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Fire Demolishes New $12.5 Million Treatment Center in Alaska

A major fire in Bethel Monday night demolished a sorely needed $12.5 million alcohol treatment center still under con...

Pennsylvania Firefighter Dies from Cardiac Arrest

A 26-year-old Pennsylvania firefighter died after suffering cardiac arrest, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Company/Association News

GLOBE, DUPONT, and the NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL (NVFC) announced the Cape Ferrelo Rural Fire Protection Distri...

When to seek help

For first responders, job-related stress and strain can be off the charts.

NTSB report cites Conrail in New Jersey derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) staff is finalizing its formal report on the November 30, 2012, Conso...

Simplifying Hoseline Selection for the First-In Officer

New fire officers are trained in many areas: composing memos, resolving conflicts, developing standard operating guid...

Courage, Bullies, and Us

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

Streamlight Introduces Low-Profile Survivor

Streamlight Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance flashlights for fire and rescue professionals, announced it has ...

Fire Departments in North Carolina, Pennsylvania Awarded Gear in Globe Giveaway

Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are pleased to announc...

NVFC and Columbia Southern University Announce Winners of the 2014 Scholarships

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and Columbia Southern University (CSU) are pleased to announce the winners...

Dr. John L. Bryan, Fire Protection Pioneer, Passes Away

Dr. John L. Bryan, a pioneer in the field of fire protection, recently passed away.

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department: Get the Word Out

A well-informed firefighter can also enhance the department's professional image, and that means leaders need to keep...

Seymour (TN) Firefighters Deliver Pizzas For Fire Prevention Week

The Seymour Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) of Seymour, Tennessee, partnered together with Dominos Pizza and the NFP...

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

It is the goal of iWomen to provide resources for fire service members who have suffered from sexual violence and har...

NVFC Adopts Position on Freelancing and Self-Dispatching

The National Volunteer Fire Council's (NVFC) Health, Safety, and Training Committee, working with the Department of J...

New York Firefighter Found Dead Following Call

A Long Island firefighter was found dead after responding to a call the night before.

Fire Has Special Meaning to Wood River Valley Firefighters

At approximately 01:09 AM a structure fire was reported in Hailey by a Hailey firefighter. The fire was located in a ...

Shrinking Number of Volunteer Firefighters Leaves Communities at Risk

NPR examines the shrinking number of volunteer firefighters.

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Stepping Up

Stepping Up: So Why Are We Doing This?

Taking a moment to let your firefighters know the learning objectives of a particular training session can help them focus on its purpose, Ron Hiraki writes.


Angry Protest over Attempt to Close Albany (NY) Ladder Company

Citizens and firefighters showed up in droves to protest the attempt to eliminate a ladder truck at a fire station in the city of Albany, New York.

Michigan Ends Ban on Firefighter Two-Hatting

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.

Mississippi Firefighter Loses Position After Marrying Colleague's Niece

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

Fire Service Traditions & History

From the Fire Engineering Vault: Boston Collapse Kills Five Firefighters

The city of Boston recently paid tribute to the five firefighters who were killed in a fire scene collapse in the Trumbull Street fire of 1964.


Hartford Firefighter Jason Martinez Released From Hospital

Firefighter Jason Martinez, who was badly injured fighting a fire at 598 Blue Hills Ave. on Oct. 7 -- the same fire that claimed the life of Firefighter Kevin Bell -- has been released from Bridgeport Hospital, where he's been undergoing treatment in the burn unit since the fire,


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

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

Officer Development

The SPRECTRUM Model of Organizational Change, Part Two

As a fire service leader, one of the most important studies you can undertake is the exploration of organizational change, writes Mark Wallace.

Fireground Management

How to Measure Management

I recently was in a conversation with a young company officer who asked me, "How do you measure management"? My fairly predictable response was, "Beats me."

Volunteers Corner

Fire Demolishes New $12.5 Million Treatment Center in Alaska

A major fire in Bethel Monday night demolished a sorely needed $12.5 million alcohol treatment center still under construction.


Assistance to Firefighters Grant Application Period Opens Soon

The FY 2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period will open this coming Monday, November 3, 2014, at 8 am EST, and will close on Friday, December 5, 2014, at 5 pm EST.

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Hartford Firefighter Jason Martinez Released From Hospital

October 30, 2014 Firefighter Jason Martinez, who was badly injured fighting a fire at 598 Blue Hills Ave. on Oct. 7 -- the same fire t...

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