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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

Year-End Spending Bill Funds All Federal Agencies Except DHS Through Fiscal Year 2015

Legislation funding most of the federal government through the end of the fiscal year was passed on December 13. The ...

Willard Marine Acquires Crystaliner Surf and Rescue Boat Designs

Willard Marine, Inc., has acquired the rights to design and manufacture Crystaliner boats, a line of surf and rescue ...

FDNY Commissioner Vows to Boost Hiring of Female Firefighters

Activists and lawmakers called for the FDNY to step up its hiring of female firefighters.

Federal ATF Agents to Join LAFD in L.A. Fire Investigation

A multiagency investigation was underway into the cause of a massive fire in downtown Los Angeles that ripped th...

NVFC Asks Congress for Funding for Programs that Support Emergency Services

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) joined other national fire service organizations in asking Congress to inc...

California Firefighter Arrested on Suspicion of Stealing

A California firefighter is suspected of entering homes to inspect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and then steal...

Brookline (MA) Firefighter Asks for 'Racial Climate' Review

A Brookline firefighter whose career has been in limbo since a 2010 incident involving a supervisor's alleged use of ...

New York State Volunteer Fire Companies Will Be Required to Screen Applicants for Prior Sex Offenses

Over the past several years, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has worked to empower volunte...

Feds Investigate Los Angeles Fire Department Fireboat Unit

Coast Guard investigators are looking into whether federal licensing records were falsified for crew members assigned...

Metal Shark Announces Partnership with Damen Shipyards

Boat manufacturer Metal Shark has reached an agreement with Damen Shipyards to market Damen designs, which the compan...

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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

Minnesota Police to Serve as Firefighters

The Minnesota city of Lino Lakes is cross-training all 25 of its police officers as firefighters, according to a news report.

FDNY Commissioner Vows to Boost Hiring of Female Firefighters

Activists and lawmakers called for the FDNY to step up its hiring of female firefighters.

Judge Orders BWI Airport Fire Department to Reinstate African-American Deputy Chief

A Maryland judge has determined an African-American deputy chief was terminated unfairly because of discrimination, and ordered the BWI Airport Fire Department to reinstate him.

Fire Service Traditions & History

Humpday Hangout: Who Are the F.O.O.L.S.?

In this week's Humpday Hangout, Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton and Mike Dugan of the FDNY talk to Rob Fisher and Rusty Ricker and the Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (F.O.O.L.S.) International.

LODD

North Carolina Fire Chief Found Dead After Calls

A 61-year-old North Carolina fire chief died recently following emergency responses.

Legal

Year-End Spending Bill Funds All Federal Agencies Except DHS Through Fiscal Year 2015

Legislation funding most of the federal government through the end of the fiscal year was passed on December 13. The appropriations bill provides more than $1 trillion and funds all federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year except for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is funded through the end of February.  

Officer Development

The SPRECTRUM Model of Organizational Change, Part Two

As a fire service leader, one of the most important studies you can undertake is the exploration of organizational change, writes Mark Wallace.

Fireground Management

Humpday Hangout: Organizational Behavior

In this week's Humpday Hangout, guest hosts Mike Dugan of the FDNY and Bill Carey of Firefighter Nation talk to the Dane Carley, Craig Nelson, and Jeff Wallin about higher reliability organizations (HROs) and how this approach applies to the fire service

Volunteers Corner

North Carolina Fire Chief Found Dead After Calls

A 61-year-old North Carolina fire chief died recently following emergency responses.

Grants

Massachusetts Governor Patrick and Life Sciences Center Announce Grant to Research Ebola

Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) today announced a $1 million challenge grant to support a partnership of life sciences companies, NGO's and academic institutions, led by Diagnostics For All, that is working to develop an improved, fast and accurate diagnostic test for Ebola. 

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North Carolina Fire Chief Found Dead After Calls

December 18, 2014

A 61-year-old North Carolina fire chief died recently following emergency responses.

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