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THE question as to whether private fire protection should be paid for by the parties who benefit by it is one that has aroused considerable interest among water works men and fire preventionists. The following paper by a veteran water works man and a former president of the American Water Works Association treats the subject both fairly and exhaustively and is worthy of study by both fire chiefs and water works superintendents:
Recommendations for waging a war on arson, ranging from defining who will fight the battles to the development of a glossary of arson terms, has recently been published by the National Fire Academy. The recommendations were developed by 36 persons who met under the auspices of the academy at the Columbus, Ohio, Laboratories of the Battelle Memorial Institute in January and February of this year.
The 65-year-old volunteer firefighter was rushed to the hospital, but the (heart) attack proved fatal." Other than knowing that he was checking for roof brands, the Passaic conflagration article in the November 1985 issue of FIRE ENGINEERING tells us nothing more about this individual. Perhaps he was a marathon runner.
Under the law, employers are required to pay their employees overtime after 40 hours of work per week. When a public agency employs firefighters, the law allows the agency to pay the firefighters straight time for up to 53 hours per week. But what about emergency medical services (EMS) personnel who work for the fire department and are classified as firefighters? There is no clear answer; therefore, fire service managers must be very careful in structuring overtime pay policies for fire-based EM
THE firemen who were recently dismissed from the Denver, Col., Department have brought suit against the city for working over-time. The claim is made that while they were compelled to work 21 hours a day, a State law provides that eight hours constitute a day's work. This is indeed a novel claim for a fireman to advance, in view of the generally accepted idea that a fireman is always on duty and who is only relieved from such by regular and stated leaves of absence.
Are America’s 8000 grain elevators just so many time bombs ticking toward eventual destruction by blast and fire? After a century of experience, why are fatal elevator explosions still making headlines? What are the prospects for design changes or protective systems to cut these losses?
Whether running command from inside a vehicle or outside, remember that there can be only one command post. Although its location can be changed, ideally it should be positioned just outside the hazard area, in the front of or near the main access to the area and be properly designated.
The unique construction of structures featuring half-stories can pose complex challenges for firefighters.
When fire department and the law enforcement personnel must respond to each other’s incidents, they should know beforehand the lead agency’s needs.