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  • 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...
  • PPE: More Comfort Equals More Safety

    By Guy Lucas - Thursday January 2, 2014
    The Firehouse Industry Insights blogs are contributed by experts in various areas of the fire service industry.  It’s true: PPE enhances safety only when it’s worn the way it was designed to be worn. There are times when PPE isn’t worn as...
  • LeDuc: How Mentors Can Impact the Fire Service

    By Todd J. LeDuc - Saturday December 28, 2013
    Firehouse.com would like to welcome  Todd J. LeDuc  as our newest blogger. LeDuc is a division chief with Broward County Fire Rescue in Florida. Keep watching for his blogs under " LeDuc's Look " on Firehouse.com. Increasingly a generational...
  • Karpluk: Old Words Create New Ways

    By Les Karpluk - Thursday December 26, 2013
    I purchased one of my favorite books in 1994; it’s a thin paperback titled, As a Man Thinketh written by British philosophical writer James Allen. It continues to change the lives of men and women who are open to the truths written by Allen since it...
  • Pennington: Don't Hook Over Your Head

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday December 23, 2013
    Say it isn't true, but are we all truckies on the inside? As I fight the urge to become something that this jumpseat rider would never could have imagined, it might be coming true. We all have a truck firefighter inside us.  As a proud engine...
  • Pennington: Can Good Firefighters Cover for Bad Officers?

    By Ryan Pennington - Tuesday December 17, 2013
    Walk into any fire station and look around. What you find is a group of firefighters, officers, and chiefs that come from every walk of life and each has a different level of education, experience, and motivation. These different levels can come...
  • Mills: Frequent Flyers are a Constant in a Fire Wife's Life Too

    By Cynthia Mills - Monday December 16, 2013
    Every department has frequent flyers. Heck, every station has their individual frequent flyers. Yes, even though I’m not on an engine or responding to calls, I’m married to someone who is. By default, throughout the years I feel like I’ve come to...
  • Karpluk: Changes to the Fire Department's Culture

    By Les Karpluk - Monday December 9, 2013
    The fire service is known for its strong culture and like anything else in life, there is the good, the bad, and the ugly in a department’s culture. Every department has a strong sense of values, beliefs, and norms, and this forms the basis of its...
  • Ballam: Ads on Fire Apparatus? Bring It On!

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday November 20, 2013
    Bravo to the firefighters of Middle River, Md., Volunteer Fire Company. I read with interest about their story about sale of ad space on their ladder and engine.   It’s difficult enough to be a volunteer firefighter these days, with the...
  • Carter: The Importance of Knowledge

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Tuesday November 19, 2013
    Many have been the occasions during my career when I held myself up to you as a spokesman for wisdom and enlightenment. Many times I have tried to take the moral high ground as I sought to discuss my feelings about sharing, knowledge with others via the...