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Latest Article From the International

The International strives to regularly put out articles to help you serve the fire service. Our prayer is that these articles will inspire you to follow Biblical Principles and help to bridge the gap between God and humanity.


sfd Spiritual Gifts In rookie school, firefighters are given a broad overview of the fire service: Firefighting, EMS, hazardous material, apparatus, hydraulics, rescue, forcible entry, ladders, etc. Every fighter should be able to perform the basics. As firefighters begin to grow....


Rescued and Reformed


rescued and reformed Sufficiency of Scriptures Many times, as a first responder, our faith is challenged by the things we see and experience. As Christians, when questions are asked: we turn to the Bible to find answers. 


Andrew Starnes

Andrew Starnes is a battalion chief with the Charlotte, North Carolina Fire Department and FCFInternational member.


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  A Tactical Practical Mindset As firefighters, we are trained and disciplined to follow orders. In the moment when called upon to serve, we do not doubt, we act. If we receive instructions.... 
the power of the word The Power of the Word - A History Lesson It is amazing, in today's society the number one selling book of all time and each year is the Bible. It is been removed off the list each year as no book has ever surpassed it.
Sadly, Scripture illiteracy is a huge and growing problem in America. 
andrew Bitterness - The Danger of a Complacent Mindset Firefighters who have served over many years find themselves in a difficult and often contradictory place. It is the place where our service becomes a burden .... 
article 2 The Need to Vent Have you ever felt the pressures of life, the job, and stress mounting up to such a point that you felt you were going to explode?
We know that pressurized cylinders and containers have devices in place to relieve the pressure if it reaches a dangerous level. These PRV's are there to help alleviate the pressure and bring things back to a manageable ....
article 3 Cultural Conversations
break free pic Breaking Free So many people today are struggling. Anxiety and depression rank among the most common behavioral health disorders in the United States. Anxiety by definition means to strangle or choke ....
employee Firefighter or Employee? Have you ever witnessed a firefighter who is superb on the fire ground but completely incapable of getting along with others at the fire house?
This is a bigger problem than we realize. What is it that they are missing? 
haz mat rule The Haz Mat Rule of Relationships In the fire service, we are taught when dealing with hazardous materials incidents that we are to:
Recognize, Notify, Identify, & Protect:
In our personal lives, we will ultimately find that our environments are often hazardous to our health. 
the fire ground commander The Ultimate Fire Ground Commander
"When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. 
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! 
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up-the flames will not consume you." (Isaiah 43:2)
Who is able to...
waging war within Waging War Within Inside this mind, a constant battle goes on... A fight between that I constantly lose even though it has already been won...
A fight between the flesh, doubt, and despair... A place of obscene regret, tears and anguish, and inward anger... 
saving others Saving Others and Destroying Ourselves Communication is important to safety on the fireground. See what the Bible has to say on this topic as Andrew Starnes walks us through this important subject.
leadership exemplified Leadership Exemplified It never fails, leaders will be attacked. See what the Bible has to say about this important subject and how Christian firefighters and first responders can be better leaders.
everyone goes home Everyone Goes Home What are your priorities and core values? Learn what the Bible has to say about encouraging one another and growing in your faith.
feeling unappreciated Feeling Unappreciated In today's fire service it is easy to feel unappreciated. Learn how to overcome this negative feeling and thrive in your relationship with Christ.


Craig Duck

Craig Duck is the President/Missionart for FCFInternational and a member of the Boydton Volunteer Fire Department. Craig has over 35 years of experience in the fire service both career and volunteer. A retired lieutenant with the Washington, DC Fire Department Craig has a passion for studying the Bible and encouraging others to grow in their faith.

sfd Soft Sleeve Rescues Four From Certain Death You will never see a headline like this in any magazine or newspaper, "soft sleeve rescues four from certain death." The local news station will not even know the role that the soft sleeve played in this incident. Working in Washington, DC always had its times of action and adventure, that is why I loved working there. This fire was a tough one. 
  Membership Month
shelter in place Life's Little Detours I went for a bicycle ride the other day; I love every opportunity God gives me to get out and ride.  It is so essential for first responders to stay healthy. I came across a little detour ....

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Be an Inviter Are you an inviter? See what the Bible has to say about this subject and how you can up your game.
article 4 Changing Tactics Think back on all the emergencies you have responded to over the years. Have you ever had to switch tactics? Let's recap, strategy is the overarching plan of action that is developed to mitigate an emergency and return the area back to a sense of normalcy
christmas lights Christmas Letter God has blessed our ministery in a mighty way in 2018. Read what God has done and how you may help.

Biblical Illiteracy Our world is spinning out of control. One only has to watch the nightly news to see what I am talking about. Firefighters and first responders are regularly responding to emergencies that prove this point. People are dying every day...
  Three Goals Every Leader Should Strive For The success of any organization or ministry depends upon its leaders. Remember, leadership is the ability to get others to follow. If you have been in the fire service for any length of time...


Thirteen Reasons Why by Daryl Clements

Thirteen Reasons WhyBy Daryl Clements, M.Div., NRPI work at a large firehouse where 15 of us are on duty each shift. We have been working so much overtime; it seems we rarely sleep in our normal rooms. As I turned on the TV in a room the other day, I realized there was no cable; I guess they use a stick to watch movies. As I began the process.... Read More


Rescued and Reformed


identity Identity So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27 ESV).  First Responders...Where do you/we find identity?  Many in this field strive to compete ....


Billy Graham and the Fireman by Rick Barton FCFInternational member and wildland firefighter

On February 21, 2018 my close friend Billy Graham was "promoted to glory"!  Ok, I only met Mr. Graham briefly a few times, but he was the type of man you felt was a "close friend" even if you never met him.  After all, he was considered "America's Pastor" by Christians and non-Christians alike.  

Billy Graham never served as a fireman....

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Mountain Story Showing Ownership - by Africa Fire Mission

There once was a village located on top of a steep mountain. On a regular basis, as people were coming down the mountain, they would slip off the trail and fall to the valley below. Many people were injured and some even killed.
A short-term team came to their village, saw this problem and wanted to do something about it. They thought about what they could do and .... Read More





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