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The Truth about Company-Level Inspections

12/01/2011 Many departments around the nation rely on their firefighters to do annual inspections of many (if not all) business occupancies. Although Jim Crawford agrees with this role, he offers some situations in which having firefighters conduct inspections can actually be detrimental.

Two-in-One Vehicle Transforms the Highlands Fire Department

11/01/2011 When the Highlands (Texas) Fire Department decided to purchase a new apparatus, they went with two-in-one: the Transformer rescue/pumper by Crimson.

Controlling Emotions

11/01/2011 Being overly emotional on a regular basis can be problematic as a company officer, because it can prevent the officer from gaining the trust and respect of their crew and fellow officers. As Ray Gayk explains, it’s OK to be intense, but allowing emotions to guide decisions can lead to poor decision-making and poor performance on the fireground.

Using Volunteers for Code Inspection

10/31/2011 As prevention resources continue to be cut, fire departments are forced to get creative. Jim Crawford profiles a California department that uses a successful program of volunteers to conduct fire inspections.

Smoke-Alarm Efforts Pay Off in Madison, Wis.

10/01/2011 Sometimes one death can spark an entire movement. Jim Crawford shows how a year with high fire deaths led to a massive campaign to install smoke alarms—with some surprising results.

Making Mrs. Smith a Priority

09/01/2011 We commonly use checklists to reduce fatal error on the fireground. Editor-in-Chief Tim Sendelbach argues that we need a similar approach for non-emergency decision-making to prevent us from fatally eroding public trust.

The Pentagon Response: 2 Perspectives

08/11/2011 Chief Ed Plaugher and Deputy Chief John Tippett tell FireRescue Editor-in-Chief Tim Sendelbach about the firefighting and command efforts at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Plaugher was the incident commander on scene that day, and Tippett was one of two safety officers on scene.

Remembering a Patriot

08/01/2011 FireRescue Editor-in-Chief Tim Sendelbach interviews Bill Butler, a retired FDNY captain whose son, Thomas, was killed on 9/11.

Enhanced Prevention Efforts Could Restore the Fire Service’s Image

08/01/2011 After 9/11, firefighters across the country were widely regarded as heroes, and a grateful public didn’t question fire department funding. Today, the situation is vastly different.

Breaking News? Wait for the Call

08/01/2011 September 11 was a unique event in that departments up and down the Eastern seaboard immediately wanted to self-deploy to help their brother and sister firefighters in New York. Here, Greg Jakubowski explains this understandable desire, especially on the part of volunteer firefighters, but also explains some of the problems with self-deployment. He also offers useful tips about how you can best prepare if you are called to a major incident.

A Call to Action on the 10-Year Anniversary of 9/11

08/01/2011 After 9/11, the fire service made a promise to its fallen colleagues—it would “never forget” the sacrifice of the 343. But as the 10-year anniversary approaches, Chief Matt Tobia points out that fulfillment of that promise goes way beyond a remembrance of those we lost.

From Firescope to NIMS

08/01/2011 Prior to the 1970s, no single system was in place to unify local command systems when multiple agencies responded to major emergencies. That changed with the creation of the FIRESCOPE program, which initially helped organize events in Southern California, but grew to be adopted by the federal government in the form of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). William Neville and Robert Neamy recall the early days of FIRESCOPE and its development into NIMS. They also offer insight into why it’s important that NIMS be adopted and used by all agencies.

What Does “Never Forget” Really Mean?

07/31/2011 On the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, FireRescue Editor-in-Chief Tim Sendelbach argues that our promise to “never forget” those who gave the ultimate sacrifice must be realized in actions that go far beyond memorials and remembrances.

A Common Bond: FDNY Fathers and Sons

07/31/2011 FireRescue Editor-in-Chief Tim Sendelbach interviews the “fathers and sons of 9/11”—FDNY firefighters whose fathers or sons were killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks 10 years ago.

Know the IAFC’s Rules of Engagement

06/01/2011 After a reader writes to Nozzlehead, complaining about his department’s adoption of the Rules of Engagement, Nozzlehead explains why following these rules can save your life, and how they can help you determine those moments when aggressiveness is appropriate—and when to pull back.

The Far-Reaching Effects of Company Officer Decisions

04/18/2011 Ray Gayk explains that company officers decide how their crew is going to respond to an emergency, therefore, they have the ability to drastically affect--or impact--the outcome of every emergency. If they assist victims in every way they can, they can potentially alter the individual's life, as well as the wellbeing of their entire community.

Focus on the Things You Can Change

03/01/2011 Like the readers who write into Ann Landers, firefighters often complain about things they can’t change, instead of focusing on the things they can.

Critical Skills for New Fire Service Leaders

02/28/2011 Many leaders have argued that the fire service is going through a fundamental shift in the way it does business. Chief Denise Pouget of the Alexandria (Va.) Fire Department shares her thoughts on how up-and-coming leaders in the fire service can be poised to lead through this change.

"You" & "I" Messages

02/28/2011 People don't like to feel attacked, and when they do, they immediately go on the defensive to protect themselves. When disciplining employees, Ray Gayk suggests using a non-accusatory form of discussion that uses "I" sentences rather than"you" sentences.

Ensuring Consistency in Training

02/01/2011 Ensuring consistency in training is a common challenge for fire departments. Ray Gayk shares a new program developed in his department that defines responsibilities among the training division, battalion chiefs and company officers, and aims to deliver rank-specific, consistent training.

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