• 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

  • Teamwork: Build it Before the Bell

    After the bruises from one of the most intense training weeks I've encountered faded, I wanted to talk about the key lesson that kept coming up during this firefighter training: teamwork.

    Blog • April 3rd, 2013

  • Carter: We Must Take Care of our Troops on Highways

    Many incidents during the past winter when firefighters or EMS personnel have been struck and injured all across the nation. I am suggesting that training, education, equipment, and enforcement are the way to go.

    Blog • March 27th, 2013

  • Is Firefighter Communication a Lost Art?

    It is more important for fireground operations for firefighters to be understood than to sound cool on the radio or while talking with others.

    Blog • March 26th, 2013

  • Pennington: Have You Gotten Lucky Lately?

    It’s time that we remove the word "luck" from emergencies that firefighters encounter inside hoarding conditions. It’s time that we educate and train firefighters about hoarder home dangers.

    Blog • March 21st, 2013

  • Maydays from the Roof: Simple Extrication Techniques

    Operating on the roof can be a very high-risk area on the fireground. "Making" the roof has to be based on a combination consisting of the construction of the building, experience, skill level and training of the firefighter. Any given number of...

    Article • March 17th, 2013

  • The 'Omega Plan' for Firefighter Safety at Shooting Scenes

    You may feel helpless to prevent being a victim of an Omega Plan, but there are a number of steps that can be taken to mitigate the loss of life of responding firefighters.

    Article • March 17th, 2013

  • A Return to College Life

    As my husband returns to college to get his degree, this means that his efforts are our efforts together. Just like I support him, he always supports me and makes my endeavors a priority in his life.

    Blog • March 15th, 2013

  • Firefighters: Be First in Everything

    When did you ever participate in something where your goal was to be last? And, why start with your fire service career?

    Blog • March 11th, 2013