Fire Prevention & Investigation Web Exclusives

  • PIO 101: The Basics of Media Relations for the Fire Service

    It has been said that experience is the best teacher. It can also be the harshest. As a public information officer (PIO) for the Chattanooga Fire Department, I’ve worked hard to get the best training I can get to do my job. Yet, many of the things...

    Article • August 6th, 2010

  • Offensive Fire Prevention: Target Acquisition

    For fire prevention programs to be efficient and productive they need to be targeted to the appropriate audience, and the department needs to be offensive in its approach in reaching them. As I have said a thousand times before the people who most need to...

    Article • June 9th, 2010

  • Hitting Close to Home

    By now, thanks to all of the efforts that National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has put in developing great statistical reports year after year, we in the fire service know that the majority of the fires and the fatalities occur in homes.Take a look...

    Article • May 18th, 2010

  • Next-Generation Building Codes Take on Safety and Sustainability

    Energy efficient and renewable technologies on and in commercial buildings are becoming more commonplace as businesses "go green." Due to the upswing in sustainable construction activities, it is important to understand how these technologies are...

    Article • April 14th, 2010

  • NFPA's Take: Fire Departments and the Codes & Standards Development Process

    Public participation in the development of NFPA's codes and standards is essential. All NFPA codes and standards are revised and updated every three to five years in revision cycles that begin twice each year and that normally take approximately two years...

    Article • April 10th, 2010

  • What are the Odds?

    I read the article titled "Families of "Charleston 9" Reach Partial Settlement" posted on the, and the memory of that tragedy got my blood boiling again. What a shame! Nine firefighters died in that disaster, and now three years later and in...

    Article • March 26th, 2010

  • There We Go Again

    Well, there we go again.

    Article • March 8th, 2010

  • The Proof is in the Pudding

    Just about a month ago in December, the USFA National Fire Data Center NFDC released "Fire in the United States, 2003-2007" report. This document is the 15th major edition of "Fire in The United States" published by the USFA and covers the five year...

    Article • January 18th, 2010

  • How Can a Fire Marshal Maximize Their Team's Performance?

    During a recent discussion of how to best maximize our fire prevention team during these tough economic times where many of us are faced with doing more with much less, it occurred to us that it may be a good time to refresh some of these tried but true...

    Article • January 6th, 2010

  • T'was the Night Before Christmas

    The year is almost over and a new one is right around the corner. I am an optimist and believe that despite the negative economic impacts that all the communities across the land have taken during this devastating recession, and the brown outs, station...

    Article • December 15th, 2009

  • A Tale of Saving Lives - You Write the Ending

    Fire Prevention Week is about saving lives, the lives of our citizens and the lives of our firefighters who respond and are put at risk.It's Fire Prevention Week 2009 and Mrs. "Smith" brings her son "Jonny" to the fire station late on Saturday...

    Article • August 24th, 2009

  • Fire Prevention and the Link to Pre-incident Planning

    Pre-incident planning allows emergency responders to anticipate the resources and procedures needed to meet specific demands within their jurisdictions.The two primary customers served by fire prevention bureaus are the citizens we protect and fire...

    Article • May 6th, 2009

  • Arson Awareness Week: Arson for Profit in the U.S.

    The Insurance Information Institute reported that arson for profit fires destroyed nearly $900 million in property loss and killed 295 in 2007.Arson Awareness Week is May 3 - 9 and this year's theme is "Arson for Profit." Please check the links below...

    Article • May 3rd, 2009

  • What is Fire Prevention Customer Service?

    Those assigned the task of fire prevention duties know the importance of being dedicated. Inspectors have the responsibility of identifying problems and mandating corrections.

    Article • March 25th, 2009

  • Today's Economy Can Create an Increase in Fire Protection Deficiencies

    Current economic pressures on the business community may force some to take short cuts, including the elimination of maintenance or testing of built-in fire protection systems.

    Article • January 28th, 2009