• Karpluk: Ethics Lessons from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

    Canadian Fire Chief Les Karpluk uses some of Mayor Rob Ford's tales to illustrate the importance of ethics in the fire service.

    Blog • November 16th, 2013

  • Ballam: Fire Service Vendors Continue to Innovate

    Several vendors in just the past several weeks have introduced new products that continue to prove those in the fire service business are still innovating.

    Blog • November 7th, 2013

  • Pennington: Let Your Passion Show

    While we may not be the eager beaver that we once were as a rookie firefighter, we should remember those days and do everything possible to make sure we stay ready.

    Blog • November 15th, 2013

  • Carter: Each of Us Is Truly Our Brothers' Keeper

    As fire officers we are truly our brother’s keeper, not only to him or her, but to their families and loved ones.

    Blog • November 12th, 2013

  • Pennington: Culture Change? Whatever

    Today’s firefighters have 24/7 access to the happenings around the world, almost on a “as they are happening” basis. With this information is coming education and awareness to the required adjustment in procedures, tactics, and teamwork.

    Blog • November 9th, 2013

  • Do You Suffer from 'Thumbprint Management?'

    It is only the leader's thumb pressing down firmly upon your head which counts for anything in their book.

    Article • November 7th, 2013

  • Karpluk: Where Should Leaders Focus Their Efforts?

    The dynamics of leadership are complex and it is not as easy as some people view it.

    Blog • November 7th, 2013

  • Fornell: It Rained, They Burned - Devil's Night 2013

    In Detroit, Devil's Night is just like any other night for firefighters as they combat dozens of blazes.

    Blog • November 5th, 2013

  • Ballam: 'Tis The Season -- To Write Grants

    Writing an AFG grant is a little like playing the lottery. With a little luck, you might get some money, but you've got to "buy the ticket" to win.

    Blog • November 4th, 2013

  • Carter: Lessons in Compromise and Negotiation

    Henry Clay crafted the Great Compromise of 1850 and the lessons from the document can be applied by today's leaders.

    Blog • October 26th, 2013

  • Mutual Aid: A Guide to Operational Success

    Whenever possible, I like to begin one of my columns by quoting what I believe to be an absolute.  It has been my experience that this is a pretty good way to stimulate debate, because someone will always take exception to my statement; and we then can...

    Article • October 22nd, 2013

  • Carter: Taking Care of the Troops

    Dr. Harry Carter highlights four means of resource conservation for fire departments.

    Blog • October 22nd, 2013

  • Salka: Blountstown Fire Video Revisited

    Just days after posting a blog about the Blountstown trailer fire, I spoke with the fire chief and he shared some of the changes the department has made.

    Blog • October 21st, 2013

  • Karpluk: When You Become Your Buddy's Boss

    New officers must realize that leadership is really a metamorphosis where growth and development must be consciously practiced. We are all at our own stage of leadership metamorphosis and we are all responsible for our development as a leader.

    Blog • October 17th, 2013

  • Pennington: The Basics are Where we Fail

    The basics of firefighting doesn't always mean stretching hoselines and throwing ladders, but placing your PPE on properly and knowing how to operate your tools.

    Blog • October 9th, 2013