Fire Prevention & Investigation Web Exclusives

  • Different Tactics Called for with 'Throw Away Homes'

    Firefighters are no longer working in structures that were built to last, like those buildings where you could simply scrape away the charring and move back in.

    Article • January 9th, 2009

  • Network for Fresh Ideas in the New Year

    A combination of networking, research, training, and just plain experimenting can help evolve your messages and delivery methods.

    Article • January 6th, 2009

  • Tough Economic Times Require Tough Fire Prevention Decisions - Part 2

    One of the key challenges has been the paradigm shift of viewing fire prevention as a fundamental element and key function of fire protection services rather than a function that simply supports the line.

    Article • December 30th, 2008

  • Tough Economic Times Require Tough Fire Prevention Decisions - Part 1

    It seems the trend for the quick fix is to reduce fire prevention and other municipal staff by consolidating inspection personnel with the building department.At a recent meeting of area fire marshals, many were struggling with tightening budgets. Most...

    Article • November 26th, 2008

  • Building a Solid Structure Requires a Solid Foundation

    True public education is something that requires an understanding of the difference between awareness, information, and education.

    Article • November 3rd, 2008

  • Instituting a Cost Recovery Program for Fire & Life Safety Inspections

    I don't know a fire marshal that "wants" to charge businesses for fire safety inspections as every time we enter a building, we're likely going to cost the owner money in hazard abatement. That being stated up front, I've become a believer in the upside...

    Article • October 15th, 2008

  • Fire Prevention Week: A Great Start to a Year Round Mission

    While Fire Prevention Week is great to bring awareness to the fire problem, the fire service should share the life and death lessons all year long.

    Article • October 1st, 2008

  • NFPA's Take: Firefighters as Incident Data Providers

    NFIRS data is used at the state and national levels to identify fire causes, monitor trends, and to make policy decisions.

    Article • August 4th, 2008

  • Weekly Drill: No. 3

    This week's drill reviews the steps that firefighters and officers should take in assisting the fire investigators in determining the cause of fire.The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members...

    Article • May 12th, 2008

  • What do you Know About Arson?

    The U.S. Fire Administration reports the conviction rate of arson in America is less than five percent.National Arson Awareness Week is May 4 through 10. The theme this year focuses on novelty lighters and the dangers associated with children playing with...

    Article • April 29th, 2008

  • A Fire Prevention Success Story

    If you prevent a fire from occurring, how will you know if you are being successful in your pursuit of making a difference?We all come into the fire service for our own reasons. For some it is the adventure and excitement, for some it may be the...

    Article • March 6th, 2008

  • Branding for the Fire Service

    All firefighters are touch points for the fire service and have direct responsibility for being the personal face of the brand.If I say "white dog with a red spot on his eye," do you think Target? If I say "golden arches," do you think McDonald's? If I...

    Article • January 16th, 2008

  • 'Good' and 'Free' Material for Fire/Rescue Public Educators

    While 86 percent of U.S. fire departments report that they perform some type of fire and life safety education outreach, most fire chiefs say they want to do more.

    Article • December 30th, 2007

  • The Fire That Changed Everything - And What is Being Done

    On Dec. 17, 2005, my department in Barre City, VT, responded to the worst fatal fire in our history. At a few minutes before 6 a.m., we were dispatched to a fire in a two-story wood-frame apartment building. The initial report was that there were people...

    Article • December 19th, 2007

  • Working with the Media to Disseminate Smoke Detector Facts and Myths

    The smoke alarm is a topic the media likes to bring up in their stories , but sometimes their information is not completely accurate.If there is one invention that has saved tens of thousands of lives, it has to be the smoke alarm. The smoke alarm is a...

    Article • November 20th, 2007