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Fire Service Culture

The FireRescue1 fire service culture resource page encompasses the cultural aspects of firefighter life, from the traditions that make the fire service such a proud profession to the kitchen table conversations that develop a brotherhood and sisterhood among members, to critical discussions about firefighter health and safety, focusing on the impact of culture on behavior and decision-making, both on and off the fireground.

Creating a homegoing experience for fallen firefighters, police officers and veterans
Orange County Fire Authority’s Organizational Doctrine became a North Star for the agency
Yakima firefighters waited nearly three years for the new fire engines due to supply chain, production backlogs during the COVID-19 pandemic
How to depart the fire service on a positive note and on your own terms
The Anderson Fire Department’s new fire engine replaces one that has been in service for 12 years
Leadership
Reflections on leadership from an IAFC Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year
Yuba City Firefighter Chase Kennedy grew up visiting his father’s firehouse
A three-step roadmap for cultural transformation
Fire Chief Scott Thompson warned against leaning so far toward firefighter safety that fire victim safety is compromised, leading to tragedy and heightened scrutiny
The battalion chief explains his empathy for firefighters who are burned out or not feeling passion for the job – because he’s been there
The FDIC education director urged firefighters to become “revolutionaries” who don’t watch from the outside but rather make change from within fire service institutions
Cast members were preparing to celebrate their 100th episode when they learned of the cancellation
The Fairfax County (Virginia) firefighter-paramedic talks crew bonding, firefighter reproductive health, and banishing ego to create space for vulnerable conversations
Make sure your department’s traditions, behaviors and practices aren’t putting a damper on member retention or recruitment
Solutions to navigate the most common family-centric concerns voiced by firefighters
Being an Irish American firefighter means so much more than simply wearing a shamrock decal on a helmet or listening to Dropkick Murphys
From a mega-flatscreen TV to a novelty fire alarm light switch, check out this starter guide to completing your firefighter basement
The new National Emergency Response Information System is being developed to reduce data entry burdens on firefighters
Survey finds 86% of female firefighters had been assaulted or know someone else who had been assaulted during fire/EMS work
The Eugene Springfield (Oregon) Fire battalion chief details the importance of a shared vision of learning and training at every organization
FRCE’s Fire Service Occupational Cancer Alliance spotlighted four efforts to minimize occupational cancer risks
The show followed the crew of a firehouse set in the titular Washington city
It’s time to reevaluate our SOPs, eliminate insular groups, and see traditions as an honor, not an anchor
The San Jose Fire Department celebrated its beginning with a single volunteer fire company
San Francisco firefighters face a detailed firehouse inspection three times a year
The firefighter-influencer shares his love of making videos and poking fun of the industry – but mostly himself
Leadership
Successful leaders have offered wise advice over the years about how to ensure that you live and breathe strong leadership