Fire Prevention & Investigation

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  • Close Calls: An Extreme Close Call With Incredible Heroism - Part 2

    This is the second installment in a multi-part series about a tragic fire that took the lives of two Bryan, TX, fire lieutenants and critically injured two firefighters in February 2013. This month, we look at the first-alarm response, initial actions and...

    Article • September 1st, 2014

  • Fire Safety Education: Know About Smoke Alarms For Fire Prevention Week

    Each year, a theme is selected for Fire Prevention Week, which this year occurs Oct. 5-11. For 2014, the theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month!” It is important for the fire service to get this message out, because it not...

    Article • September 1st, 2014

  • It's Time to Get Ready For Fire Prevention Week

    On Oct. 9, 1871, a conflagration occurred in the United States known as the Great Chicago Fire. It lasted for 27 hours, killed more than 250 people, left more than 100,000 people homeless and destroyed nearly 18,000 buildings. On the fire’s 40th...

    Article • August 1st, 2014

  • Social Media and the PIO

    Working as a public information officer (PIO) for the past 30-plus years, I have used a number of ways to get information out to the public, mostly through the media. In the very early days, I would keep a roll of quarters in my pocket so I could...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • The Fire Service PIO: Beware the Pitfalls Of Social Media

    As time passes, social media is being used by more people of all age groups for a variety of reasons and its use will only get larger and stronger. Social media is the ability to communicate back and forth. Prior to today’s social media, there were...

    Article • April 1st, 2014

  • Fire Safety Education sidebar: Partnering For Prevention

    Partnering For Prevention, a free online training program, has been launched by nonprofit FIRE 20/20. The program teaches fire and emergency services personnel (career and volunteer) how to effectively engage multicultural communities in sustainable...

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • Fire Safety Education: The "Three E's" Of Fire Prevention

    What if President Obama woke up one morning and decided he wanted to come up with a plan that would reduce the damage and suffering fires cause in the United States? To devise such a plan, he might invite all the best minds in the fire service to...

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • For the Record 9/13

    College Campus Fire Safety Each year college and university students, on- and off-campus, experience hundreds of fire-related emergencies nationwide. There are several specific causes for fires on college campuses, including cooking, intentionally set...

    Article • September 12th, 2013

  • Chief Concerns: Building a Culture Centered on Fire Prevention

    W hen the fire chief position opened up at the Spring Lake Park, Blaine and Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department in Minnesota, I marketed myself as a fire prevention specialist with a strong business background. I believe that the combination of my...

    Article • September 1st, 2013

  • The Fire Service PIO: Using Social Media For PIO Duties

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    Article • September 1st, 2013

  • For the Record 7/13

    Fire Officials Selected for Harvard Program U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell has announced that four senior fire officials will receive fellowships to attend the Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State & Local Government Program...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

  • Speak Up: Cutting Fire Prevention Budgets Shows "We Have Our Priorities Wrong"

    Congratulations to Daniel Byrne on an excellent article “Global Lessons: Bringing Fire Prevention Home” posted on I have been preaching the “gospel” of fire prevention for more than 40 years. I have been teaching fire prevention...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

  • Guest Commentary: Father's Day, a Time to Take Stock of Ourselves

    A s a third-generation firefighter, and as Father’s Day approaches, my thoughts are with my late father, Lieutenant John “Jack” Byrne, decorated, of the Boston, MA, Fire Department. He entered the profession in 1962, following in the footsteps of my...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • The Technical Aspects Of Smoke Alarms

    If ever a tool was invented for the fire service that has saved countless lives, the undisputed champion has to be the smoke alarm. The smoke alarms currently in use were introduced in the early 1970s. I remember my first smoke alarm cost about $50...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • Speak Up: Tactical Vs. Strategic Decision-Making on Arrival

    I have been using elements of Chief Mark Emery’s series “How to Nail Your First-Due Responsibility” to reinforce the importance of distinguishing between tactical and strategic-level decision-making in the minds of our first-arriving officers. One...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

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