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  • Carter: Managing Old-fashioned Values During Change

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Saturday May 24, 2014
    April 1964 was a momentous month for me. It marked my entry into the emergency services world.  That is the point in my life when I was privileged to become a part of the Freehold, N.J., First Aid squad as a 16-year-old, rookie cadet member of that...
  • LeDuc: Are You Meeting Your Customers' Needs?

    By Todd J. LeDuc - Friday May 23, 2014
    One thing that successful organizations have in common is the core value of an "unrelenting customer focus." That sounds like a nice adage, but what does that mean in practical terms? Simply put: listen, learn and actively seek out what customers...
  • Karpluk: Reflecting on 32 Years in the Fire Service

    By Les Karpluk - Wednesday May 21, 2014
    On Feb. 28, I retired from the fire department. To be honest, I really had no idea how emotional the day would be. The last two months have been spent reflecting on my career and without a doubt I have been blessed to serve the citizens for 32 years and...
  • Pennington: What Makes a Firehouse a Home

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday May 16, 2014
    I just arrived home from my last shift on the west side of Charleston, W.Va., where I have been assigned to Station 8 for the past two years. I sat at home to reflect on serving with some of the finest firefighters I have ever worked with. Two years of...
  • Risk Assessment for Those Involved in Selecting PPE

    By Guy Lucas - Thursday May 15, 2014
    The Firehouse Industry Insights blogs are contributed by experts in various areas of the fire service industry.  While risk assessments aren't anything new, they also aren't exactly commonplace with the majority of fire departments in North...
  • Ballam: Search For The Perfect Rig Progresses

    By Ed Ballam - Tuesday May 13, 2014
    A while ago, I wrote a blog about my fire department starting a truck committee and now we’re two meetings in and we’ve already met with a vendor. The move is working for us, even though it may not have been the recommended path from everything I’ve...
  • Fornell: Passing on the Craft of Firefighting

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Friday May 9, 2014
    A few weeks ago, I found myself with a relatively inexperienced crew advancing a line up a staircase to push back a fire that had pretty much involved the entire attic of a two story home. I didn't realize it at the time, but the person operating the...
  • Ballam: Technology Phobia? Get Over It!

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday May 7, 2014
    Why is it that so many firefighters have an aversion to electronics? If they could get an apparatus with a cable throttle, they’d do it in a heartbeat. Yet, they’ll park the fire truck and jump in to their pickups with satellite navigation systems...
  • Salka: Confronting Danger as a Firefighter

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Monday May 5, 2014
    We hear it all the time, "Stay Safe" or "Be Safe." What does that mean? Well, for starters let's take a look at the definition of safe:  Safe  – freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger or loss. OK, so then what is danger? Here's...
  • Is Filament Twill Technology the Future of Flame Resistant Fabrics?

    By Guy Lucas - Thursday May 1, 2014
    The Firehouse Industry Insights blogs are contributed by experts in various areas of the fire service industry.  One concept relatively new to fire service PPE, but gaining traction as a proven outer shell fabric technology is Filament Twill...