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  • Karpluk: Where Should Leaders Focus Their Efforts?

    By Les Karpluk - Thursday November 7, 2013
    Some in the fire service think that by achieving a position, rank or title they become a leader. It’s not a secret that leadership plays a key role in the fire service and for those that think they have arrived as a leader because they have the status...
  • Ballam: Fire Service Vendors Continue to Innovate

    By Ed Ballam - Thursday November 7, 2013
    Fire service vendors and manufacturers are always coming up with new things to sell firefighters and first responders and a lot of them are really cool and advance the trade and keep us safe in many ways. If you have any doubts about that, just check...
  • Fornell: It Rained, They Burned - Devil's Night 2013

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Tuesday November 5, 2013
    The scene on Detroit's Beals Street the night before Halloween was typical. Steam floated off a firefighter's gear, wet from a previous fire hours ago, as he worked a 2-1/2-inch line by himself, trying to keep rolling fire in a vacant building from...
  • Ballam: 'Tis The Season -- To Write Grants

    By Ed Ballam - Monday November 4, 2013
    It is grant season again with the opening of the 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program today (Nov. 4.)  It’s a time of year when fire departments across the nation make their “wish lists,” fill out their applications, hit send and...
  • Ballam: Who You Gonna Call? Firefighters

    By Ed Ballam - Tuesday October 29, 2013
    It’s surprising to see that layoffs and station closures are still happening, despite encouraging words of economic recovery. But RIFs and closures are still happening and they’re just as painful as they were three or four years ago when they really...
  • Carter: Lessons in Compromise and Negotiation

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Saturday October 26, 2013
    How many of you are familiar with the name of Henry Clay?  He was a Whig Party Senator from Kentucky and is possibly best remembered as the one who crafted the Great Compromise of 1850.  In that agreement a number of states agreed to positions over...
  • Carter: Taking Care of the Troops

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Tuesday October 22, 2013
    My task with you today is work hard in order to make a fairly boring concept to life for you in such a manner that you will go running out the door of your office shouting at the top of your lungs "I have seen the future and it is great!"  That is how...
  • Water: A Firefighter's Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

    By Guy Lucas - Tuesday October 22, 2013
    The Firehouse Industry Insights blogs are contributed by experts in various areas of the fire service industry.  A few things are evident when examining the role water plays in a firefighter's everyday life: Water can be a firefighter's best...
  • Salka: Blountstown Fire Video Revisited

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Monday October 21, 2013
    If you read and or commented on my most recent blog about a video of a fire department operation I have a treat for you. Just a few days after the blog was posted I received an e-mail and a phone call from the chief of the involved department. We had...
  • Karpluk: When You Become Your Buddy's Boss

    By Les Karpluk - Thursday October 17, 2013
    One of my favorite cartoons by illustrator Paul Combs is his “Buddy to Boss” illustration. You know the one where the fire chief hands the leader brain to the newly promoted lieutenant, and the lieutenant puts his buddy brain into the wastebasket. I...