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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

Middlebury (CT) Chief Arrested

Thu, Nov 6, 2014

Federal authorities arrested Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Chief Paul Perrotti Thursday morning.

More Than 190 Buffalo Firefighters Sue Over Volume of Sirens

Sun, Nov 2, 2014

More than 190 Buffalo firefighters have filed suits, which are similar to civil cases filed by firefighters in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Chicago, claim the companies that made or used the sirens "knew or should have known" they were harmful.

NAFI Hires Insurance Coordinator to Assist with Launch of Professional Liability Insurance Program for Members

Thu, Oct 30, 2014

The National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) is pleased to welcome Paulette Braga as its new insurance program coordinator. 

Drones: Change is in the Air

Thu, Oct 30, 2014

Drone use will become widely accepted and practiced in the days and years ahead, writes P.J. Norwood.

Panel to Discuss Controversy of Releasing or Withholding 911 Recordings

Thu, Oct 30, 2014

In New York City in November, the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies and The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis at John Jay College are presenting "911 Recordings--To Release or Withhold: Journalistic, Legal, Public Safety, and Family Perspectives."

Fairburn (GA) Terminates Firefighter Recovering from Cancer

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Responding to Opioid Overdoses

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Scenario: Your medic has been asked to respond to a residence in your first-due area known for high drug use and frequent overdose calls.

Courage, Bullies, and Us

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

It was reported again this year that the number one leading injury in the fire service was hurt feelings.

Fort Worth Council Votes to Cut Firefighter Benefits

Wed, Oct 22, 2014

The president of the Fort Worth Professional Firefighters said Tuesday night that the group plans to move forward with a lawsuit against the city over the benefit reductions that the City Council approved by a 6-3 vote

Los Angeles Officials Reach Deal with Firefighters Union

Tue, Oct 21, 2014

Los Angeles officials have reached a tentative salary agreement with the city's firefighters union that provides no raises in the current fiscal year and a 2% boost next summer.

Texas Man Admits Setting 1986 Fire That Killed Two Boys

Tue, Oct 21, 2014

A Texas man admitted Tuesday to setting a backyard fire that killed his two young stepsons a quarter-century ago, bringing a surprising end to a long fight over whether faulty fire science had wrongfully imprisoned him.

SKIDCAR System, Inc. Receives the 2014 Z-Man Achievement Award from ALERT International

Sat, Oct 18, 2014

SKIDCAR System, Inc. company President, Dane Pitarresi, was proud to receive the 2014 Z-Man Achievement Award from ALERT International.

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