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The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 21—A Typical Night in a Volunteer Firehouse

Thomas A. Merrill finds hope from a successful night of drilling at the firehouse.

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NC Community Mourns Loss of Volunteer Firefighter

Lieutenant Chris Phillips died of natural causes hours after responding to a fatal crash on Edmiston Road near Mt. Ulla.

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 21—A Typical Night in a Volunteer Firehouse

Thomas A. Merrill finds hope from a successful night of drilling at the firehouse.

Pierce Manufacturing, IAFC Honor the 2015 Volunteer and Career Fire Chiefs of the Year

Chiefs from Wolfforth, Texas, and Albemarle County, Virginia, receive national awards at Fire-Rescue International.

Washington State Asks for Volunteer Firefighter Help

With wildfires straining resources, Washington officials say that for the first time in state history they're coordinating help from residents who ...

Washington Firefighters Experience Impact of Staffing Issues During Wildfire Season

As the flames drew closer, the fire chief called and called for help. But three other major wildfires were burning in Stevens County, Wash., a...

Columbus (IN) Firemen's Cheer Fund Ride Fast Approaching

The Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund Ride will be held Saturday August 22. The one hundred mile ride begins and ends in the Fourth Street area of...

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.

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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

Injured Wildland Firefighter is Improving

Daniel Lyon, the injured forest firefighter from Puyallup, was upgraded to serious condition but remained in intensive care Saturday night at the U...

Legal

New Orleans Mayor Offers Firefighters $42 Million Settlement Plan

In a settlement offer likely to be seen as a provocation by New Orleans firefighters, the Mayor Mitch Landrieu proposed Wednesday a $42.25 mil...

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

Oregon Fire is Nation's Top Priority

A fire in remote eastern Oregon that destroyed 36 homes and was threatening 500 more on Wednesday was declared the nation's top priority for resour...

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Cleveland (OH) Firefighters to Test Sensors Developed by Local University and NASA

Case Western Reserve University and NASA Glenn Research Center researchers will work with Cleveland firefighters and elsewhere to design and t...

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Injured Wildland Firefighter is Improving

August 30, 2015 Daniel Lyon, the injured forest firefighter from Puyallup, was upgraded to serious condition but remained in intensiv...

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