• 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

  • Ballam: What's In Your Station

    The only way we know how our fire apparatus will perform is if we test it routinely and keep it in good repair. So, What's in Your Station?

    Blog • October 9th, 2013

  • Hilton: Fire Prevention Efforts Enhanced at Fire Museum of Memphis - Part 2

    Memphis Firefighter Chris Stephens provided Dayna Hilton and Molly The Fire Safety Dog around the Fire Museum at Memphis.

    Blog • October 8th, 2013

  • Ballam: Firefighting - As Seen on TV

    Firefighting, “as seen on TV” is cool, to a point. It’s OK to get sucked up into the show story lines, but use caution when basing purchasing decisions on star power alone.

    Blog • October 1st, 2013

  • Karpluk: Authenticity Can Set Leaders Apart

    I record my own unwritten laws, guiding principles, life lessons and leadership characteristics to help me become a better leader in the fire service.

    Blog • September 30th, 2013

  • Karpluk: Should Fire Service Leaders be Idealists?

    Years ago someone told me that I was an idealist. Rightly or wrongly, this bothered me for some time as I interpreted this to mean that I did not look at things realistically and that I was dreaming things that could not possibly happen. Believe it or...

    Blog • September 23rd, 2013

  • Seven Key Actions and Observations for Safety Officers

    Jeffrey Pindelski discusses the key points for an incident safety officer or division supervisor.

    Article • September 19th, 2013

  • Fire Prevention Efforts Enhanced at Fire Museum of Memphis - Part 1

    Dayna Hilton and Molly the Fire Safety Dog visited the Memphis Fire Museum to see what fire prevention efforts they are planning during some upgrades to the museum.

    Blog • September 20th, 2013

  • Pennington: Goodbye Vertical Ventilation?

    When was the last time you conducted realistic vertical ventilation, including dropping your saw into a prop with tar paper and shingles and then cut a full-sized hole?

    Blog • September 20th, 2013

  • Salka: Globe Article on Boston FD Incomplete and Incorrect

    The recent Boston Globe article seems to examine the cost of firefighters, but most of the other issues they raised seemed relatively minor or way off the mark.

    Blog • September 19th, 2013

  • Karpluk: Welcome to Fire Les-sons on Leadership

    We may achieve different levels of leadership training, but we need to understand that leadership is all about the journey.

    Blog • September 16th, 2013