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Who Wants to be a Fire Officer?


his lawsuit issue is an excellent opportunity to take a close look at your policies.

2019: You Do You


You are neither a cowboy or a coward.  You are a firefighter.  That’s all those who you work with and your citizens expect of you. 

Unprepared and Overwhelmed


Local officials (including school boards and law enforcement) must look at each of the points in the report and determine where your community schools fit in and make the changes as applicable. 

Diversity 9-1-1: Action Required


Knowing more about the life experience and personal background of the firefighter riding in the jump seat behind you could mean the difference in how you approach and handle your next call for service. 

LODD Anniversary: Firefighters and Children Killed in Iowa Fire


On December 22, 1999, a 49-year-old Shift Commander and two Engine Operators, 39 and 29 years of age respectively, lost their lives while performing search-and-rescue operations at a residential structure fire. 

Barn Boss Leadership: The Dirty Secrets of Leading


To lead our men and women, our departments create promotional processes to seek out those among us who are the most technically competent individuals. These individuals must be capable of motivation and critical decision making and must meet our highest expectation—know your job. 

Servant Leadership? But I am the Boss!


If the men and women under your command, as well as your fellow officers, participated in a 360-degree survey about you as a leader and manager, what would they say?

Changes in Russian Fire Safety, Firefighting Procedures


According to the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov, a new system of online monitoring of fire safety will be introduced in all public facilities in Russia shortly.

NIOSH LODD Report: Texas Firefighter Killed in Strip Mall Blaze


On May 18, 2017, a 31-year-old male career fire fighter died after fire conditions rapidly deteriorated inside a commercial strip mall.

Firefighter 101–Leadership Starts on Day One!


Building Success with Consistency


If we fail to set expectations for our personnel, we are setting the employee, the crew, and the organization up for failure. 

Career Matters: Next Step to Promotion


How many times have you seen a firefighter, who would make a great officer, fold like a cheap tent in the assessment center? 

Grieving with Firefighter Families


As days and weeks go by, and the normalcy of life takes over, the family still needs us, but we have other responsibilities that take the place of the time we had been dedicating to comforting the family. 

“American Firefighter” a Review


The accounts presented in “American Firefighter” serve as more than a benefit for the NFFF but as gentle tug that keeps us in the path of service towards others in a cause greater than ourselves.

The Life Cycle of Leading: Inter-Dynamics of a Team


Inside our stations, while understanding we are all human, we should exhibit the same behaviors and remember it is about the team and how each of us performs as part of the team.

Verizon Games, Russia, & Firefighters' Alternative


Sending an email, a telegram, a quick postcard, pony express, waving hands frantically etc. aren't conducive to fireground operations.

Don't Clog Up Your Toolbox


Many may just keep adding because they fear being questioned about their choices, so it's easier just to add it and forget it.


08/07/2018 Matt Tobia looks at what first responders need to do to deal with school threats in today’s world.

Conflict 101

08/05/2018 Moira J. Kelly examines both the negatives and the positives of conflict.

“We Never Thought It Would Happen Here”

07/30/2018 Rick Lasky looks at the most dangerous words in the fire service


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