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I Need a Volunteer!

I recently completed my doctoral dissertation in which I researched the motives to join, expectations to continue serving, and satisfaction levels among volunteer firefighters in South Carolina. Alth... Read More...

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Motor Vehicle Crashes Working with the Wrecker Service

At my department, as likely in yours, we see considerable amounts of motor vehicle crashes. With some luck these are only fender benders and once law enforcement investigates, the parties involved dr... Read More...

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Fire Dynamics: Small-Scale Modeling Burns

With so many environmental and regulatory restrictions concerning live fire training within many communities these days, fire behavior instructors from across the globe are discovering a low-cost sol... Read More...

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Givers and Takers

I am pretty sure you have asked yourself this question a few times in your life. Remember the last time you tried to help someone with a personal problem and you got the emotional you-know-what slapp... Read More...

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The Journey Fire and Rescue Training in Guatemala

I have gotten a lot of questions over the past few years about our training and trips to Guatemala to train firefighters and rescue folks. I thought it might be good to go back to the beginning and t... Read More...

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Who’s on Deck? Fostering Interoperability at Mutual-Aid Volunteer Fire Department Incidents

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) United States Fire Department Profile Through 2014 Fact Sheet1 reported that 66 percent of the fire departments in the nation are staffed by “all volun... Read More...

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Modeling Resource Deployment: Fire Stations — Where, When and Why

(This is part two of a two part series.) After establishing Standards of Coverage for the most probable and consequential routine risks, it is time to begin looking at existing and future loca... Read More...

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Remembering Tim Casey: ‘Your Work on Earth is Done’

Although Tim Casey and I had never met in person, we had a long-standing friendship through emails and phone calls. Several years ago I received his first email. He had attached an article he wrote a... Read More...

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Recruiting Volunteers From the Fire Chief’s Prospective

How many articles have you seen or read over the past few years talking about recruiting volunteers for your agency,? More than you can count? This one will not be any different from those, but the p... Read More...

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Crew Resource Management

On 1 June 2009, Air France Flight 447 (AF447), an Airbus A330, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean killing all 228 passengers and crew on board. The investigation ultimately revealed that nothing was wro... Read More...

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Ditch the Slogans Give Your Department the Tools

I was in Iowa recently where I had the opportunity to Keynote the Iowa Society of Fire Service Instructors conference and also make a stop in Council Bluffs to present “The 8 Attitudes of Servant Lea... Read More...

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The Rescue Task Force Concept: Training, Equipment and Deployment

As active killer incidents become more and more prevalent, professional responders must continue to adapt and improve how they react to these situations. Many departments employ specialized tactical ... Read More...

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Using PIO During Active Shooter an Incident

Last issue we learned, from Tracy Caulder, about the benefits of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care during an Active Shooter incident.  Read More...

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Beyond the First 5 Minutes

Doc, do you have a (insert obscure noun here)? Could be anything from batteries to Band-Aids. The role of the medic in the tactical setting has often been misconceived.  Read More...

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Modeling Resource Deployment: Fire Stations — Where, When and Why?

(This is part one of a two part series.) Traditionally, at least in the fire service, we have planned our resource deployment in a one dimensional approach. We usually talk about resource depl... Read More...

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Issue 32.2 | Fall 2017

Keeping First Responders Safe
Ideas to improve safety on the job, leadership, serving our community and keeping the desire to serve others...
 



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