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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...
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: The Qualities of a Good Officer

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...

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...

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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

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.

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.

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

One North Carolina Firefighter Killed and Another Injured After Fire Apparatus Overturns

A firefighter was killed and another was injured Tuesday afternoon after the fire truck they were in overturned in Franklin County (NC).

Legal

Minnesota Sprinkler Law Pleases Firefighters

Large, newly built homes throughout Minnesota will come with an added feature next year -- whether their owners want it or not.

Officer Development

The Fire Department Administrative-Operational Gap

Trying to understand the vantage point of your colleagues can make the difference in overcoming the disconnect between company-level operations and the administration, writes Pedro Cáceres.

Fireground Management

My "Top 10" List

East Manatee (FL) Fire Rescue Training/Safety Officer Tim Hyden gives you the "Top 10" ways to better answer the call.

Volunteers Corner

NVFC Staff Accepts Challenge and Donates to Firefighter Support Fund

The staff of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) was recently challenged by the staff of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Grants

Northeastern University Seeks Pilot Sites to Evaluate Project

Through a federal grant, Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, is seeking pilot sites to be part of a national-scope project to implement and evaluate a Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT).

Top News

My "Top 10" List

September 17, 2014 East Manatee (FL) Fire Rescue Training/Safety Officer Tim Hyden gives you the "Top 10" ways to better answe...

Fire Engineering

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