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Rollbacks in Firefighter Pensions

Tue Jun 12 16:32:00 CDT 2012
In past blogs, I have warned that Cities, Towns and other governmental entities have set their sights on firefighter’s pensions and other public pension retirement benefits to include among the other egregious actions of reducing the numbers of f...

Legal Fire Prevention - Social Media Policy

Wed May 16 17:34:00 CDT 2012
With the recent spate of demotions, terminations and litigation related to the use of social media to post your likes, dislikes, ranting and ravings under an assumption that your First Amendment protections apply to you, here is another thought. They d...

The Fire Service Crucible – are we prepared to withstand the heat in order to survive?

Tue May 01 14:09:00 CDT 2012
According to Wikipedia, a crucible is a container that can withstand very high temperatures and is used for metal, glass and pigment production as well as a number of modern laboratory processes. While crucibles historically were usually made from clay...

Pesky Legal Fires that Keep on Burning

Mon Mar 26 20:28:00 CDT 2012
I’m the little voice in your head (otherwise known as your conscience) that keeps reminding you that you should not do this or that because it is: wrong, illegal, immoral or fattening. I am taking this opportunity to remind you of the pesky legal...

PAIN IS WEAKNESS LEAVING THE BODY

Mon Mar 19 09:09:00 CDT 2012
For you Marines in the reading audience, you can relate to the days of boot camp and the Drill Instructor in your face yelling at you when you are on your last legs, fatigued beyond your imagination and you were about to drop:  to motivate you to ...

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FlareAlert Announces Battery Powered Emergency LED Beacon Kits

FlareAlert introduces our Emergency LED Beacon Kits. Designed for professional firefighters, law enforcement, and military, as well as persona...

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

FDA Makes Available New Food Related Emergency Exercise

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making available a new food related emergency exercise to help public health and other officials understan...

Former New Jersey Firefighter Pleads to Lesser Charge in Fatal Crash

A former Wayne (NJ) volunteer firefighter had plead guilty to a lesser charge in a case in which he was accused of causing a fatal crash while en r...

Arbitrator Rules Grand Rapids (MI) Firefighters are Overpaid

Firefighters next year will start working more hours at a lower rate of pay because the city cannot afford "above market prices" for thei...

Selection and Use of Ballistic Protection for Fire and EMS Personnel

As fire and EMS personnel become increasingly exposed to scenes of violence, there has been a push toward these agencies acquiring body armor.

Multi-Threat Shield Doubles as a Potentially Life-Saving Shield

MTS™Multi-Threat Shieldprotects from various guns, knives, and other weapon attacks.

Cleveland Fire Department Launches Probe After Firefighter's Social Media Stir

The Cleveland (OH) Fire Department has launched an investigation after one firefighter's comments caused an outcry on social media, according to re...

African-American Firefighter Files Federal Lawsuit Over Alleged Noose Incident

An African-American firefighter and his wife have filed a federal lawsuit against a City of Marion deputy fire chief, accusing him of throwing a no...

First Responder Defensive Tactics: Animal Threats

Today's first responders are constantly reminded of all hazards they face every day. One problem is that we have not received the proper training t...

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Legal Minute: Fire Inspections

Why do we perform fire inspections? Retired deputy fire chief and attorney John K. Murphy discusses the legal aspects of conducting fire inspections.

Legal Minute: Issues That Get Fire Departments in Trouble

Attorney and former deputy chief John K. Murphy discusses some of the legal issues that seem to plague fire departments across the United States.

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Stepping Up

Stepping Up: So Why Are We Doing This?

Taking a moment to let your firefighters know the learning objectives of a particular training session can help them focus on its purpose, Ron Hira...

POLITICS & POLICIES

New Jersey Official Says Volunteer Firefighters, Rescue Squads Scamming Retirement System

The New Jersey state comptroller says that some volunteer fire departments and first aid squads are partaking in taxpayer-funded retirement account...

Newark (OH) Firefighters Union Files Grievance on Staffing

The Newark firefighters union has filed a grievance with the city over the fire department's staffing policy and timely notification of changes

IAFF Issues Statement on Trade Agenda and Firefighter Retirement Legislation

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) General President Harold Schaitberger issued a statement on Congress’ plan to hold firefighte...

Fire Service Traditions & History

Port Chicago Explosion, 1944

During World War II, untrained segregated personnel handling explosive armaments, the pressure to quickly load cargo, and a disregard for safety we...

LODD

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 ...

Legal

FlareAlert Announces Battery Powered Emergency LED Beacon Kits

FlareAlert introduces our Emergency LED Beacon Kits. Designed for professional firefighters, law enforcement, and military, as well as persona...

Officer Development

Taking the Promotion: How Becoming an Officer Changes Us

A new officer must change his technical approach to the fire, supervise his crew, and adapt to a new social role in the company . MATT MARIETTA&nbs...

Fireground Management

Taking the Promotion: How Becoming an Officer Changes Us

A new officer must change his technical approach to the fire, supervise his crew, and adapt to a new social role in the company . MATT MARIETTA&nbs...

Volunteers Corner

Leading Today's Fire Service Youth: Using History to Understand Motivation

Although two qualities of today's youth-narcissism and entitlement-may not be conducive to the fire station or the fireground, their sense of civic...

Grants

FEMA Grant Enables Philadelphia to Hire 160 New Firefighters

The federal government is providing $22.9 million so the Philadelphia Fire Department can hire 160 new firefighters.

Top News

Air National Guard Firefighter Laid to Rest with Full Honors

August 1, 2015 Hundreds gathered Friday to honor National Guard firefighter Capt. James "Truck" Hicks, 44, who died after ...

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