• Carter: Looking Up, The Key to Taking the Past into the Future

    So here we are in one of my favorite locations, the place where I get to see the view from my front porch. The photo tells the story my friends and a good one it is. This week, however, the location of my front porch shifted about 200 miles to the south...

    Blog • August 1st, 2013

  • Ballam: New Products Debuted at Firehouse Expo

    Fire service trade shows continue to be a great place to see new products and Firehouse Expo 2013 in Baltimore was no exception.

    Blog • August 1st, 2013

  • Today, I Thought of You

    I remembered when I was newly married to my fireman and sometimes life just seemed unfair. We were newlywed though and reveled in every second that our dirt-poor existence allowed us to be together.

    Blog • August 1st, 2013

  • Carter: Management by Objectives: You Need to Plan

    Most fire service and industry managers will agree that a day started without a plan, without some goals to achieve, normally results in fewer accomplishments than a day lived with setting and meeting objectives.

    Blog • July 14th, 2013

  • Pennington: How Hot is Too Hot?

    As busy summer keeps us all running around, between our kids' functions, vacations, and  celebrations, we all need to stop and analyze just how hot our last structural fire was. Being the aggressive firefighters that we are, sometimes it can get us...

    Blog • July 11th, 2013

  • The Impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on Firefighters

    In many areas, the fire service culture, which is built largely on the values of bravery and pride, prevents its members from asking for help when needed.

    Article • June 18th, 2013

  • Miracles Do Happen, Apparatus Technology Can Help

    A young firefighter is lucky to be alive after the fire engine she was driving rolled over in Kansas. Apparatus builders are doing more and more to keep firefighters safe in crashes.

    Blog • June 18th, 2013

  • Ignorance: The Wrong Lubricant for Your Fire Department's Machinery

    Harry Carter asks if you've ever met a person who practiced the fine art of "active ignorance;" those who are unwilling to step up and take advantage of the opportunities to learn the proper way.

    Blog • June 17th, 2013

  • In The Market For Stuff? Go Have Some Fun

    Fire departments shouldn't consider purchasing a chore. Firefighters should enjoy the process and recognize it as chance to try out new stuff and have some fun.

    Blog • June 12th, 2013

  • 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