January 28, 2020

Helping allies in need: How mutual aid is a lot like NATO

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Just like allied forces, firefighters from around the world come together to face natural and manmade disasters

Video: LA first responders work tirelessly admist homelessness crisis

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Personnel from the LAFD's Station 9 in Skid Row gave an inside look at their experience aiding thousands of homeless residents

Video: LA first responders work tirelessly admist homelessness crisis

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Personnel from the LAFD's Station 9 in Skid Row gave an inside look at their experience aiding thousands of homeless residents

Video: LA first responders work tirelessly amidst homelessness crisis

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Personnel from the LAFD's Station 9 in Skid Row gave an inside look at their experience aiding thousands of homeless residents

Rural Ore. fire, ambulance agencies seek approval to merge

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The agencies are seeking support to create a ballot measure to approve the merger, which officials say would improve service

Rural Ore. fire, ambulance agencies seek approval to merge

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The agencies are seeking support to create a ballot measure to approve the merger, which officials say would improve service

Automated CPR devices required for all emergency agencies in Calif. county

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Orange County officials said the requirement will improve patient outcomes and increase safety for EMS providers

Australia announces new medal to honor bushfire service

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Overseas responders, including firefighters from the United States, will be eligible to receive the honor

Collect and update member photos

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

All departments should have a collection of member photos on hand for media inquiries

Fatal fire destroys 35 boats at Alabama dock

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities confirmed there were fatalities in the blaze, after seven people were previously reported injured and seven reported missing

At least 8 killed in blaze at Alabama dock

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A search and rescue mission is ongoing following the fire that destroyed 35 boats, many of which sank with people possibly on still on board

4 FDNY paramedics nominated for award after rescuing man from CO-filled basement

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The FDNY nominated the paramedics for the Daily News Hometown Heroes award for saving the unconscious man from lethal CO exposure

4 FDNY paramedics nominated for award after rescuing man from CO-filled basement

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The FDNY nominated the paramedics for the Daily News Hometown Heroes award for saving the unconscious man from lethal CO exposure

FDNY firefighter accused of DWI, crashing department van

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police say the firefighter abandoned the FDNY vehicle after crashing it while intoxicated

‘Trauma for Teachers’ training designed by Calif. student, fire department

Posted on January 27, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The program will train faculty to prepare for emergency situations and supply bleeding control kits for classrooms

Book Excerpt: I Was a London Firefighter

Posted on January 26, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

David Pike shares gripping accounts of working in the London Fire Brigade

Kobe Bryant, 4 others killed in helicopter crash in Southern California

Posted on January 26, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The crash ignited a brush fire, making it difficult for firefighters and emergency personnel to get to the aircraft

Kobe Bryant, daughter, 7 others killed in helicopter crash in Southern California

Posted on January 26, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The crash ignited a brush fire, making it difficult for firefighters and emergency personnel to get to the aircraft

Tactical paramedics should be allowed to carry firearms, Ohio fire chief says

Posted on January 26, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fire department is seeking permission from city council to arm paramedics who assist the SWAT team

Retired firefighter’s son surprises him on 90th birthday with restored apparatus

Posted on January 26, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Virginia firefighter's son restored the 1950s antique fire truck his father used to operate

Wash. firefighter killed by snow fallen from roof

Posted on January 26, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

U.S. Forest Service Technician and Chelan County Volunteer Firefighter Kimiko Nalle became buried after the snow slid off the roof of her home

9 FDNY firefighters injured, 85,000 museum artifacts feared lost in Chinatown fire

Posted on January 26, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One civilian was rescued from the building's fifth floor, and firefighters fought to control the fire for more than 24 hours

9 FDNY firefighters injured, 85,000 museum artifacts feared lost in Chinatown fire

Posted on January 26, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One civilian was rescued from the building's fifth floor, and firefighters fought to control the fire for more than 24 hours

Fire station mold forces firefighters to sleep in their trucks

Posted on January 25, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Black mold discovered during repairs caused the Michigan station to be temporarily shut down

Factors favor possible mega-wildfire event in Texas, officials say

Posted on January 25, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire officials said weather and climate conditions put Central Texas at risk of major wildfires

