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A changing environment –revolutions in firefighter PPE

Firefighting is hot, hazardous, and let’s face it, grueling work. But believe it or not,…

#MeToo

The “Me Too” movement began in 2006 to help survivors of sexual violence to assist…

The need for more multi-agency training

Seldom if ever, is vehicle extrication carried out by a single agency. In every single…

Is there ‘Real Collaboration’ amongst the Fire and Rescue Service?

Recently the plight of a youth football team and their coach in a cave system…

Getting the job done

Over the course of my 26-year career in the fire and emergency services, I’ve been…

Challenge and inspiration in the fire service

At my first fire I almost killed another firefighter. I was ashamed of myself, sick…

Ten time-tested truths for the future

Only 4 or 5 months ago (it seems), I was a firefighter on the busiest…

Balancing firefighter protection is like a 3-Dimensional chess game

The alarming rate of cancer diagnoses among firefighters is very real and very serious. What…

Expectations and a higher level of standards
Expectations and a higher level of standards

When I joined the fire department, I held many expectations of how it was going…

A French General and FDIC International

The fire service has many common interests internationally, among them the issues that affect our…

Health and safety are critical to firefighter success

Too often firefighters and emergency medical responders subscribe to the belief that they need to…

Why do people find diversity so difficult?
Why do people find diversity so difficult?

When I joined the Fire and Rescue Service as a firefighter in 1992 – 10…

A true inspiration to us all – Dumitru Polscin
A true inspiration to us all – Dumitru Polscin

Before this year’s Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) held in Indianapolis, USA in April, the…

Critical Operations Raises Global Profile

Having been recruited in 1998 as a Corporal Watch Commander deployed at Al Qusais fire…

Firefighter PPE gets personal

Having joined Bristol Uniforms over 30 years ago, I have been closely involved with the…

Counting the Uncountable…

Walking around the exhibition halls at several large fire service conferences this summer reminded me…

Changing the culture of the Calgary Fire Department
Changing the culture of the Calgary Fire Department

In January, 2015, I became the Fire Chief of the Calgary Fire Department (CFD). It…

Change and Opportunity – Are They One and the Same?
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 Millennials are Coming
The Millennials are Coming

From fighting fires to onboarding Millennials, times are changing. Embrace the changes. Over the past…

Scotland’s seamless transition to a national fire and rescue service
Scotland’s seamless transition to a national fire and rescue service

It’s been an exceptional period of change for those of us working in the emergency…

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