• Ballam: Technology Phobia? Get Over It!

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday May 7, 2014
    Why is it that so many firefighters have an aversion to electronics? If they could get an apparatus with a cable throttle, they’d do it in a heartbeat. Yet, they’ll park the fire truck and jump in to their pickups with satellite navigation systems...
  • Salka: Confronting Danger as a Firefighter

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Monday May 5, 2014
    We hear it all the time, "Stay Safe" or "Be Safe." What does that mean? Well, for starters let's take a look at the definition of safe:  Safe  – freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger or loss. OK, so then what is danger? Here's...
  • Is Filament Twill Technology the Future of Flame Resistant Fabrics?

    By Guy Lucas - Thursday May 1, 2014
    The Firehouse Industry Insights blogs are contributed by experts in various areas of the fire service industry.  One concept relatively new to fire service PPE, but gaining traction as a proven outer shell fabric technology is Filament Twill...
  • Salka: There's Not Just One Way to Run The Fire Service!

    By John J. Salka, Jr. - Friday April 25, 2014
    There’s not just one way to run the fire service and I am tired of being bullied into a “culture of safety!” Now, just stop right there and hold your fire. No, I am not against firefighter safety and survival and reducing firefighter fatalities...
  • LeDuc: Infectious Enthusiasm for Successful Leaders

    By Todd J. LeDuc - Tuesday April 22, 2014
    An article on  inc.com  noted that "good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people." In these words lay some valuable lessons. Infectious enthusiasm by leaders for their personnel who they lead creates...
  • Pennington: What Does All of This New Fire Research Mean?

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday April 17, 2014
    While various findings from new fire science research have taken over as the hot topics at conferences, in articles, and shared through social media, it has exposed a few problems that are being seen on firegrounds around the world. These include the...
  • Mills: A Talk With His Battalion Chief: Words I've Never Heard Before

    By Cynthia Mills - Wednesday March 26, 2014
    Last shift, my firefighter was acting battalion chief because his BC, along with much of the rest of the department, was out of town at a week-long training. I was at the station that Sunday evening cooking dinner for the crew, when his BC returned from...
  • LeDuc: Consolidation for Efficiencies and Service Synergies

    By Todd J. LeDuc - Thursday March 20, 2014
    Global economic realities have driven communities to examine opportunities to leverage public safety resources through collaboration. Operationally, many communities are challenged to rapidly place an adequate number of responders on the scene of a...
  • PPE Thermal Liners and Pro Sports Players

    By Guy Lucas - Wednesday March 12, 2014
    The Firehouse Industry Insights blogs are contributed by experts in various areas of the fire service industry.  What do high performance thermal liners have in common with the apparel worn by LeBron James, Usaine Bolt, and Tiger Woods...
  • Carter: Where is the Next Generation?

    By Dr. Harry Carter - Tuesday March 11, 2014
    As I sit here in my hotel room in Las Vegas I am pondering the relative worth of all that I have done, am doing, and hope to do for my fellow travelers in the world of fire protection.  My associates and I are here for the annual general meeting of the...