Fire Engineering Submissions



Fire Engineering includes features and columns on topics ranging from incident reports/fieldwork (with the emphasis on lessons learned) to using tools and equipment, health and safety, technical rescue, management, training techniques, wildland urban interface, rapid intervention, and others.

Regular rotating columns include Volunteers Corner, Training Notebook, Wildland Urban Interface, The Rescue Company, The Engine Company, The Truck Company, Fire Prevention Bureau, Apparatus: The Shops, fire EMS, Fire Service Court, Speaking of Safety, Technology Today, and Innovations: Homegrown.

Each month, a selection of articles will focus on a theme. Themes include Training/Instructor Development, Engine Company Operations, Technical Rescue, Fire Protection, EMS, Truck Company Operations, Apparatus, Fire Technology, Firefighter Safety and Health, Officer Development, and Leadership and Management.

Include complete contact information (name, address, cell number, e-mail).

We accept only material submitted exclusively to Fire Engineering. Do not submit it to ANY other online or printed magazine if you want it to be considered for publication.

Send us the text in a Word document by e-mail. Include a short (three- to five-line) bio of yourself (rank, department, city, state, education, etc.) and any photos in jpeg format (300 DPI resolution minimum) in the same e-mail. 

The length depends on the topic—cover everything about the topic in depth, don’t worry about it being too long–but articles should be at least 2,000 words.

You must cite all sources that are not your own. Include footnotes at the end of the article, numbered in accordance with their order in the copy, Also number them in the copy. Provide complete citation: author/title/year/publisher (city, state: name). If a magazine article: author, title, publication, date, issue, page numbers.

Number each photo in chronological order as it is to appear in the copy. Indicate its position in the copy. Include a caption and photo credit with the same photo number.

Provide the name and e-mail of each photographer. Do not pull photos off the Web. You do not have permission to use them, and they appear to be of higher resolution than they actually are.

Please submit tables in Word format. Indicate the source. If it is a copyrighted source, please include written permission for us to publish it. For illustrations, include the source and written permission for us to publish it. Again, do not take off the Web.

If your article is accepted, you will be asked to provide a video for inclusion in the digital version. Format: Mp4 format is fine. You can shoot it on your phone (vertical, please). It should be no longer than four minutes and no larger than 100MB.

Notification

You will be notified when your copy/photos have been received. You will also be notified of any tech reviewer’s comments and acceptance or rejection.  

Copyright

You must sign over the copyright of your article to us or we cannot publish your work. (You will be sent a copyright release form to sign at the time the article is edited for publication.) There are no exceptions.

Compensation

We compensate authors and photographers for their work upon publication and after we receive signed copyright forms and completed W9s. They also receive three copies of the magazine in which their work appears after the issue is published.

Other submissions

We also welcome the following:

  • Comments in the form of Letters to the Editor.
  • Submissions for Coming Events at least three months in advance.
  • Information about recent promotions, awards, or other significant accomplishments of prominent fire service members for Names in the News.
  • Submissions for Apparatus Deliveries. Include a color photo, a list of the apparatus’ important features, the name of the photographer, and a contact person.

E-mail submissions to Diane Rothschild, [email protected].



WEB FEATURES AND BLOGS

We are always looking for new contributors for the Fire Engineering Web site.

Our exclusive Web Features tend to be training or tactical pieces that have gone through the standard Fire Engineering submissions review process (see above).

Send Web-only submissions and Web photo submissions to Online Editor Pete Prochilo at [email protected].

Our featured contributors are selected from among the writers on the Fire Engineering Training Community (community.fireengineering.com). If you have a specific viewpoint, commentary, or training tip you’d like to share, you can start immediately–simply sign up, create a profile, and add a blog post. We may feature your writing on our homepage, our e-Newsletter, and our social media.


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