Blog Archives




 
  • 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...
  • Salka: Get Your *%$#$% Together!

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Wednesday October 16, 2013
    I just watched a video of a fire department operation and was amazed at the number and severity of tactical mistakes that were captured by the camera. I am not writing about this operation to be critical of the involved department, but rather to point out...
  • Pennington: The Basics are Where we Fail

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday October 9, 2013
    "I have been in the fire service for 20 years, why should I practice putting on my PPE?" How many times have you heard those words just to see that person on scene with the SCBA straps loosened, waist belt undone, or not wearing a hood.  It is a...
  • Ballam: What's In Your Station

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday October 9, 2013
    There’s a commercial on TV that asks: "What’s in your wallet?" The premise is, what can you count on when you really need it. It got me thinking about another question more relevant to us in the fire service. "What’s in your station?" When stuff...
  • Hilton: Fire Prevention Efforts Enhanced at Fire Museum of Memphis - Part 2

    By Dayna Hilton - Tuesday October 8, 2013
    Hello, everyone!  Recently, I read an article sharing that the Fire Museum of Memphis received grants to update their museum. This is Part 2 of the series on the Fire Museum of Memphis and what they are doing to enhance their fire safety efforts (read...
  • Ballam: Firefighting - As Seen on TV

    By Ed Ballam - Tuesday October 1, 2013
    I am not one to watch much television, I’ll be the first to admit that. And to prove it, I just finished watching the last episode of "Rescue Me" on Netflix this weekend The finale aired in 2011. And now, I just started watching "Chicago Fire," the...
  • 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...