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Scanner Land

  Do you ever wonder what the people in scanner land think when they listen to us respond to a fire? What does heavy smoke showing mean to the lay person? Do they really think we weigh the smoke, and if so, what kind of scale would we use? I often wonder what we...

How well do you know your customers?

    A great deal of volunteer departments rely on the donations they receive throughout the year to supplement their operations. Whether it is through a pancake breakfast, a chicken barbecue, a letter asking for a donation, or some other means – it is...

Cover Up?

        By Al Rufer, MBA August 25th, 2011 The discussion between Cam Newton and Jerry Richardson has been all over the sports media today. For those that are not football fans, Cam Newton was the number one draft pick in 2011 for the Carolina...

How much should a volunteer Fire Chief be paid?

The Ledgeview Fire Department, located just south of DePere and Green Bay Wisconsin has had its share of turmoil as of late. Mostly related to the Town Board wanting to hire and oversee the new Fire Chief as opposed to having the members vote for their new Chief.  I...

VES – Is it worth it?

By, Alan Rufer – MBA March 22, 2011 I was recently in a class that incorportated some basic Vent Enter Search (VES) techniques as part of a series of evolutions.  My curiosity was high since I have read a fair amount about VES in various trade magazines but have...