SAFER Grant Application Assistance is Available

The FY 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant application period is open April 13 – May 15 at 5 PM ET. SAFER grants provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them…

FY 2020 Homeland Security Grant Program

FEMA has issued the following announcement: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is announcing modifications to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) Notice of Fundin…

Chief, Begin Your Day by Asking the Right Questions

As a fire chief, I choose to serve because it makes me happy. It’s really that simple. I’m happy, and I love to make other people happy. It is not possible to serve others without receiving benefits from it. Therefore, I feel lucky that the work I chos…

Leadership in Tough Times

Leadership is easy when times are good. But when things get tough, leadership can fall by the wayside. The current crisis with the coronavirus, while scary, doesn’t mean we should abandon our usual leadership practices. It means quite the opposite. We …

Are Your Firefighters Members or Employees?

I was working my way through a stack of annual evaluations one day, and I recall thinking about how great the members of the agency are; hard-working, dedicated, and compassionate as they carried out their day-to-day duties. I also remember the depth o…

COVID-19: Lessons from the Streets

Fire and EMS personnel are confronting first-hand the impacts of COVID-19 every day. In addition to providing response and care to those impacted by the virus, these responders also are dealing with the challenges of ensuring their own health and safet…