Planning for the Worst

No one wants to face the prospect of having to organize a line-of-duty death (LODD) memorial. The Bothell Fire Department was faced with such a challenge when we lost a 42-year-old lieutenant to cancer on October 4, …

Planning for the Worst

No one wants to face the prospect of having to organize a line-of-duty death (LODD) memorial. The Bothell Fire Department was faced with such a challenge when we lost a 42-year-old lieutenant to cancer on October 4, …

How Vital is a Healthy Mutual Aid System?

The growth of communities into fire-prone areas has coincided with record-setting warming and drying trends in much of the western United States. Large wildfires in 2019 threatened communities and tested fire suppression capability throughout the coun…

Addressing Policy Deviation in the Firehouse

Why do firefighters deviate from policy? And when it happens, what is the right way to address the deviation? Before we delve into these questions, let’s look at two recent firefighter deviations from policy that made headlines.
In Dallas, firefighters…

Addressing Policy Deviation in the Firehouse

Why do firefighters deviate from policy? And when it happens, what is the right way to address the deviation? Before we delve into these questions, let’s look at two recent firefighter deviations from policy that made headlines.
In Dallas, firefighters…