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  • Carter: Some Tips for the New Fire Officer

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Tuesday September 3, 2013
    As I was sitting out on my front porch the other day, I made a particularly average, not-at-all startling discovery. I have been in the fire and emergency service world for nearly 50 years. And my writing for the fire and emergency service community has...
  • Ballam: Robots in The Fire Service? Say it Ain't So.

    By Ed Ballam - Thursday August 29, 2013
    Robots fighting fire? Preposterous, you might say. But wait a minute, the future is here and autonomous fighting machines are making their way into the fire service in a big way. As far-fetched and “Star Wars” like as it might sound, there will be a...
  • Salka: There is No Cultural 'Solution' to Firefighter Deaths

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Thursday August 22, 2013
    I keep reading articles, editorials and blogs about firefighter fatalities and what everyone thinks it will take to solve this "situation." News flash, there is no quick fix for the number of firefighter fatalities that occur each year. Firefighters are...
  • Carter: Have You Solved Any Good Problems Lately?

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Friday August 16, 2013
    Thanks to my many years of experience I am firmly convinced of the fact that there is one skill which is critical for all of us to possess. It is the ability to solve problems. Each and every one of you has faced a problem at one time or another. If you...
  • May: Marketing Great Fire Departments: It's an Inside Job First

    By Ben May - Wednesday August 14, 2013
    One of the fundamental tenets of marketing is that it is difficult (if not impossible) to market a low quality product or service. It may be possible to make the first sale, but if the quality is poor, it will probably be the last sale as well.  The...
  • Salka: What About Them?

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Saturday August 10, 2013
    We all often talk about the value of life in our business. The fact is that we protect "lives and property." We often debate the justification for entering various types of buildings that are involved in fire, and whether or not it is a worth the risk...
  • Pennington: Are We All Heroes?

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday August 8, 2013
    Should every firefighter be held to the hero status, no matter what the circumstances? As I returned from Firehouse Expo 2013 and a wonderful Florida vacation, I sat down to read a stirring article about the death of a young firefighter and the...
  • Fornell: The Firefighting Blitz Attack

    By Capt. Dave Fornell - Monday August 5, 2013
    Don’t you get really getting tired of seeing first-arrival videos where the engine pulls up and it takes a good five minutes to get water on the fire? I know, some will argue that the officer has to make a 360-degree assessment (true) before...
  • Carter: Looking Up, The Key to Taking the Past into the Future

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Thursday August 1, 2013
    So here we are in one of my favorite locations, the place where I get to see the view from my front porch. The photo tells the story my friends and a good one it is. This week, however, the location of my front porch shifted about 200 miles to the south...
  • Today, I Thought of You

    By Cynthia Mills - Thursday August 1, 2013
    As I started my run this morning, I thought of you. I remembered when I was newly married to my fireman and sometimes life just seemed unfair. I went from living with my parents to living with a roommate who was gone so often I was sometimes scared out of...