Fire Prevention & Investigation

  • 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

  • Diversity in the Fire Service - Why Does It Matter?

    Larry Sagen and Tony Pini discuss issues and challenges that increase risk to firefighters & multicultural communities.

    Article • May 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

  • Fire Departments Discover "Dragons"

    The Mobile, AL, Fire-Rescue Department has a new firefighter on its team. He's short, green and his breath is a fire hazard. "Dusty the Spectacular Smoke Smeller" Dragon is Fire Educator Kent Landsberg's newest lifesaving tool. Together, Dusty and...

    Article • April 1st, 2008

  • Public Safety Education & the Residential Occupancy Fire - Part 3

    The first two installments in this series on America's biggest fire problem — fires in residential occupancies — addressed ways to develop an effective and comprehensive "fire safety" program, particularly for young children. This column will...

    Article • February 29th, 2008

  • Firehouse Roundtable: Fire Safety Education & Fire Prevention

    Firehouse Magazine invites a cross-section of fire officers to participate in a roundtable discussion about public education and fire prevention programs.

    Article • February 29th, 2008

  • Public Safety Education & the Residential Occupancy Fire - Part 2

    Last month's column asked whether we in the fire service are doing everything we can to raise awareness of America's biggest fire problem -- fires in residential occupancies. While fires in several categories are down, overall fires in residential...

    Article • January 31st, 2008

  • Public Safety Education & The Residential Occupancy Fire

    During my first year as the public education officer for the Beaufort, SC, Fire Department, I diligently and enthusiastically set up a fire prevention program for all of our elementary schools. After all, children are twice as likely to die in a house...

    Article • December 31st, 2007

  • Preventing Harm, One Home at a Time

    After a long absence (about 28 years' worth), it has been great to return to Washington, DC and once again put on a DC firefighter's uniform. After I completed six years of service at Engine 10 in the 1970s, I had a wonderful opportunity to get out and...

    Article • November 1st, 2007

  • Fire Prevention: It's Not Just for One Week a Year

    Brett Lacey and Paul Valentine describe ways in which a fire department can build a year-round fire prevention culture.

    Article • November 1st, 2007

  • Marketing Change in the Fire Service: A Model from the United Kingdom

    As the United States continues to have one of the worst fire problems in the Western world, Fire Prevention Week is the best time to see how a large fire department in the United Kingdom effected a paradigm shift in its approach to its own rampant fire...

    Article • October 1st, 2007

  • Marketing Leadership: Part 1 - Fulfilling Our Core Mission

    Why Do We Still Have Such a Severe Fire Problem in This Country? Working for the Walt Disney Company gives one a vantage point to observe how great organizations operate. I do not just mean Disney with its customer-oriented approach to the market...

    Article • June 1st, 2007

  • Seniors at Risk: A Personal Story

    The wires crisscrossing under the invalid lady's bed grew hot over time. The 84-year-old widow had various newspapers, religious tracts, pictures and magazines under and by her bed on the floor. Her adult son was sleeping in the next bedroom. Sometime...

    Article • June 1st, 2007

  • Fire Investigators Anonymous

    Michael L. Donahue outlines a 12-step program for improving the health and safety of fire investigators working amid potential hazards. The safety and health of fire investigators working at fire scenes are often taken for granted, since many incorrectly...

    Article • April 1st, 2007

  • Marketing in the Public’s Service: We Have a Fire Problem

    The fact remains that the fire service has the responsibility to itself and its constituencies to make certain that the public is aware it is fulfilling its mission.

    Article • April 1st, 2007