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McCook (IL) Firefighters Protest Mass Layoff

Tue, Aug 5, 2014

Firefighters in one suburban Chicago fire department picketed after the municipality decided to privatize its fire service and gave the contract to an outside company.

NFPA Launches Interactive 2014 Fire Prevention Week Quiz

Mon, Aug 4, 2014

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is offering an online, interactive quiz for members of the public looking to test their fire safety smarts.

Fire Officials Warn About Teenagers Doing Fire Challenge

Sun, Aug 3, 2014

Colorado's top fire officials have issued a warning about a dangerous and disturbing trend among teens known as the "fire challenge." 

INVISTA Donates TECGEN® Brand Fire Gear to WA Firefighters

Fri, Aug 1, 2014

The gear was donated and delivered to Douglas County Fire District #5 in Washington State.

Ordinary People and Fire Extinguishers

Wed, Jul 30, 2014

William D. Hicks reports on a study done to refute the common fire service assertion that "civilians cannot safely use fire extinguishers."

Revolutionary Fire Blanket Offers Over 200 Percent More Fire Protection to Firefighters and Homes

Mon, Jul 28, 2014

With California in a record draught and fire season upon us, it is welcome news that a fire blanket that is over 200 percent more effective than current protection is under development by SunSeeker Enterprises, Inc. The fire blanket--utilizing the same technology developed by NASA to protect spacecraft from the extreme heat of re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere--will offer vastly improved protection to both firefighters and homes.

Company/Association News

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

The CHAMBERSBURG (PA) FIRE DEPARTMENT received the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2014 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant, which will support the department's "The Smoke Alarm is Sounding: Know What to Do" campaign.

Sizing Up the Fireground Leader: How Do You Measure Up?

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

All the right leadership traits are meaningless if a leader cannot lead personnel in all challenging situations. How do you measure up?

IAFC's Metcalf: "major problems" with grant proposal

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Bill Metcalf, International Association of Fire Chiefs president and chairman of the board, identified "major problems" with the new National Preparedness Grant (NPG), including the possibility that local fire chiefs in some parts of the country may not be included in the "threat and hazard identification and risk assessment" (THIRA).

Globe, DuPont, and NVFC Name First Three Winners in 2014 Gear Giveaway

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have partnered for the third year to provide new, state-of-the-art turnout gear to fire departments in need.

1944 Hartford Circus Fire: Tent Burned “Like Tissue Paper”

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Seventy years ago this month, on July 6, 1944, the Hartford (CT) Circus Fire occurred when a tent, waterproofed with paraffin and gasoline, ignited and was  rapidly consumed. In the ensuing panic, 168 people died, many of them children, and hundreds suffered injuries. Local firefighters also lost loved ones. See how Fire Engineering reported on the tragedy and the fire safety questions it raised.

ASTM Fire Standards Committee Approves Standard for Direct Flame Impingement of Exterior Vents

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Adopted in 2005, Chapter 7A of the California Building Code describes provisions for attic vents for new construction in wildfire-prone areas.

Final Report on AL Solutions Metal Dust Explosion and Fire that Killed Three in West Virginia Leads CSB to Reemphasize Call for OSHA Combustible Dust Standard

Wed, Jul 16, 2014

Today the US Chemical Safety Board released its final report, safety recommendations and accompanying safety video into a fatal combustible dust explosion at the AL Solutions metal recycling facility in New Cumberland, West Virginia.

USFA Coffee Break Training: Controlled Atmosphere Storage

USFA Coffee Break Training: Controlled Atmosphere Storage

Wed, Jul 16, 2014

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has a new training drill out in their Coffee Breaking Training series, this one on storage practices.

National Fire Sprinkler Association Board of Directors Elects Kent Mezaros to Vice Chair

Tue, Jul 15, 2014

The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the longest-tenured fire sprinkler advocacy organization in the U.S., is pleased to announce the election of Kent Mezaros, CEO of Quick Response Fire Protection of Freehold (NJ) as the new Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the NFSA.

Clutter and Hoarding Factors in Recent Fatal Fires

Sat, Jul 12, 2014

Another danger lurked as fire and smoke swept through the upper floors of a Brooklyn public-housing high-rise: junk.

UNH Fire Science Programs Recognized by National Fire Academy

Thu, Jul 10, 2014

The University of New Haven has been recognized by the National Fire Academy, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for its associate degree in fire science and bachelor’s degree in fire science with a concentration in fire administration.

Fire Equipment Manufacturers' Association Selects Cleveland Division of Fire Battalion Chief for Fire and Life Safety Advocate of the Year

Thu, Jul 10, 2014

Fire Equipment Manufacturers' Association has selected Sean DeCrane, Battalion Chief and Chief of Training for the Cleveland Fire Training Academy, for its Fire and Life Safety Advocate of the Year award.

Monticello Fire Burns 6,400 Acres

Tue, Jul 8, 2014
Michael Larrañaga, CIH, CSP, PE, PhD, Associate Professor and Department Head of OSU's School of Fire Protection and Safety, presents the Thomas S. Waller Memorial Scholarship award on behalf of CLSE to Manuel Orlich.

Manuel Orlich Receives 2014 Thomas S. Waller Scholarship

Mon, Jul 7, 2014

The Center for Life Safety Education (CLSE), a 501(c)(3) educational affiliate of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), is pleased to announce Manuel "Manny" Orlich has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Thomas S. Waller Memorial Scholarship.

Tyco SimplexGrinnell Launches New Website

Wed, Jul 2, 2014

Tyco SimplexGrinnell,in the fire protection and life safety industry, has launched a new U.S. website to showcase its strong customer commitment, deep industry experience, and wide-ranging capabilities for delivering single-source, market-specific solutions to protect life and property.

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MagneGas Launches MagneTote Product Line for First Responders

September 30, 2014

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

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