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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 Drew Smith on April 22, 2008 at 8:00pm
I read FE for lots of reasons: To be a better fireman, to see how other folks live, to get ideas, to confirm my own opinions and maybe change a few, to see what's new in methods and stuff, to learn from others sucessess and failures,to prevent a LODD, to be a professional. I ask a lot of guys in my suburban Chicago area if they say this or than article in FE and the reply is 50-50. Some don't subscribe and when I ask why not many don't know of the magazine so I point them to the website. Some don't give a hoot. SOme get the magazine but faile to read. To blow my own horn, I do not recall anyone asking me if I saw something in FE and ever saying no. Many years ago (1989) when I left the Geneva IL FD to go to another FD the chief paid me a compliment by saying he never could figure out how I know about this and that until he reliazed I read all the trade magazines (FE, FH, FC) each month.
Comment by Brian Arnold on April 22, 2008 at 10:18am
I read FE for the training tips, photographs and lessons learned from others around the country. The nation's most experienced firefighters sharing their thoughts and ideas is priceless to me and my crew.
Comment by John Shafer on April 21, 2008 at 9:20pm
The reason I read Fire Engineering is because I can learn something every time I pick it up. And because It main focus is on TRAINING not some report of some big incident. with a bunch of pictures of the incident.
Comment by Frank Ricci on April 21, 2008 at 8:48pm
For the photographs, seriously anyone worth their salt on this job realizes that we should all be lifelong students. I always pick up something to reinforce a concept or to discover something new. Fire Engineering has become the nation’s top trade magazine that in recent years has developed a presents not only in training, but proper staffing, political action and moral guidance. As instructors we need to advocate new members to get involved, train and read. The fire service needs a balance between proper hands on training, education, experience and knowledge. Fire Engineering plays a vital role in keeping our industry in touch with current issues that affects us and encourages members to get out of the station and train. Fire Engineering has become one of the loudest voices on firefighter safety and training and that’s why I will continue to support this publication.
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