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Researcher Awarded $1.5 Million Grant from FEMA to Address Health of Volunteer Firefighters

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Fe...

Nevada Governments Hold Firefighter Recruitment Drive

Five local governments are launching an interagency regional recruitment drive for citizens interested in becoming fi...

Impostor Firefighter Shows Up at Pennsylvania Fire Scene

A former Mt. Oliver (PA) firefighter who was convicted of arson in 2003 showed up at a large fire Saturday, spurring ...

NVFC Releases New Guide for Families of Volunteer Firefighters

Joining the volunteer fire service means a lifestyle change not only for the individual volunteer, but also for their...

Tennessee Fire Displaces Five People

A kitchen fire on August 8 caused considerable damage to a home and left a family of five homeless.

Globe Offers Discount to NVFC Members

Globe is providing assistance with the launch of an innovative new style available at a value price. In addition, Nat...

The State of Volunteer Firefighting

The the ranks of volunteers are dwindling, reports The New York Times.. What was once an iconic part of Ame...

Nebraska Firefighter Dies Following Crash

A Fairbury (NE) volunteer firefighter has died several days after being injured in a pickup crash.

RIT Operations: Short Ladder for Firefighter Removal

Salem (VA) Fire-EMS Lieutenant C. "Mike" Elston offers this Traditions Training drill which uses a short la...

Montana Firefighter Dies After Training

A volunteer firefighter in Montana died after fire department training, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (US...

Glenolden (PA) Firefighter Charged with Arson

Intelligent Response Structures, Part 1

Eric G. Bachman offers this two-part article on reinforcing the need to develop a response structure methodology.

IAFC, Pierce Announce 2014 Fire Chiefs of the Year

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation compan...

Nine Jackson Firefighters (MI) May Keep Jobs

Nine Jackson firefighters could continue to draw paychecks through November 2015 instead of losing their jobs this su...

Symptoms of Depression Among First Responders

First responders are often at a greater risk of suffering from depression than other professions because of both the ...

NVFC Conducting Survey

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is conducting a survey to assess how we can improve upon our programs and ...

Kentucky Fire Station Burns

The South Hopkins (KY) Fire Department was destroyed in an overnight fire.

File Your World Trade Center Service by 9/11/14

New York State would like to ensure you preserve your right to worker's compensation if you participated in the rescu...

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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.

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Arizona Firefighters' Group Chief: We Should Voluntarily Cut Pensions

The head of an Arizona firefighters' group says police and firefighters should volunteer to have their pensions cut in the interest of helping their struggling communities avoid financial disaster.

Albuquerque Sues Over Union Work

The city of Albuquerque is suing three labor unions over claims that their leaders drew pay while conducting union business.

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Firefighters in one suburban Chicago fire department picketed after the municipality decided to privatize its fire service and gave the contract to an outside company.

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Hotel Fires: “It is Only a Matter of Time . . .”

In 1946, several deadly hotel fires—in Chicago, Illinois, Dubuque, Iowa, and Atlanta, Georgia—spurred the fire service to examine and ultimately strengthen the fire and life safety codes for such structures. Also, Fire Engineering contributor Greg Havel discusses what made these fires so deadly and contrasts the fire safety codes of that era with the more stringent ones of today.

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Announcing 1st Annual Chattanooga 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

A group of firefighters from the Chattanooga area will be hosting the 1st annual Chattanooga 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb event in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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D.C. Fire Chief Says Firefighters Deserve Tougher Discipline

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.

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The Job: Goals and Obstacles

What goals do you have as a firefighter, and what obstacles are out there that you have to overcome to achieve those goals? That the subject of this week's video from P.J. Norwood.

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Roundtable: Door Control

What steps has your department taken to add this "evolution" or assignment of door control in your department? How would your department handle this fire usng the new procedure? Share your thoughts with other Fire Engineering readers.

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Researcher Awarded $1.5 Million Grant from FEMA to Address Health of Volunteer Firefighters

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to test the effectiveness of an online health and wellness program intended to improve volunteer firefighters' nutrition and fitness and reduce their risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease.

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Researcher Awarded $1.5 Million Grant from FEMA to Address Health of Volunteer Firefighters

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to test the effectiveness of an online health and wellness program intended to improve volunteer firefighters' nutrition and fitness and reduce their risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease.

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