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  • Bolstering Mechanical Skills for the Entry-level Firefighter

    One of the most important skills a firefighter can have is being well versed and competent in the area of mechanical ability. Hiring new firefighters with the lack of mechanical-ability skills is one of the biggest complaints I hear from firefighters on...

    Article • July 5th, 2011

  • Basic Survival Skills and the Probationary Firefighter - Part 4

    The fourth and final part of this series continues where we left off last time. We continue to discuss skills, techniques, and tactics that if implemented properly will keep us safe. Skills and Techniques

    Article • May 6th, 2011

  • The Parable of the Wise, Old Fireman

    It has been my observation that one of the primary ways which Jesus Christ used to mentor his flock involved the use of the parable. Gowler (2002) tells us that, "… A parable is a succinct story, in prose or verse that illustrates a lesson. It differs...

    Article • April 26th, 2011

  • Basic Survival Skills and the Probationary Firefighter - Part 3

    So far in Parts 1 and 2, we have discussed the core basics of firefighter safety and survival that every new or probationary firefighter must develop and attempt to master over the course of their fire-service careers. There’s so much to learn and so...

    Article • April 7th, 2011

  • Basic Survival Skills and the Probationary Firefighter - Part 2

    In this article, we’ll cover the needed tools and equipment to which every firefighter should have immediate access. Tools and equipment form the second major aspect of safety and survival on the fireground. Today, we’ll answer the question of...

    Article • February 4th, 2011

  • What Have You Done for Me Lately?

    Remember that phrase when it comes to your career development and you will be successful.

    Article • February 2nd, 2011

  • Why Candidates Fail Simulation Exercises

    Eleven ways to learn from the mistakes of others during the simulation test.

    Article • January 24th, 2011

  • Basic Survival Skills and the Probationary Firefighter

    Armand Guzzi looks at the basic skills of firefighter survival and shares lessons that all new firefighters should be taught and should be reinforced for veterans.

    Article • January 5th, 2011

  • Firefighting and Para-Military: Polishing Your Salute

    Firefighters usually have a healthy stock of personal and company pride. Many of us are happy to get the crew together for the traditional work detail of washing, waxing and polishing the rig before that next parade or inspection. Another tradition of the...

    Article • December 23rd, 2010

  • Residency Requirements for New Fire Department Hires

    If you're serious about taking the firefighter job, it’s best to move before the deadline.

    Article • December 16th, 2010

  • The Probationary Firefighter: An Introduction to Incident Command

    The three principles of incident command create help control an incident.

    Article • December 1st, 2010

  • The Marines Are Looking, So Is The Fire Service - Part 2

    As stated in Part 1 of this article, there is a significant parallel between the Marine Corps and the fire service. The character makeup that compels a person to join one is the very same character that brings them to join the other. Both agencies have...

    Article • October 4th, 2010

  • School Days: Your Fire Service Report Card - Part 2

    Welcome back to school from your break. We have to move quickly now because the days fly by as we are completing our fire service education. You were selected to serve your community, passed your probation, and completed your first three years as a...

    Article • July 24th, 2010

  • The Fire Service Resume: Why Haven't I Been Hired Yet?

    Avoiding common pitfalls with your fire service resume can put you on top of the ladder.

    Article • July 12th, 2010

  • School Days: Your Fire Service Report Card

    School days, school days.. if you are anything like me you were so glad to see those days go, especially the report cards. So that brings me to this: it's 4 a.m. and the bells drop for a fire or EMS call -- at the end of call just how would your report...

    Article • June 14th, 2010