Professional Development

Performance Drives Perspective


There is no substitute for preparation. Preparation is the key to achieving a high score in the oral interview and securing your promotion.

The Power of Using Stories When Instructing


Students develop a sense of ownership in the story as they feel the emotions the story evokes.

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. 

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. 

Effects of Administrative Betrayal in the Fire Service


Betrayal is compounded on several levels that affect the firefighter when faced with administrative betrayal. 

The Secret to a Better Training Isn’t What You Think


Perhaps all this training isn’t what is making you more effective. What if there is something beyond more training exercises and lectures that makes you a better firefighter?

Staying Smart in the Front Seat

07/16/2018 Stephen Marsar looks at why nonessential talk must cease during emergency responses.

You Swore an Oath

06/06/2018 Frank Ricci and David Shestokas examine the oaths that are sworn in the United States by the people who vow to protect it and its people.

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05/15/2018 For a company officer, multitasking is a requirement, not just an art. Pulling up to a working fire with victims trapped takes that art form to an entirely new level.

Want to Promote? Check Your Baggage!

05/08/2018 Anthony Kastros looks at the impact that unchecked baggage can have on promotion.



Introducing women to the fire service.

Assessment Centers


Anthony Kastros introduces his column on assessment centers and how to prepare for the job you want.

N.F.L. (No Formal Leadership)


Stephen Marsar examines the difficulties of making decisions in the fire service.

Book Report: The Immortal Irishman


Michael Dugan shares his thoughts on Timothy Egan’s book.

Winning and Losing vs. Experience


Do you seek challenges or avoid them? Whether you choose to avoid or engage in a battle, the outcome can influence department culture and environment.

Organization Transformational Leadership


Reginald D. Freeman looks at strategies for making critical decisions that impact the fire service’s climate and culture.

Thanks, But No Thanks


Matt Tobia looks at what to do after being passed over for a promotion

Virginia Assistant Chief, FireRescue Magazine Contributor, Gains Chief Fire Officer Credential


Loudoun County Assistant Chief Matthew Tobia completes professional credentialing process.

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Stephen Marsar looks at how to make your point when you don't have a speaking part.

Navigating Toward Career Advancement


Candice McDonald provides some life standard operating guidelines to assist in advancement - both on and off the job. 


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