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2016 Year in Review

As we turn the page on 2016, take a look back at some of the year’s biggest stories and issues in the fire service with features from our expert columnists and multimedia lists of the year’s top moments.

These nine leaderships books have been voted among the best of 2016
This past year was filled with stories of tragedy and heroics — and some really unusual stuff; this is the best of that stuff
Anecdotal evidence suggests we may have finally hit bottom and begun our ascent in one critical life-safety area
Our collective ambivalence toward the future hamstrings us from better protecting the public and grooming our next leaders, and that has to change
Serving the community is the core of any firefighter’s career; here’s a handful of examples of firefighters going above and beyond the call of duty
Asked to reflect on the most profound issue or events to impact the fire service going forward, here’s what four leading experts said
Lt. Jason Adams was shot and killed on a medical call; Adams worked at the same department as his fiancée
Here’s a look at the game-changing products that rolled out in 2016 and an eye toward those hoped for in the coming year
This year, firefighters partook in a hot wing-eating contest, searched for Civil War-era shipwrecks and saved birds from trees
These are the videos that entertained firefighters and the general public this year
Firefighting requires bravery, courage, and discipline, but judging from these videos, it also requires a fun sense of humor
There seems to be no territory firefighters won’t tread to make the save
Check out the top close-call clips of the year
Chief Darren Ware was returning from a line-of-duty-death funeral when he noticed smoke on the road