FF-paramedic who needs kidney transplant inspires colleagues to become donors

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ohio Firefighter-Paramedic Mike Weissmann is currently awaiting a match to a living donor

Dispatch guidelines for Wuhan coronavirus call screening released

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The guidelines urge early notification of first responders if patients have possible symptoms of the virus

Photo of the Week: Florida firefighters rescue man stuck in a tree

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

6 firefighters seriously injured in fire truck crash in Australia

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The volunteer firefighters were battling wildfires in New South Wales when the crash occurred

How puppies behind bars are rescuing the rescuers

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD share how service dogs have changed their lives

2 killed in Houston explosion

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said debris from the blast was spread out for about half a mile and are warning residents to avoid the area

Heavy rescue truck struck by semi in Mo.

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters were at the scene of a crash when the semi-truck struck and damaged their vehicle

‘It’s not fires that scare us … It’s highways,’ says FF-medic hit by car

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fort Worth Firefighter-Paramedic Shonna Moorman says she's facing a "very long recovery" and plans to campaign for highway safety for first responders

FF-medic hit by car says firefighters fear highways more than fire

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fort Worth Firefighter-Paramedic Shonna Moorman says she's facing a "very long recovery" and plans to campaign for highway safety for first responders

Detroit firefighters disciplined for photo in front of burning house

Posted on January 24, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Thirteen firefighters were disciplined for the photo taken on New Year's Eve, including four sergeants

3 US firefighters killed in Australia aerial crash identified

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Three U.S. firefighters were on a firebombing mission, when the C-130 crashed into the mountains near the Australian capital of Canberra

Report: Apparatus in crash that killed 3 was speeding

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A recent police report found that the Phoenix Fire Department fire truck involved in an April 2019 crash was going at least 20 miles per hour over the speed limit

Report: Apparatus in crash that killed 3 was speeding

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A recent police report found that the Phoenix Fire Department fire truck involved in an April 2019 crash was going at least 20 miles per hour over the speed limit

2 firefighters dead in suspected murder-suicide

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police say the suspect waited outside his estranged wife’s home before shooting the other firefighter and then himself

Firefighter killed in suspected murder-suicide

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Police say the suspect waited outside his estranged wife’s home before shooting the firefighter and then himself

Ex-deputy fire chief’s felony conviction for alleged false time sheets overturned

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The former deputy fire chief may be retried after an appellate court said pieces of evidence at his original trial were "unsatisfactory"

Ex-deputy fire chief’s felony conviction for alleged false time sheets overturned

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The former deputy fire chief may be retried after an appellate court said pieces of evidence at his original trial were "unsatisfactory"

Fallen fire captain’s daughter testifies that propane line was cut at blast site

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The explosion that killed Farmington Fire Rescue Capt. Michael Bell in September has revived support for legislation to prevent propane-related disasters

3 things smart shoppers look for in tech to reduce crashes and decrease response times

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Turning red lights to green can be practical and affordable, if you know what to look for

3 things smart shoppers look for in tech to reduce crashes and decrease response times

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Turning red lights to green can be practical and affordable, if you know what to look for

Participate in the 2020 EMS Trend Report Survey

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS1 and Fitch & Associates have released the 2020 EMS Trend Report Survey to identify industry challenges and opportunities

Former fire chief pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of minor met through FD program

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ex-chief admitted to sexually explicit conduct with an underage girl he supervised through a volunteer program and taking photos of her at his workplace

Firefighters warn of dangerous TikTok trend after outlet scorched at Mass. high school

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two students are facing criminal charges after participating in a viral video challenge that prompted a fire response at their high school

3 US firefighters killed in plane crash fighting Australia wildfires

Posted on January 23, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The plane was carrying retardant for an aerial firefighting mission when it crashed, killing all aboard

1 dead, 7 wounded in downtown Seattle shooting

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The chief said based on video from the scene, multiple people fired weapons after a dispute outside a McDonald's

1 dead, 7 wounded in downtown Seattle shooting

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The chief said based on video from the scene, multiple people fired weapons after a dispute outside a McDonald's

Police: 5 people wounded, 1 dead in downtown Seattle

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police Chief Carmen Best said what they believe is a lone suspect fled and police are searching for him

