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How Do You Know What You Do Not Know?

How Do You Know What You Do Not Know? Karl E. Ristow, CFO, MIFireE As a young firefighter I was the “why” guy. Why do we do it this way? Why can’t we do it differently? As I morphed through the years I continued to ask those questions but also had to start answering...

My Cancer Story By: Captain Tony Bailey

My Cancer Story By Captain Tony Bailey Cancer as of late, has become a household word in the fire service.  We are currently seeing a drastic increase of firefighters who are being diagnosed with some form of cancer.  These diagnoses do not discriminate against age,...

Reflections of Safety

Billy D. Hayes is the Fire Chief for the City of Onalaska Fire Department in Wisconsin and the FDSOA SafetyGram Editor The end of the year is always a good time to reflect on the successes of the year, and the challenges that still lie ahead, and this year, it is no...

I Serve To Save, But Who Is Supposed To Save Me?

“I Serve To Save But Who Is Supposed To Save Me?” Today, more firefighters die from suicide than in the line of duty.  The question of how did we get to this point isn’t as important as how do we reverse our current trajectory?  Firefighters for decades have suffered...

The Safety Officer’s Role in Community Risk Reduction

The Safety Officer’s Role in Community Risk Reduction By: Chris Simpson To begin the conversation, we must establish what Community Risk Reduction is and why it is important to the fire department Safety Officer. Community Risk Reduction, while a semi-new concept in...

The Right Tool For The Job: Turnout Gear

The right tool for the job: Turnout gear By: Anthony La Manna As firefighters, we all know the routine that when the alarm comes in, career or volunteer, we don our protective gear before we begin our response to the alarm. Helmet, personal protective equipment...