Ed Ballam is the industry and products associate editor for Firehouse, a captain with the Haverhill Corner, N.H. Fire Department, and a National Registered EMT. He is also a Deputy Forest Fire Warden for the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands. Professionally, he's been a journalist for over 30 years working for a variety of publications, including employment as managing editor of a national fire service trade journal for more than a decade.
In a time when some other fire apparatus manufacturers are closing plants or businesses, Smeal has been acquiring businesses and adding staff.
November 14, 2014
Smeal wants the world to know they're ready to claim their share of the fire apparatus market at a showcase event.
November 6, 2014
This year's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) offers more than $300M to give away to fire and EMS providers.
The Masonville Fire District has a group dedicated volunteer firefighters who took delivery of a new 2014 Spartan EVR pumper with compressed air foam.
October 23, 2014
Bruce Bowling, a member of the team that founded Firehouse magazine and a luminary in fire service business, died Tuesday.
Late this summer, an auction of about $8M in fire truck parts was held at the American LaFrance South Carolina plant. Where did it all go?
Show and tell might be a kids game, but it works great for the fire service as a way to learn more about equipment and apparatus your neighboring fire departments have in the stations.
The Grand Rapids Fire Department spent three years specifying and bidding a new rescue/pumper that resulted in the purchase of a KME Fire Apparatus with some innovative features.
Summer is over and cold weather is here and chimney fires are around the corner. One Vermont man has made a product to help fight them.
There are many who work in the fire service industry who change companies and employers while still staying connected with firefighting and emergency services. They're part of the 'Velcro Club.'
September 12, 2014
The Franklin Township board of supervisors have dropped its bid to restrict the Franklintown & Community Fire Company from using fire trucks at weddings and personal events.
September 9, 2014
An attempt to restrict fire trucks for weddings and private functions has raised the ire of at least a couple of Franklintown & Community Fire Company members.
Recalls of fire apparatus and equipment happen all the time. Defects, unfortunately, cause injury to firefighters and those responsible need to be accountable, but not punished.
When it comes to building fire stations, experts agree there are many do’s and don’ts that fire departments should take into consideration when designing their buildings. Fire departments should never install anything that takes a lot of maintenance...
July 29, 2014
Truck and engine operators need to do more than drive the rigs to the fire scene. They need to understand at least basic firefighting tactics and know their vehicles and their communities well.
July 23, 2014
It's never a good day when an active shooter incident is called in, but preparation and training can make it more manageable.
July 23, 2014
There's a lot to the specification and maintenance of fire apparatus chassis and suspension components and a Firehouse Expo presenter offers some advice.
July 22, 2014
The key to successful CAFS operation is water, Dominic Colletti says.
July 22, 2014
Frank Hrbek Jr. was the big winner this year at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore, riding off with a brand new, black Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
July 21, 2014
Basement fires are among the most challenging and dangerous incidents firefighters can face, said experts during a Firehouse Expo lecture.
July 18, 2014
Machine rescues don't happen often, but when they do, they can tax responders, especially if they haven't trained and are unprepared.
July 17, 2014
A firefighter from New Hampshire, who is also a fitness expert, says firefighter fitness is a personal responsiblity and requires commitment
July 17, 2014
Ted Galante, who spoke at the Station Design Confernce during Firehouse Expo, shared some of the best designed stations around the world.