• Pennington: Don't Hook Over Your Head

    Learning about pulling ceilings the hard way can lead to insults by peers and, even worse, a trip to the hospital.

    Blog • December 23rd, 2013

  • Karpluk: Old Words Create New Ways

    In 1902 James Allen wrote, “Man is made or unmade by himself.” When you reflect upon this statement, “A fire department is made or unmade by itself,” then you are able to answer the question yourself.

    Blog • December 26th, 2013

  • Pennington: Can Good Firefighters Cover for Bad Officers?

    Walk into any fire station and look around. What you find is a group of firefighters, officers, and chiefs that come from every walk of life and each has a different level of education, experience, and motivation. These different levels can come...

    Blog • December 17th, 2013

  • Heavy Lifting: Tactics for Under-ride Rescues

    Under-ride incidents involving heavy commercial vehicles can pose any number of challenges for first responders. Michael Daley explores the types of vehicles you can encounter and victim removal techniques.

    Article • December 9th, 2013

  • Karpluk: Changes to the Fire Department's Culture

    Fire service leaders need to recognize that certain practices will cause resistance to change and as a result of this resistance the ability to achieve greatness as a department is hindered.

    Blog • December 9th, 2013

  • Ballam: Ads on Fire Apparatus? Bring It On!

    While controversial, an ad on an fire apparatus is a creative way to raise funds, especially for cash strapped volunteer fire departments.

    Blog • November 20th, 2013

  • Carter: The Importance of Knowledge

    I remember a fire department where books in a library were stored behind the locked gates of one individual’s approach to knowledge dissemination.

    Blog • November 19th, 2013

  • 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

  • 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