• Pennington: Training to the Tip of Perfection

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday June 30, 2014
    When I sat down at my desk a few weeks back, I discovered a speech given by Admiral William H. McRaven at the University of Texas-Austin graduation commencement. He spoke about his time inside the elite special warfare operations group the U.S. Navy...
  • Ballam: Spending Quality Time in Fire Apparatus Cabs

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday June 25, 2014
    I spent some quality time sitting in apparatus cabs recently. I sat in cabs from at least six different manufacturers, not bothered by anybody, completely anonymous. I was at the New England Association of Fire Chiefs’ Expo in Springfield, Mass., a...
  • LeDuc: Where Do You Stand on Effective Response & Critical Tasking?

    By Todd J. LeDuc - Friday June 20, 2014
    Many communities are evaluating their costs and subsequently looking at fire and emergency services budgets critically as public safety, in many cases, accounts for upwards of 60% to 70% of the overall jurisdiction's budget. As such, it is important...
  • Pennington: If it Will Be, It is Up to Me

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday June 19, 2014
    One thing about the fire service is the fact that nothing is given. From the first day you walk into the fire station the work begins. To become a firefighter you must put forth the effort to pass the test, learn the skills and make your way into the...
  • Carter: Something You Can't Read About in a Book

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Tuesday June 10, 2014
    It is with a great deal of concern that I come to you with the thoughts in this commentary.  It is my opinion that there is a serious problem brewing in our beloved fire service.  It has taken me quite some time to put my thoughts together. My goal here...
  • Mills: Fire Safety at our Cabin in the Woods

    By Cynthia Mills - Wednesday June 4, 2014
    Fire safety and prevention…I was thinking about this yesterday. Yes, my good friend and fire prevention specialist at our department, Firefighter/Engineer Daniel Byrne , would be so proud of me.  But honestly, I was thinking about it because we...
  • Pennington: What Have You Done?

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday June 2, 2014
    What have you done for your department today? Have you done something today to make your department better? I had never really thought of this concept and how to apply it until I had the honor of interviewing Kentland Fire Chief Tony Kelleher. I asked...
  • Carter: Managing Old-fashioned Values During Change

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Saturday May 24, 2014
    April 1964 was a momentous month for me. It marked my entry into the emergency services world.  That is the point in my life when I was privileged to become a part of the Freehold, N.J., First Aid squad as a 16-year-old, rookie cadet member of that...
  • LeDuc: Are You Meeting Your Customers' Needs?

    By Todd J. LeDuc - Friday May 23, 2014
    One thing that successful organizations have in common is the core value of an "unrelenting customer focus." That sounds like a nice adage, but what does that mean in practical terms? Simply put: listen, learn and actively seek out what customers...
  • Karpluk: Reflecting on 32 Years in the Fire Service

    By Les Karpluk - Wednesday May 21, 2014
    On Feb. 28, I retired from the fire department. To be honest, I really had no idea how emotional the day would be. The last two months have been spent reflecting on my career and without a doubt I have been blessed to serve the citizens for 32 years and...