Ellis Ellis

6 TIPS FOR DEVELOPING A BETTER WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Eight years after I retired, following a successful and rewarding 26-year career with the Chesterfield (Va.) Fire and EMS Department, I wrote an article entitled 7 Truths About Fire Service Retirement. But you’re not reading this because you’re retired, are you? You’re either just starting your fire service career or you’re early into that journey or …

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Innovations in Fire Apparatus

The fire department is an essential part of any community, providing critical emergency response services to protect lives and property from fire and other hazards. One of the most critical tools that firefighters use to perform their duties is fire department apparatus. These vehicles are specially designed and equipped to transport firefighters and their equipment …

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What the fire service can learn from the military’s recruitment experience

With such a small proportion of the population eligible to serve, it is little wonder that the Army, Navy and Air Force are all missing their monthly goals at recruitment. Furthermore, it’s no wonder the fire service is having similar recruitment troubles, as we are often pulling from the same pool of young people as …

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New Atlanta ‘Micro Station’ Aims to Cut Down Response Times

The new facility is part of an effort by the Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department to reduce 9-1-1 wait times that have been plaguing the city since the pandemic — especially in areas with less access to health care. Crews in EMS Station 37 will respond to medical emergencies, in hopes of freeing up other stations and vehicles to …

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