Building a Training Network That Works

Recognize training needs. Answer the questions who? what? where? when? and how?  We can dream all day, but unless we plan how we are going to accomplish those dreams, they will remain just dreams.

The Future Firefighter: Functional Fitness

The future firefighter must have the mindset and attitude that physical fitness is a requirement of their job.  It doesn’t matter if you are a volunteer, paid on-call or career firefighter, you must believe 100% that physical fitness is a fundamental aspect of your job.


It’s time to re-evaluate from a personal and organizational standpoint.  It’s time to educate our firefighters on the importance of personal health.

Attitude: The Driving Force in the Fire Service

The goal of every firefighter should be to improve every time they enter the fire station.

Brotherhood in Action, Part II

Nodine is not only a firefighter-paramedic, he is also a member of the AMR Safety Team with the IndyCar series.

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Being able to tell a peer, a colleague, subordinate, or a citizen “I don’t’ know” is not a fault, weakness, or admission of guilt.

Preventing Catastrophic K-12 Blade Failure

Helpful tips from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue on preventing blade failure.

The Value of Education in the Fire Service

The first thing you have to get in your mind, is you want to learn more than just what they are teaching you at the fire department.

Training Tip: Storefront Forcible Entry

As professional firefighters we take pride in meticulously forcing entry to minimize property damage.

Professionalism Above All Else

So where are we on the spectrum of professionalism? How do we treat others? Do we lift up the members of our organization, and, in turn add value to the department’s mission? 

Considering Funeral Differences

Brent Jones asks, should there be a difference between LODD and others?

Firefighter Leadership:
Throughout Probation and Beyond

Series from Chris Baker on taking charge of yourself

David Polikoff

The Job. The Calling. My Short Story.

Contributor David Polikoff shares how he got started.

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?.

Chicago FW

Chicago Fire Dept. Off-Duty Death

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

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

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.

Firefighter entering attic via ladder

Primary Search Is Negative

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

Seattle Vault Fires

Seattle Vault Fires Review

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

Wildland Firefighter

DC-10 Tanker Heads to Okefenokee Wildfire

Wildfire has burned 220 square miles since April 6.

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.

Ben Peetz

Three Dead in Boiler Explosion

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

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.

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

Michael DeStefano

How to Handle the Rogue Firefighter

Unleash the rogue in your department, Michael DeStefano writes.

Rescuing Providence

The Secret Lives of Firefighters

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

Paul Combs


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

Ryan Pennington

Stepping up with Frank Viscuso

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


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.

Joe Pronesti

A Main Street Success Story

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

Buzz Blog

Kevin Ryan takes a quick look around the hazmat scene.

701 University Avenue Fire

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

Eric Lamar

Arlington, Seen and Heard

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

Smart Shear Walls

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


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