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Firefighter's Special Needs Son Gets Reality Show

Rich Mistkowsk's son Tim Harris will star in the show "Everybody Loves Tim," which will explore the life of...

LA Fire Official Fined for State Ethics Laws Violation

Tim Thiebau, a Harvey (LA) Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 official, has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for violating stat...

NY Volunteer Succumbs to Cancer Following Honoring

Patrick Savage, 49, was battling cancer and recently discontinued his service as a member of the fire police at the M...

Globe, DuPont, and NVFC Name First Three Winners in 2014 Gear Giveaway

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

Volunteer Firefighter Shortage a Problem for Idaho

FASNY Announces Winner of Statewide Community Service Award

This coming weekend, Newfane resident and Miller Hose Fire Company member Martin (Marty) Horanburg will be presented ...

Memorial for Fallen Texas Firefighters Has No Space for New Names

Two Long Island (NY) Firefighters Injured in Crash

NVFC Calls for Resumption of Equipment Transfers to Fight Wildland Fire

In June, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) halted the transfer of excess military vehicles and equipment to state ...

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 15 - House Pride

Our people, our accomplishments, our traditions, and our heritage all can contribute to what I like to call house pri...

Fire Engineering Magazine Partners With Russell Johns to Launch an Online Career Center for Fire and Emergency Services Personnel

Fire Engineering magazine has announced that it is partnering with Russell Johns Associates (http://russelljohns.com)...

Firefighter Grants: FEMA AFGP Audits

Without a doubt, receiving a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) award is much more fun than managin...

Grinnell Mutual and NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation Show You How

Fire departments across the country have less than one month to apply for the Life Safety Achievement Award, announce...

Seven Firefighters Injured in Vermont Lightning Strike

Seven firefighters were hospitalized with injuries they sustained due to a lightning strike while fighting a house fi...
Funeral Held for Wallington (NJ) Firefighter John Barnas

Funeral Held for Wallington (NJ) Firefighter John Barnas

After a funeral mass at Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, firefighters from New Jersey and Pennsylvan...

Great Basin Professional Firefighters Raise Money for Cancer Fundraiser

In May 2014, the Great Basin Professional Firefighters hosted their first annual "Fire Your Hair" Fundraise...

Iowa Fire Chief on Hunger Strike for New Fire Station

One Iowa fire chief says he is on a hunger strike to raise much-needed funds for a new fire station.

North Carolina Fire Station Destroyed by Fire

The North River Volunteer Fire Station and firefighting equipment inside the structure were destroyed by a Sunday mor...

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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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Los Angeles Mayor Names First Latino Fire Chief

Assistant Chief Ralph M. Terrazas, a Los Angeles native, has been named chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He is the first Latino to hold the position.

Report: More Memphis (TN) Firefighters Calling Out Sick

News reports say that more Memphis (TN) firefighters calling out sick to work recently.

Interim D.C. Fire Chief Confronts Host of Problems

Eugene A. Jones, the interim fire chief for Washington, D.C., is dealing with a slew of contentious issues in his new role with the fire department.

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1944 Hartford Circus Fire: Tent Burned “Like Tissue Paper”

Seventy years ago this month, on July 6, 1944, the Hartford (CT) Circus Fire occurred when a tent, waterproofed with paraffin and gasoline, ignited and was  rapidly consumed. In the ensuing panic, 168 people died, many of them children, and hundreds suffered injuries. Local firefighters also lost loved ones. See how Fire Engineering reported on the tragedy and the fire safety questions it raised.

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Bereavement Uniform Program to Attend IAFC Conference

The BUP is a joint effort between the Lighthouse Uniform Company and America's firefighting community, with the shared goal of ensuring every firefighter is honored for their service with a dress uniform for their funeral at no cost to the family. 

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LA Fire Official Fined for State Ethics Laws Violation

Tim Thiebau, a Harvey (LA) Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 official, has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for violating state ethics laws.         

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The Job: Effort at the Station

How does a leader deal with team members who are aren't putting forth solid effort in the firehouse? P.J. Norwood shares some ideas on how to deal with such situations.

Fireground Management

Video: WA's Watermelon Hill Fire Now 80 Percent Contained

The fire has been reduced to 10,518 acres.

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Firefighter's Special Needs Son Gets Reality Show

Rich Mistkowsk's son Tim Harris will star in the show "Everybody Loves Tim," which will explore the life of Harris.

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Obama Signs Emergency Disaster Declaration for WA Wildfires

The president's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and to provide assistance for emergency measures to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.

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Bereavement Uniform Program to Attend IAFC Conference

July 23, 2014 The BUP is a joint effort between the Lighthouse Uniform Company and America's firefighting community, with the share...

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