilities a chief officer has is ensuring their personnel are properly trained for a...

Officer Development: Filling the New Officer's Toolbox

How can a new officer with little time in the field fulfill his duties as a first-line trainer? Miami-Dade (FL) Fire-...

The Job: Communicating Expectations

As officers, how do you communicate your expectations to probies or covering firefighters? P.J. Norwood says that if ...

The Job: Issues for New Officers

In this new video, P.J. Norwood and Cobb County (GA) Lieutenant Sean Gray discuss some of the issues new officers may...

FDIC 2014: The Qualities of a Good Officer

Dave Casey and Chris Niebling presented "Company Officer Development: Lead from the Right Seat" at FDIC 201...
Lead from the Right Seat at FDIC 2014.

Casey, Niebling Discuss Leadership at FDIC 2014

Dave Casey and Chris Niebling presented "Company Officer Development: Lead from the Right Seat" at FDIC 201...

FDIC 2014: Riley, Schultz on Fireground Red Flags

Students in Monday’s FDIC 2014 workshop “Company Officer Development: Red Flags on the Fireground,” were taught how t...

FDIC 2014 Preview: Intelligent Firefighting

Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Captain Bill Gustin will be teaching the workshop "Intelligent Firefighting" at this y...

And the Band Played On

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

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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

Report: FDNY Rookie Firefighter Injuries Increase

A recent news report says rookie firefighters hired by the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) are being injured in unprecedented numbers after the fire department dropped its rigorous standards.

Illinois Firefighters in Flag Decal Flap Can Return to Work

Several Illinois firefighters who had been sent home from work for refusing to remove U.S. flag stickers from their helmets can return to work and keep the stickers posted, according to a news report.

West Metro (CO) Fire Rescue Announces Drastic Staffing Cuts

The fire district will be undertaking a variety of measures including apparatus closures, reallocation of personnel, civilian layoffs, and demotions in an effort to further control costs.

Fire Service Traditions & History

Not So Amusing: Amusement Park Fires

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the deadly Haunted Castle fire at the Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, New Jersey, which killed eight teens and injured a dozen others. The “castle” was in reality a series of interconnected truck trailers. In the latest From the Fire Engineering Vault feature, we look at this and other amusement park fires covered in the magazine. What common factors do you see in these fires?  

LODD

Tragedy of 1964 Trumbull Street Fire Still Resonates

Survivors recall toy factory fire that killed five Boston firefighters and a civilian

Legal

Change in Lockport (NY) Ambulance Service Eases Overtime

The city's decision to do away with the Fire Department's ambulance service and reduce the minimum personnel on each fire shift from nine to six coincided with an immediate end to high overtime costs.

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

What Would You Do? Residence, Office, or...?

Check out a new fire simulation from Skip Coleman. This scenario takes place in a residence that is being occupied as an office.

Volunteers Corner

NVFC Adopts Position on Freelancing and Self-Dispatching

The National Volunteer Fire Council's (NVFC) Health, Safety, and Training Committee, working with the Department of Justice, developed the following position regarding self-dispatching and freelancing.

Grants

IFSI Receives Grant to Study Firefighter Safety

The University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) has learned that it will receive an FY2013 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fire Prevention & Safety grant.

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Tragedy of 1964 Trumbull Street Fire Still Resonates

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Survivors recall toy factory fire that killed five Boston firefighters and a civilian

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