Chief Alan Brunacini: The missing voice of reason in the fire service

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

How fire service leaders can continue the “be nice” messages of customer service

Program tracks medically-complex children, educates first responders

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The STARS program creates emergency care plans for children with advanced medical needs, and then works with first responders to provide specialized training in case an emergency occurs

FF-paramedic injured after rig involved in hit-and-run

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Chicago Fire Department paramedic was injured after a car crashed into an ambulance and then fled

4 Wis. FDs using GPS to determine response instead of jurisdiction

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The departments began last week using automatic vehicle locator technology to dispatch first responders based on which vehicles are closest to incidents

Woman reunites with first responders after having heart attack while driving

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Deputy Chief Bucky Buchanan said he appreciated witnessing the "chain of survival ... come to life”

Driver who suffered heart attack reunites with first responders who saved her

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Deputy Chief Bucky Buchanan said he appreciated witnessing the "chain of survival ... come to life”

Wis. Senate votes to restrict use of PFAS in firefighting foam

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The harmful chemicals were found in fish from Lake Monona, prompting the legislation

Wis. Senate votes to restrict use of PFAS in firefighting foam

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The harmful chemicals were found in fish from Lake Monona, prompting the legislation

FF burned in 2015 blaze reaches $5M settlement with 2 utility companies

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Daniel Lyon Jr. is the sole survivor of a four-person engine crew overcome by the Twisp River fire, and continues to require extensive medical care

FF burned in 2015 blaze reaches $5M settlement with 2 utility companies

Posted on January 22, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Daniel Lyon Jr. is the sole survivor of a four-person engine crew overcome by the Twisp River fire, and continues to require extensive medical care

Using ‘grim stories’ to help firefighters with decision-making

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

This method of guided imagination is designed to improve decision-making in real situations that unfold unexpectedly

LODD: Ga. firefighter found dead at fire station

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Roswell Fire Department Firefighter John Kevin Cash was found after an inspection of his room

Calif. engineer named ‘World’s Strongest Firefighter,’ first woman makes top 5

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The strength competition, hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, helped raise money for California fire departments

10 FDNY firefighters injured in multi-building 5-alarm blaze

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 200 fire and EMS personnel responded to the five-alarm fire that spread to six buildings

200 firefighters receive training at Va. conference

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Journeyman Conference provided knowledge and resources to firefighters from rural areas and included firefighter training and mental health talks

Former Kan. fire inspector loses discrimination lawsuit

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The former Topeka Fire Department inspector claimed gender-based discrimination and retaliation and said she felt forced to resign

Video shows confrontation between off-duty fire lieutenant, suspect before stabbing

Posted on January 21, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police are searching for the man they say stabbed the lieutenant while he was celebrating his wedding anniversary

Conn. town fire marshal killed in crash returning home from call

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith was beloved in the community and had served as the town's fire marshal for 28 years

Helmet camera at Okla. FD has been ‘beneficial,’ deputy chief says

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fire department is considering purchasing more cameras after receiving positive feedback from firefighters and the public

FF daughter, 6, wakes family to escape fire

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Madalyn Karlbon, daughter of Avenel Firefighter and former Chief Jimmy Karlbon, woke her family after hearing the smoke detector go off

Ohio fire/EMS fundraising to campaign for tax levy, avoid brownouts

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire officials say the levy would provide funds to hire more firefighters and paramedics, ensuring more consistent coverage

Hand gesture made by Maine FF in photo was due to injury, fire chief says

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fire department removed the photo from its Facebook page after some said they believed the firefighter's gesture was similar to a "white supremacy" symbol

Vt. fire chief suspended for alleged ‘unacceptable’ conduct

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rutland Fire Chief James Larsen, who had previously resigned as fire chief of Farmington in Minnesota, is accused of creating a hostile work environment

Alaska firefighter dies after medical emergency in fire truck

Posted on January 20, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Willow Fire Department Driver-Operator Roger DeLongchamp, 66, lost consciousness while preparing to respond to a fire

2 police officers shot, suspect’s home on fire in Hawaii

Posted on January 19, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The officers are reportedly in critical condition and the Honolulu Fire Department is battling the blaze that spread to two neighboring houses

