I’m a fire service feminist

Before the fire service can move forward in recruiting and retaining more women the overall culture in many organizations must change. We have to eradicate the "idea" that the fire service is a male-dominated vocation or avocation. Yes, right now that's a true statement because of sheer numbers and the fact that men predominantly occupy leadership roles in fire departments.

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Planning Your Fire Service Career

Congratulations! You’ve completed your probationary period with your fire and EMS organization and with it all the training and development activities prescribed by your department. You’re now, no doubt, chomping on the bit to advance in your chosen career, but where do you start?

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Rethinking Fire Protection Strategies

Fire departments, large and small, continue to devote the large majority of their resources to big equipment, e.g., today’s engines and aerial apparatus, without a closer examination of the fire risk in their communities. And they’re doing so with less available staffing than ever before.

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Thoughts on Fire Service Diversity and Inclusiveness

We can change the culture in the fire service, but not through solutions like policy or procedure or training or lawsuits. The change must come from the “majority stakeholders” in the fire service: Men. Men must take responsibility and ownership for the problems we face in the fire service. And right now, they must also take responsibility for seeking and implementing the solutions.

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Preparing Our Communities for the Worst

I believe that public safety agencies have an implicit obligation to keep our citizens informed and educated about impending harm, e.g., hurricanes, tornados, severe flooding and the like. But more than that, when necessary, we also have an obligation to give them unambiguous instructions on what actions they need to take to protect their lives.

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4 Steps for Better Firefighter Training Exercises

People say that we learn from our mistakes. Not necessarily true according to research. That research shows that we’ll act according to the “model” that our brain finds when we confront a situation. So the question becomes: do you want them to come up with a positive model or a negative model?

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