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Rick Markley

Editor’s Note

Rick Markley is the former editor-in-chief of FireRescue1 and Fire Chief, a volunteer firefighter and fire investigator. He serves on the board of directors of and is actively involved with the International Fire Relief Mission, a humanitarian aid organization that delivers unused fire and EMS equipment to firefighters in developing countries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s of fine arts. He has logged more than 15 years as an editor-in-chief and written numerous articles on firefighting. He can be reached at

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The most crucial part is to ensure the rigs you have or are requesting are matched to the threats facing the community
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The too-easily offended can become the enemy of correcting genuinely offensive behavior
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