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Continental Girbau Gear Washers and Dryers Qualify for AFG Grants

Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Fire departments can soon apply for grants to purchase equipment needed to heighten firefighter safety, including Continental Girbau Inc. (Continental) ExpressWash™ Washers and ExpressDry™ Gear Dryers.

Create a Brand for Your Department

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Although it’s important that we meet our service delivery benchmarks, we need to think outside of the box and find ways to reach out to the community so we are more visible, writes Jacob McAfee.

BOW Building Protected by Spectrex SharpEye 20/20MI Detectors

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Since 2007, Spectrex has been involved in fire protecting the new EnCana headquarters: The BOW building in downtown Calgary, Canada.

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

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

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.

Final Report on AL Solutions Metal Dust Explosion and Fire that Killed Three in West Virginia Leads CSB to Reemphasize Call for OSHA Combustible Dust Standard

Wed, Jul 16, 2014

Today the US Chemical Safety Board released its final report, safety recommendations and accompanying safety video into a fatal combustible dust explosion at the AL Solutions metal recycling facility in New Cumberland, West Virginia.

CSB Releases Preliminary Findings into Freedom Industries Investigation

Wed, Jul 16, 2014

In an update on the investigation into the chemical storage tank leak that contaminated the drinking water of up to 300,000 residents of nine West Virginia Counties, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) reported today it has thus far found no record of a formal, industry approved inspection performed on any of the chemical storage tanks at Freedom Industries prior to the massive leak which occurred on January 9, 2014.  Informal inspections may have occurred, preliminary findings indicate, but investigators have found a lack of appropriate engineering inspections with prescribed frequency and rigor of inspections.

Tactical Safety: A High Level of Risk

Wed, Jul 16, 2014

Why do fire departments resist change? Ray McCormack on new ideas and leaders who aren't focused on proficient firefighting operations and understanding the fireground.

Understanding "Nothing Showing"

Wed, Jul 16, 2014

Some very notable individuals and organizations have voiced opinions relating to the effectiveness and consequences of using this term, writes Thomas N. Warren.

Pigeon Mountain Industries Unveils PMI Extreme Pro

Tue, Jul 15, 2014

Pigeon Mountain Industries (PMI) introduces the new PMI Extreme Pro static rope.

FCC: 911 Calls in D.C. Lack Accurate Caller Location Information

Fri, Jul 11, 2014

New data obtained from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that nine out of ten wireless 9-1-1 calls made in D.C. in the first half of 2013 were delivered without the accurate location information needed to find callers who are lost, confused, unconscious or otherwise unable to share their location. 

California Fire Marshal Hoover Earns ICC, IAFC 2014 Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award

Fri, Jul 11, 2014

California Fire Marshal Tonya L. Hoover will be honored with the 2014 Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award for her history of courage, determination, and dedication to fire and life safety.

Firefighters Rescue Wheelchair-Bound Man From Tulsa House Fire

Thu, Jul 10, 2014

Firefighters rescued a wheelchair-bound Tulsa man, trapped in his burning home. It happened Wednesday afternoon in a neighborhood near Apache and North Yale.

Cintas and Sqwincher Reward Hottest Job with Prizes to Beat the Heat

Wed, Jul 9, 2014

Breaking Down Building Intelligence

Wed, Jul 9, 2014

Jack Murphy and Sean DeCrane propose a real-time solution to enable fire suppression forces to stay ahead of the construction industry and the ever-changing building systems that will provide first-due fire companies with critical building intelligence to enhance firefighter safety and survival while en route to the incident and beyond.

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

Thu, Jul 3, 2014

Fire departments across the country have less than one month to apply for the Life Safety Achievement Award, announces NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.

UNH Delivers Secure Emergency Alert Information to Mobile Devices With Triveni Digital Solutions

Thu, Jul 3, 2014

Triveni Digital today announced that the University of New Hampshire (UNH), in partnership with New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) and the New Hampshire Department of Safety (NH DOS), has deployed a statewide public safety datacasting service based on an integrated technology solution from Triveni Digital.

Marketing Your Fire Department

Thu, Jul 3, 2014

There are many ways to market your fire department. The most important step to getting started is the first one, writes Bruce Garner.

IAFC President Expresses Field EMS Bill Concerns

Fri, Jun 27, 2014

Bill Metcalf, president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), on the Field EMS Bill (H.R. 809/S. 2400) in the U.S. Congress.

No-Brainer Management, Part 6: Behavior Management

Mon, Jun 23, 2014

We are working our way through a series of separate subjects that together make up a No-Brainer Management writing/teaching program in which I am currently involved.

Train Like You Fight Is a Theme

Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Training like you fight shouldn't be merely a slogan for one week, but rather should be the focus of fire departments all year long, writes Ray McCormack.

Safety and Health Week: Firefighter Behavioral Health

Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Because of the nature of our work, we are at high risk, physically and mentally. Mark Lamplugh on firefighter behavioral health.

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