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Rollbacks in Firefighter Pensions

06/12/2012
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

05/16/2012
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?

05/01/2012
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

03/26/2012
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

03/19/2012
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 ...

Legal Issue Articles

Minnesota Sprinkler Law Pleases Firefighters

Large, newly built homes throughout Minnesota will come with an added feature next year -- whether their owners want ...

Legal Minute: Fire Inspections

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

Audit Finds Sacramento Fire Department Should Keep More Accurate Count of Narcotics

Eight years after a scandal over stolen morphine in the Sacramento Fire Department, a city audit has found that the a...

The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation Hosts 2nd Annual Hero Awards Gala

The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation (NLEAFCF) will host its second annual Hero Awards...

Fire Department Mergers, Consolidations, and Annexations

Fire department mergers, annexations, or consolidations can be complicated, but they're not impossible. John K. Murph...

Investigation into Former NFL Player's Possible Involvement in Philadelphia Firefighting

The Philadelphia Fire Department is looking into whether a former NFL player was involved in firefighting operations ...

The Fire Department Administrative-Operational Gap

Trying to understand the vantage point of your colleagues can make the difference in overcoming the disconnect betwee...

Two New Training Programs on Active Shooter Response

The Firefighters Support Foundation's (FSF) two newest training programs are now available. Active Shooter: Rapid Res...

Family Seeks Answers to Dallas Firefighter's Death

The widow of Dallas firefighter Stan Wilson seeks answers to his death

The Halligan: “The Maximum in Utility, Efficiency and Speed”

How, when, and where did the halligan originate? Check out our latest From the Fire Engineering Vault feature, where ...

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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 Hiraki writes.

POLITICS & POLICIES

Illinois Firefighters in Flag Decal Flap Can Return to Work

Several Illinois firefighters who had been sent home from work for refusing to remove U.S. flag stickers from their helmets can return to work and keep the stickers posted, according to a news report.

West Metro (CO) Fire Rescue Announces Drastic Staffing Cuts

The fire district will be undertaking a variety of measures including apparatus closures, reallocation of personnel, civilian layoffs, and demotions in an effort to further control costs.

Houston Firefighters Union Head Resigns Over Threats

The head of Houston's firefighters union has resigned after reportedly being targeted by firefighters on social media.

Fire Service Traditions & History

Not So Amusing: Amusement Park Fires

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the deadly Haunted Castle fire at the Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, New Jersey, which killed eight teens and injured a dozen others. The “castle” was in reality a series of interconnected truck trailers. In the latest From the Fire Engineering Vault feature, we look at this and other amusement park fires covered in the magazine. What common factors do you see in these fires?  

LODD

One North Carolina Firefighter Killed and Another Injured After Fire Apparatus Overturns

A firefighter was killed and another was injured Tuesday afternoon after the fire truck they were in overturned in Franklin County (NC).

Legal

Minnesota Sprinkler Law Pleases Firefighters

Large, newly built homes throughout Minnesota will come with an added feature next year -- whether their owners want it or not.

Officer Development

The Fire Department Administrative-Operational Gap

Trying to understand the vantage point of your colleagues can make the difference in overcoming the disconnect between company-level operations and the administration, writes Pedro Cáceres.

Fireground Management

Thousands of Firefighters Attempt to Contain 12 California Wildfires

Nearly 6,000 firefighters were trying to contain a dozen wildfires in California Tuesday, including a fast-spreading fire east of Sacramento and a fire near Mount Shasta that left ashy skeletons of houses and a church in its wake

Volunteers Corner

NVFC Staff Accepts Challenge and Donates to Firefighter Support Fund

The staff of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) was recently challenged by the staff of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Grants

Northeastern University Seeks Pilot Sites to Evaluate Project

Through a federal grant, Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, is seeking pilot sites to be part of a national-scope project to implement and evaluate a Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT).

Top News

Thousands of Firefighters Attempt to Contain 12 California Wildfires

September 16, 2014 Nearly 6,000 firefighters were trying to contain a dozen wildfires in California Tuesday, including a fast-spreading ...

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