Fire Prevention & Investigation Web Exclusives

  • 1st Impressions - Lasting Impressions

    Should our first meeting with this age group go awry, a barrier will then be placed in the middle of the road for reaching out to these children in the future.

    Article • September 25th, 2007

  • Fire Prevention Week is Coming, are You Ready?

    This year Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 7-13 and the theme is "Practice Your Escape Plan."It's that time of year again, Fire Prevention Week. Does your department have something planned for the week? It is the one time of the year that one week is...

    Article • September 5th, 2007

  • Do the Math: Sprinklers = Firefighter Safety

    Following the horrific loss of firefighters in South Carolina, we must focus our attention on reducing the likelihood of another such event.

    Article • June 26th, 2007

  • Press Conferences and Briefings Require Planning and Preparation

    Over the past few years, there has been an increased interest in press conferences by public safety agencies to release information; without proper planning and execution, the press conference can open a "can of worms" you that don't want to deal with.

    Article • June 7th, 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

  • Putting a Stop to the Fire Problem Begins with Public Education

    Fire safety education has to be training, and we have to train our citizens to be successful in preventing and surviving fires the same way we train our firefighters to extinguish them.

    Article • May 1st, 2007

  • Dealing with Death as the Public Information Officer

    Make sure you have "all of the information" and it has been "confirmed" by a reliable source before you release anything.

    Article • April 2nd, 2007

  • Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Citizens Fire Academy

    The class schedule consists of speakers, tours, demonstrations and classes.When I first moved to Las Vegas in 1996 to accept the position as public information officer (PIO) for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, I moved to a community that I was not familiar...

    Article • February 19th, 2007

  • Marketing ICS: The Customer Care Officer

    Implementation of a customer care system in face-to-face situations involves two critical aspects.

    Article • February 5th, 2007

  • Getting an Audience for Your Public Education Message

    To get an audience, you need to sell your programs, and to effectively do that you have to create a need in the customer, and to do that, above all else, you need to be informed and be creative!

    Article • January 17th, 2007

  • The PIO Must Ensure the Media's Safety at Incidents

    If we set certain safety procedures at an incident such as establishing a safety perimeter around the incident, it not only applies to the public, it includes everyone that is non-essential emergency personnel, including the media.

    Article • January 8th, 2007

  • Noisy Opposition Won't Win

    The ultimate protection from home fire injury and death is a total system of safety: smoke alarms, fire sprinklers and well rehearsed fire drills.This year marked my 25th anniversary working in the field of safety education and outreach. One of the most...

    Article • December 20th, 2006

  • Building Relationships as the Public Information Officer

    Within our city government, each city department has a designated department PIO as well as a City PIO and communications department.I recently completed two Public Information & Media Relation seminars for Public Information Officers (PIOs) at...

    Article • December 11th, 2006

  • Reaching the Unreachable: Beaufort Fire Department Youth Academy

    After responding to residential fires and other emergencies in which a middle school child was the oldest in the home, we made reaching this age group a goal of our department, and set out by vocalizing this desire at every opportunity. Once the goals...

    Article • November 8th, 2006

  • Reaching Those Who Teach

    Luckily for Americans, in every community there are extraordinary, gifted people who have chosen public service as a way of life. Among these local heroes are the caring and giving folks who work in fire and life safety education. People like...

    Article • August 28th, 2006