Health & Wellness Web Exclusives

  • Fire Service Marketing 3.0 – The Next Steps

    The accelerated speed of change is no secret. We see its effects in the fire service: the way we do business and the issues we face.  The recent IAFC paper, Taking Responsibility for a Positive Perception , highlighted the marketing challenges coming at...

    Article • June 24th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 123

    Drill #123: Standards/Regulations There is one thing we all know and that is the fire service is inundated with standards and regulations. But do we know where these standards and regulations come from? Let's take a look at some of the organizations...

    Article • June 23rd, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 122 - Risk Analysis

    Drill #122: Risk Analysis The acceptable level of risk is directly related to the potential to save lives or property. Oftentimes we have heard it stated as “risk vs. gain” or “risk vs. benefit.” Readers will learn the three basic rules we...

    Article • June 16th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 121 - Mentoring

    Drill #121: Mentoring Readers will learn how mentoring programs can and should be used to inspire and encourage our future leaders. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members. Sit down...

    Article • June 10th, 2013

  • Fire Officers: What Would You Do When No One is Watching?

    Firefighters must insist on competent, effective leaders in our fire departments to serve as officers. It isn't enough to just be lucky, these days you have to excel at commanding operations on the fireground.

    Article • June 6th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 120 - The Mayday

    Drill #120: The Mayday Have you ever had to called a Mayday or been with a firefighter who has? Readers will learn the basics of what (and what not) to do in an emergency situation. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure...

    Article • June 2nd, 2013

  • Building a College Fire & Paramedic Internship Program

    The Keizer Fire District partnered with the Chemeketa Community College to offer practical life experience for firefighter and paramedic students.

    Article • May 28th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 119 - When Things Change

    For some firefighters, accepting change is not easy; however, it is very important that the fire department be able to change. This weekly firefighter training drill addresses change.

    Article • May 26th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 118 - Fireground Orientation

    Drill #118: Fireground Orientation How importtant is fireground orientation? A common denominator in many firefighter fatalities is the firefighter being lost or disoriented within the structure! In this drill, readers will learn the best ways to...

    Article • May 19th, 2013

  • Firehouse Interview: Chief Ray Colburn (ret.), Reedy Creek Emergency Services

    Ben May recently interviewed William “Ray” Colburn, who retired as the fire chief of Reedy Creek Emergency Service, which protects Walt Disney World in Florida, in late April.

    Article • May 15th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 117 - The Officer's Role

    Have you ever wondered, what "other" roles fire officers play? Readers will learn the officer's responsibilities when they are not at the incident scene.

    Article • May 12th, 2013

  • Carter: Sylvester Sequester and the New Star in D.C.

    Ladies and gentlemen, the shovel-makers are at work in Washington, DC and Sylvester Sequester is the name of that shovel.

    Article • May 7th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 116 - Future Firefighters

    Readers will learn a few tips to get their departments started with youth fire exploring or junior firefighter programs.

    Article • May 5th, 2013

  • CDP Updates its Technical Emergency Response Training

    The Center for Domestic Preparedness' Technical Emergency Response Training (TERT) course provides realistic training for biological, radiological, chemical and other threats.

    Article • May 2nd, 2013

  • The Results Are In: Size Does Matter

    The recent NIST staffing study tells us old-timers something which we have known for a long time now: more people equal a better and safer firefighting operation.

    Article • April 29th, 2013