Hose stream on house fire

Art of Being a Fire Officer

Strive to take your skills as a fire officer to the level of an art form, writers Kirk Galatas.

Firefighter with a helmet

A New Way to Train

Save the SCBA and still have a high-impact training

David Polikoff

The Job. The Calling. My Short Story.

Contributor David Polikoff shares how he got started.

Michael DeStefano

How to Handle the Rogue Firefighter

Unleash the rogue in your department, Michael DeStefano writes.

Firefighter Basics

Access and Egress

"Throw ladders until you run out of them or windows..." Has this battle cry helped or hurt the fire service?.

Rescuing Providence

The Secret Lives of Firefighters

Five stresses firefighters deal with that others don’t know about.

Chicago FW

Chicago Fire Dept. Off-Duty Death

Chicago Fire Department Office of Fire Investigations Chief Michael V. Murphy passes away.

Paul Combs


Comply, or else!
STAY FIRED UP, and follow the code!

Tiger Schmittendorf

Drugs are Killing Me

Forget racial tensions, generational or societal stereotypes. Drug addiction may be the hallmark, the moniker, the legacy and the time-stamp of our generation, writes Tiger Schmittendorf

Ryan Pennington

Stepping up with Frank Viscuso

Podcast host Ryan Pennington welcomes Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso to the Jumpseat.

Mick Mayers

Just Be Brave

Mick Mayers give a shout-out to those who face challenges every day and still find ways to move forward and motivate others.


The Leadership Handbook

The No Exceptions Leadership book by Jason Hoevelmann provides quick and simple leadership ideas and anecdotes. A great reference for aspiring and current fire officers and leaders.

Firefighter entering attic via ladder

Primary Search Is Negative

Everyone has to know the plan and what is expected, writes Dave LeBlanc.

Joe Pronesti

A Main Street Success Story

Joe Pronesti on how training paid off at a Kentucky fire.

Seattle Vault Fires

Seattle Vault Fires Review

Captain Chris Greene shares an after-action report of two unique fires.

Hazmat Nation

Buzz Blog

Kevin Ryan takes a quick look around the hazmat scene.

Wildland Firefighter

DC-10 Tanker Heads to Okefenokee Wildfire

Wildfire has burned 220 square miles since April 6.

701 University Avenue Fire

Chris Naum provides lessons from the fireground on the 39th anniversary of the 701 University Ave fire in Syracuse, NY.

Bill Carey

Nevada State Forrester Resigns After Wildfire Review

Bill Carey writes about a forester resigning after an October wildfire destroyed 23 homes south of Reno, Nev.

Eric Lamar

Arlington, Seen and Heard

Eric Lamar takes you on a guided tour of the Arlington Cemetery in his Turnout Blog.

Ben Peetz

Three Dead in Boiler Explosion

Ben Peetz details a boiler explosion in St. Louis that killed three and injured four others.

Smart Shear Walls

John Shafer takes a look at smart shear walls in his latest blog.

Carl Waggett

Do You Remember Getting the Call?

Carl Waggett offers a PTSD story about getting his first job in the fire service and how it changed everything. And how that moment can still help your mental well-being when the stress from the job seems overwhelming.


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