In a recent conversation with a retired fire chief, the subject of what time in a firefighting career is a good time to become an educator came up. The fire chief believed becoming an educator for executive fire officers as a company officer was impractical, due to an inability to understand the concepts that would be presented.

For example, the fire chief said that a company officer could not possibly understand interactions occurring at the command level of a large-scale event or the activities that need to occur in an emergency operations center. However, this statement raised my blood pressure. Read More...

Planning, preparation and communication are key elements in the process to purchase the right personal protective equipment (PPE) and equipment storage for your department. In this article, we’ll tell you what you need to know to make a good buying decision.

Research, testing and evaluation of the structural firefighting protective ensemble indicate that these five situations are the leading causes of decreased life-cycle for PPE, particularly the integrity of the PPE fabric: Read More...

Massachusetts became the first state to require non-opioid pain medicine in ambulances. 

The move came after Acushnet Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher took concerns to the State Department of Health after 30 overdose calls, seven of which were fatal, in the town last year. 

The number of calls is already at 10 for this year alone.

"It was brought up in this station over cups of coffee. It just did not make sense that, in an opioid crisis, the only medication we were allowed to use to treat pain were opioids," Gallagher said. 

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