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Meridian (MS) Firefighters Shot with Taser Gun

Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Two Meridian (MS) firefighters were shocked by a Taser gun in an incident earlier this month, according to the fire chief.

Crude Oil By Rail Information and Hazards

Fri, Jul 25, 2014

Jeff Simpson discusses the response tactics firefighters should employ when responding to these hazardous materials incidents.

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.


Tue, Jul 22, 2014

SAVE critical storage space in your rig with Rescue 42's THE SHARK™ COLLAPSIBLE STEP CHOCK.

Preincident Planning for Agricultural Occupancies

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Every farm is a unique operation with an array of potential hazards and risks for operating first responders. Know the hazards.

Polyethylene Wall: "Gasoline Construction" for Houses

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

The lightweight construction and low density of the material allow for high air flow into the product and expose more surface area to a fire, drastically reducing the time to flashover.

General Orders for the Company Officer

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

A universal set of guidelines for any situation you are likely to encounter, adapted from the Marines.

No-Brainer Management, Part 7: Organizational Alignment

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

I am more than lucky because I still get to attend fire service conferences, seminars, and workshops where I interact with firefighters from virtually everywhere.

"Those who can, do. Those who cannot, teach."

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Since George Bernard Shaw scripted those words more than 60 years ago, the quote has been used to imply that people who are unable to succeed in the real world will instead get a job instructing others in how to do the job they cannot do themselves.

Volunteer Fire Department Consolidation in Pennsylvania

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Approximately 73 percent of the fire departments in the United States are volunteer-based, and their members total to about 800,000.

The Rhythm

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Mark Twain is credited with a quote that goes something like this: "History may not repeat itself but it does rhyme."

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.

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