Mark Bagniewski warns against complacency and stresses that responders must anticipate that every call is a potential emergency, even if previous calls to the same address were nuisance calls.
Why are some senior firefighters prone to prophesying that rookies will come to hate the job, given enough time? Mckayla Conner diagnoses the mindset.
Although a comfortable existence can be easy, ignorance of the world around us is dangerous to all firefighters, writes David DeStefano.
Danny Sheridan discusses automatic alarms and how to address becoming complacent with these responses.
Read some recent posts from our featured contributors, including new commentary on professional development from Assistant Fire Chief Nicholas Christensen of Federal Fire Ventura County, California.
For his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel examines the structural issues surrounding the July 17, 1981, collapse of the Hyatt Regency skywalks in Kansas City, Missouri, the deadliest structural collapse in U.S. history until the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11.
An efficiency is only effective, and should only be implemented, when considered in the context of an outcome.
Firefighters must be able to recognize our personal abilities and capabilities, as well as those of our coworkers and our organization. Greg Havel has some thoughts on how to get there and avoid the sins of hubris and complacency.
"By leaving their comfort zones through performing training evolutions for skills they rarely use as well as by seeking tactics and techniques from other departments, firefighters can improve their overall knowledge and effectiveness," writes Anthony Rowett Jr.
Billy Greenwood recently presented a Webcast on "Extreme Leadership - The Next Generation of Leading, Coaching and Mentoring." Read answers to some questions submitted by viewers.