• 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

  • I Have the Right to Change My Mind: Don't I?

    How many times have you faced a situation where the facts told you that something you had decided to do was wrong? You used the proper decision-making skills, you gathered the necessary facts, and you made the decision in the proper way; the way you had...

    Blog • February 6th, 2013

  • Global Lessons: Bringing Fire Prevention Home

    While residential fires continue to be our biggest problem in the U.S., fires in public buildings, notably assembly occupancies, while occurring less frequently cause the largest loss of life and property. Recently a fire in a Bangladesh factory killed...

    Article • February 5th, 2013

  • Stopping Inspections? Insanity In Watertown

    To limit or restrict firefighters from familiarizing themselves with the buildings they will be fighting fires in is insanity.

    Blog • February 1st, 2013

  • Lessons from the Circus: 2013

    One of the great joys which I have been able to experience in the many years since my retirement from the good, old, Newark Fire Department is the ability to travel when I want to and not when a vacation spot or personal day is open. Thanks to this...

    Article • February 1st, 2013

  • Firefighter Training - Keep It Fresh

    Remember when you were in school, maybe in math class and you felt the seat get so uncomfortable on your behind? Remember when the words that the teacher would say began to run together and you did not hear another word that was said. In years past...

    Blog • January 18th, 2013

  • Firefighter Training: Never Left the Basics

    How often do you hear the term "back to the basic?" One question that keeps popping up in my head is why did we leave the basics to begin with?

    Article • January 30th, 2013

  • When We Roll Up

    Cruising down the road in my favorite white pickup, up and down the big beautiful hills of West Virginia with Jumpseat ready firefighting on my mind, a popular song came on the radio. When I got home, that song sent me to my computer faster than...

    Blog • January 30th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 103 - Ropes & Knots - Part 3

    Drill #103: Ropes & Knots: Part 3 In the first two parts of this three-part series, we looked at the different materials and types of ropes. This segment looks at the different knots used today in the fire service. The drill is designed to be a...

    Article • January 27th, 2013

  • Never Leave your Wingman

    "Maverick, you never leave your wingman!" How many of us have heard these words from the movie Top Gun as the senior flight instructor told pilot Maverick after he lost a battle in the sky. If we take those words and apply them to our world, they can...

    Blog • January 26th, 2013

  • How to Keep Jumpseat Ready in 2013

    As I sit in the fire station waiting for the bells to hit I often wonder what firefighters are thinking about at just that moment in time. I bet they are just like me: wondering what type of call will be next. Statistics say it will, most likely, be an...

    Blog • January 21st, 2013