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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.

Mississippi Firefighter Loses Position After Marrying Colleague's Niece

Thu, Oct 9, 2014

A Columbus (MS) firefighter lost his job because he married a family member of another firefighter, thereby violating the city's nepotism policy.

Toledo Female Firefighters Suit Dismissed, Likely Refiled

Mon, Oct 6, 2014

What may be Toledo's longest-running civil lawsuit was dismissed before it was to have gone to trial Sept. 22, but officials said the lawsuit by three female firefighters is likely to be refiled.

i-Women: No Place for Sexual Assault in Fire Service

Mon, Oct 6, 2014

The International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services (i-Women) released a frank and powerful public service announcement calling for the end of sexual assault, sexual harassment and related criminal acts in the fire and emergency service. The video was created by i-Women with assistance from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Comcast Cable in Baltimore.

Sexual Violence: Is It a Problem in the Fire Service?

Mon, Oct 6, 2014

It is the goal of iWomen to provide resources for fire service members who have suffered from sexual violence and harassment and to provide training to educate the fire personnel with strategies to create safe reporting policies and to assist in identifying members who engage in harassing behaviors.

Change in Lockport (NY) Ambulance Service Eases Overtime

Wed, Oct 1, 2014

The city's decision to do away with the Fire Department's ambulance service and reduce the minimum personnel on each fire shift from nine to six coincided with an immediate end to high overtime costs.

Rhode Island Hospital's Program for Firefighter Checkups is Illegal

Wed, Oct 1, 2014

The town cannot follow through on a new program that would require all firefighters to receive an annual medical evaluation at Fatima Hospital under a Superior Court decision issued by Judge Luis M. Matos.

Houston Firefighter Faces Heat over Social Media Post

Tue, Sep 30, 2014

A Houston (TX) firefighter is facing discipline for something he posted on his personal Facebook page, according to a new report.

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