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Newsmakers share their stories and discuss
some of the year's biggest incidents and trends
The Reset Button
By Chief Billy Goldfeder
The economy is forcing the fire service to reinvent itself. A close friend recently said the "reset" button on what a FD looks like now — and what it will look like in the near future — is about to be pushed. And not by us...
2009: A Year to Remember
By Glenn A. Gaines,
Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator
Several notable events took place in 2009, including relatively fewer LODDs, the National League of Cities cancer study, and the ICC sprinkler vote...
The Fire Sprinkler Pilgrimage
By Ronny J. Coleman
President of the IRC Fire Sprinkler Coalition
While the fire service does not qualify as a religion, it has similar concepts, especially with prevention. In that setting, the sites we must visit are code development hearings...
Make Health and Safety Priorities in 2010
By Philip C. Stittleburg
NVFC Chairman
I am angry when I see that firefighters have died or are injured because my mind immediately asks: "What, if anything, could we have done to prevent this?"...
FireRescue1 columnists look back on 2008
and ahead to the future
A Decade Dedicated to Safety
By Michael Petroff
Special Coverage
FireRescue1 coverage of the events
that defined 2009
Fire-Rescue International Coverage
Fire-Rescue International 2008
Financial Crisis Coverage
FDIC 2009
Fire-Rescue International Coverage
Fire PPE Symposium 2009
Fire/EMS Safety Health & Survival Week Coverage
2009 Fire/EMS Safety, Health & Survival Week
NVFC Health Week Coverage
NVFC's National Firefighter Health Week

Fire Prevention Week
In Memoriam
Learn more about those who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2009 in the LODD section
FireRescue1 brings you the best firefighting photos from the past 12 months
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Bloggers reflect on what 2009 has meant for the fire service.
Looking back at 2009 and the waning decade, one certainty that we all share is that we have the ability to look forward to a new year, a new decade and new challenges.
Chris Naum in Looking Forward Through the Rear View Mirror
The 800-pound gorilla in the news has been the economy, diminished local tax revenues, and reduction in services that have been forced upon many cities, towns, and counties.
Ben Waller in Last Thoughts from 2009 and Hopes for 2010
I see a lot of similarities in 2009 as in years past. People are still saying, "we have always done it that way, why do we need to change. What we are doing is working" or "that stuff doesn't happen here in Anywhere USA."
Douglas Cline in 2009
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