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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.

Michigan Ends Ban on Firefighter Two-Hatting

Thu, Oct 16, 2014

A bill signed earlier this week by Michigan's governor would apparently end a ban on full-time firefighters working for other departments on their days off.

FE Talk: Sexual Harassment in the Fire Service

Tue, Oct 14, 2014

Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton talks to Baltimore County (MD) Captain and incoming i-Women President Angela Hughes and John and Beth Murphy about sexual harassment, assault, and violence in the fire service.

Report: Firefighter Sues Over Injuries Sustained in Fatal NYC Gas Explosion

Tue, Oct 14, 2014

A firefighter has reportedly filed a lawsuit over a deadly East Harlem gas explosion in March 2013.

John K. Murphy on Training Liability: Q & A

Thu, Oct 9, 2014

John K. Murphy, attorney and retired fire chief from Washington state, recently presented a free Webcast on training liability for fire departments. Read some of the questions he got from viewers and his responses.

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USFA Notifies of Firefighter Fatality

November 21, 2014

Tribute is being paid to Fire Marshal Samir P. “Sam” Ashmar of Allenton, Pennsylvania.

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