Fire Prevention & Investigation

  • The Proof Is in the Pudding

    As we stated last month in the opening installment of this commentary, in addressing our nation's fire problem, we need a detailed and accurate national data base that can provide us with up-to-date local, state and national fire-loss statistics. That's...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • The Proof Is in the Pudding

    Picture the following scenario from "Anytown, U.S.A.": You wake up from a night's sleep and walk into the den, where the early-morning news is on TV. As your eyes focus, you notice that a reporter is interviewing a battalion chief about a house fire his...

    Article • March 31st, 2010

  • Reiterating Your Fire Prevention Messages

    Although no one is immune from the deadly effects of fire, children are one of fire's most unfortunate victims and, thus, demand fire service educators' foremost attention. Throughout the year, fire service professionals reach out into their communities...

    Article • March 31st, 2010

  • An All-Year Approach

    All fire departments are familiar with Fire Safety Month, but fire safety shouldn't end there. Fire departments must provide children's fire safety education all year long in order to get the fire safety message out. Fire risks to children don't occur...

    Article • March 3rd, 2010

  • Prevention Culture Destroying Fire Service?

    Our society's culture and values have changed, and so must we if we are to not only survive, but thrive. That said, I recently heard a fire captain say, "We are becoming too safety conscious," and contended that such an attitude is destroying what the...

    Article • March 3rd, 2010

  • We Don't Lose "Non-Essential" Lives

    A recent newspaper article reported on a major fire department in our country being faced with the challenge of submitting a 15% budget reduction to the city council for consideration in the 2010–2011 budget process. This was in addition to the nearly...

    Article • February 3rd, 2010

  • Understanding the Need for Risk-Reduction Plans And Changing Our Culture to Get

    Article • April 1st, 2009

  • The International Code Council: "First Preventers" Dedicated to Safety in the Built Environment

    When I joined the fire service in the early 1970s, we were firemen. Then, with the advent of women joining our ranks, we became firefighters. Later, as we became more involved in emergency medical, technical rescue, hazmat and other services, we joined...

    Article • April 1st, 2009

  • Smile - You May Be On Camera!

    Last year, my two teenagers were with me in the car on the night of the Fourth of July. In most communities, nighttime on the Fourth of July is busy with fires and EMS calls. As we were heading home, an emergency call came in for a house fire only a...

    Article • February 28th, 2009

  • Marketing Public Fire Education: A Fire Prevention Success Story

    Over the past couple of years and, more recently, within the last six months, we have observed a confluence of thought from many fire service organizations. That thought is almost unanimous agreement that the most effective way to diminish the...

    Article • February 28th, 2009

  • Still Helping Long After the Fire Is Out

    Article • November 30th, 2008

  • How the Fire Service Informs the Public Through the Media

    The fire-rescue service informs the public by delivering information through various media. This cooperative use of the media is one of the most significant points of leverage we have in getting our message across en masse. TV, radio and newspapers...

    Article • November 30th, 2008

  • Prevention First! Do You Truly Believe It?

    Since I began my career, I have attended many awards ceremonies where courageous firefighters who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their quest to save a life have been justly recognized for their feats. Many times, their feats are more...

    Article • October 1st, 2008

  • The Role of Media Marketing For the Fire-Rescue Service

    It is impossible to emphasize enough the vital role of the media in the creation of an effective marketing plan for a fire department. The reasons are as obvious as the nightly news, nationally and locally. There is not a week that passes in our nation...

    Article • September 1st, 2008

  • Fire Prevention Bureau Staffing: A Critical Need

    Choosing the Best Staffing Option for Your Fire Department At a recent breakfast with fire marshals from neighboring communities, the topic of staffing options for their fire prevention bureaus was discussed. It seems the fire departments use different...

    Article • May 1st, 2008