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Expectations and a higher level of standards

When I joined the fire department, I held many expectations of how it was going to be in the fire service. What it would be like as a firefighter, my duties and responsibilities, the situations I would find myself in, department operations on-scene, and what it meant to be part

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The fire service has many common interests internationally, among them the issues that affect our ability to complete our mission, the issues that affect our ability to protect our members, and the issues that affect our self-development and leadership. Addressing all of these in one brief guest editorial would be

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Too often firefighters and emergency medical responders subscribe to the belief that they need to put others first at the expense of their own health and safety. To some extent this is true – we are the ones running into the disaster when others are running out. But what happens

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Why do people find diversity so difficult?

When I joined the Fire and Rescue Service as a firefighter in 1992 – 10 years after women started to do so – I was one of three women that had successfully completed the recruits’ course in Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service that year. In 1999 Her Majesty’s

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A true inspiration to us all – Dumitru Polscin

Before this year’s Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) held in Indianapolis, USA in April, the name Dumitru Polscin was largely unknown outside of Moldova. In this special 50th issue of International Firefighter magazine we are dedicating the front cover and the ‘IFF Comment’ to Dumitru Polscin, a man who inspired everyone

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Having been recruited in 1998 as a Corporal Watch Commander deployed at Al Qusais fire station, a key station in the developing Dubai, my role was multi-functional and included writing new training and development policies for operational crews, together with setting fire safety inspection regimes and controls for the Risk

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Having joined Bristol Uniforms over 30 years ago, I have been closely involved with the many changes that have taken place in firefighting both in the UK and around the world. Back in 1981, modern professional firefighter clothing was emerging following the pioneering work undertaken by Bristol and London Fire

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Walking around the exhibition halls at several large fire service conferences this summer reminded me of how big ‘fire’ is and the number of dollars spent every year protecting lives and property from fire loss. Fire trucks and hoses, pumps and sprinkler systems, alarms and detectors…the expos showcased hundreds of

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Changing the culture of the Calgary Fire Department

In January, 2015, I became the Fire Chief of the Calgary Fire Department (CFD). It is both an efficient, well-run organization and one existing in an environment of increasing diversity and seemingly endless change. What then, is required to be an effective leader in such circumstances? Although I have been with

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Change and Opportunity – Are They One and the Same?

As a leader in a Fire and Rescue Service I regularly hear the saying that ‘the only thing that is constant is change’. Of course with the competing demands of public expectation against  a backdrop of enforced budget reductions the need for change is a necessity not a choice. But

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