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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-...

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...

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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

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.

New York Firefighter Fired for 'Merit Matters' T-Shirts

A Brooklyn (NY) firefighter who got in trouble for wearing "Merit Matters" T-shirts has been fire from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY).

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

Somerville (NJ) Firefighter Dies from Heart Attack

Barry Van Horn became the second borough firefighter to die this month when he suffered a heart attack after a service call last week.

Legal

San Francisco Judge Tosses Ex-Firefighter's DUI Rig Accident Case

A San Francisco judge on Friday tossed out the case against a former city firefighter accused of driving drunk when his fire rig struck and badly injured a motorcyclist, ruling that police lacked the legal justification to arrest him.

Officer Development

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, sometimes for a long time, writes Ron Hiraki.

Fireground Management

What Would You Do? Four-Story Apartment Building

Check out a new training scenario from Skip Coleman on fire response to a four-story apartment building.

Volunteers Corner

NVFC Announces 2015 Award Winners

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is pleased to announce the winners of its four national fire service awards.

Top News

Somerville (NJ) Firefighter Dies from Heart Attack

March 31, 2015 Barry Van Horn became the second borough firefighter to die this month when he suffered a heart attack after a servic...

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