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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 p...

Knowledge and Experience: Becoming the Senior Firefighter

Every day on fire apparatus across this country, senior firefighters are relied on for decision making during inciden...

Reciprocal Rescue

Last month, we used an old-time unusual acronym POSDCORB (Planning/Organizing/ Staffing/Directing/COordinating/Report...

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 respo...

The "Fireground Five"

To safely and efficiently gain control of most offensive fire operations, five key elements must incorporate sufficie...

Stepping Up: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Even when corrective action is initiated in a professional manner, subordinates may be embarrassed or angry, sometime...

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-...

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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: Richmond (VA) Fire Department Hires Censured Deputy Chief

I. David Daniels, who was hired as deputy chief for the Richmond (VA) Fire Department, was censured by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) for safety violations at a previous job, according to a news report.

Cal Fire Scandal Widens

Cal Fire officials said two employees have lost their jobs and 13 others were suspended and demoted over acts discovered during a investigation sparked by a homicide, a report says.

Report Looks at Disability Retirements Among Women in FDNY

A report from the New York Post says 70 percent of female firefighters with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) have retired from the department on three-quarters disability pensions, claiming injuries on the job.

Fire Service Traditions & History

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: Too Small a Value on Human Lives

On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. It was one of the deadliest fires in the history of the United States.

LODD

Thousands Gather for Funeral of Firefighter Steven Ackerman

Steven Ackerman died in a Brandon fire last Sunday night.

Legal

Suspect Arrested in Fire that Critically Injured Fresno Fire Captain

Officials announced that a woman was arrested Thursday in connection with a structure fire that badly burned Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern.

Officer Development

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 source of funding)--rides on the capability of firefighter to perform when the customer calls.”  Evidence-based instruction and supervision methods are used to improve firefighter performance, our service to our community, and the morale among our members.

Fireground Management

TargetSolutions and VCOS Renew Partnership to Deliver 2015 Training Officer Recognition Award

TargetSolutions, a provider of online training and recordkeeping tools for public safety agencies, is excited to announce it is teaming up again with the IAFC's Volunteer & Combination Officers Section for the 2015 Training Officer Recognition Award.

Volunteers Corner

Nassau and Suffolk County Executives and Firefighters Team up to Recruit Volunteers

As part of a New York statewide effort to increase volunteer firefighter numbers, Long Island’s County Executives, fire departments and fire officials made a call for new recruits at a news conference on Thursday, April 23rd at 11:00 A.M. at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center, on Museum Row in Garden City.

Grants

NVFC Unveils Recruitment Campaign and Elects Officers at 2015 Spring Board Meeting

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) Board of Directors met in Alexandria, VA, on April 17-18, 2015. Representatives from 43 state associations attended.

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Nassau and Suffolk County Executives and Firefighters Team up to Recruit Volunteers

April 25, 2015 As part of a New York statewide effort to increase volunteer firefighter numbers, Long Island’s County Executives, fi...

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