Where is the fire service heading? What is our mission? Who will lead the industry? These questions - and many more - are at the forefront of the fire service as we move forward. I can only guess what the future holds based on past trends, and the one thing that is truly certain is that there will be immense change in our profession. 9/11 changed the fire service. So has the rise of natural disasters, mass shootings, chemical weapons attacks, and other threats. But our…Continue
I have always felt that if I take care of myself first, I am better able to help others. If I am successful at my career or my life in general, I can share this with other young people who are trying to find their way in life. It is not easy but success is possible when you have a plan and have self discipline. In the fire service, mentoring programs can really benefit the new, the old and the department. As always, take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. The job…Continue
As firefighters, we have a lot riding on our equipment. We demand more out of our gear than practically any other profession, because if it fails, it can cost a whole lot more than just money. How, then, can we ensure that our equipment doesn’t break down when we need it the most?
The answer is simple: check your equipment regularly. This seems like a no-brainer, but when you consider the realities of the…Continue