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Former IAFC President John M. Buckman, III, Joins Fire Chief and as Special Advisor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Praetorian Digital, Inc., the leading digital media company in the public safety and security market, today announced that Chief John M. Buckman, III, has joined and as Special Editorial Advisor. A past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and co-founder of the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section, Buckman brings 35 years of experience in the fire service – experience that will be invaluable as FireRescue1 and Fire Chief continue to expand.

In the advisory role, Buckman will be contributing original columns as well as providing general editorial guidance, recruiting contributors, assisting with Editorial Board management, and consulting on direction of high-impact editorial initiatives focused on the leadership segment.

Buckman served as fire chief for the German Township Volunteer Fire Department in Evansville, Indiana, for 35 years. In 2001-2002, he served as president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and is credited for co-founding the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section. Each year, the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section present the John M. Buckman III Leadership Award to a deserving chief officer who has demonstrated leadership, integrity, and outstanding values within the fire service.

“It is an exciting opportunity to be on board with Praetorian Digital, FireRescue1 and,” said Buckman. “I am excited to collaborate with the team in providing interesting, informative coverage of key fire service issues that will challenge each of us to think beyond the obvious for solutions to the problems that challenge local fire, EMS and public safety agencies. There are opportunities for each of us to learn from each other and influence our future.”

During his tenure in the fire industry, John has also been recognized for many awards, including being named Fire Chief Magazines Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year in 1996, and receiving the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Volunteer Fire Council.

“John is a clear leader in the fire service, and we are excited to leverage his valuable industry knowledge, insight and relationships as we deepen our reach into the leadership segment of the fire market,” said Alex Ford, CEO of Praetorian Digital. “Between FireRescue1 and Fire Chief, we are now communicating with more firefighters and fire service leaders than ever before. We will be looking to John for guidance on major leadership initiatives to ensure our sites provide the best range and quality of expert content available.”

In the past year, the FireRescue1 network has continued to expand. With the acquisition of in January of 2014, FireRescue1 now reaches a significant portion of decision makers in the fire market. The FireRescue1 Network is now visited by more than 750,000 fire service professionals every month and counts more than 300,000 registered members.

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About Praetorian Digital         
Founded in 1999, Praetorian Digital is the leading digital media company in the public safety and local government market. Our properties are visited by more than 5 million public safety and local government officials every month and count over 1.3 million first responders and government personnel as members. Praetorian owns and operates,,,,, and as well as more than 15 topical public safety websites providing resources ranging from accredited online training to grant funding assistance. We are deeply committed to providing cutting-edge information and resources that help first responders, government officials and military personnel better protect themselves and serve their communities.

With more than 300,000 registered members and 750,000 monthly unique visitors, serves the firefighting community by providing firefighters with the most complete range of information and resources available. Since 2005, FireRescue1 has served as a trusted and reliable online environment for the exchange of information between firefighters and departments from across the United States and around the world.  For information on advertising with FireRescue1, visit our advertising section online at