Communications & Technology

Drones in Fire Departments: The Step-by-Step Process to Create a Drone Program

Given the size of the city of L.A., the potential bureaucratic hurdles required to actually launch something so new were significant. In this article, we’ll share the step-by-step process that was followed for the LAFD’s drone program approval to be expedited, so that the department could have UAVs at their disposal to help with the …

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Case Study: A Fire Department Communication Strategy

This is the communications strategy for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and provides a comprehensive picture of how the Service plans to provide and develop its communications to support the communities it serves. It also reflects the Service’s aims and values and considers findings from staff survey feedback and specialist communications reports. This, in turn, …

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Listen: Dr. Moore-Merrell shares her experience as the newest U.S. fire administrator

In this episode of the Side Alpha Podcast, Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell shares her experience as the newest U.S. fire administrator, a position she began in October 2021 following her time with the International Public Safety Data Institute. Dr. Moore-Merrell addresses several topics: two major fatality incidents in the past several weeks, how past experience prepared …

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Protecting Against Cyberattacks; A Guide for Public Safety Leaders

Cyberattacks can cripple technological systems and jeopardize firefighters’ ability to protect lives and property. As a result, fire leaders have a new task: cybersecurity. The IAFC, in collaboration with American Military University and FireRescue1, created this free guide for public safety leaders about issues related to cybersecurity.

There is No Success Without a Successor

As we confront the challenges and issues of the 21st century fire service, ensuring that a comprehensive succession plan is in place is critically important. Having a succession plan that is coupled with the organization’s strategic plan and professional development program correlates goals, objectives, and tasks with organizational statements.