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Posted: Feb 24, 2015

Why We Lie: A Surprisingly Simple Way to Spur Greater Honesty

Fifteen-year-old Jake is a high school basketball star. We invited Jake to go into another room and toss beanbags through holes of various sizes in a plywood target, then report back to us with his final score. Our hidden camera recorded that he scored six out of a possible fifteen points (not too good for a basketball phenom). As Jake approached our table to report his score, we wondered—would he embrace his shame and tell the truth? Or would he lie to get the extra $1 per point we promised him? Eighty percent of his colleagues in our experiment had lied. Would Jake follow suit—or fess up?

Most of us lie. Studies have shown that lying is actually the natural order of things. From the time we are small, we learn there are powerful incentives to say what works rather than what’s true. The question is, why? Do we lie because we are morally bankrupt from birth? Or is there something more fixable going on? Given the importance of trust to healthy relationships, families, and communities, how can we help people do the unnatural? How can we, in spite of all the immediate incentives to do the opposite, influence people to tell the truth?
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Posted: Feb 24, 2015

Local Governments: Promoting Transparency and Accountability

A recent report released by the State Auditor’s Office found, local governments (including fire protection districts) still struggle to file their reports on time or at all. All local governments are expected to file their annual financial reports with the State Auditor’s Office within 150 days after the end of their fiscal year.

In both 2011 and 2012, more than 700 of 1,956 local governments did not file their reports as required for each year. Due to increased outreach by the State Auditor’s Office in 2013, such as trainings and workshops, about 100 more local governments filed their required annual reports...

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Posted: Feb 24, 2015

Past Year's Events

As I reflect on the past years events, we see that firefighters across the nation have responded to many different and sometimes difficult to deal with issues. We have ramped up to treat the latest biological threats, or battled the routine calls that seem to be common for most organizations.  It’s sad that we are still finding the loss of life in the fire service to be something coming across our email or written documents almost weekly. There are many studies looking for reasons behind the line of duty deaths that are occurring in the fire service.  Some are pointing to things that are preventable such as heart disease or cancer which are both preventable and treatable provided we are obtaining physicals annually. Recently our college obtained a grant teamed up with the local fire departments to do fitness testing to give us a baseline physical assessment. Something like this may work for you as well. We have also placed emphasis on stretching and fitness related to the types of work we perform. With in-house evaluators we have evaluated the members of the department and given them baseline recommendations for their fitness.  We all found little weaknesses that we didn't even know about, ones we can improve for the future.

Our organization has also placed an increased emphasis on the immediate cleanup at fire scenes for our firefighters, with wipe downs of critical areas such as face, neck and any other exposed skin and then immediate showering upon return to the station.  As well we remove gear from service after the event and clean it. This coupled with the exhaust fans in the stations will hopefully limit the exposure that our firefighters have taken for granted for so many years.  


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Posted: Feb 12, 2015

Otto & Betty Jensen Scholarship - WFC Conference 2015

In honor of and at the request of Otto and Betty Jensen, a fund was established in 1996 to pay all the costs (registration, lodging and mileage) to a Volunteer Fire Chief and spouse to attend the WFC Annual Conference. This volunteer chief, due to financial limitations of their organization, would otherwise not be able to attend. Please complete the attached Application and return it to the Fire Chiefs office no later than April 25, 2013...

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Posted: Feb 5, 2015

Product News

Peterson Manufacturing LumenX

Peterson Manufacturing LumenX® LED line features a four-inch round strobe light and a six-inch oval strobe. Both models are rated for use as directional flashing warning devices on Class 1 and 2 emergency, maintenance, and service vehicles. The LED strobes feature white-diode LEDs and breakthrough optics. The new lens design illuminates the entire lens fully and evenly without hotspots or dead zones regardless of viewing angle. The LumenX LED Strobes feature: 73 quad flashes per minute, brightness that exceeds SAE J595 Class 1 specs, 12- and 24-volt compatibility, AMP-compatible weatherproof receptacle for corrosion protection, and grommet- and flange mounts available for all models. www.pmlights.com, 816-765-2000


Kussmaul Auto Charge 1000

Kussmaul Auto Charge 1000, with Parasitic Load Compensation (PLC), is a compact, microprocessor-controlled, completely automatic, single-channel battery charger designed for vehicles with a single battery system. The PLC charger is designed to withstand the shock and vibration encountered by vehicle-mounted equipment. This new parasitic load compensation feature is designed especially to meet the heavy-duty requirements of emergency vehicles. This charger has three remote indicator options. Option 1 is the standard, 10-element, single-bar-graph display. Option 2 is the Auto Charge Deluxe Status Indicator. This indicator has a digital voltage and ampere display, a five-segment bar graph display to indicate the output current, and four LEDs to show the condition of the batteries. Option 3 is the Watertight Auto Charge Deluxe Status Center. This is the same indicator as option 2, but the indicator is housed in a watertight bezel. The bezel is available in six different colors: red, white, blue, yellow, gray, and black. www.kussmaul.com, 800-346-0857


Holmatro ECO whisper mode

Holmatro ECO whisper mode minimizes noise and fuel consumption on three pump models in its Spider range. When operating a hydraulic rescue tool connected to one of these pumps, the engine speed automatically increases to maximum to ensure optimal equipment performance. When rescuers finish operating the tool, the engine reverts to ECO whisper mode, which keeps the pump running at a low idle speed. Not only does this reduce fuel consumption, which extends operation time, but the noise level also goes down. And because there's no need to switch off the pump in between operations, it's readily available for use again. The ECO whisper mode works in combination with CORE hoses up to 50 feet long. With the equipment connected and the pump running, users simply press the ECO button on the pump to activate and optimize this function for the rescue set they are working with. www.holmatro.com, 410-768-9662


KIMTEK Corporation FIRELITE® Transport FTUHP-400

KIMTEK Corporation FIRELITE® Transport FTUHP-400 series ultra-high-pressure (UHP) skid unit features the FoamPro® Turbo Stream® high-energy firefighting system offered by FRC Corporation. Powered by a Honda 13-hp gas motor with electric start, the skid unit delivers eight gpm at 1,400 psi. The patented foam concentration injector system allows a precise foam injection rate of between 0.3 and 3.0 percent, exceeding NFPA 1901 requirements. The FoamPro Turbo St

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