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Cold weather is brutal on firefighting equipment and even more so on firefighters
Officials say the 2023 class of probationary firefighters reflects increasing diversity in the department
Plan for your next promotion by taking charge of your training, experience and your understanding of the testing process
Start your new member on the right foot by getting to know them better and sharing key insights about the profession
Four simple steps to teach rookies about the seriousness of mayday incidents
Before she could even speak the language after immigrating to America, the wife of the junior Pennsylvania senator dreamed of joining the fire service
Elevate the NFPA standard with pooled experiences from instructors to create forward-thinking, modern fireground training
Chief Goldfeder offers several simple tips
Louisville Officer Nickolas Wilt was on the job for just 10 days when he was critically wounded by the active shooter at Old National Bank
Probies should be able to demonstrate proficiency with stretching a hoseline, VEIS, masking up, and key policies and procedures
Getting inside the teenage brain to engage new recruits
Leaders who model “not knowing” foster environments where members feel they can explore new ideas and offer solutions
Buy-in at all levels of the department is important BEFORE starting one of these programs
Several members left during COVID, and many remaining members feel beaten down or unsure how to establish a “family feeling” with the rookies
Luke Cournoyer had been involved in a misconduct case with the police department, but Springfield’s city solicitor said he met all the employment criteria
Leaders should encourage members to merge, even pass on occasion, as they accelerate on the highway to success
Melanie Figueroa, who is one year over the maximum age limit to take the test, could be the Haverhill Fire Department’s first female firefighter
Yes, there are many and they offer varying degrees of quality or realism, but fire service TV shows can help new members – or at least entertain them
Why boot camp EMT classes are the wrong answer to putting meat in the seat
When dealing with the public, too many members either clam up and say nothing or say way too much beyond the scope of what’s appropriate
Horton reacts to some of the social media commentary elicited by the article, explaining why leaders must be honest about the realities of a fire service career
Lubbock native Ynez Spencer got to learn about being a rookie from his hometown firefighters
Humans are hard-wired to share stories; we must harness this instinct and use it to better the fire service
As one fire chief said, “Perhaps we should advertise firefighter jobs as a paramedic job, and in small lettering add, ‘You go to an occasional fire’”
A simple A-Z guide to ease the lingo learning curve – and even give aspiring firefighters a head start on the job
What I learned about myself – and the fire service – by attending rookie school two times, 20 years apart
“We’re out here and we’re doing the same thing that men are doing,” one firefighter said of the Yosemite Women’s Fire Internship
Hilton Head firefighter rescues a cat on a hot mobile-home roof, marking his first save as a full-time employee