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  • Turnout Gear Materials with DuPont Kevlar Filament: Stronger, Lighter, and More Comfortable

    By Guy Lucas - Tuesday October 1, 2013
    The Firehouse Industry Insights blogs are contributed by experts in various areas of the fire service industry.  Ballistic vests. Bridge reinforcements. Lightweight composites. Turnout gear outer shells and thermal liners.  High performance...
  • Karpluk: Authenticity Can Set Leaders Apart

    By Les Karpluk - Monday September 30, 2013
    As I progress in my leadership journey I record my own unwritten laws, guiding principles, life lessons and leadership characteristics. The purpose of compiling my list of laws, principles and life lessons is to help me become a better leader.  One...
  • Karpluk: Should Fire Service Leaders be Idealists?

    By Les Karpluk - Monday September 23, 2013
    Years ago someone told me that I was an idealist. Rightly or wrongly, this bothered me for some time as I interpreted this to mean that I did not look at things realistically and that I was dreaming things that could not possibly happen. Believe it or...
  • Fire Prevention Efforts Enhanced at Fire Museum of Memphis - Part 1

    By Dayna Hilton - Friday September 20, 2013
    Hello, everyone! Welcome to the Playing it Safe blog on Firehouse.com. Recently, I read an article sharing that the Fire Museum of Memphis received grants to update their museum. One of the things that intrigued me the most was that the article...
  • Pennington: Goodbye Vertical Ventilation?

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday September 20, 2013
    Command to Truck 1, when you arrive on the scene do not get on the roof!" "Truck 1 to command, is it unsafe?" When was the last time that you ever stopped and thought about putting a firefighter on the roof of a burning building? Was your first...
  • Salka: Globe Article on Boston FD Incomplete and Incorrect

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Thursday September 19, 2013
    I read the recent Boston Globe article titled, “ Plenty of Firefighters, But Where are the Fires? ” and tried to figure out exactly what they were complaining about. Oh, I know it’s money, but most of the other issues they raised seemed relatively...
  • Karpluk: Welcome to Fire Les-sons on Leadership

    By Les Karpluk - Monday September 16, 2013
    Editor's Note: We would like to welcome Chief Les Karpluk as the newest contributor to Firehouse.com. Check back as Chief Karpluk shares his experiences and thoughts on leadership the fire service. Look for his You can learn more about Les here . When...
  • Pennington: Earn Your Spot Everyday

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday September 16, 2013
    Did you earn your spot on the department? If you think back to the days of training, pushing, and working towards becoming a firefighter, do you remember how hard you worked? When was the last time you worked that hard? Forgetting how hard we worked and...
  • Pennington: For Those Who Rushed In

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday September 11, 2013
    Where were you when the world stopped turning? For 343 families in New York and hundreds of families in Virginia and Pennsylvania we knew where are loved ones were, on duty. To many of us it comes as no surprise as we understood the deep commitment that...
  • May: Love Made Visible and Achieving the Impossible

    By Ben May - Tuesday September 10, 2013
    The Lebanese poet, Kalil Kibran said that "work is love made visible." If ever there were a physical manifestation of these words in action, it is firefighting: the entire brother and sisterhood of our profession. The work we do reveals the...