• 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

  • Carter: Looking Up, The Key to Taking the Past into the Future

    So here we are in one of my favorite locations, the place where I get to see the view from my front porch. The photo tells the story my friends and a good one it is. This week, however, the location of my front porch shifted about 200 miles to the south...

    Blog • August 1st, 2013

  • Ballam: New Products Debuted at Firehouse Expo

    Fire service trade shows continue to be a great place to see new products and Firehouse Expo 2013 in Baltimore was no exception.

    Blog • August 1st, 2013

  • Today, I Thought of You

    I remembered when I was newly married to my fireman and sometimes life just seemed unfair. We were newlywed though and reveled in every second that our dirt-poor existence allowed us to be together.

    Blog • August 1st, 2013

  • Carter: Management by Objectives: You Need to Plan

    Most fire service and industry managers will agree that a day started without a plan, without some goals to achieve, normally results in fewer accomplishments than a day lived with setting and meeting objectives.

    Blog • July 14th, 2013

  • Pennington: How Hot is Too Hot?

    As busy summer keeps us all running around, between our kids' functions, vacations, and  celebrations, we all need to stop and analyze just how hot our last structural fire was. Being the aggressive firefighters that we are, sometimes it can get us...

    Blog • July 11th, 2013