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Our circulation guy asked if I had any comments we could print as to why firefighters like you read Fire Engineering. I would love it if a few of you could give us some quotes as to why you read the magazine.

I gotta tell you a funny story from FDIC. I was in a local Indy tavern (but only to get directions to church) when I saw a guy wearing a job shirt from a town I knew someone from. I ask the guy if he knows this other guy who I went to the NFA with a few years ago from his town. The guy says yeah, that the guy I knew had been promoted to training and that he was all about himself and thought he knew it all, and on and on.

The guy in the tavern continues to rant about how nobody on the job really liked this training guy because he was always coming up with new training and drills all the time. Now they have to do this and that, like inspect more and all sorts of useless stuff.

The guy in the tavern says he never got promoted because he was no good at book learning but this training guy is only good at book learning. Everyone knows that must mean this training guy a bad firefighter! "They should try throwing the books at fire," he yells, and now I am feeling really uncomfortable.

So then he asks if this training guy is my friend, and like St. Pete in the garden I am saying no, no, faster than city manager in a budget review, throwing the rear wheels right over my former friend, that bookworm loser!

"So anyway," the guy in the tavern says, "What do you do at FDIC?"

After a very long pause I say I sell magazines.

"What one?" he asks. I say Fire Engineering.

So now he says he used to read Fire Engineering but then he retired and sent his subscription to his son. I am feeling better now, so I ask how the son likes it. He says the son cancelled Fire Engineering because it was too hard to read and then subscribed to another magazine with more stories. Apparently the son likes to read the stories. I was going to ask him if his kid was promoted but figured you just can’t argue with genetics.

So why do you read Fire Engineering?

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Comment by Dustine Hilfiker on April 25, 2008 at 10:17pm

I read FE because I am a rookie and I try to ingest everything that I possibly can to learn the profession. I am on a small volunteer department and we dont get many calls so I pass the time by reading all the different articles in FE. The pictures are also great.
Comment by Kristofer DeMauro on April 25, 2008 at 6:53pm
Fire Engineering is worth the investment of my time. A professional firefighter is a life long student, FE is a great avenue to gain access to experts on the job, doing the job,teaching the job.
Comment by Bill "Grits" MacGregor on April 25, 2008 at 11:57am
I have been receiving Fire Engineering Mag since, I believe 1986, I have authored one article in the May 1992 issue. This mag gives me the most affordable insight to the fire service than any others on the market. I use the information to better myself and also the men and women working under my supervision. Keep up the good work FEMAG!
Comment by Peter Lupkowski on April 24, 2008 at 8:47pm
I read FE because of D*** Sylvia, Tom Brennan, Alan Brunacini, and a hundred other very readable authors that shared their experience with me so I didn't have to reinvent the wheel, or learn the hard way.
Comment by Todd McKee on April 23, 2008 at 11:29pm
I read FE because I always learn something every time I pick up a issue. Great mag for the serious guys who want to train and learn.
Comment by Eric Hankins on April 23, 2008 at 11:14pm

I read FE along with several other trade magazines each month. I like Fire Engineering for the great training topics it presents. The articles are always well written and informative. The more information we can learn and pass along the better.
Comment by William Meinert on April 23, 2008 at 8:45am
I read Fire Engineering because I never know when something I read may enable myself or someone else to go home in the morning.
Comment by Chris Mc Loone on April 23, 2008 at 8:08am
Fire Engineering's articles are authored by the best of the best in the fire service. Career, volunteer, or combination, every article in Fire Engineering provides practical lessons for ANY firefighter to bring back to the department and begin to implement straight away. I read Fire Engineering because it gives me the tools I need to be a better fire officer, better firefighter, and to better represent the fire service to the community I serve.
Comment by Phil Reynolds on April 22, 2008 at 11:26pm
I read Fire Engineering because you discuss techniques and methods of doing my job better.
All of the trade mags have some articles on being better firefighters, but none of the other magazines seem to place as much emphasis on making me a better firefighter as Fire Engineering does.
Comment by Nick Morgan on April 22, 2008 at 8:24pm
I've read the other Fire magazines, and they each have their value, but I read Fire Engineering because it is truly a "cut above the rest". Most of the fire service leaders that I have come to respect and learn much from are either those who read or contribute articles to FE. I've been reading FE regularly for about 20 years. several years ago I reached a point in my life where I only had time to consistently and regularly read one FD trade magazine, and with no difficulty I chose Fire Engineering. Sure, I like good FG photos, and I learn from the major fires and incidents that happen in other parts of the country, but when I want consistently top quality articles on all aspects of fire service training and education on topics ranging from fire ground tactics, to haz-mat, to EMS and terrorism response; as well of company leadership and fire safety and suppression system designs, there's only one magazine that, in my opinion, has it all, and that's FE! (Don't get a "big head" Bobby! Just kidding :-) ) Over the years I have left copies of FE laying around fire stations or given them to co-workers whom I believe would value from them, but I have been disappointed for years at how very few members of our department even know about FE, let alone subscribe. I mean, you've only been around 135 years! But, I keep laying them around when I'm finished, so I'm sure someone will pick them up and read. Keep up the good work!!

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