• What Hand Tools Do You Choose?

    As the men and women who ride in the jumpseat, we have a certain level of responsibility to our officers. Following orders and performing to their expectations are two things that remain constant on every run we go on. Performing our tasks to their...

    Blog • June 12th, 2013

  • Is Your Legacy Worth Living?

    In this commentary I want to challenge you to do a reality check on your fire department's legacy. Is it a good one?

    Article • June 11th, 2013

  • Fire Officers: What Would You Do When No One is Watching?

    Firefighters must insist on competent, effective leaders in our fire departments to serve as officers. It isn't enough to just be lucky, these days you have to excel at commanding operations on the fireground.

    Article • June 6th, 2013

  • Apparatus Builders Gain Traction in Market Place

    If the first two quarters of 2013 are any indication, apparatus builders should see healthier numbers this year.

    Blog • June 4th, 2013

  • Training to Search for Victims

    Protecting life has long been the number one priority for all firefighters and we must train and practice various search skills to stay sharp for those lives who depend on us.

    Blog • June 4th, 2013

  • Fire Industry Makes Modest Gains

    While the fire service market and manufacturing industry isn't robust, it's off life support, stabilizing and even making some modest recovery.

    Blog • May 29th, 2013

  • Building a College Fire & Paramedic Internship Program

    The Keizer Fire District partnered with the Chemeketa Community College to offer practical life experience for firefighter and paramedic students.

    Article • May 28th, 2013

  • Memorial Day: Honor The Fallen by Staying Safe

    All responders make some sacrifice, but not all have to give all. We can honor those who have gone before us by training hard and staying safe always.

    Blog • May 25th, 2013

  • Step Right Up. It’s Showtime

    Fire tradeshows are in full swing and it's a good idea for every firefighter and fire officer to attend at least one trade show a year to learn more about products and innovations as well as take advantage of unparalleled training.

    Blog • May 22nd, 2013

  • Armpit Firefighters & Hose Stream Management

    A debate that has been around since my first day in the jumpseat is: pistol grip or no pistol grip?

    Blog • May 24th, 2013

  • EMS Training? Not Again!

    Firefighters will spend half a day honing their skills on establishing a water supply, but what if we had the same positive attitude and repetition towards EMS training?

    Blog • May 15th, 2013

  • What Does Not Kill You Will Make You Stronger

    It is life’s greatest opportunities that are so often missed in the midst of living life.

    Blog • May 12th, 2013

  • The Biggest Honor in the Fire Service

    What is the biggest honor that you have ever received in the fire service? From a medal of valor to recognition for 20 years of service, the fire service hands out many reminders of good times and good work. Recently I received the biggest reward my...

    Blog • May 10th, 2013

  • Your Crew Has a Mayday: Are you Ready?

    If you have an emergency and need assistance, the firefighters nearest you will be in the best spot to help -- if they are not experiencing the same emergency. Are you prepared to help a fellow firefighter in their time of need?

    Blog • May 3rd, 2013

  • 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