May 2013 issue
The argument across public and private sectors for consolidation strengthens when the economy weakens. Indeed, many municipalities have adapted a consolidated public-safety model by having public-safety officers, individuals who are cross-trained as police officers and firefighters. Purists cringe at the idea while progressives see it as the future model driven by efficiencies, from training costs to campus design. FIRE CHIEF's May cover story will focus on the big picture, including how the system works; operational pros and cons; building considerations; efficiency and cost savings; and expectations of personnel’s competency in both disciplines given the increasing amount of mandated training.
Also in this issue, FIRE CHIEF looks at the fundamentals of firefighter rehab; lessons learned from a hazmat history; and a sample program for RIT/RIC training.