By hiring for both character and competency, fire service management can ensure that communities are served by the best possible people they can hire.
Stronger demands for proper credentials has made career planning difficult and has forced many fire service people to readjust their educational paths.
Fire prevention has long-lasting effects in the community. This is because fires and EMS calls have long-term consequences when they occur.
One of the movements in the fire service over the past two decades is the movement towards community risk reduction as opposed to fire prevention.
Good fire and EMS services, especially in rural areas, are key to the survival of many people, especially to the elderly population.
Firefighters have many stages in their career and life, marked by some responsibilities and activities that either lend to or detract from leadership.
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of attending the Fire and Emergency Services Professional Development Leadership summit, held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Many firefighting organizations will transition to paid in-station personnel. This organizational transition will be tough due to numerous changes.
As Hurricane Dorian approaches the coast of the Carolinas, a large-scale response is underway to deliver services. But what aid do teams provide?