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  • For the Record

    Finn Named Boston Commissioner Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed Deputy Fire Chief Joe Finn of Division 1 as Fire Commissioner/Chief of Department on July 7. Finn was hailed as a seasoned leader who will command the rank-and-file’s respect...

    Article • August 1st, 2014

  • Beyond Smokey Bear

    Most of what the average person knows about fire safety likely came from his or her early education and involved characters like Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog. While these programs have proved very effective at increasing fire safety awareness for...

    Article • August 1st, 2014

  • "Going Big" Demands Focusing on Fundamentals

    Top-performing fire and EMS organizations hold to very high standards. These standards range throughout the organization from the chief operating officer down to frontline personnel. More importantly, these core standards are enforced and enforced...

    Article • August 1st, 2014

  • PLAGIARISM: Ethical Lapse or Misunderstood Act?

    Chris is up against the clock as the semester winds down. The firefighter’s final class paper is due in exactly nine hours and he hasn’t begun writing the introduction. Although he knows that copying and pasting material from the Internet is...

    Article • August 1st, 2014

  • 2013 National Run Survey Part 2: Fire Department Total Calls

    For the 33rd year, the career fire service takes to the pages of Firehouse ® Magazine to share and compare statistics about company and department activity levels, funding, staffing and pay. A total of 218 fire departments took part in this year’s...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Having Trouble Recruiting Volunteers?

    According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), around 87% of fire and EMS departments in the U.S. use volunteers in some way to respond to emergencies. Having the ability to recruit these folks is critical, and ensuring that your volunteer department...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • Higher Education: Assessing Higher Education's Role in the Fire Service

    For the better part of the seven years, I have been looking at the importance of higher education in the fire service. I’ve done this through numerous articles in Firehouse ® Magazine that have provided rich anecdotal evidence that indicates some...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Higher Education: Leadership in Extreme Contexts

    Leadership in extreme contexts, such as those experienced by wildland and urban firefighters, represents an area deserving of formal study given events such as 9/11, the wildfire in the South Canyon on Storm King Mountain in Colorado in 1994 and the...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Higher Education: Making Education Part of Your Backup Plan

    Michael Charter didn’t originally decide to get an education because he loved school. As a new firefighter, fresh out of the military, he was initially motivated to pursue a degree because he wanted to make sure he had a solid back-up plan. “If...

    Article • February 1st, 2014

  • Higher Education Sidebar: Experience and Education Together Make the Leader

    Denise Pouget knew she loved firefighting from a young age. She began her career in high school, volunteering with the local fire department at the age of 15. It quickly became her life’s passion, and she spent many years working hard to get the...

    Article • February 1st, 2014

  • Fire, Explosion and Arson Investigation

    When Tom Thurman watched on television as the terrorist act on April 15 at the Boston Marathon unfolded, the 35-year explosives investigator automatically began taking note. Beyond the human carnage that killed three and injured an estimated 264...

    Article • November 1st, 2013

  • What to Expect at FAEI Residency

    Eastern Kentucky University’s (EKU) use of a campus-based component for the Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation (FAEI) degree program is not only a departure compared to its other online bachelor programs, it’s essential for the delivery of...

    Article • November 1st, 2013

  • As Firehouse Sees It: What Do We Need Them For?

    I write this editorial on the eve of 9/11/13. It has been 12 years since the most tragic day in the FDNY and the U.S. fire service and one of the darkest days in the nation’s history. Right after 9/11, a great number of Americans placed firefighters...

    Article • October 1st, 2013

  • Professional Designations: Afterthought or Forethought?

    Nov. 5, 1987, is the day I first went to the Stoney Point, NC, Fire Department and picked up my application to join. Little did I know that I was starting on the path to a career that has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Beginning...

    Article • August 1st, 2013

  • First Responders, Take Note: CDC Reports 1 in 50 Children Has Autism

    On March 20, 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report stating that one in 50 (more than 1 million) U.S. schoolchildren are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is up substantially from a previous...

    Article • August 1st, 2013

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