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  • Pennington: What Can Emergency! Teach Us Today?

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday February 13, 2014
    Excitement would be an understatement of the emotion that this jumpseater is feeling today. I learned that the Squad 51 and Engine 51 will be at Firehouse World in San Diego next week. This will be my second time presenting to West Coast first...
  • Salka: Hydrant Work

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Wednesday February 12, 2014
    It’s the middle of the winter and we are facing another major snow storm. Sometimes we (all of us) have lots of snow and sometimes none at all. Let's get right to it. Everywhere I go I see hydrants, or should I say I can barely see them. It looks...
  • Carter: Organizational Knowledge is the New Challenge

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Monday February 3, 2014
    The other day it was my good fortune to read an interesting article on a Wall Street Journal blog.  It spoke to the many problems in government at the national level.  It spoke to the problems inherent in the law which has come to be known as...
  • Mills: Winter Weather Creates Hunker Down Mode

    By Cynthia Mills - Thursday January 30, 2014
    I’m hunkered down on a frigid winter’s night. All of my girls and my fireman are here with me. I feel like a kid ditching school. Shouldn’t I be working, teaching, or doing one of the many things on my forever to-do list? Maybe, but instead I am...
  • Ballam: The Death of a Fire Truck Maker -- Again

    By Ed Ballam - Tuesday January 21, 2014
    It appears the legendary truck builder American LaFrance has died – again. Rumors, speculations and scorn is circulating among fire apparatus manufacturers. Some are angry, saying when a company like American LaFrance (ALF) goes out of business, it...
  • LeDuc: Planning for Your Active Shooter Response

    By Todd J. LeDuc - Monday January 20, 2014
    Over the last decade the United States has encountered nearly 100 active shooter events in which many after action lessons learned have been gleaned.  Additionally, work has been done from both the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (NFFF) and the...
  • Karpluk: Books to Add to Your Shelf, Open Your Mind

    By Les Karpluk - Sunday January 19, 2014
    I have recently received several inquiries about books that aspiring officers should read. I feel honored that a firefighter would seek me out to get my advice on leadership books, but the more I thought about this, the more I started to worry that I...
  • Pennington: Water Crisis Brings Out West Virginia Pride

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday January 16, 2014
    There is one thing that I have always been proud of and that is being from the state of West Virginia. Until you have the chance to visit the wild and wonderful hills you may not fully understand what it is like to see the beauty and experience a...
  • Switch to Black Turnout Gear? Here's What You Should Know

    By Guy Lucas - Wednesday January 15, 2014
    The Firehouse Industry Insights blogs are contributed by experts in various areas of the fire service industry.  This is what I would say to a fire department that is contemplating making a switch from a gold, khaki, or yellow outer shell to a...
  • Ballam: A Fire Truck Committee Is Born

    By Ed Ballam - Monday January 13, 2014
    My department has formed a truck committee and our first meeting will be later this month. The five-person committee, of which I am one, will be tasked with replacing our front-line engine that’s more than 20 years old. We acknowledge we have a lot...