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How to pay for your next fire engine -

It's time to replace one of your department's pumping fire apparatus or add one to your existing fleet. Budgets and financial resources being what they are — tight and getting ...


How to maintain fire pumpers -

The first motorized pumping fire apparatus were pretty simple: a truck chassis, a pump and hose. Later came storage compartments, water tanks, ladders, warning lights, radios and much more.

Today's ...


Fire grant money is coming, now what? -

Four weeks ago you could hear a collective sigh of relief at fire and EMS stations all across the country as FEMA announced the first round ...


A fire chief's big mouth can crush his career -

"You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They ...


What fire chiefs gain from reverse mentoring -

Most people are familiar with the concept of mentoring. This is a practice where older, more experienced people in an organization provide guidance and counsel to younger, less experienced ...


Did brawling firefighters kill urban volunteer depts? -

Ideas and information influence our thinking, inform our decision-making and sometimes lead us to try new ways of doing things. Knowing something about volunteer firefighting's history ...


Keys to creating top-performing fire departments -

By Glenn Gaines

It is a hot Sunday afternoon and the suburban fire and rescue department that provides a four-tiered EMS system is being inundated with request for EMS assistance. ...


How to buy a pumper -

Determining what your department's next pumper, or engine, should look and act like doesn't have to be a life-altering experience for those involved. Rather, it's a great opportunity ...


Firefighter fitness: 3 scientific findings -

After 20-plus years in sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and tactical fitness there are not many times I walk away from a conference with a treasure trove of new and updated science.

It's ...


Arson is about firefighter safety -

On May 8, 2013 firefighter Brian Woehlke ...


Basement fires: 3 fires, 5 lessons -

Recently, I was sitting in the office of Colerain Township (Ohio) Assistant Fire Chief Allen Walls when we began to discuss basement and below-grade fires. Every year it seems that across ...


Are rioters your next safety threat? -

Watching Baltimore burn this week reminded me of what should be our first rule of thumb when on scene: risk a lot to save a lot, risk a little to save a little and risk nothing to save nothing.

Seeing ...


A young fire officer: 4 things I learned -

By Zack Bonnema

If you thought being a young firefighter was hard, being that young officer is even harder. I know because I was promoted to lieutenant at 22 with less than four ...


Why civility matters in firefighting -

If you think the world is a much ruder place today than it was even a few years ago, you are not alone. Study after study indicates that people experience incivility on an increasing basis ...


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 ...


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Did brawling firefighters kill urban volunteer depts?
While rowdyism and thug-like behavior among urban volunteers is well documented, that traditional narrative is somewhat contrived.
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