"Get'er Done": Take Drastic Actions To Reduce Line-of-Duty Deaths

Oct. 8, 2006, marked the 25th anniversary (1981-2006) of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend Program in Emmitsburg, MD. I have had the personal honor and pleasure of attending and assisting with about a dozen ceremonies over the years; how...


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DENNIS L. RUBIN, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is chief of the Atlanta Fire Rescue. Previously, he was city manager and public safety director for the City of Dothan, AL. Rubin is a 33-year fire-rescue veteran, serving in many capacities and with several departments. He holds an associate's degree in fire science from Northern Virginia Community College and a bachelor's degree in fire science from the University of Maryland, and is enrolled in the Oklahoma State University Graduate School Fire Administration Program. Rubin is a 1993 graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and holds the national Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) certification and the Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFOD) from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). He serves on several IAFC committees, including a two-year term as the Health and Safety Committee chair. Rubin can be reached at Firerube@aol.com.