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

Tue, Dec 16, 2014

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.  

Willard Marine Acquires Crystaliner Surf and Rescue Boat Designs

Sat, Dec 13, 2014

Willard Marine, Inc., has acquired the rights to design and manufacture Crystaliner boats, a line of surf and rescue vessels that have been an icon on the West Coast for nearly six decades.

FDNY Commissioner Vows to Boost Hiring of Female Firefighters

Wed, Dec 10, 2014

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

Tue, Dec 9, 2014

A multiagency investigation was underway into the cause of a massive fire in downtown Los Angeles that ripped through an unfinished apartment complex and damaged at least three surrounding high-rise buildings.

NVFC Asks Congress for Funding for Programs that Support Emergency Services

Mon, Dec 8, 2014

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) joined other national fire service organizations in asking Congress to include full-year funding for programs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that support the fire and emergency service in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

California Firefighter Arrested on Suspicion of Stealing

Mon, Dec 8, 2014

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

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

Sun, Dec 7, 2014

A Brookline firefighter whose career has been in limbo since a 2010 incident involving a supervisor's alleged use of a racial slur asked selectmen last week to launch an outside investigation of his case and to "review the racial climate" in the Fire Departmen

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

Wed, Dec 3, 2014

Over the past several years, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has worked to empower volunteer fire departments with the ability to review applicants for prior convictions as sex offenders and, once these offenders are identified, to provide departments with a method to ban these applicants from joining their ranks.

Feds Investigate Los Angeles Fire Department Fireboat Unit

Wed, Dec 3, 2014

Coast Guard investigators are looking into whether federal licensing records were falsified for crew members assigned to large city of Los Angeles (CA) fireboats, according to a report.

Metal Shark Announces Partnership with Damen Shipyards

Tue, Dec 2, 2014

Boat manufacturer Metal Shark has reached an agreement with Damen Shipyards to market Damen designs, which the company will construct at its Franklin, Louisiana shipyard.


Mon, Dec 1, 2014

Collection of new products for the fire service industry.

Are You an EMS Detective?

Mon, Dec 1, 2014

Have you ever thought about how many different factors come into play on every emergency medical service (EMS) call to which you respond?

Officials Investigating Fire at Church Connected to Michael Brown Family

Thu, Nov 27, 2014

The church Michael Brown's father regularly attends is among the many buildings that were torched in the wake of the grand jury announcement.

New Jersey Court Rules Firefighter Entitled to Accidental Disability Pension

Tue, Nov 25, 2014

An appeals court said a firefighter who was injured when his "heroic" action saved the lives of two people is entitled to an accidental disability pension, not the lower pension he was awarded by a retirement board

Florida Gunman Sets House on Fire in Trap for First Responders

Sun, Nov 23, 2014

A man set his house on fire and then fatally shot a sheriff's deputy and wounded another Saturday when they responded to the scene, before he was shot to death by other law enforcement officers.

Lake Assault Boats Opens New Headquarters

Sat, Nov 22, 2014

Lake Assault Boats, an award-winning manufacturer of mission-specific boats for fire protection, law enforcement, public safety and research agencies, as well as commercial marine industries, has expanded to a new headquarters on the grounds of a legendary Great Lakes shipyard. 

Fairfield (CA) Firefighters Adds Bulletproof Vests to Safety Equipment

Mon, Nov 17, 2014

Fairfield is joining a growing number of fire departments in giving more protection to firefighters as their role in handling shooting incidents increases.


Boston Globe Columnist Advocates for Action from Inspectional Services

Mon, Nov 17, 2014

Boston Globe columnists Thomas Farragher writes My Spotlight Team colleagues and I spent months investigating overcrowded and dangerous conditions that plague Boston's student neighborhoods. 

CSB Releases Board Approved Regulatory Report on Chevron Refinery Fire

Tue, Nov 11, 2014

In the final Regulatory Report unanimously approved by the CSB Board and released to the public today, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) proposes recommendations for substantial changes to the way refineries are regulated in California. Entitled "Regulatory Report: Chevron Richmond Refinery Pipe Rupture and Fire," the CSB report calls on California to enhance its process safety management (PSM) regulations for petroleum refineries to ensure a more robust and adaptive regulatory regime. 

Cleveland Mayor Asks for Rejection of Firefighters' Contract Over Missing Domestic Violence Provision

Mon, Nov 10, 2014

Mayor Frank Jackson's administration is asking City Council to reject a newly ratified collective bargaining agreement with the Cleveland Firefighters Union because it does not include a longstanding provision that calls for a firefighter's immediate termination if convicted of domestic violence.

Federal Judge Approves Austin Fire Department Settlement in Hiring Discrimination Case

Sun, Nov 9, 2014

A federal judge has approved a settlement between the city of Austin and the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations the Austin Fire Department's hiring practices were discriminatory

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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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