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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

Owner of Boston Building Sues Welding Company in Fatal Fire

The owner of the building where a nine-alarm fire killed two Boston firefighters last month is suing the welding company that was blamed for sparking the fire.

Legal

Washington D.C. Mayor Plans to Push Forward with Firefighter Shift Changes

Mayor Vincent C. Gray vowed to move forward with a deeply controversial proposal to change the way firefighters' work shifts are arranged, over the objections of at least one of his possible successors.

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

Volunteer Firefighters in Demand Across New York

Fire departments from around New York state are opening their doors this weekend as they look for new volunteer members.

Grants

Response Fire-Rescue Boat Delivered to South Carolina Fire Department

Response Fire-Rescue Boat Delivered to South Carolina Fire Department

The Response FR-28 specifications were developed by Mount Pleasant Fire Department in South Carolina to improve firefighting and rescue capability in the coastal areas surrounding Mount Pleasant.

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Washington D.C. Mayor Plans to Push Forward with Firefighter Shift Changes

April 23, 2014 Mayor Vincent C. Gray vowed to move forward with a deeply controversial proposal to change the way firefighters' work...

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