10 Tips for the 10-Year Veteran      

Ten Tips for the 10-Year Veteran

Some firefighters may feel they can fulfill familiar responsibilities with their eyes closed and on "autopilot," writes David DeStefano.


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Three Injured in New Jersey Hotel Fire

A fire tore through a Bergen County hotel, as firefighters rushed to rescue guests trapped inside.

Monterey Park (CA) Fire Apparatus Collide, at Least 14 Injured

Pennsylvania Bill Would Waive Local Income Tax for Volunteer EMS and Firefighters

Two Killed in San Francisco Apartment Fire

Two people, including a toddler, were killed in a one-alarm fire at a home in San Francisco's Sunnydale neighborhood.

Former Los Angeles Fire Battalion Chief Pleads No Contest to Arson and Embezzlement

A former Compton Fire Department battalion chief pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony charges of arson of property an...

Nominate a Volunteer Firehouse in National Unsung Heroes Contest

From now until May 7, you can nominate the volunteer fire department or volunteer firehouse you believe illustrates t...

Fireground Safety Tips

Thomas N. Warren asks "So, what can the average firefighter, operating daily in his fire company, do to operate ...

Group Posts Petition Seeking a Day of Remembrance and Prayer for First Responders

The Fellowship of Christian Firefighters has a petition on the White House “We the People” website asking President O...

FDIC 2014 Recap: BullEx Showcases New and Upcoming Products

Visitors to BullEx’s inside booth received an exclusive preview of its digital hoseline trainer, which will be formal...

FDIC 2014 Recap: Toyne Puts Brand, Apparatus on Display at FDIC 2014

The respected emergency vehicle manufacturer showcased its amplified brand and custom Toyne Tailored Apparatus at FDI...


Tactical Safety: It's About Nozzle Reach, Not Stream Reach

Stream reach does not equal extinguishment, Ray McCormack writes, rather nozzle reach equals extinguishment.

Tactical Safety: Improving Your ISO Rating

Fire departments that work to discover their shortcomings and work to resolve them are in tune with the foundational principles of service, Ray McCormack writes.

Tactical Safety: The Stockholm Department

Firefighters will often defend their own department even when it's hard for others to understand why, Ray McCormack writes.

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FDIC 2014 Chat: The Command Post

Chief Bobby Halton talks with the hosts of "The Command Post," Rick Lasky and John Salka, live at FDIC 2014.


FDIC 2014 Preview: Jerry Knapp on House Fires

Jerry Knapp, training officer at the Rockland County Fire Training Center and longtime Fire Engineering contributor, will be presenting "House Fires: Modern Strategies and Tactics for Aggressive Operations" at FDIC 2014.

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First-Due Battalion Chief: Information Is Vital

When it comes to firefighting in modern buildings, building construction information can go a long way toward keeping firefighters safe, Dan Sheridan writes.

From the Jumpseat

From the Jumpseat: The Safety/Identity Conflict

Do the stories that make up how firefighters think of themselves actually make it more difficult for them to operate safely on the fireground? Mark J. Cotter reviews a scientific study that says yes.

Dunn's Dispatch

Dunn's Dispatch: Rekindle Fires

Preventing a rekindle is a team responsibility. Vincent Dunn discusses the implications of a rekindle and the importance of overhaul operations.


Study Request: EMS versus Athletic Trainers

The University of Minnesota is conducting a study to analyze the understanding of the Certified Athletic Trainers versus Emergency Medical Services professions.

Industrial Firefighting

Brush Fire Burns Over 250 Acres Near Edison NJ

A brush fire charred more than 250 acres of land Thursday a marshy part of central New Jersey.


Lt. Gregory Pickard Posthumously Awarded 2014 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award

Lt. Gregory Pickard, of the Bryan (TX) Fire Department, who died of the burn injuries he incurred while attempting to rescue a fellow firefighter in a fire in a social hall, was named the winner of the 2014 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award. Lt. Pickard was part of the rapid intervention team.

Structural Firefighting

New York City Police Receive Orders on Fire Response

The New York Police Department has issued mandatory protocols for officers entering buildings in response to fires, after an officer responding to a fire in a Brooklyn high-rise died.

Wildland Firefighting

Brown Fire Reaches 100 Acres

The Brown Fire in the Huachuca Mountains, which began Sunday, continues to burn expanding from about 25 acres reported to nearly 100 acres of brush and timber blackened and no containment reported as of 3 p.m. today.


DHS Releases Updated First Responder Biodetection Technology Guide

A 2014 update to a detailed product guide listing biodetection technologies and sampling products is now available.


The Importance of Low Expectations

Don’t take things for granted or make assumptions, especially regarding elements outside of a fire department’s control, writes Eric G. Bachman.

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Three Injured in New Jersey Hotel Fire

April 16, 2014

A fire tore through a Bergen County hotel, as firefighters rushed to rescue guests trapped inside.

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