Fire Blog Roundup: The New Guys, Blame, and Engine Company Culture

Check out some recent posts from our featured contributors, including Jason Hoevelmann of Engine House Training reflecting on the seeming lack of “brotherhood” in the fire service. More at

Building a Strong Engine Company Culture

Engine work is not rocket science…? Jarrod Sergi discusses the need to change this mindset and reinforce the fundamentals of engine work.

Mark Lamplugh

What You Should Know as a Firefighter About PTSD

Although often stemming from the battlefield experience, post-traumatic stress disorder can also affect members exposed to traumatic events on the job, Mark Lamplugh writes.

Benjamin Martin

Rethinking Leadership: Who Is to Blame in Your Department?

Every department has its problems, and yet these very problems challenge us to surmount them. Benjamin Martin on developing resilience.    

Jason Hoevelmann

Is It Really That Bad?

Is there a lack of “brotherhood” in the fire service? Does the “new generation” just not get it? Jason Hoevelmann isn’t having any of it.

Nick Salameh

Being the New Guy: A Retired Guy’s Perspective

Nick Salameh offers thoughts from the perspective of a retired fire captain.

Thomas Redden

Being the New Guy, By a New Guy

Thomas Redden offers some thoughts for Millennials coming into the fire service. 

John Buttrick

What’s In That Bag?

John Buttrick offers a look at some of the tools his company carries for through-the-lock forcible entry.

Water Rules, Part 3

Mark Cotter offers his thoughts on recent UL studies, in this case looking at the full-scale experiments.

Michael Lanning

Mental Illness: It’s Time to Break the Chains

Firefighters are completing suicide at an alarming rates. Michael Lanning offers his story and discusses how the stigma associated with mental illness can prevent members from seeking help. 

Chris Baker

Service Beyond Self

Christopher Baker looks at the dedication of members working at the Carr Fire in California.

John K. Murphy

Presumptive Illness – Fighting for your life

Many times it’s what you can’t see that will kill you. Read legal tips from John K. Murphy on documentation for workman’s comp claims.

Matt Beakas

The Black Helmet Perspective

Matt Beakas offers a reflection for volunteers.



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