COVID-19 Update

In early March 2020, IAFC President Gary Ludwig (2019-2020) stood up a task force of fire service leaders to address the issues the fire service was having with the Coronavirus. Fire Chief John Sinclair, IAFC President (2016-2017), was appointed as Tas…

Helicopter Resource Survey

The IAFC is conducting a survey to locate, map, and define the Aerial Helicopter Firefighting Capabilities around the world. This data will be used to help show the capabilities that exist and to provide information of those capabilities.
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Adapting to COVID on a Rural Ambulance Service

Before I delve into the topic of COVID-19 and how it affected my city, my departments, and my staff, I want to give a brief background about the International Falls Fire/Rescue/EMS, our departmental structure, and my role within it. International Falls…

Community First

As fire chief for over five years, making decisions is as routine as reading emails. Not a day goes by that a decision must be made. When it comes to impactful decisions, I always keep in mind my systematic approach. 

How will it affect the c…

EMS: Whose Job Is It?

Providing emergency medical care is a significant component of the fire and emergency service’s mission. Despite the prominent role EMS plays in fire departments, Lifepaks and syringes often are replaced with pike poles and ladders when the public co…