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Incident Action Plans Help Firefighters Battle Forest Fires [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 15, 2018 11:57:56 AM

Fighting forest fires is a dangerous but essential part of firefighting in rural areas. When departments prepare and set high-level strategic guidelines, they can improve their effectiveness at battling the blazes and improve the chances that everyone gets back safely.

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Let's Focus on Recognizing Stress in Our Firefighters [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Sep 10, 2018 10:16:22 AM

Letting stress go unnoticed or unmanaged within a fire department workforce can lead to problems over time. Psychological trauma leaves invisible scars, so recognizing it isn't always easy. Firefighter supervisors have to work hard to ensure their team members' mental health needs are being met.

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Ways to reduce the firefighting gender gap [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Aug 3, 2018 9:31:35 AM

Fire departments have a serious gender disparity. Only about 7 percent of American firefighters are women. Departments that take action to close this hiring gap can promote fairness and opportunity, improve community engagement and reach optimal staffing levels.

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Resources needed for firefighter mental health programs [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 23, 2018 11:03:14 AM

Training and assistance programs designed to keep firefighters fit and healthy shouldn't exclude mental health from their focus areas. Post-traumatic stress and other serious conditions can seriously affect first responders, and departmental leaders should set aside the time and resources to help their teams.

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Effectively combining career and volunteer firefighter staff [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 27, 2018 3:17:31 PM

Creating a combined fire department, with both career and volunteer firefighters, can be a difficult feat of resource and schedule management. Lack of clear communications and a detailed transition plan can lead to an exodus of trained, qualified firefighters.

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Managing millennial firefighters [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 12, 2018 9:30:56 AM

The millennial generation has aged into the workforce. These young people are taking on important new roles in every field imaginable, public safety included.  Fire department leaders should consider their workforce management approaches to make sure they're tailored to millennials, their skills and work habits.

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Fire departments must enforce operational guidelines [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

May 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Improving a fire department's performance can literally safeguard firefighters' lives. This challenging process becomes easier when department leaders implement strong standard operational guidelines and ensure personnel follow them carefully. Having frameworks in place helps firefighters make critical decisions in the field.

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Fighting back against volunteer firefighter shortages [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 6, 2017 4:46:41 PM

Hiring firefighters will always be a challenge due to the unconventional hours and specific skills needed. This task can be even more complex for volunteer fire departments. However, a few promising strategies can ease the strain a little.

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Retiring Firefighters vs. New Recruits – Finding the Balance [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 17, 2017 1:38:38 PM

In Columbus, Ohio, a spate of retirements has pushed the department to increase hiring. But new recruits might not be ready soon enough.

The city has approved the hiring of 25 additional recruits to fill newly opened positions after already adding 40 new firefighters this year. However, some firefighters have stated that there will be more open spots by the time these new recruits are trained and certified.

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Simulated firefighting scenarios teach valuable skills [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Nov 1, 2016 2:49:41 PM

It's important for firefighters to have highly specific situational training and be in a state of readiness for any situation that may occur. Periodic joint training exercises can keep their skills sharp.

Illinois firefighters recently provided a great example of this technique in action, gathering at the University of Illinois to train together in simulated environments. The demonstrations included examples of fires in houses, basements, garages and other types of structures.  

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About Orion Communications

As workforce management and data interface experts, Orion Communications is a leading provider of public safety workforce management software.  Orion’s AgencyWeb® software helps agencies simplify complex workforce management processes and reduce labor cost. Orion has been serving the public safety industry since 1998 and is a certified women-owned business headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

For more information, please contact Jackie Belasky at 214-361-1203, #2413 or jbelasky@orioncom.com.