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Leading Today's Fire Service Youth: Using History to Understand Motivation

Although two qualities of today's youth-narcissism and entitlement-may not be conducive to the fire station or the fireground, their sense of civic...

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 20—Safe Driving Policies

Thomas A. Merrill follows up his previous article on apparatus driver programs with this article, which offers just a few of the many important pol...

Badly Burned Teen Firefighter Remains in Hospital

A 16-year-old Marshall volunteer firefighter underwent seven hours of surgery and skin grafts Wednesday to treat burns suffered Sunday morning.

Baltimore Paramedic Dies After Becoming Ill While On Duty

A city paramedic had died after being hospitalized just a few days earlier, according to the Chief of the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department.

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When a tool is left to deteriorate and personnel skills are not consistently reinforced, the expected end result is ineffectiveness, writes Eric G....

National Volunteer Fire Council Call for Presentations

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is now accepting presentation proposals from qualified instructors to educate first responders on i...

New Jersey Official Says Volunteer Firefighters, Rescue Squads Scamming Retirement System

The New Jersey state comptroller says that some volunteer fire departments and first aid squads are partaking in taxpayer-funded retirement account...

Cape Horn Fire (ID) Remains Uncontained

The 2,000-acre Cape Horn fire burning on the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille remained uncontained -- the second day of the fire.

Register Your Department with the Make Me a Firefighter Campaign

The NVFC is launching a new nationwide volunteer firefighter and EMS recruitment campaign on August 1. Make sure your department is ready to partic...

Richardsville VFD Faces Three Fires in 48 Hours

Richardsville Volunteer Fire Department in the past 48 hours responded to three structure fires, two injury wrecks and five medical runs.

Emporia (VA) Firefighter Rescues Woman from Burning Building

An Emporia firefighter is being hailed as a hero after taking action and saving a woman inside a burning apartment.

Six Accused of Oakdale (LA) Arson Fires, Including Three Firefighters

Six Allen Parish residents, including three volunteer firefighters, have been charged in connection to Oakdale arson fires in May and early June, a...

Seville, Spain, Air Crash Mobilizes Public Emergency Services

George H. Potter examines the response of Spanish emergency services to the crashing of an Airbus Defense & Space Company A4000 ATLAS Airlifte...

Structure Fires Involving Hoarders

Although you may not think you have them in your fire district, hoarders can be anywhere. More than likely, we all have hoarders or hoarding situat...

Elysburg (PA) Holds Fire Cadet Weekend

For the 5th year, the Elysburg Fire Department has once again hosted with great success the 'Fire Cadet Weekend'.  

Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act Introduced in the House

On June 12, Representatives John Larson (D-CT) and David Reichert (R-WA) introduced the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (H.R. 2752), a...

Texas Firefighter Terminated Over Social Media Comment Regarding Charleston Killings

A Mabank (TX) firefighter was terminated after posting on social media about the mass shooting that killed nine people in Charleston, South Carolin...

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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 Hira...

POLITICS & POLICIES

FDNY Deputy Chief Disbands 'Merit Matters' Group

Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Deputy Chief Paul Mannix, head of the group "Merit Matters," disbanded the group last week, according ...

New Jersey Official Says Volunteer Firefighters, Rescue Squads Scamming Retirement System

The New Jersey state comptroller says that some volunteer fire departments and first aid squads are partaking in taxpayer-funded retirement account...

Newark (OH) Firefighters Union Files Grievance on Staffing

The Newark firefighters union has filed a grievance with the city over the fire department's staffing policy and timely notification of changes

Fire Service Traditions & History

Port Chicago Explosion, 1944

During World War II, untrained segregated personnel handling explosive armaments, the pressure to quickly load cargo, and a disregard for safety we...

LODD

Marking the Anniversary of the Fatal Waldbaum Super Market Fire

August 2 marks the anniversay of the 1978 fire that led to the deaths of six FDNY firefighters in the Line of Duty and injured more than 35, some s...

Legal

Judge refuses Providence Firefighters' Request for Restraining Order on Shift Changes

A judge refused to issue a temporary restraining order sought by Providence firefighters to stop the city from moving ahead with shift changes.

Officer Development

Taking the Promotion: How Becoming an Officer Changes Us

A new officer must change his technical approach to the fire, supervise his crew, and adapt to a new social role in the company . MATT MARIETTA&nbs...

Fireground Management

Taking the Promotion: How Becoming an Officer Changes Us

A new officer must change his technical approach to the fire, supervise his crew, and adapt to a new social role in the company . MATT MARIETTA&nbs...

Volunteers Corner

Leading Today's Fire Service Youth: Using History to Understand Motivation

Although two qualities of today's youth-narcissism and entitlement-may not be conducive to the fire station or the fireground, their sense of civic...

Grants

FEMA Grant Enables Philadelphia to Hire 160 New Firefighters

The federal government is providing $22.9 million so the Philadelphia Fire Department can hire 160 new firefighters.

Top News

Judge refuses Providence Firefighters' Request for Restraining Order on Shift Changes

August 3, 2015 A judge refused to issue a temporary restraining order sought by Providence firefighters to stop the city from moving...

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