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  • 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...
  • Salka: There's Not Just One Way to Run The Fire Service!

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Friday April 25, 2014
    There’s not just one way to run the fire service and I am tired of being bullied into a “culture of safety!” Now, just stop right there and hold your fire. No, I am not against firefighter safety and survival and reducing firefighter fatalities...
  • LeDuc: Infectious Enthusiasm for Successful Leaders

    By Todd J. LeDuc - Tuesday April 22, 2014
    An article on  inc.com  noted that "good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people." In these words lay some valuable lessons. Infectious enthusiasm by leaders for their personnel who they lead creates...
  • Pennington: What Does All of This New Fire Research Mean?

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday April 17, 2014
    While various findings from new fire science research have taken over as the hot topics at conferences, in articles, and shared through social media, it has exposed a few problems that are being seen on firegrounds around the world. These include the...
  • Mills: A Talk With His Battalion Chief: Words I've Never Heard Before

    By Cynthia Mills - Wednesday March 26, 2014
    Last shift, my firefighter was acting battalion chief because his BC, along with much of the rest of the department, was out of town at a week-long training. I was at the station that Sunday evening cooking dinner for the crew, when his BC returned from...