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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 ...

Legal Issue Articles

$40,000 Delivered to Washington D.C. Home Before Murders and Fire

Law enforcement sources tell WUSA9 that an assistant dropped a package filled with $40,000 in cash before last week's...

National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation Sends Emergency Grant to Family of Hattiesburg Police Officer

National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation (NLEAFCF) has sent out a $5,000 emergency grant ...

Convicted Chicago Arsonist Hopes Latest Fire Science Proves Innocence

At the time 14-year-old Adam Gray was arrested for setting a fire that killed two people, the evidence that the fire ...

Minnesota Deal in Works to Ban Certain Fire Retardants

Members of the Minnesota House commerce committee struck a deal Monday on a ban of four chemical fire retardants some...

Proposed Settlement in the Works for American LaFrance Workers

Former employees of a Moncks Corner fire truck manufacturer have reached a settlement with the company.

Suspect Arrested in Fire that Critically Injured Fresno Fire Captain

Officials announced that a woman was arrested Thursday in connection with a structure fire that badly burned Fresno F...

Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill to Expand Volunteer Firefighter Base

People over the age of 45 will now be allowed to volunteer as firefighters.

Cleveland Firefighter Found Not Guilty of Lying About Accident with Fire Truck

A Cleveland Municipal Court jury has found a city firefighter not guilty of lying about an accident with a fire truck

Cisco Employees Raise $58,000 for National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation

The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation (NLEAFCF) has been presented with a check for $58...

Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Older Volunteer Firefighters

The current age limit of a new volunteer firefighter is 45 years old. That could change if Governor Mary Fallin signs...

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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

Report: Probationary FDNY Firefighter Reluctant to Go Inside Buildings on Fire

The New York Post reported on the case of a probationary firefighter in New York City who apparently is reluctant to go inside burning buildings.

New York Firefighters Seek Expanded Medical Duties

The city of Lockport will ask the New York State Health Department this week to let city firefighters perform more emergency medical services on rescue calls, according to a report.

Firefighters Flee Insolvent California City

A report on the blog inlandpolitics.com says firefighters and police are leaving the California city of San Bernardino in record numbers.

Fire Service Traditions & History

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: Too Small a Value on Human Lives

On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. It was one of the deadliest fires in the history of the United States.

LODD

Claremore (OK) Firefighter Drowns During Flood Rescue

A Claremore firefighter's body was recovered early Sunday after he was swept away while performing a water rescue, reports newson6.com.

Legal

$40,000 Delivered to Washington D.C. Home Before Murders and Fire

Law enforcement sources tell WUSA9 that an assistant dropped a package filled with $40,000 in cash before last week's murders and fire at a DC mansion.

Officer Development

Training Officer's Toolbox: Assertiveness vs. Aggressiveness

We want aggressive officers and firefighters on the fireground, but have you ever thought about how that translates into the leadership role off of the fireground? In this new series, Brian Ward takes a look at issues facing the training officer.

Fireground Management

Cummins Announces New Environmental Sustainability Goals

Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) today announced two new environmental sustainability goals, for its products in-use and the logistics of the Company's managed freight.

 

Volunteers Corner

Celebrate the Emergency Medical Services with National EMS Week

It's National EMS Week, and the NVFC thanks all emergency medical services providers for the critical work you do to save lives and serve your community.

Grants

National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation Sends Emergency Grant to Family of Hattiesburg Police Officer

National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation (NLEAFCF) has sent out a $5,000 emergency grant this week to the family of a police officer lost in the line of duty last Saturday night.

Top News

Claremore (OK) Firefighter Drowns During Flood Rescue

May 24, 2015 A Claremore firefighter's body was recovered early Sunday after he was swept away while performing a water rescue, re...

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