• Don’t Just be a Firefighter: Take Responsibility for Your Training

    I was listening to a few firefighters talk the other day and they were fussing about the training their department was providing or not providing. One guy asked the other if he had seen the catalog of courses for the fire academy this quarter. Firefighter...

    Blog • March 8th, 2013

  • Hey Coach: Put Me In

    Let me pose a simple question to you. How many of you can remember sitting on the sidelines during a football game and yelling out to the coach "Hey coach, put me in; I can get the job done"? I do not know about you, but it has been a long time since I...

    Blog • March 7th, 2013

  • NFPA 1981 2013 Edition: What Do You Need to Know?

    The publication of the 2013 edition of NFPA 1981 on self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) took place this week and three changes will take center stage with the new edition.

    Article • March 4th, 2013

  • Remembering the 7 Fallen Charleston, W.Va. FFs

    Charleston, W.Va. had an eerily similar large loss of life fire on March 4, 1949. Seven firefighters died in an early morning blaze on Capital Street in downtown Charleston.

    Blog • March 4th, 2013

  • Today's Fire Service: Actions Show Your Pride

    I have heard it said that if your expectations aren't being met, lower your expectations. I would challenge today's fire service to do the opposite.

    Article • March 1st, 2013

  • Hal Bruno's Vision Helps Children of Fallen Firefighters

    The Hal Bruno Camp for Children of Fallen Firefighters honors the memory of Hal Bruno, the late Chairman Emeritus of the NFFF's Board of Directors.

    Article • March 1st, 2013

  • The Power of Positive

    When was the last time you were stuck in a rut of negativity? First, I would like to welcome you back to the Jumpseat! I apologize for the length of time since my last post as I studied for promotion and made the journey to the Firehouse World...

    Blog • March 1st, 2013

  • Chaos: The Dangerous Opportunity

    One of the cool things about getting older is that you get a different kind of perspective. I don't know about you, but looking back on my life, every opportunity came to me just after I had hit what I thought was the bottom in the midst of some kind of...

    Blog • February 28th, 2013

  • Firefighter Training: Slow it Down to Reduce Mistakes

    I have a very high energy eight-year-old that studies and practices martial arts. Recently he was preparing himself for his next belt examination and was having trouble with a few the techniques. In an effort to help him through these problems I set him...

    Blog • February 25th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 106

    Drill #106: Hose Loads There are many different fire apparatus designs and just as many hose loads. The question is, which one is right for your department? The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your...

    Article • February 17th, 2013

  • Service Design, Marketing and Leadership

    Keeping "service" in the fire service is not just a marketing imperative. It's a leadership responsibility. And, if you are the leader, the essence of leadership is not just about empowering people to execute the organizational mission as a result of your...

    Blog • February 15th, 2013

  • Area Familiarization to Decrease Response Times

    I realize that it is impossible to know every address and every street in your fire district. I also understand that departments, especially those that are small, have to move personnel around to other areas to accommodate staffing issues. With these...

    Blog • February 14th, 2013

  • Hope & Healing at the NFFF Survivors Conference

    Jamie Holmes never worried about managing her family's finances, maintaining the yard or the family's cars. The self-described "Suzie Homemaker" relied on her husband, Paul, a firefighter/paramedic in Douglas County, GA, to handle those tasks while...

    Article • February 13th, 2013

  • Training, Who Needs it Anyway?

    Have you ever witnessed the senior firefighters standing around when it is drill time? Many firefighters take the stance that they have "been there, done that" and that gives them the reason not to train with their crews. Why would this even be...

    Blog • February 9th, 2013

  • Free Training, Valuable Lessons Come From Debriefings

    How often do you spend some time talking about training evolutions and calls at their conclusion? Sometimes it's as simple as a tailboard talk or just sitting in rehab talking afterwards. This can be productive, but do people get as much out of these...

    Blog • February 8th, 2013