Fire Prevention & Investigation Web Exclusives

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  • My Annual Class Trip to Washington: Time Well-Spent

    Dr. Harry Carter shares his experiences from the 2014 Congressional Fire Caucus Dinner.

    Article • May 6th, 2014

  • Weekly Drill: No. 142 - Public Assembly

    Readers will learn what to do when a fire breaks out and what steps to take to reduce the chances of a catastrophe ever happening.

    Article • December 22nd, 2013

  • Calling All Firefighters: Individually You Can Save A Life

    For one week I challenge you to make an effort to reach out to the public on a station tour or supermarket visit to share fire safety information.

    Article • October 4th, 2013

  • Fire Prevention Week: In Memory of Megan

    Your Megan could be walking into your fire station today, don’t miss the opportunity to save her life with fire prevention outreach.

    Article • September 29th, 2013

  • Firehouse Interview: Chief Ray Colburn (ret.), Reedy Creek Emergency Services

    Ben May recently interviewed William “Ray” Colburn, who retired as the fire chief of Reedy Creek Emergency Service, which protects Walt Disney World in Florida, in late April.

    Article • May 15th, 2013

  • Power of the Badge: It is Time to Stop Feeling Helpless

    As with most emotions that occur in the fire service we can’t describe it, but we all know it because it seems to be with us every day when we turn on the television – helplessness. As firefighters we are action orientated with one purpose and one...

    Article • December 18th, 2012

  • Restoring the Flame at the U.S. Fire Adminstration

    Next year marks the 40 th  anniversary of the landmark report, "America Burning." A must-read for fire service officials, "America Burning" brought together many of the brightest minds in the fire service to develop a report that captured the...

    Article • October 23rd, 2012

  • Fire Prevention Over the Years

    Forty-nine years after the Great Chicago Fire, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation in 1920. Two years later Fire Prevention Day was expanded to Fire Prevention Week. Since then, Fire Prevention Week has been...

    Article • October 9th, 2012

  • Firehouse Humor: The Ultimate Prevention Solution?

    Firefighters who do prevention consistently ask how they can get support from those firefighters who are on the rigs. Fire stations abound with hallway echoes of “those prevention people” and “those suppression people!” (I am being nice, G-rated...

    Article • September 5th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 75

    Drill #75: Intelligence/Investigations Readers will get a refresher course on the often forgotten section of the Incident Command classes – that of Intelligence/Investigations. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure...

    Article • June 24th, 2012

  • Prevention Points: Ripped from the Headlines

    Reading the news headlines of 2011, I have to wonder if we in the fire service have learned anything; especially after recently learning that the buildings which claimed the lives of two of our brothers in Chicago and another in Worcester had...

    Article • May 4th, 2012

  • Demonstrating Your Fire Prevention Program’s Worth – Part 2

    Part one of this article discussed the reasons we incorporate evaluation as part of our programs and resources available for program evaluation. Part two will discuss the road to effective evaluation and the types of evaluation. As mentioned in the...

    Article • October 10th, 2011

  • Using Fire Prevention Week 2011 to Build a Solid Program

    Fire Prevention Week 2011 (Oct. 9 – 15) is closing in and too many fire departments will approach this important opportunity in a buckshot-reactive manner.

    Article • September 12th, 2011

  • Be the Change in Fire Prevention

    You must be the change you wish to see in the world. This quote from Mohandas Gandhi has motivated me throughout my life. It led me to pursue an education degree to become an elementary school teacher. It encouraged me to join the fire service as a...

    Article • August 31st, 2011

  • Demonstrating Your Fire Prevention Program’s Worth – Part 1

    This is the first in a series of articles that discuss the importance of measuring the effectiveness of fire prevention and public education programs. This process of evaluation will provide the stakeholders with information regarding a program’s (or...

    Article • August 1st, 2011

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