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

Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Thomas A. Merrill follows up his previous article on apparatus driver programs with this article, which offers just a few of the many important policies, guidelines, or rules that departments should have in place to help guide their vehicle responses.

MORE Intelligence

Mon, Jul 13, 2015

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

Structure Fires Involving Hoarders

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

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 situations in our districts.

Art, Reality, and Influence

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

I received the following note from a firefighter who was concerned about an advertisement's artistic depiction of firefighters who were dirty from firefighting....

Xtralis VESDA-E VEA Named 2015 Campus Safety BEST Award Winner

Mon, Jun 29, 2015

The award is the 11th for VESDA-E series detectors since introduction in 2014.

Fire Service CSI

Mon, Jun 22, 2015

It is imperative that fire service students take advantage of learning opportunities to improve personal and organizational readiness for future incidents, writes Eric G. Bachman.

CSB Releases Draft Investigation Report into 2009 Explosion and Fire at Caribbean Petroleum

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Thirty Minutes for Life

Mon, Jun 8, 2015

Most companies should be able to create a 30-minute time slot into which ideas and policies critical to firefighter safety and survival may be discussed or practiced,writes David DeStefano.

908 Devices Gets $11.5M to Create New Device with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Fri, Jun 5, 2015

This contract fuels development of advanced GC-HPMS devices, providing broader chemical detection capability for military personnel.

EMS Compass Announces Town Hall Format June Webinar Series

Wed, Jun 3, 2015

EMS Compass, a national initiative to improve systems of care though meaningful performance measurement, will host a series of webinars June 15-18, 2015. The webinars are the best way for members of the EMS community and other stakeholders to provide feedback on the quality and performance measures topics under consideration for further development and testing.

A Duty to Respond: Translating Your Fire Safety Message to a Multicultural Community

Fri, May 29, 2015

We all have our reasons for being firefighters. Whether it is fulfillment of a lifelong dream or ambition, the inherent need to help people, or the calling of community service or pride, you have made a conscious decision to become part of an elite group of individuals.

Tulsa Fire Department's Bowstring Truss ID System

Fri, May 29, 2015

This Oklahoma department implemented a program that provides initial responders with critical information-about the presence of bowstring truss construction, a serious threat to firefighter safety-when they need it most.

Utility Response: What You Can Expect from Your Utility and What You Should Expect

Thu, May 28, 2015

Knowing you will arrive before the utility company in many cases should stress the importance of educating yourself in the hazards, the safety precautions, and the actions to take and not take at incidents where you need the utility company.    

Ignite Fire Safety Awareness at U.S. Colleges

Wed, May 20, 2015

May is when families across the U.S. begin planning for their college-age children’s fall semester and either on- or off-campus housing needs. While there are more than 21 million college students in the U.S., unfortunately many of them are living in housing lacking fire sprinklers, smoke detectors and other critical fire safety protections.

Man Hurt in Indianapolis Float Fire

Tue, May 12, 2015

One man was slightly hurt after a fire occurred Tuesday while working on a float for the upcoming Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade.

Halo Smart Labs Alerts Users to Fires, Tornadoes, and Other Hazards

Thu, May 7, 2015

Consumers will be able to buy Halo and Halo WX for their own homes beginning on May 13, 2015.

NVFC Announces Arson Awareness Week 2015

Tue, May 5, 2015

Firefighters Flee Insolvent California City

Mon, May 4, 2015

A report on the blog inlandpolitics.com says firefighters and police are leaving the California city of San Bernardino in record numbers.

Fire and EMS Responses to Violent Incidents: Tactical Considerations

Fri, May 1, 2015

Although planning for large-scale civil disturbances is primarily a responsibility of law enforcement, it is vital for fire departments to advocate for our people and provide the leadership required to work with all agencies in our jurisdictions, writes Thomas N. Warren.  

One NASCAR Crew Member Remains Hospitalized After Pit Fire

Sun, Apr 26, 2015

NASCAR plans to review the circumstances surrounding a pit fire that injured three pit crew members during Friday night's Xfinity Seriesrace at Richmond International Raceway

CSB Board Votes on Status of Sixteen Safety Recommendations

Tue, Apr 21, 2015

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has recently voted to update the status of sixteen recommendations resulting from twelve accident investigations including key safety improvements resulting from the 2006 CAI/Arnel fire and explosion in Danvers, MA and the 2005 BP Texas City refinery fire and explosion.  


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