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As I mentioned last week, I had the good fortune to attend the Missouri Fire Instructors Conference over the weekend. Along with coming home quite recharged, I also pulled away a great deal of helpful information. Over the next week, … Continue reading
One area we as a fire service devote too little attention is life after death. I think it’s a topic we would prefer not to think about, lest it cloud our judgement and reduce our risk tolerance. While not a … Continue reading
What part does your department play in your community? What part do you play in your department? Perhaps it is clearer to ask, What do we do? We all can likely form some coherent answers to these questions, some obvious … Continue reading
These guys are beyond the pale. The fire service, and all public employees, are taking a beating from the public during this recession. We are good scapegoats while the city fathers find ways to shuffle dollars to pet projects. Fire … Continue reading
Battalion Chief Matt Tobia of Ann Arundel County, MD, gave an interesting interview at FRI recently. The title, “Thinking Strategically, Acting Tactically: Building A Culture of Extinguishment” is a dog whistle of sorts that invokes Ray McCormack’s (in)famous speech at FDIC … Continue reading