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L.A. Pays Millions as Police and Firefighter Injury Claims Rise

Sun, Sep 28, 2014

An injury-leave program for Los Angeles police and firefighters that has cost taxpayers $328 million over the last five years

Contract Employee Charged in Fire That Grounded Chicago Flights

Fri, Sep 26, 2014

The contract employee accused of starting the fire at an FAA facility outside Chicago that canceled and delayed hundreds of flights today is a 36-year-old man who used an unidentified accelerant and acted alone.

Austin Firefighters Union Rejects Labor Contract

Fri, Sep 26, 2014

The Austin Firefighters Association has rejected a labor contract with the city that was proposed after approximately three months of negotiations.

Firefighter Sues Staten Island (NY) Resident for Injury Sustained During Call

Wed, Sep 24, 2014

An FDNY firefighter is suing a Staten Island (NY) homeowner for an injury he reportedly sustained during a basement fire three years ago.

Women Allege Harassment and Abuse on Forest Service Firefighting Crews

Sat, Sep 20, 2014

Current and former female firefighters of the United States Forest Service have filed a complaint with the Department of Agriculture alleging that they suffered job discrimination, harassment and sexual abuse at the hands of male co-workers and that top agency officials failed to stop it.

Suspect Arraigned in King Fire (CA)

Sat, Sep 20, 2014

As fire officials began to confirm the first loss of homes and structures in the King fire, the man accused of setting the massive fire appeared in court for the first time and entered a not-guilty plea.

Report: Dallas Firefighter Death Due to Commanders Decisions and Communication Problems

Thu, Sep 18, 2014

State and local investigative reports obtained Thursday show that commanders’ decisions were largely to blame for the death of a Dallas firefighter last year.

Minnesota Sprinkler Law Pleases Firefighters

Sun, Sep 14, 2014

Large, newly built homes throughout Minnesota will come with an added feature next year -- whether their owners want it or not.

Legal Minute: Fire Inspections

Fri, Sep 12, 2014

Why do we perform fire inspections? Retired deputy fire chief and attorney John K. Murphy discusses the legal aspects of conducting fire inspections.

Audit Finds Sacramento Fire Department Should Keep More Accurate Count of Narcotics

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Eight years after a scandal over stolen morphine in the Sacramento Fire Department, a city audit has found that the agency could do more to keep an accurate count of the potent narcotics it uses to administer medical care.

Active-Shooter Incidents: Planning Your Response-full

Mon, Sep 8, 2014

Steven C. Hamilton-Emergency responders are still trying to define their role at active-shooter incident responses. Here are some guidelines that your department can implement regardless of department size and whether paid or volunteer.

The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation Hosts 2nd Annual Hero Awards Gala

Sat, Sep 6, 2014

The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation (NLEAFCF) will host its second annual Hero Awards Gala on Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, with cocktails at 6PM followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.

Fire Department Mergers, Consolidations, and Annexations

Thu, Sep 4, 2014

Fire department mergers, annexations, or consolidations can be complicated, but they're not impossible. John K. Murphy on five key factors to consider for managing the transition.

Investigation into Former NFL Player's Possible Involvement in Philadelphia Firefighting

Thu, Sep 4, 2014

The Philadelphia Fire Department is looking into whether a former NFL player was involved in firefighting operations after several photos surfaced showing the man at the scene of a 2012 fire.

The Fire Department Administrative-Operational Gap

Wed, Sep 3, 2014

Trying to understand the vantage point of your colleagues can make the difference in overcoming the disconnect between company-level operations and the administration, writes Pedro Cáceres.

Two New Training Programs on Active Shooter Response

Wed, Sep 3, 2014

The Firefighters Support Foundation's (FSF) two newest training programs are now available. Active Shooter: Rapid Response and Treatment Model, Operational Detail is a follow-on to last year's introductory Active Shooter Response: The Rapid Response & Treatment Model.

Family Seeks Answers to Dallas Firefighter's Death

Sat, Aug 30, 2014

The widow of Dallas firefighter Stan Wilson seeks answers to his death

The Halligan: “The Maximum in Utility, Efficiency and Speed”

Thu, Aug 28, 2014

How, when, and where did the halligan originate? Check out our latest From the Fire Engineering Vault feature, where you can find Fire Engineering articles on the topic. Fire Department of New York (FDNY) officer Mike Ciampo offers some more background on this classic firefighting tool and the man behind it.

Auditor States San Diego FD Should Hire, Not Rely on Overtime

Tue, Aug 26, 2014

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department should consider hiring additional personnel instead of relying on overtime to fill staffing vacancies, according to a city auditor's report released today.

D.C. Fire Chief Says Firefighters Deserve Tougher Discipline

Thu, Aug 21, 2014

D.C.'s interim fire chief handed out discipline Thursday to three of the five firefighters who failed to help a dying man outside a firehouse last January. None of them are losing their jobs.

Houston Mayor and City Attorney Propose New Firefighter Pension Plan

Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman revealed details of a proposed new Houston firefighter pension plan

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Dallas Deputy Fire Chief at Fatal Fire Temporarily Been Reassigned

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