FireRescue1 Article Guidelines for Authors
Before sending an article idea or manuscript to FireRescue1, review these important author guidelines
Thanks for your interest in contributing an article to FireRescue1.com, the leading news and information website for firefighters. FireRescue1 welcomes fellow firefighters who can clearly and concisely communicate ideas through the written word. We also promote healthy and respectful discussion about topics within the industry. Check out our topic sections, product categories and most recent columnist articles for insights and ideas of the topics, products and themes we regularly cover. These are themes that can be broadly interpreted based on interests, knowledge and experience.
Publication on FireRescue1.com is the best way for fire service leaders, chiefs and training officers, as well as line firefighters, to reach the largest audience of fire professionals in the United States. Articles are distributed by eNewsletter, social channels and optimized for search engine discovery and ranking. Many of our authors cite their published articles on FireRescue1 as important to receiving conference speaking invites and growing a national professional network.
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SUBMIT AN ARTICLE PROPOSAL TO Firerescue1
Before you submit an article, please send an email to the FireRescue1 editor. For each article you are proposing:
- Working title for the article
- 2-3 sentence description of the article
- Date article will be submitted by
Include in the proposal an up-to-date bio, resume or CV.
We regularly consider article proposals for:
- Current events, news analysis, and opinion
- Recaps (“Quick takes”) of events or programs
- Research analysis of fire-related research
- Feature and human-interest articles
- Product, movie or book reviews
- Process explainers – training, purchasing, leading teams, etc.
- Tips and best practices
- Incident reports
- Essays, poems, illustrations and cartoons
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE FOR REVIEW
If a site editor accepts your proposed article idea(s), review and follow these important specifications for submission style and format. As you consider the format for your article, remember that readers respond well to tips, resources, best practices, and lists.
FireRescue1 article specifications:
- Contributions must be unique and original writing that has not been previously submitted to other publications.
- Each submission is a 600 to 1,500 words in a Microsoft Word document.
With your submission, please include:
- A list of references at the end of the document. If a URL is available for the reference, please provide.
- Include original photo(s) of related procedures or equipment with your submission.
- Include a short bio (3 to 5 sentences) with up to 1 hyperlink.
EDITING AND REVISING BEFORE PUBLICATION
If the FireRescue1 editorial team determines that the article matches the proposal, and meets our editorial needs and interests of readers, the editors will edit the document. In most cases, the edited document will be returned to you for approval of edits and required changes. After you return a revised document back to us, we will perform a final review and prepare the article for posting to FireRescue1 and schedule promotion to registered FireRescue1 members.
Finally, our regular columnists generally started as contributors. Based on the performance and quality of contributor submissions, we consider bringing on a writer as a regular columnist.