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Temporary Firehouse

This issue we cover the process of building a temporary firehouse. The most common reason to build a temporary firehouse would be replacing an old firehouse with a new one on the same site. I have al... Read More...

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Pitfalls to Avoid During Station Construction

(This is part one of a two-part series.) There are people in the world that learn from their own mistakes and experiences, and there are those who learn from others’ mistakes and experiences. ... Read More...

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Key Considerations for Today’s Fire Station Architecture and Construction

With recent civil unrest and acts of terrorism on domestic soil, we’ve come to realize that no community is immune to potential incidents. As a result, training and readiness of first responders is m... Read More...

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Making Stone Soup

In several European countries there is an old tale of Stone Soup. It has many variations in various countries. I am most familiar with the French version. The main part of the folk story centers arou... Read More...

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Recruitment and Retention: Extra expense or priceless benefit?

Volunteers and employees are without a doubt the most priceless resource we have in emergency services. When they perform to the highest standards they portray our agency as outstanding and above exc... Read More...

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Mastering the Planning Phase For Your Next Fire Station

Several necessary elements are required in order to successfully plan and execute the design and construction of a new fire station or emergency services facility. Different from most other commercia... Read More...

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Episode 13: Architecture for Firefighters

Three years ago I started this column to share my knowledge, experience and explain how to read construction documents. This issue I decided to randomly pick a floor plan and share my opinions of wha... Read More...

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How to Tell Your Department’s Story with Dedicated Space for Memorials, Historical Content

“We will never forget.” A simple statement conveying an active and perpetual choice to remember those lost has become an anthem in the public safety community following the events of September 11, 20... Read More...

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A ‘Shelf-Help’ guide to station storage needs

Have you ever heard anyone say, “We just have too much storage space?” I haven’t either. Whether at home, at the office, or at the station, it seems that our national pastime is collecting “stuff.” T... Read More...

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Exploring the less obvious factors in RENOVATING versus BUILDING NEW THE STATION HOUSE

Often fire departments are faced with a difficult decision when changing demographics, equipment needs or new regulations dictate that their current facility no longer meets their or their community’... Read More...

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Construction Document Phase Services THE STATION HOUSE

The next phase is Construction Documents (CDs). Once the owner and architect are satisfied with the documents produced during Design Development (DD), the architect moves forward and produces drawing... Read More...

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Interoperability: how well do we work together?

The need for improved communication among public safety agencies continues to be an important issue in the post 9/11 era. Interoperability or a lack thereof came to light during the responses to the ... Read More...

Relevant Tags: COMMUNICATIONS, interoperability, agencies, communications, safety, communication, incidents, public, work together, public safety, safety agencies, large scale, training planning, responder safety, emergency responders

Pre-planning for large scale incidents

Disasters like Hurricane Sandy that impact large areas and several types of infrastructure, cripple communities and cost us lives are an unfortunate reality we face as First Responders. As firefighte... Read More...

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What makes an effective leader?

Last month we ended the Command and Control article with these words: “We’re all partners in this ICS process and that’s a good thing.” Read More...

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The 7 principals of a good officer

Ever since you were young, you were amazed at the big red trucks with all the flashing lights and the loud bells, sirens and horns. Growing up you watched television shows like Emergency and begged t... Read More...

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Issue 31.3 | Winter 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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