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Long Island's Bob McConville Elected as President of Firemen's Association of the State of New York

Robert (Bob) McConville, veteran Suffolk County Fire Official and EMT, was installed as President of the Firemen's As...

Still Time to Apply for 2014 NVFC Scholarships to Columbia Southern University

Looking to further your education but worried about the cost? For the sixth year, Columbia Southern University (CSU) ...

Fire Department Mergers, Consolidations, and Annexations

Fire department mergers, annexations, or consolidations can be complicated, but they're not impossible. John K. Murph...

Colorado Volunteer Fire Departments Struggling with Staff Shortage

Volunteer firefighters protect about half of Colorado's residents, with solely volunteer departments being responsibl...

Texas Firefighter Saves Twin Brother's Life

A Port O'Connor (TX) volunteer firefighter used his training while off duty to save his twin brother's life following...

Globe, DuPont, and NVFC Announce More Winners in 2014 Gear Giveaway

Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the sec...

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 ...

Freeze Protection of Piping

Preventing the freezing of piping outside of a building's heated interior spaces can be a significant challenge.

Probie letter

The following letter is one I wrote and give along with a binder of helpful information, contacts, and career develop...

The Nine Tire Drill

On March 7, 2008, two firefighters from the Salisbury (NC) Fire Department were killed when they were trapped by rapi...

Succession Planning in Volunteer and Combination Departments

Mimicking the country's strong beliefs of self-determination, volunteer fire departments have held elections to selec...

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.

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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.

POLITICS & POLICIES

Illinois Firefighters in Flag Decal Flap Can Return to Work

Several Illinois firefighters who had been sent home from work for refusing to remove U.S. flag stickers from their helmets can return to work and keep the stickers posted, according to a news report.

West Metro (CO) Fire Rescue Announces Drastic Staffing Cuts

The fire district will be undertaking a variety of measures including apparatus closures, reallocation of personnel, civilian layoffs, and demotions in an effort to further control costs.

Houston Firefighters Union Head Resigns Over Threats

The head of Houston's firefighters union has resigned after reportedly being targeted by firefighters on social media.

Fire Service Traditions & History

Not So Amusing: Amusement Park Fires

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the deadly Haunted Castle fire at the Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, New Jersey, which killed eight teens and injured a dozen others. The “castle” was in reality a series of interconnected truck trailers. In the latest From the Fire Engineering Vault feature, we look at this and other amusement park fires covered in the magazine. What common factors do you see in these fires?  

LODD

IAFF to Honor Fallen Firefighters

This year, the IAFF will share 168 compelling stories of professional fire fighters and paramedics who paid the ultimate price protecting their communities.

Legal

Minnesota Sprinkler Law Pleases Firefighters

Large, newly built homes throughout Minnesota will come with an added feature next year -- whether their owners want it or not.

Officer Development

The Fire Department Administrative-Operational Gap

Trying to understand the vantage point of your colleagues can make the difference in overcoming the disconnect between company-level operations and the administration, writes Pedro Cáceres.

Volunteers Corner

Long Island's Bob McConville Elected as President of Firemen's Association of the State of New York

Robert (Bob) McConville, veteran Suffolk County Fire Official and EMT, was installed as President of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY), at its 142nd Annual Convention at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany, NY on August 22.
 

Grants

Northeastern University Seeks Pilot Sites to Evaluate Project

Through a federal grant, Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, is seeking pilot sites to be part of a national-scope project to implement and evaluate a Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT).

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Minnesota Sprinkler Law Pleases Firefighters

September 14, 2014 Large, newly built homes throughout Minnesota will come with an added feature next year -- whether their owners want ...

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