• Salka: Globe Article on Boston FD Incomplete and Incorrect

    The recent Boston Globe article seems to examine the cost of firefighters, but most of the other issues they raised seemed relatively minor or way off the mark.

    Blog • September 19th, 2013

  • Karpluk: Welcome to Fire Les-sons on Leadership

    We may achieve different levels of leadership training, but we need to understand that leadership is all about the journey.

    Blog • September 16th, 2013

  • Pennington: Earn Your Spot Everyday

    Have you lost that hunger you had to get on the fire department?

    Blog • September 16th, 2013

  • Pennington: For Those Who Rushed In

    Let’s make today about honoring the sacrifice of so many people on Sept. 11, including firefighters, police officers and EMS workers.

    Blog • September 11th, 2013

  • May: Love Made Visible and Achieving the Impossible

    Your fire department will benefit from you being interested in the job and the community will see the impact.

    Blog • September 10th, 2013

  • Carter: Some More Tips for the New Fire Officer

    Let me suggest that some of my greatest problems as a fire officer came about as a result of my own personal mistakes which were made worse by a poor reading of the actions and attitudes of the people around me.

    Blog • September 10th, 2013

  • What Does the Future of the Fire Service Hold?

    The year is 2038. Many of you who are entering the fire service this year will be just about ready to pack it in and head off for a retirement home in the southwest. If I am still around, I hope to be a healthy 91-year-old guy, sitting out on my front...

    Article • September 6th, 2013

  • Carter: Some Tips for the New Fire Officer

    So, if you are a new fire service officer, it is critical for you to learn to submerge your own ego for the good of the firefighters you will lead.

    Blog • September 3rd, 2013

  • Ballam: Robots in The Fire Service? Say it Ain't So.

    Robots fighting fire? Preposterous, you might say. But wait a minute, the future is here and autonomous fighting machines are making their way into the fire service in a big way.

    Blog • August 29th, 2013

  • Salka: There is No Cultural 'Solution' to Firefighter Deaths

    Changing the culture of the fire service is not enough to prevent the death of a firefighter in the line of duty.

    Blog • August 22nd, 2013

  • Carter: Have You Solved Any Good Problems Lately?

    Many firefighters and fire chiefs avoid decision-making because it is hard word, but it is also rewarding work.

    Blog • August 16th, 2013

  • May: Marketing Great Fire Departments: It's an Inside Job First

    In order to effectively market your fire department, firefighters and chiefs need to believe in each other and the products they offer.

    Blog • August 14th, 2013

  • Salka: What About Them?

    I find it amazing that most of the people in the fire service have no idea of the number of people who are killed in fires in our country.

    Blog • August 10th, 2013

  • Pennington: Are We All Heroes?

    Should every firefighter be held to the hero status, no matter what the circumstances? As I returned from Firehouse Expo 2013 and a wonderful Florida vacation, I sat down to read a stirring article about the death of a young firefighter and the...

    Blog • August 8th, 2013

  • Fornell: The Firefighting Blitz Attack

    A blitz or deck gun attack takes practice and a bit of confidence by firefighters, but the on-board water can kill a bunch of fire if it is applied in enough quantity from a heavy-caliber, well directed stream.

    Blog • August 5th, 2013