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  • The Brick Wall Syndrome: A Barrier to Clear Thinking

    Dr. Harry Carter shares steps to overcome the challenges you meet in your career.

    Article • March 7th, 2014

  • Are You Ready for the Politics of Fire Service Finances?

    When it comes time to request funding for your fire department, Dr. Harry Carter illustrates why you should be sure to have your facts and figures ready at all times.

    Article • February 25th, 2014

  • This One's for the Back Bench People

    It has been my good fortune to have been a volunteer firefighter for more than four decades now. I have seen and experienced a great deal, both good and bad. Based upon that understanding of how it works in our world let me ask you a very simple...

    Article • January 16th, 2014

  • My Friends Are You a Prisoner of the Past?

    Harry Carter has termed those who fear change, Prisoners of the Past. Is this you?

    Article • January 6th, 2014

  • 2013 AFG Program: Updated Priorities and Application Tips

    The time to have started preparing your 2013 AFG application was yesterday because if you need something today you probably needed it yesterday.

    Article • November 5th, 2013

  • Mutual Aid: A Guide to Operational Success

    Whenever possible, I like to begin one of my columns by quoting what I believe to be an absolute.  It has been my experience that this is a pretty good way to stimulate debate, because someone will always take exception to my statement; and we then can...

    Article • October 22nd, 2013

  • Fire Officers: I Once Was Lost but Now Am Found

    The fire department is not just about one person. If you fail to create an environment wherein people can succeed, you will fail.

    Article • September 29th, 2013

  • Municipal Government Finances: Tiptoeing Through the Political Tulips

    We strongly suggest that the chief fire officer who seeks to receive funds from a dedicated user-oriented fee schedule seek both political and legal advice before proceeding with such a program.

    Article • September 2nd, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 131 - Incident Acceleration

    Readers will learn about the Incident Acceleration Timeline and what to expect at each interval.

    Article • September 1st, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 130

    Drill #130: SCORE Readers will learn how to SCORE big when establishing their command structure by following the acronym SCORE. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members. Sit down and...

    Article • August 25th, 2013

  • Our Government is at it Again: The National Fire Academy

    Visitors to the National Fire Academy in Maryland are being asked to leave their photo ID with the security guards while touring the facility and being watched by camera. Those attending the NFFF memorial weekend are subject to a full blown background.

    Article • August 2nd, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 125 - The On-Scene Report

    Russell Merrick shares why the on-scene report is so important to firefighting operations and fireground coordination.

    Article • July 14th, 2013

  • Company Commanders: Are You In Charge or a Figurehead?

    As a fire officer, it is your duty to develop your subordinates to the best of both your and their abilities. If you don’t feel that your firefighters will make the right decisions without you, maybe your parenting skills need a tune-up.

    Article • July 11th, 2013

  • Discipline: A Learning Tool for all Seasons

    Rather than dwell on the authorization aspects, the goal should be the creation of a fire department environment wherein discipline is an accepted tool of organizational demarcation and delineation.

    Article • July 10th, 2013

  • 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

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