Today, we celebrate the first appearance of the National Fireman’s Journal. Bobby Halton, editor-in-chief of its descendent, Fire Engineering, offers his thoughts on this anniversary. Fire department funding/staffing issues, building construction concerns, home fire hazards, and much more—they’re all here in the first issue, November 17, 1877.
The lives of 82 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 21 firefighters who died in previous years will be remembered.
James Braidwood of Edinburgh led a storied firefighting career across the pond, and many of his innovations traveled to take root here in America and still persist today.
Jed Wachlin offers suggestions for maintaining the fire service’s image and tradition as public servants and professionals who provide customer service that is second to none and for standing out as a bastion of service into the future.
On July 1, 1988, five veteran firefighters were trapped and killed under a massive pile of stored auto parts and collapsed roof, ceiling, and truss assemblies.
On June 30, 2013, 19 firefighters with the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew were killed battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona.
On June 18, 2007, a fire at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, South Carolina, left nine firefighters dead.
In this Humpday Hangout, hosts Rick Lasky and Terry McGrath talk with various generations of firefighters about the tradition of following in mom or dad's footsteps in the fire service.
Kevin J. Mochen recounts the 1972 collapse of the Hotel Vendome in Boston, an event which killed nine firefighters, the largest single loss of members' lives in Boston (MA) Fire Department history.
On Father's Day, June 17, 2001, an explosion at a hardware store in Queens killed three members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY).