• The Impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on Firefighters

    In many areas, the fire service culture, which is built largely on the values of bravery and pride, prevents its members from asking for help when needed.

    Article • June 18th, 2013

  • Miracles Do Happen, Apparatus Technology Can Help

    A young firefighter is lucky to be alive after the fire engine she was driving rolled over in Kansas. Apparatus builders are doing more and more to keep firefighters safe in crashes.

    Blog • June 18th, 2013

  • Ignorance: The Wrong Lubricant for Your Fire Department's Machinery

    Harry Carter asks if you've ever met a person who practiced the fine art of "active ignorance;" those who are unwilling to step up and take advantage of the opportunities to learn the proper way.

    Blog • June 17th, 2013

  • In The Market For Stuff? Go Have Some Fun

    Fire departments shouldn't consider purchasing a chore. Firefighters should enjoy the process and recognize it as chance to try out new stuff and have some fun.

    Blog • June 12th, 2013

  • What Hand Tools Do You Choose?

    As the men and women who ride in the jumpseat, we have a certain level of responsibility to our officers. Following orders and performing to their expectations are two things that remain constant on every run we go on. Performing our tasks to their...

    Blog • June 12th, 2013

  • Is Your Legacy Worth Living?

    In this commentary I want to challenge you to do a reality check on your fire department's legacy. Is it a good one?

    Article • June 11th, 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

  • Apparatus Builders Gain Traction in Market Place

    If the first two quarters of 2013 are any indication, apparatus builders should see healthier numbers this year.

    Blog • June 4th, 2013

  • Training to Search for Victims

    Protecting life has long been the number one priority for all firefighters and we must train and practice various search skills to stay sharp for those lives who depend on us.

    Blog • June 4th, 2013

  • Fire Industry Makes Modest Gains

    While the fire service market and manufacturing industry isn't robust, it's off life support, stabilizing and even making some modest recovery.

    Blog • May 29th, 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

  • Memorial Day: Honor The Fallen by Staying Safe

    All responders make some sacrifice, but not all have to give all. We can honor those who have gone before us by training hard and staying safe always.

    Blog • May 25th, 2013

  • Step Right Up. It’s Showtime

    Fire tradeshows are in full swing and it's a good idea for every firefighter and fire officer to attend at least one trade show a year to learn more about products and innovations as well as take advantage of unparalleled training.

    Blog • May 22nd, 2013

  • Armpit Firefighters & Hose Stream Management

    A debate that has been around since my first day in the jumpseat is: pistol grip or no pistol grip?

    Blog • May 24th, 2013

  • EMS Training? Not Again!

    Firefighters will spend half a day honing their skills on establishing a water supply, but what if we had the same positive attitude and repetition towards EMS training?

    Blog • May 15th, 2013