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Training Bulletin: Electric Vehicles

Fri, Aug 22, 2014

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular every year. Alex Langbell has a training bulletin on hazards firefighters should look for when dealing with incidents involving these vehicles.

Why Fight It? Implementing a Health and Fitness Program

Tue, Aug 19, 2014

Implementing such a program ensures you are doing everything you can to provide the best service to your community and take care of your own, writes Jacob McAfee.

Municipal Emergency Services and TECGEN Brand Introduce Newest in Dual-Certified PPE

Fri, Aug 15, 2014

INVISTA’s TECGEN® brand has teamed up with Municipal Emergency Services (MES) to introduce its newest in dual-certified PPE, TECGEN® Rescue80.

Bus Fires: Best Practices for Reducing the Risk

Fri, Aug 15, 2014

Bus fire safety encompasses many aspects of design, operation, maintenance, evacuation, and first responders. Fredrik Rosen of SP Fire Research on current research being conducted in Sweden on bus fire safety and response.

Pacific Place Restaurant Protected by 20/20ML Detectors

Wed, Aug 13, 2014

Pacific Place, one of the premier shopping malls in Hong Kong, is a complex of office towers, hotels and a shopping center situated in Admiralty, Hong Kong.

New Safety Measures Strengthen Fire Prevention Efforts

Thu, Aug 7, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed into law new safety measures aimed at preventing residential fires, the latest regulations to come after a fatal fire killed three people in an off-campus fire near Marist College in 2012.

Another Fire Station Burns Down

Thu, Aug 7, 2014

When a fire station burns down with the apparatus inside, the community of firefighters and the community at large has been dealt a serious setback in fire protection.

NVFC to Offer Free Wildland Fire Assessment Program Training Course

Tue, Aug 5, 2014

Register today to participate in the Wildland Fire Assessment Program FREE training that’s taking place in conjunction with the National Volunteer Fire Council’s annual fall meeting.

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.

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