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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...

Surviving the Tour

Make conscious choices based on solid facts that you have contemplated long before an incident, writes David DeStefano.

Practical Fire Service Succession Planning

Effective succession planning in any fire service organization will require focus and discipline on the part of the c...

The Job: Leadership

Frank Ricci discusses how company officers shouldn't be afraid to get their hands and learn from their mistakes when ...

The Job: Sharing Knowledge

Justin McCarthy of the New Haven (CT) Fire Department shares some thoughts on "knowledge hoarding" and vete...

The Job: Preplanning Inspections

What's the most unusual thing you've uncovered while doing a building inspection in your area? P.J. Norwood shares so...

Astronauts, Firefighters, EMTs, and Interpersonal Conflict

A computer program to help astronauts with conflicts is now being tested by firefighters and EMTs nationwide.

From the Bay Door to the Front Door: The Company Officer On Scene

Joe McClelland offers some tips for new company officers on size-up and initial actions on the fireground.

For Lack of Command Experience

At larger-scale incidents, incident commanders need to follow the example of the U.S. military and tighten their span...

A Fire Officer's Dozen

Officers are responsible for the safety and lives of the firefighters who follow them. Mike Wolfschmidt offers 12 poi...

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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

Forest Service Chief Cites Successes, Challenges in Testimony on FY15 Budget

In testimony today before the House Appropriations Committee, Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell cited three key areas of focus for the FY 2015 President's Budget of $4.77 billion for the Forest Service: restoring resilient landscapes, building thriving communities, and managing wildland fires.

FDNY Discrimination Lawsuit Settled

After seven years of legal wrangling, New York City settled a discrimination lawsuit against the fire department late Monday.

Bill Would Let Alaska Municipalities Make Changes to Fire Service

The Alaska Senate recently passed a bill that would allow municipalities to change aspects of their fire service areas without an area-wide vote.

Fire Service Traditions & History

From the FE Vault - Aug 23, 1879

As we enter into the 2014 Fire Department Instructors Conference, let’s look at a few pages from The Fireman’s Journal, August 23, 1879. Among other matters, in discussing a fire at a summer hotel—a regular occurrence back then—the editor raises questions about fire safe building construction and hazardous materials. “As these hotels are at present arranged, there is no protection afforded to either life or property.” It would take a “great calamity” to compel lawmakers to pass laws requiring hotel operators to provide fire protection. “At present these hotels are so many death traps, into which one lies down to sleep at the peril of his life.”

LODD

NYPD Revised Fire Response Protocol Now Bans Elevator Use

A week after cops were told to use caution when taking an elevator while responding to building fires, the NYPD has rescinded the directive and issued revised protocol that requires stairs to be used at all times.

Officer Development

FDIC 2014: The Qualities of a Good Officer

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

Fireground Management

Regina Fire and Protective Services Records Management System Useful for Optimizing Assets

Regina Fire & Protective Services reported today that with help from their Records Management System (RMS) partner, FDM Software, it was able to make significant department improvements over the past year.

Volunteers Corner

Watch West (TX) Documentary and Anniversary Memorial Online

On April 17, 2013, the difference between life and death was just 13 minutes. That's the interval between the time first responders arrived at the West Fertilizer Co. and the explosion that left 12 of them dead.

Grants

NVFC Receives SAFER Grant for National Firefighter Recruitment and Retention Campaign

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has been awarded a $2,390,479 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to implement a national volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention campaign.

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NYPD Revised Fire Response Protocol Now Bans Elevator Use

April 18, 2014 A week after cops were told to use caution when taking an elevator while responding to building fires, the NYPD has r...

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