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Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths and Fatalities

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Marking the Anniversary of the Fatal Waldbaum Super Market Fire

August 2 marks the anniversay of the 1978 fire that led to the deaths of six FDNY firefighters in the Line of Duty and injured more than 35, some s...

Firefighter Was Killed While Scouting California Fire

Air National Guard Firefighter Laid to Rest with Full Honors

Hundreds gathered Friday to honor National Guard firefighter Capt. James "Truck" Hicks, 44, who died after fighting a house fire and was ...

South Dakota Firefighter Dies Fighting California Wildfire

A firefighter has died while fighting the Frog Fire, the U.S. Forest Service announced on Friday.

Hidden in Plain Sight

A condition, feature, or facet of a building omitted during preplanning can create an operational setback. ERIC G. BACHMAN      

The Fire Officer's Role in Reducing Firefighter Line-of-Duty Deaths

The best way to honor the fallen is to learn from history so history doesn’t repeat itself. STEVE PRZIBOROWSKI

Investigating Smoke Alarm Effectiveness in Fatal Fires

Misunderstanding smoke alarm statistics, the smoke alarm approval process, and published fire test results leads to biases in fire investigations. ...

Spotswood (NJ) EMS Official Killed in Ambulance Accident

A Piscataway woman working with the Spotswood Emergency Services was killed in an ambulance crash Saturday morning

Final Report on Fatal Houston Fire Released

A final report, detailing the events that led to the death of four Houston firefighters in May 2013 has been released by the National Institute for...

Japanese Firefighter Shares Experiences With Yakima County (WA)

Few countries know how to deal with widespread disaster better than Japan, and on Thursday, Japanese firefighter Junichi Matsuo told his Yakima Val...

Report on Baltimore Firefighter's Death Completed

The need for an improved accountability system is among key findings in the final report on the death last year of a longtime member of the Baltimo...

Arizona State Parks Win Land for Fallen Firefighter Memorial

The site where 19 Arizona firefighters died battling a wind-driven blaze will become a memorial park.

Yarnell Hill Fire Lawsuits Settled with Families

Arizona will pay a total of $670,000 to the families of the 19 hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire and will implement new wildland fir...

Firefighter Deaths in the United States Declined Last Year

The number of on-duty firefighter deaths in America declined sharply last year.

NFPA's Firefighter Fatality Report Shows 64 On-Duty Firefighter Deaths in 2014

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported a total of 64 on-duty firefighter deaths in the U.S. in 2014, making 2014 the th...

Fire Service CSI

It is imperative that fire service students take advantage of learning opportunities to improve personal and organizational readiness for future in...

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Zadroga Act Reauthorization

On Thursday, June 11th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health conducted a hearing on H.R. 1786, the James Zadroga 9...

Green Bay (WI) Firefighter Dies on Duty

Green Bay Metro Fire Department Lt. Michael Miller was found dead at a station house early Saturday morning.

Firefighter Recalls Hotel Vendome Fire on Anniversary

Although it's been 43 years since the Hotel Vendome fire killed nine firefighters, Simon "Dan" Condon can still clearly remember turning ...

Phoenix SOAR Supports Burn-Injured Firefighters and Their Families

The healing journey of a burn-injured firefighter can have its unique challenges – and the healing paths of the firefighter survivor and their fami...
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January On-Duty Deaths in Detail

The good news is no one died inside a burning building. Bill Carey takes a closer look at recent firefighter fatalities.

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Peer Support Crucial to the Fire Service

Peer support is a major component of the Rosecrance Florian Program, which launched in 2014 in Rockford, Illinois. Florian is an inpatient program that specializes in treating firefighters and paramedics for substance abuse, as well as job-related mental health issues such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety.

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