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The Benefits and Importance of Diversity in the Fire Service

Demographically speaking, our nation’s fire departments are not diverse. Consider the following workforce statistics from 2019 reported by Data USA: 95.8% of firefighters were male. 79.9% of firefighters were white and non-Hispanic. Many communities have started improving their efforts to recruit a more diverse workforce. For these programs to succeed, it’s important to recognize two …

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Worried about retention? Invest in the fire family

If there’s one thing Dr. Rachelle Zemlok wanted fire service leaders to take away from her keynote speech during FRI 2022, it was this: Firefighter mental health and retention starts at home. Dr. Zemlok, a clinical psychologist and director of wellness at Lexipol, works with firefighter spouses to provide mental health support for the issues …

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Professional Development: Tips on How to Get Your Program Started

To be a student of the job means you chase unfamiliar factors tirelessly until you find a solution or answer. Seeking the answer on how to start and manage a Professional Development Program became my newfound passion in the fire service. The development and implementation of this program began as a priority for McHenry Township …

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Data-Driven Decision Making for the Fire Service

In the fire service, decisions are constantly made by the fire academy cadets up to the chief of department. At times, they are significant; if mismanaged, drastic consequences can result. One way to achieve confident, successful decision making in the fire service is to collect and analyze data that will help guide the individuals in …

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Getting Better Patient Care Reports With Structured Questions

Mnemonic devices, such as SOAP, CHART, DISPATCH, or CHARTD are commonly used to structure PCRs. Yet, recent research has shown the value of going beyond mnemonics when teaching report writing because mnemonics can oversimplify complex tasks and situations, especially writing. These results suggest a structured, question-based narrative prompt yields longer, richer narratives than narratives written without …

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