Professional Development

Guiding Principles for Leaders


Joseph Knitter looks at how leadership is easy - being a leader is the hard part. 

"Small Hands" Fire


Stephen Marsar looks at those high-frequency, low-risk fires that allow complacency to fester. 

Two Long, One Short, One Long


Stephen Marsar shares random thoughts on air horn use. 

Five Tips


Candice McDonald provides five tips for motivating students in the classroom and training.

What About Plan B?


Ronny J Coleman examines developing a career training and education plan.

New Year


What will you do to better yourself and your department?

Setting Up the "Newbie"


It's all fun and games until someone loses a kidney

Ethical Leadership


Dave Donohue examines ethical leadership and the courage it takes to carry out.

Organizational and Individual Morale


David Rhodes looks at what it takes to encourage good morale in the fire service.

Your Selfie for Success


Ronny J Coleman looks at self-assessment in the fire service.

Remembering the Forgotten

09/01/2016 Remembering brothers and sisters who died in the line of duty during 2001 and did not perish on September 11th.

Move Up or Move Out

08/01/2016 Ronny J Coleman looks at professional mobility and career development potential.

Training a Different Generation


David Rhodes looks at the “new generation” that emerges as society evolves because of advances in technology, changing priorities, and a supply and demand of specific skill sets.

Moving the Line

07/01/2016 Obtaining certificates or degrees is no longer enough to illustrate knowledge. Instead, success in the fire service is found with lifelong learning.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

06/01/2016 Matt Tobia provides strategies for telling the person in charge things he might not want to hear—but needs to know.

Buttons, Belt Loops, and Barn Doors

06/01/2016 Joseph Knitter looks at the guidelines instructors should follow to put their right feet forward.

Is There a Doctor in the House?

04/01/2016 A discussion of the relative value in having a person with a doctoral degree involved in fire service administration. Is it necessary?

50 Dos and Don’ts, Part 5

04/01/2016 Firefighters’ “little black book”: A pocket guide to safety

Potty Training

04/01/2016 Stephen Marsar looks at how officers can calm their jitters while conducting a drill on fire attack by picturing them going to the bathroom.

Finding a Common Thread

04/01/2016 An emergency response site specialist for a new petrochemical company in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, is tasked with training new Saudi fire recruits in a brand new department’s first recruit academy. This is a firsthand account of his experiences.


Volume 12, Issue 7

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