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Firefighting Technology Roundup: Indoor Tracker Competition Winner, Chemical Exposure Rankings, More

Fri, May 29, 2015

Mary Jane Dittmar has a roundup of recent technological advances that may help firefighters, including the winners of an indoor-tracking competition.

FEMA Issues 2015 National Preparedness Report

Thu, May 28, 2015

FEMA and its partners released the 2015 National Preparedness Report, an annual status report summarizing the Nation's progress toward reaching the 2011 National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation.

Construction Concerns: Types of Gypsum Drywall Board

Wed, May 27, 2015

Gregory Havel's new Construction Concerns looks at this type of building construction material that was made popular popular during the building boom of and after World War II.

CAL FIRE, PG&E Urge Fire Safety on Memorial Day Weekend

Fri, May 22, 2015

CAL FIRE and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) want Californians to have a memorable and safe Memorial Day weekend. 

Maryland Fire Department Offers Memorial Day Safety Tips

Thu, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day is commonly thought of as the start of summer. Mark E. Brady of the  Prince George’s County (MD) Fire/EMS Department offers some commonsense safety tips to keep the publc safe.

Company, Employers Fined After Ontario Fire That Endangered Workers, Injured Crane Operator

Thu, May 21, 2015

Following a fire at a construction project in Kingston, Ontario, that led to a crane operator being rescued by military helicopter, three individuals and the company that employed the worker s have pleaded guilty in court and fined a total of $74,000.

FireIce Chosen for Charlotte Motor Speedway Firefighting Arsenal

Thu, May 21, 2015

GelTech Solutions, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: GLTC) announced that Charlotte Motor Speedway has added FireIce to its arsenal of fire suppression tools for use by its trackside safety teams.  

Seymour (TN) Volunteer Fire Department Invests in Local Kids' Summer Safety

Wed, May 20, 2015

The Seymour (TN) Volunteer Fire Department, in cooperation with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, conducted a public outreach with Sevier county’s Seymour Intermediate School.

Convicted Chicago Arsonist Hopes Latest Fire Science Proves Innocence

Mon, May 18, 2015

At the time 14-year-old Adam Gray was arrested for setting a fire that killed two people, the evidence that the fire had been intentionally set seemed unassailable.

NFPA, IAFC and NVFC Launch 2015 Safety and Health Week Quiz Sweepstakes

Wed, May 6, 2015

As part of the 2015 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, the "Fire Service Safety & Health Week Quiz" Sweepstakes is back. Hosted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in coordination with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the interactive online quiz reinforces the training messages behind this year’s theme, “Creating a Culture of Safety."

 

NFPA Presidential Message Honors National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Mon, May 4, 2015

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced a Presidential Message was signed by President Obama in honor of national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 2, 2015. The message signals national support of wildfire safety awareness and preparedness for communities living in high-risk areas.

Missouri Firefighter Dies During Response

Mon, May 4, 2015

A 60-year-old Missouri firefighter died while responding to a mutual aid structure fire.

NFPA Standards in Action: Your Voice Matters

Sat, May 2, 2015

Operating More Than One Hoseline from a Standpipe

Fri, May 1, 2015

Charging and flowing additional handlines from a standpipe require close coordination because of the increased friction loss in the standpipe and hoselines supplying the fire department connection.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Honors Firefighters with National Firemark Award and Grants

Wed, Apr 29, 2015

Celebrating America's firefighters for their bravery and commitment to fire safety, Liberty Mutual Insurance today announced recipients of its 2014 National Firemark Award.

Construction Concerns: Vertical Rolling Fire Doors

Wed, Apr 29, 2015

Gregory Havel's new Construction Concerns follows up on his previous fire doors article from March, but this time focuses on the verticle rolling type.

Significant Changes to the 2015 International Fire Code

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

The threshold for requiring a manual fire alarm system in Section 907.2.3 of the 2015 International Fire Code (IFC) has been raised from 30 occupants to 50. The emergency voice/alarm communication system requirement has been raised to 100 occupants. (This information is excerpted from the Significant Changes to the 2015 International Fire Code.)

 

CSB Board Votes on Status of Sixteen Safety Recommendations

Tue, Apr 21, 2015

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has recently voted to update the status of sixteen recommendations resulting from twelve accident investigations including key safety improvements resulting from the 2006 CAI/Arnel fire and explosion in Danvers, MA and the 2005 BP Texas City refinery fire and explosion.  

 

news in brief

Thu, Apr 16, 2015

A study conducted by Jeffrey Saver, M.D., director of the University of California, Los Angeles UCLA Comprehensive Stroke Center, and his colleagues sought to determine if having paramedics administer stroke therapies as soon as stroke is suspected would shorten the time between stroke onset and treatment.

East Cleveland's Fire Equipment Situation Leaves City Without Fire Protection

Wed, Apr 15, 2015

The residents of East Cleveland are currently without fire protection. Every major piece of fire fighting equipment in the city has broken down, leaving the city's firefighters unable to answer calls with an engine or ladder truck.

 

Fire Equipment Manufacturers' Association Expands Educational Partnership Program

Tue, Apr 14, 2015

The Fire Equipment Manufacturers' Association has increased the reach of its educational toolkit program by partnering with two additional Offices of the State Fire Marshal -- Louisiana and Massachusetts.

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Boy Becomes Honorary Camden (NJ) Firefighter

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