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North Carolina Fire Chief Found Dead After Calls

A 61-year-old North Carolina fire chief died recently following emergency responses.

FASNY Launches First-Ever Youth Recruitment Tool Kit

The “Youth Tool Kit” is a one-stop-shop for fire departments across the state to attract new members within a younger...

One Killed as Stolen Maryland Ambulance Crashes into Seven Cars

One person was killed Sunday when a stolen ambulance crashed into as many as seven cars before overturning in a Green...

In Case You Missed It: Recent Major Fire Service News

Among this week's major firefighter news was the first female firefighter line-of-duty death for the Philadelphia (PA...

Volunteer Firefighter Struck by Vehicle While Helping Motorist in Pennsylvania

A volunteer firefighter was struck early Sunday while trying to assist a motorist on an interstate in Pennsylvania.

Tree Burning Demonstration Provides Holiday Safety Lessons

Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center of Garden City joined with other Nassau County volunteer fir...

New York State Volunteer Fire Companies Will Be Required to Screen Applicants for Prior Sex Offenses

Over the past several years, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has worked to empower volunte...

Ballistic is Giving Back to First Responders this Holiday Season

Volunteer firefighters and EMTs protect their communities every day. This holiday season, Ballistic Case Company is s...

TEAM Training for Volunteers

As a training officer or training facilitator in your volunteer department, are you facing declining attendance, a la...

Bath (NY) Firefighter Airlifted After Wall Collapse

A Steuben County firefighter injured when a wall collapsed during a two-alarm fire was airlifted to University of Roc...

Scholarship Started to Honor Fallen South Carolina Firefighter

He may be gone, but his memory will live on thanks to the kindness of strangers. Earlier this month, Belvedere volunt...

Innovative Rolling Base Enhances Rookie Hose Management Systems by Reducing Wear on Fire Hose

Deschutes River Manufacturing (DRM), an Oregon-based company, has rolled out a new offering to its fire hose manageme...

Kentucky, Texas Fire Departments Get New Turnouts Through Globe Gear Giveaway Program

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

Volunteer Firefighter Dies, Child Suffers Burns in NC House Fire

The firefighter worked with the Nantahala Fire Department. His nine-year-old was burned. Their names have not been re...

Dog Saves Woman from TN House Fire

The homeowner said at the scene that she was woken up by her dog and then she heard the fire alarms going off.

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 17: Planning That Drill

It imperative that the drills be well thought-out, planned, and coordinated to deliver the maximum impact and to keep...

Mother and Child Taken to Hospital After Torrington (CT) Fire

Following a fire that tore through a Torrington home, a mother and her 3-week-old child were rushed to the hospital.

Submit Your Nominations for NVFC's Annual Awards Honoring Volunteer Firefighters

Recognize achievement in your department or community by submitting nominations for the National Volunteer Fire Counc...

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North Carolina Fire Chief Found Dead After Calls

A 61-year-old North Carolina fire chief died recently following emergency responses.


Year-End Spending Bill Funds All Federal Agencies Except DHS Through Fiscal Year 2015

Legislation funding most of the federal government through the end of the fiscal year was passed on December 13. The appropriations bill provides more than $1 trillion and funds all federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year except for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is funded through the end of February.  

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In this week's Humpday Hangout, guest hosts Mike Dugan of the FDNY and Bill Carey of Firefighter Nation talk to the Dane Carley, Craig Nelson, and Jeff Wallin about higher reliability organizations (HROs) and how this approach applies to the fire service

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North Carolina Fire Chief Found Dead After Calls

A 61-year-old North Carolina fire chief died recently following emergency responses.


Massachusetts Governor Patrick and Life Sciences Center Announce Grant to Research Ebola

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North Carolina Fire Chief Found Dead After Calls

December 18, 2014

A 61-year-old North Carolina fire chief died recently following emergency responses.

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November 2014
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