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Inching Closer to Agreement

I'm going to end 2018/start 2019 with a positive assessment of the past year's progress spreading the new fire dynamics knowledge and integrating it into our tactics. To be sure, this may be an overly optimistic view, as sometimes there seems to be more than enough distance between the two sides to take an entire fire service career before they meet somewhere near the center. Still, I have been seeing and hearing more and more evidence of the spread of our evolving understanding of…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on January 14, 2019 at 7:13am — No Comments

Preventing Legal Fires - Not All Speech is Free

As a firefighter or public safety government employee, what are your free speech rights under the 1st Amendment?

As we have seen a number of firefighters have lost their jobs over postings on their social media sites, thinking they had a protected right to say anything or depict otherwise offensive pictures for their shared audiences. The issue of “words matter” when speaking, brings one back to the often quoted but erroneous statement of “shouting fire in a crowded theater” opined by…


Added by John K. Murphy on January 6, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Self Improvement for the Modern Day Firefighter

Self Improvement for the Modern Day Firefighter

Assistant Chief Nicholas Christensen, CFO, FO



Added by Nicholas Christensen on January 3, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The New Year: Time for Change!

     Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year to all my brothers and sisters out there!

     As 2019 arrives, everyone, including firefighters, looks to implement some kind of change. Fire chiefs will implement their new,…


Added by Mauro Porcelli on January 2, 2019 at 3:40pm — No Comments

The Golden Rules for a Small Unit Leader

When I was in the military I use to hear two principles reinforced over and over again. I first started hearing these principles after my first promotion. I can remember many chiefs and officers walking up to me and congratulating me. They would offer their congratulations and then they would say two things to me. I will continue to hear these over the next few years that I spent at that command. I heard them again at my next promotion, I heard them…


Added by Jarrod Sergi on January 2, 2019 at 12:22pm — No Comments


So, will you be a contender in 2019?

STAY FIRED UP, and FIGHT like your life depends on it!


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Added by Paul Combs on January 2, 2019 at 7:42am — No Comments

Is Morale a Reliable Indicator of Leadership Success?

One of the most over used words in the fire service is the word "Morale". The word morale is often used as an indicator of how well things are going within an organization. More often the word morale is only focused on when the perceived morale is low. Administrative leadership blames low firefighter morale on several things such as generational changes, the…


Added by Troy J. Bonfield on January 1, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments

Challenge Crushed!

My first FireEngineering Training Network blog post was on the pushup challenge I undertook for the year.  The guys over at put out the challenge to do 100 pushups, every day, for the entire year.  Thinking that this wouldn't be very hard, I took the challenge.  

I'm proud to say, that not only did I complete the challenge, but I crushed it!  I viewed…


Added by John Lightly on December 31, 2018 at 3:33pm — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Year In Review 2018

In our premier year of the future firefighter, Fire Engineering, blog talk radio show, we had the opportunity of welcoming several notable guests on to our show.  As we reflect on our first year, we also welcome this opportunity to personally express our gratitude to all our guests for sharing their guidance to…


Added by Christopher Baker on December 30, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

A Job or a Title

                                    A Job or a Title?

A job or a title is a question that should go through a chief’s mind when hiring in new folks or promoting, are they here for the job or are they here for the title, we all know some of the t-shirt and badge glory boys, right?

The fire service takes a big hit on this subject from many different points, the folks that actually want to be a…


Added by Jeremy Perrien on December 27, 2018 at 12:41pm — No Comments


NEW Fire Engineering​ blog editorial cartoon: It's the Thought that Counts!

Here's hoping your Holiday Season is filled with joy, family, friends, fire, and as little bureaucracy as possible.


Added by Paul Combs on December 24, 2018 at 9:47am — No Comments

Priorities and Tactics - Apples and Oranges

When engaged in an activity where seconds count, lives hang in the balance, and there is little margin for error, choosing the correct initial action is critical.  As firefighters, we must "get it right" the first time, and there are no “do overs”.  To be most successful in protecting lives and property, our selection of methods and their execution must be flawless.…


Added by Mark J. Cotter on December 24, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments


Excerpt from the 2019 Drawn by Fire/Fully Involved calendar, and Captain Mark von Appen:

There is a difference you can find in those who stand apart from the crowd, those people of character who just get it. The intangible quality that sets them apart is something completely tangible.  It's called a work ethic, and it is the oft-forgotten…


Added by Paul Combs on December 21, 2018 at 10:13am — No Comments

Very close call for four Orlando Firefighters!

My good friend who I used to work with posted this on his Facebook page just now. His son also  works for Orlando Fire Department. Names were edited due to a current investigation. This was so important as a reminder that I needed to re-post his article. Be alert and never ever let your guard down! …


Added by Mauro Porcelli on December 21, 2018 at 8:14am — No Comments

The Fire Chief / CEO Mindset

The Fire Chief / CEO Mindset.

Many Fire Chiefs in small or mid-sized departments waste time on what I call $15 an hour work dealing with the day to day tasks like vehicle checks, chores and maintenance. Meanwhile, they forgo working on visionary work like professional development, or obtaining grants that could yield thousands of dollars to assist the operating budget. Time needed to build relationships with the right people, inside and outside the organization, to further advance the…


Added by Assistant Chief Billy Greenwood on December 20, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Future Department of Defense Firefighter

Protecting Those Who Defend America.” – Bill Killen, Director, Navy Fire & Emergency Services, 1985 - 2004 (Retired).

Article by Deputy Chief Jacob…


Added by Christopher Baker on December 19, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Future Firefighter: Episode 1952

Tune in for the next episode of The Future Firefighter, Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio Show with Christopher Connelly, Regional Fire Chief, Navy Region Southwest Fire & Emergency Services Federal Fire with co-host Deputy Chief Jacob McAfee as we discuss opportunities in the Federal Fire Service as a…


Added by Christopher Baker on December 17, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

It’s Xmas New Guys, Step Up

We all enter the fire service knowing it’s the greatest job on earth and there is not another occupation we’d rather be doing. We also grasp the harsh reality that we are in fact a 24/7 service being open for business on nights, weekends, holidays, and everything in between. At the start the year, shift, or however your respective department operates, there is one specific date everyone immediately I gonna be stuck working Christmas? If assigned…


Added by Adam J. Hansen on December 17, 2018 at 1:34pm — 1 Comment

Alphabet Soup

The fire service is filled with an alphabet soup of acronyms many of us are aware of. Whether for fire suppression, EMS, Hazmat, etc. these acronyms are convenient aids that help firefighters and officers remember size-up points, operational and procedural considerations, and can be effective in recalling critical actions to be taken in emergencies.

Examples of common suppression acronyms:

C-Construction                                     …


Added by Nick J. Salameh on December 16, 2018 at 9:47am — No Comments

Class opportunities!!!

For the first time in many years we have decided to reset the waitlist and open up Tactical Extrication. With the move last year I finished up some promised classes and as I had also promised we are opening up for 2019 classes. This class has morphed over the years into something that I am incredibly proud of. Email me at to inquire about hosting a class. As always this opportunity won't last long....If you have ever taken a course by Tactical Advantage or…


Added by Isaac Frazier on December 15, 2018 at 9:59pm — No Comments

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