• 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

  • What Does Not Kill You Will Make You Stronger

    It is life’s greatest opportunities that are so often missed in the midst of living life.

    Blog • May 12th, 2013

  • The Biggest Honor in the Fire Service

    What is the biggest honor that you have ever received in the fire service? From a medal of valor to recognition for 20 years of service, the fire service hands out many reminders of good times and good work. Recently I received the biggest reward my...

    Blog • May 10th, 2013

  • Your Crew Has a Mayday: Are you Ready?

    If you have an emergency and need assistance, the firefighters nearest you will be in the best spot to help -- if they are not experiencing the same emergency. Are you prepared to help a fellow firefighter in their time of need?

    Blog • May 3rd, 2013

  • Imagine for a Moment - Legislation in Texas

    A bill that goes before Texas politicians this week prohibits the state from regulating any volunteer fire department and prohibits the state from requiring a volunteer firefighter or industrial emergency response team member to obtain a license or...

    Blog • April 25th, 2013

  • Mills: Is There a Correct Response to Tragedy?

    We have paused momentarily to read up on the news of the Boston Marathon and now the explosion in West, Texas. I'm not the crying kind, but I've said many prayers for those affected this week, even while I've continued on with my busy life.

    Blog • April 18th, 2013

  • Pennington: Those Who Rush In...

    As firefighters learn the details from West, Texas and the Boston Marathon, the emergency services community should send prayers and support to both of these communities.

    Blog • April 18th, 2013

  • Stay with it My Friends

    In a firefighter's line of work, failure has some extremely serious consequences. The following statement is simple, but quite direct: If at first you don't succeed, try again.

    Blog • April 14th, 2013

  • Hoping For a Fire?

    "Man, I hope we run a fire today." How many times have you said those words while at the firehouse just to hear a brother or sister ask "you want someone to lose their house?"

    Blog • April 11th, 2013

  • Is There Anything Wrong With 1 1/2-inch Hose?

    It is certainly more cost-effective for fire departments to re-equip present 1-1/2-inch hoselines with higher flow, low pressure nozzles than to purchase new hose.

    Blog • April 6th, 2013

  • Public Perception & Reputation Management

    The IAFC's "Taking Responsibility for a Positive Public Perception" report is an excellent foundation for action. From a public service marketing perspective, the findings are right on target.

    Blog • April 4th, 2013