• Ballam: Firefighting - As Seen on TV

    Firefighting, “as seen on TV” is cool, to a point. It’s OK to get sucked up into the show story lines, but use caution when basing purchasing decisions on star power alone.

    Blog • October 1st, 2013

  • Karpluk: Authenticity Can Set Leaders Apart

    I record my own unwritten laws, guiding principles, life lessons and leadership characteristics to help me become a better leader in the fire service.

    Blog • September 30th, 2013

  • Karpluk: Should Fire Service Leaders be Idealists?

    Years ago someone told me that I was an idealist. Rightly or wrongly, this bothered me for some time as I interpreted this to mean that I did not look at things realistically and that I was dreaming things that could not possibly happen. Believe it or...

    Blog • September 23rd, 2013

  • Seven Key Actions and Observations for Safety Officers

    Jeffrey Pindelski discusses the key points for an incident safety officer or division supervisor.

    Article • September 19th, 2013

  • Fire Prevention Efforts Enhanced at Fire Museum of Memphis - Part 1

    Dayna Hilton and Molly the Fire Safety Dog visited the Memphis Fire Museum to see what fire prevention efforts they are planning during some upgrades to the museum.

    Blog • September 20th, 2013

  • Pennington: Goodbye Vertical Ventilation?

    When was the last time you conducted realistic vertical ventilation, including dropping your saw into a prop with tar paper and shingles and then cut a full-sized hole?

    Blog • September 20th, 2013

  • 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

    Now that you have earned a black helmet and gained some experienceas a firefighter, 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