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Watch West (TX) Documentary and Anniversary Memorial Online

On April 17, 2013, the difference between life and death was just 13 minutes. That's the interval between the time fi...

NVFC Receives SAFER Grant for National Firefighter Recruitment and Retention Campaign

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has been awarded a $2,390,479 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Res...

Pennsylvania Bill Would Waive Local Income Tax for Volunteer EMS and Firefighters

Nominate a Volunteer Firehouse in National Unsung Heroes Contest

From now until May 7, you can nominate the volunteer fire department or volunteer firehouse you believe illustrates t...

Firefighter Accused in 2007 Maryland Fire That Injured Him, Other Crew Member

Federal authorities say one of the volunteer firefighters injured in a September 2007 Halethorpe (MD) fire intention...

Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act Passes Senate as Part of Unemployment Insurance Extension

On April 7, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 3979, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, as ...

New Jersey Firefighter Claims Dismissal After Sexual Harassment Complaint

Marking at least the second active lawsuit by women alleging mistreatment by fire companies in Franklin Township, a f...

Logan County WV Fire Chief Dies from Apparent Heart Attack

A Logan County community is mourning the death of longtime volunteer fire chief George Underwood, who died Thursday o...

Police Arrest Teen in Fire Apparatus Attack that Injured Garfield (NJ) Firefighter

A 16-year-old Garfield (NJ) resident was arrested on charges he threw a glass soda bottle at a moving fire truck, nea...

Bucks County (PA) Launches Campaign to Increase Volunteer Firefighter Membership

Bucks County is a large and diverse region. It has people from all walks of life, every socioeconomic class. But, acr...

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 13–Customer Service

We have an opportunity to display our skills at every call to which we respond, writes Thomas A. Merrill

Louisiana Firefighter Handcuffed by Police Officer at Emergency Scene

A New Roads (LA) police officer handcuffed and detained a volunteer firefighter Monday night during an emergency.
Abington Township (PA) Firefighters Take on Structural Collaps

Preparing for the Rare Rescue: Abington Township (PA) Firefighters Take on Structural Collapse

In 20 years there have only been three structural collapses in Abington Township, Pennsylvania. Still, members of the...

FDIC 2014: Firefighting Tactics for Modern Wood-Frame Construction

Rochester (NY) Fire Department Captain Scott Joerger will present a classroom on firefighting tactics for fires in mo...

Train Hits and Kills Pennsylvania Firefighter During Search For Missing Woman

The search for a missing Wilmerding woman took a tragic turn Saturday evening when a local volunteer firefighter, who...

Report on Florence MT Firefighters Dismisses Most Allegations

Volunteer firefighters in Florence will likely undergo a new level of scrutiny before being allowed to respond to wil...

Learning, Earning, and Returning

Don’t wait until you have retired to think about what may have been, writes Thomas N. Warren.

A classroom by Dr. Richard Gasaway for an entire department is the prize of Midwest Fire's FDIC contest.

Midwest Fire Sponsors Dr. Richard B. Gasaway Classroom Session for Fire Department as FDIC Prize

Midwest Fire announced plans to sponsor a two-part classroom session taught by Dr. Richard B. Gasaway to benefit a fi...

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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.

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Forest Service Chief Cites Successes, Challenges in Testimony on FY15 Budget

In testimony today before the House Appropriations Committee, Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell cited three key areas of focus for the FY 2015 President's Budget of $4.77 billion for the Forest Service: restoring resilient landscapes, building thriving communities, and managing wildland fires.

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After seven years of legal wrangling, New York City settled a discrimination lawsuit against the fire department late Monday.

Bill Would Let Alaska Municipalities Make Changes to Fire Service

The Alaska Senate recently passed a bill that would allow municipalities to change aspects of their fire service areas without an area-wide vote.

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From the FE Vault - Aug 23, 1879

As we enter into the 2014 Fire Department Instructors Conference, let’s look at a few pages from The Fireman’s Journal, August 23, 1879. Among other matters, in discussing a fire at a summer hotel—a regular occurrence back then—the editor raises questions about fire safe building construction and hazardous materials. “As these hotels are at present arranged, there is no protection afforded to either life or property.” It would take a “great calamity” to compel lawmakers to pass laws requiring hotel operators to provide fire protection. “At present these hotels are so many death traps, into which one lies down to sleep at the peril of his life.”

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NYPD Revised Fire Response Protocol Now Bans Elevator Use

A week after cops were told to use caution when taking an elevator while responding to building fires, the NYPD has rescinded the directive and issued revised protocol that requires stairs to be used at all times.

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FDIC 2014: The Qualities of a Good Officer

Dave Casey and Chris Niebling presented "Company Officer Development: Lead from the Right Seat" at FDIC 2014.

Fireground Management

Regina Fire and Protective Services Records Management System Useful for Optimizing Assets

Regina Fire & Protective Services reported today that with help from their Records Management System (RMS) partner, FDM Software, it was able to make significant department improvements over the past year.

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Watch West (TX) Documentary and Anniversary Memorial Online

On April 17, 2013, the difference between life and death was just 13 minutes. That's the interval between the time first responders arrived at the West Fertilizer Co. and the explosion that left 12 of them dead.

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NVFC Receives SAFER Grant for National Firefighter Recruitment and Retention Campaign

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has been awarded a $2,390,479 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to implement a national volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention campaign.

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