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Reflecting on fire grants and Chief Gaines -

Recently, the American fire service lost one the leading influences behind SAFER, AFG, and the FP&S grant programs. Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines died April 12 while mowing ...


Firefighter research shows PPE exposure risk -

In previous articles, we discussed how firefighters are exposed to a variety of fireground contaminants. We have even gone so far as to pinpoint the blame that many of these exposures primarily ...


Firefighters can keep cool under verbal attack -

Who knew that firefighters doing their grocery shopping could become such a media sensation?

By now more than a million people have seen the


4 big-impact fire-service changes to expect -

One of the most intelligent men I've had the privilege to work with is retired Gen. Michael Hayden. Gen. Hayden and I were commissioned in the U.S. Air Force at the same time and worked ...


Is the fire service culture good? -

Is fire service culture good or bad? This is a question I ask at the beginning of a presentation I do for fire service leaders called "Winning the Culture Wars."

The question ...


How political ambition can end a firefighting career -

Mention politics and most firefighters scurry off to the quiet recesses of their fire station. It is like proposing a roll of the dice to determine who cleans up after the messy cook who just ...


8 ways to be a better combination fire chief -

By Chief Jeff Cash, NVFC

Our society is changing every day. New technologies and equipment hit the market all the time.

Just ...


Firefighters and alcohol, what the data says -

When it comes to alcohol consumption, how much is too much? And, do firefighters drink too much?

Science defines binge drinking as five or more servings for men or four or more servings ...


Firefighting history: How did we get professional? -

The volunteer fire service as we now know it is at a crossroads. It is facing a difficult future from increasing demand for service, high expectations for professional-like behavior and declining ...


Is it time to psych test volunteer firefighters? -

It is no news flash that the volunteer and combination segments of the fire service have a problem with members who commit criminal acts. Arson, embezzlement and theft tend to top the list.

It ...


TV firefighters' lessons on leadership -

I watch "Chicago Fire" regularly but I can't say I'm really a fan. I spend most of the hour talking back to the television.

"Seriously? A firefighter would ...


4 Fire Prevention and Safety grants priorities -

The Department of Homeland Security opened the 2014 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FP&S) Monday; it will stay open until 5 p.m. April 17. The FP&S grant has $34 million available ...


Why a program will make your grant request stronger -

“How do I make my application better?”

That is one of the most common questions I receive as a grant writer. Simply requesting funds for a piece of equipment ...


New research: How clean is firefighter gear? -

Over the past year and half, a task group under the NFPA Technical Committee for Structural Firefighting Protective Clothing and Equipment has been designing


How company fire officers influence safety culture -

Nobody in a fire and EMS organization has more influence on its daily operations than does the first-line supervisor — the company officer.

So it only stands to reason that ...


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Firefighters can keep cool under verbal attack
Remaining professional in the face of irrational, irate civilians is a skill that should be taught and reinforced; here's how to do it.
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