• February 2017
    When we think of the term all-hazards, images come to mind of expansive incidents with vast resources distributed to handle any problem that arises. Few small departments can field such assets, but they’re not exempt from the responsibility. read more
  • February 2017
    I’m asked from time to time about how I've survived the changing landscape of our community and not encountered the issues other neighboring chiefs have. While I have no magic solution, I can offer these suggestions. read more
  • February 2017
    It’s now post-post-9/11 and everyone has a different idea about what to call us and our activities. Probably the most common formulation today is all-hazards. So what does all-hazards mean to us? read more
  • January 2017
    Is there an issue or problem in your department that keeps rearing its ugly head but nobody wants to discuss it or attempt to fix it? These unnamed elephants are issues everyone knows about but is afraid to discuss. So what do you do? read more
  • January 2017
    Emotional intelligence is recognized as a necessary component of leadership. Fire and emergency service leaders must keep this tool sharp and use it effectively in the firehouse and on every call. How sharp is the tool in your kit? read more
  • January 2017
    Tax season can be a time of frustration. The HELPS program offers an excellent way to decrease your taxable income while still retaining strong benefits for fire and emergency service retirees. read more
  • January 2017
    Can anyone with certainty forecast the future? It isn’t likely, but with some research and knowledge, we can predict how current trends may change what we see and how we act 5 to 10 years from now. read more
  • January 4, 2017
    SAFER application period open January 9 to February 10. Start planning your FY 2016 SAFER Grant application now by reviewing the technical assistance tools offered by FEMA. read more
  • December 2016
    Law-enforcement officers are under attack and becoming targets. Responding alongside law enforcement places us in areas of risk; their risk is our risk. Action must be taken to protect ourselves, but what steps can we take to do that? read more
  • December 2016
    When someone new is elected in your community, you introduce yourself and educate the newly elected person on your mission, your dedication to the community and your needs. Just like you do back home, that’s what we’ll be doing at the federal level. read more
  • December 2017
    As Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit different areas, we watched challenges play out through the media. While many areas still work to get back to a place of normalcy, we should look at those challenges and ask, “What’s in my disaster plan?” read more
  • December 2017
    With the advent of extensive drone usage in commercial and recreational settings, there’s been increased interest in the fire service, which must be ready for UAS potential to meet the modern-day reality of our operations. read more
  • December 2017
    While the death rate is declining, the best way to affect out-of-hospital cardiac-arrest incidents is to ensure that AEDs are readily available and that members of the community are trained in CPR. read more