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Treat every response as an opportunity to deliver the professional volunteer message, writes Thomas A. Merrill.


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Five Firefighters Hurt After Fire Truck Rolls Over Near Belton (TX)

According to the city of Belton, all five Central Bell County Fire Rescue firefighters injured when their fire truck ...

Shift Day: a 24-Hour Extended Training Day

April 24, 2012, started out just like any other shift. We prepared our gear, checked off our trucks, and contemplated...

Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Older Volunteer Firefighters

The current age limit of a new volunteer firefighter is 45 years old. That could change if Governor Mary Fallin signs...

Rethinking Recruitment and Retention for the Volunteer Fire Department

Hardly a month goes by where we don't hear a conversation, see a news item, or read an editorial about the growing cr...

Howard County (MD) Volunteer Firefighters to Participate in 1st Annual Statewide Volunteer Recruitment Initiative

The volunteer fire corporations of Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) will open their door...

Texas Volunteer Firefighters Arrested for Hazing

Five volunteer firefighters are off the job in Ellis County. They and one other person face serious charges for what ...

Volunteer Firefighting - High-Rise Fires: Incident Command for Volunteer Firefighters

The variable number of responding personnel affects SOPs. Sergio Selman

Extrication Zone: Large Vehicle Fire Operations

Response poses staffing and equipment challenges. Robert Callahan

NVFC Announces 2015 Award Winners

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is pleased to announce the winners of its four national fire service awards.

U.S. House Committee releases 2015 appropriations bill

At the beginning of January, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released the Fiscal Year (FY)...

Fireground Management: Prioritizing Tasks on the Fireground

Volunteer firefighters comprise 71 percent of today's fire service in the United States; however, the number of avail...

NVFC Launches New Courses to Help Departments with Reputation and Financial Management

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has released two new courses in its online Virtual Classroom to ...

Memorial Honors Firefighters Killed in West (TX) Explosion

First responders who died in the deadly fertilizer explosion in West were honored at the Texas State Capitol.

Rock Hill (SC) Fire That Injured Two Firefighters Under Investigation

As two volunteer firefighters begin to recover from their injuries, support from the community has poured in across t...

Rep. Barletta Re-Introduces Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act

On March 2, Representative Lou Barletta (R-PA) reintroduced the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Respo...

Maine Officials: Volunteer Firefighter Crisis Needs Larger Conversation

Pennsylvania Firefighter Dies After Suffering Heart Attack

A 48-year-old Pennsylvania firefighter passed away after suffering a heart attack on the fireground last year.

Higher education criteria added for promotion

These comments are on Pabel Troche's letter (December 2014) regarding the importance of formal education in the fire ...

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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.


Report: Richmond (VA) Fire Department Hires Censured Deputy Chief

I. David Daniels, who was hired as deputy chief for the Richmond (VA) Fire Department, was censured by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) for safety violations at a previous job, according to a news report.

Cal Fire Scandal Widens

Cal Fire officials said two employees have lost their jobs and 13 others were suspended and demoted over acts discovered during a investigation sparked by a homicide, a report says.

Report Looks at Disability Retirements Among Women in FDNY

A report from the New York Post says 70 percent of female firefighters with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) have retired from the department on three-quarters disability pensions, claiming injuries on the job.

Fire Service Traditions & History

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: Too Small a Value on Human Lives

On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. It was one of the deadliest fires in the history of the United States.


The Tactical Gap

In "The American Fire Service Leadership Pandemic" (Fire Engineering, April 2014, http://bit.ly/1lm6Kyq), the vast crevasse between the need for outstanding leadership in our esteemed profession and our lackluster efforts to meet that need was the focus. Factors contributing to this crevasse include mass attrition, greater public scrutiny and liability, reduced budgets, changes in building construction and fire behavior, and our lack of sophisticated leadership development.


Cleveland Firefighter Found Not Guilty of Lying About Accident with Fire Truck

A Cleveland Municipal Court jury has found a city firefighter not guilty of lying about an accident with a fire truck

Officer Development

Knowledge and Experience: Becoming the Senior Firefighter

Every day on fire apparatus across this country, senior firefighters are relied on for decision making during incidents. As company officers, apparatus operators, and firefighters, we depend on that experience and decision making to keep us safe.

Fireground Management

Hoseline Selection: 1¾- and 2½-Inch Hoselines

Anthony Rowett Jr. discusses the pros and cons of the two most commonly used hoselines used during operations.

Volunteers Corner

Five Firefighters Hurt After Fire Truck Rolls Over Near Belton (TX)

According to the city of Belton, all five Central Bell County Fire Rescue firefighters injured when their fire truck rolled over in Bell County Friday night were conscious and able to communicate when they were transported to a hospital.



Cisco Employees Raise $58,000 for National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation

The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation (NLEAFCF) has been presented with a check for $58,000 from Cisco Systems employees in memory of Cisco employee Vincent Bennett, who passed away suddenly in 2013 - just days before the inaugural NLEAFCF Hero Awards Gala honoring Cisco with the organization's first annual Corporate Hero Award.

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Five Firefighters Hurt After Fire Truck Rolls Over Near Belton (TX)

April 18, 2015 According to the city of Belton, all five Central Bell County Fire Rescue firefighters injured when their fire truck ...

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