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Emporia (VA) Firefighter Rescues Woman from Burning Building

An Emporia firefighter is being hailed as a hero after taking action and saving a woman inside a burning apartment.

Six Accused of Oakdale (LA) Arson Fires, Including Three Firefighters

Six Allen Parish residents, including three volunteer firefighters, have been charged in connection to Oakdale arson fires in May and early June, a...

Seville, Spain, Air Crash Mobilizes Public Emergency Services

George H. Potter examines the response of Spanish emergency services to the crashing of an Airbus Defense & Space Company A4000 ATLAS Airlifte...

Elysburg (PA) Holds Fire Cadet Weekend

For the 5th year, the Elysburg Fire Department has once again hosted with great success the 'Fire Cadet Weekend'.  

Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act Introduced in the House

On June 12, Representatives John Larson (D-CT) and David Reichert (R-WA) introduced the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (H.R. 2752), a...

Texas Firefighter Terminated Over Social Media Comment Regarding Charleston Killings

A Mabank (TX) firefighter was terminated after posting on social media about the mass shooting that killed nine people in Charleston, South Carolin...

FASNY Announces Moyers Corners Fire Department Explorer Post 209 as NYS Youth Group of the Year

The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) today announced the selection of Moyers Corners Explorer Post 209 as the 2015 Youth Grou...

Midwest Fire Hires New Manufacturing Engineer

Midwest Fire Equipment & Repair Company (Midwest Fire) announced today that the company has hired Tyler LeBrun as a new manufacturing engineer.

Massive Fire Destroys Several Buildings in Corolla (NC)

A massive fire that started in a commercial building brought firefighters from across the Outer Banks to Corolla Friday night to battle the fire.

Pennsylvania Firefighter Dies of Apparent Cardiac Arrest

A 69-year-old Pennsylvania firefighter died recently after apparently suffering cardiac arrest.

New Jersey Firefighter Dies After Participating in Memorial Ceremonies

A 71-year-old firefighter passed away after falling ill while particpating in his New Jersey municipality's Memorial Day ceremonies.

San Jose Firefighters' Union Reaches Labor Agreement

Firefighters will receive more than 14 percent in ongoing raises according to a tentative three-year labor agreement reached with San Jose city off...

Volunteer Texas Firefighter Responds to Call, Saves Own Family

A Texas volunteer firefighter responded to a head-on collision, only to discover his wife and son had been in the mangled car.

Wisconsin Firefighter Dies After Responding to EMS Call

A 59-year-old Wisconsin volunteer firefighter died after responding to a medical call.

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Board Welcomes National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and National Volunteer Fire Council

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) announced that the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the National Volunteer Fir...

New Webinar Available -- Cancer in the Fire Service: A Growing Epidemic

Firefighter cancer is a growing catastrophe for the fire service community. Cancer is the most dangerous and unrecognized threat to the health and ...

Register Department's Volunteer Opportunities with New Recruitment Campaign

The NVFC has launched the department portal component of its new Make Me a Firefighter volunteer recruitment campaign. 

NVFC Launches Fire Department Volunteer Recruitment Portal

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) today launched the department portal component of its new Make Me a Firefighter volunteer recruitment ca...

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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 Hira...

POLITICS & POLICIES

Newark (OH) Firefighters Union Files Grievance on Staffing

The Newark firefighters union has filed a grievance with the city over the fire department's staffing policy and timely notification of changes

IAFF Issues Statement on Trade Agenda and Firefighter Retirement Legislation

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) General President Harold Schaitberger issued a statement on Congress’ plan to hold firefighte...

The Effects of Staffing Levels on Critical Decision Making

Keeping the officer in a role that allows him to function as a leader and not be focused on tasks will result in better situational awareness, comm...

Fire Service Traditions & History

Fire Guts Warehouse: ‘Not Enough Water’

On June 21, 1982, fire severely damaged a 1.2-million-square-foot warehouse, less than a month after the local fire chief warned about inadequate f...

LODD

Arizona State Parks Win Land for Fallen Firefighter Memorial

The site where 19 Arizona firefighters died battling a wind-driven blaze will become a memorial park.

Legal

African-American Firefighter Files Federal Lawsuit Over Alleged Noose Incident

An African-American firefighter and his wife have filed a federal lawsuit against a City of Marion deputy fire chief, accusing him of throwing a no...

Officer Development

Training Officer's Toolbox: Air Consumption

How well do you know your crew's air consumption capabilities? In this week's training bulletin, Brian Ward provides two air consumption drills for...

Fireground Management

FHWA and NFA Announce Educational Opportunity

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and National Fire Academy (NFA), are pleased to announce an educational opportunity to participate in the...

Volunteers Corner

Emporia (VA) Firefighter Rescues Woman from Burning Building

An Emporia firefighter is being hailed as a hero after taking action and saving a woman inside a burning apartment.

Grants

NVFC Receives Top ASAE Honors for Share the Load Program

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) earned a 2015 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for its Share the Load program, a behavioral hea...

Top News

NVFC Receives Top ASAE Honors for Share the Load Program

July 2, 2015 The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) earned a 2015 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for its Share the ...

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