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Drill: New Architecture = New Tactics

Fri, Nov 21, 2014

Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Scott Kraut offers this new Traditions Training dill focusing on one tactical challenge found in a hybrid of the Texas Doughnut and the Podium construction architecture.

Public Safety Orgs React to Secret Carrier Deal on 911 Location

Mon, Nov 17, 2014

More than a dozen of the nation's leading public safety advocates and organizations reacted with anger and alternative approaches to a carrier-backed proposal announced on Friday that would replace the FCC's proposed public safety rules for wireless 911 location accuracy with a "best efforts" approach that delays implementation and weakens or eliminates many of the safety requirements of the FCC's proposed rules.

NFPA Releases Report on 2013 Firefighter Injuries

Fri, Nov 14, 2014

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released the latest edition of its U.S. Firefighter Injury Report, which highlights data on injuries sustained by firefighters on duty.

NASEMSO Announces New Initiative on Performance Measures

Mon, Nov 10, 2014

The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) announced today a cooperative agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a comprehensive set of EMS performance measures.

Exova Warringtonfire Increases Sprinkler Head Testing Capabilities in Australia

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Exova Warringtonfire, the specialist fire and security testing and certification provider, has made an investment which expands its sprinkler head testing capabilities in Australia.

Foundation Strives to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Born of tragedy, the Lindsey O'Brien Kesling (LOK) Wishing Tree Foundation seeks to help raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide and empower fire departments to create dynamic public education campaigns to help save lives.

John K. Murphy on Training Liability: Q & A

Thu, Oct 9, 2014

John K. Murphy, attorney and retired fire chief from Washington state, recently presented a free Webcast on training liability for fire departments. Read some of the questions he got from viewers and his responses.

NFPA Standards Council Acts to Establish a Standard for Community Risk Reduction Plans

Thu, Oct 2, 2014

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council has approved a request to establish a standard for Community Risk Assessments and Reduction plans.

MagneGas Launches MagneTote Product Line for First Responders

Tue, Sep 30, 2014

MagneTote™ is a portable and compact system to cut with the power of MagneGas®

San Francisco Firefighter Organizations Call for Fire Chief's Removal

Tue, Sep 23, 2014

Citing a "grave crisis in direction and leadership," heads of San Francisco’s rank-and-file firefighter organizations -- including those representing women and minorities -- have penned a letter calling on Mayor Ed Lee to replace the city's first female fire chief.

Modular Concerns: The Dangers of Sunlight Reflected Off Energy-Efficient Windows

Fri, Sep 19, 2014

Kevin A. Gallagher follows up on his October 2013 article with this update on the dangers of a new type of fire cause.

Accurate Cell Phone Locations for 9-1-1 Calls in California Could Save More Than 1200 Lives Per Year

Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Based on information from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a national public safety coalition estimates that 1,227 lives could be saved each year in California if cell phone carriers had to quickly share accurate location data for 9-1-1 callers with emergency responders.

San Francisco Official Not Pleased with Fire Department Top Brass

Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Supervisor London Breed will announce that she has lost confidence in the leadership of the San Francisco Fire Department, saying its inability to get ambulances to medical emergencies quickly is putting public safety at risk.

Legal Minute: Fire Inspections

Fri, Sep 12, 2014

Why do we perform fire inspections? Retired deputy fire chief and attorney John K. Murphy discusses the legal aspects of conducting fire inspections.

NFPA Releases New Fire Loss Report

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Every 25 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the U.S., according to a new report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Construction Concerns: Firewall Penetrations

Mon, Sep 8, 2014

In any building, fire-rated partitions must be penetrated by pipes, electrical conduits, cables, and other utilities so that the building can function, writes Gregory Havel.

Monitor Your Air Supply with FARS

Mon, Sep 8, 2014

Imagine fighting fire in a high-rise building without a standpipe system.

HP Recalls Six Million Laptop Power Cords for Fire and Burn Hazard

Wed, Aug 27, 2014

HP issued the voluntary recall on Tuesday, explaining that a recently discovered overheating issue made the cords a “fire and burn hazard.”

ICC Member, ICC-ES Accept WSSPC Awards

Wed, Aug 13, 2014

Ron Lynn, Director/Building Official for the Clark County, Nev., Department of Development Services and a past International Code Council (ICC) President and Shahin Moinian, P.E., President, ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) attended the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) Awards Luncheon held July 21 in Anchorage, Alaska, where they were honored as award recipients.

Hotel Fires: “It is Only a Matter of Time . . .”

Fri, Aug 8, 2014

In 1946, several deadly hotel fires—in Chicago, Illinois, Dubuque, Iowa, and Atlanta, Georgia—spurred the fire service to examine and ultimately strengthen the fire and life safety codes for such structures. Also, Fire Engineering contributor Greg Havel discusses what made these fires so deadly and contrasts the fire safety codes of that era with the more stringent ones of today.

Former Utah Female Firefighter Alleges Sexual Harassment

Tue, Jul 29, 2014

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