2 police officers killed, suspect’s home on fire in Hawaii shooting

Posted on January 19, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two police officers were fatally shot; the Honolulu Fire Department is battling the blaze that spread to two neighboring houses

Fire lieutenant stabbed at Portland bar

Posted on January 19, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The assailant fled the scene after the seemingly random attack on an off-duty lieutenant

Fire lieutenant stabbed at Portland bar

Posted on January 19, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The assailant fled the scene after the seemingly random attack on an off-duty lieutenant

Drunk man punched firefighter in face, police say

Posted on January 19, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The man had reportedly fallen off of his moped and became belligerent with first responders when they arrived to help

7-foot firefighter measured by Guinness Book of World Records

Posted on January 19, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Tullahoma Firefighter Brandon Berridge, nicknamed "Shorty," could be the world's tallest firefighter

Signed Patrick Mahomes fire helmet auctioned for fallen, injured first responder families

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the funds set up for the families of two fallen and one injured Lubbock first responders

Va. county switches to military-style pay scale for public safety

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

All sworn deputy sheriffs, emergency communications officers and firefighters will be designated in pay grades PS 1 through 26 according to their specialty, where PS stands for public safety

Wash. firefighters help rescue ‘lucky dog’ from chilly river

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Whatcom County fire crews extended a ladder and used a pole to hook the dog's harness to pull him out of the water and up to the shore

Photo of the Week: Calif. firefighters construct ‘Little Free Library’

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Alleged ‘white power’ hand gestures by DC fire recruits under investigation

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The D.C. Fire and Rescue recruits were seen in a photo making a gesture similar to the OK hand sign

Cancer risk at center of NH fire station plan debate

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

At least one resident at the public forum expressed skepticism that a hot zone for carcinogen decontamination was needed

Former Boston firefighter found guilty of firehouse sexual assault

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

David Sanchez was convicted of assaulting a woman who had gone to the fire station to retrieve her belongings

Firefighter shares mask while rescuing mother, 2 children from apartment fire

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The firefighter and three residents were treated for smoke inhalation after the rescue

Mental health training, helmet emblem honor Fla. firefighter who died from suicide

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A sticker that can now be worn on Boynton Beach firefighters' helmets bears a green ribbon symbolizing open dialogue about mental health

Ind. fire chief resigns following controversy

Posted on January 17, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Georgetown Fire Chief Richard Bader Jr. resigned after a letter signed by 17 firefighters alleged a hostile work environment and physical violence

‘Racial overtones’ in white FFs’ lawsuit, leader of minority FFs group says

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The lawsuit by white Cleveland fire lieutenants claims black candidates were unfairly favored over white candidates for promotions

Firefighter, tennis legend Rafael Nadal help raise $3.3M with charity match

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters who have been battling Australia’s wildfires sat courtside at the event that was part of Tennis Australia’s Rally for Relief

Video: Near miss for pedestrians, fire truck as DC building collapses

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two women and a ladder truck passed by at just the right time, narrowly escaping the falling debris

3 things firefighters need to know about wellness programs

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A successful wellness program can improve overall health and reduce costs, and it should include physical fitness, stress management and mental health elements

PTSD bill draws 100+ first responders to Wis. capitol

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First responders gathered to lobby for the PTSD worker’s compensation bill, which currently excludes EMS professionals

‘I could hear trusses failing’: The incident that truly humbled me

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Every fire officer has an incident that teaches the powerful lesson of humility

Pink fire truck honoring cancer victim allegedly set on fire

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Tallahassee Fire Department is investigating after the retired fire truck dedicated to a woman who died from liver cancer went up in flames

EMTs added to FD day shift in milestone for NC county

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Volunteer firefighters earned their EMT certifications to improve service in Nash County's southern region

Warehouse explosion that killed 13 firefighters remembered 125 years later

Posted on January 16, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The "Night of Horror" in Butte, Montana killed 13 firefighters and at least 45 others in 1895

Compact electric fire truck concept unveiled by Panasonic, Tropos Motors

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The concept truck is just 6 feet and 5 inches tall to fit into tight spaces and is equipped with a Toughbook tablet

IAFF affirms Biden support heading into Iowa Caucus

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

With the first round of the Democratic presidential primary voting just weeks away, the IAFF reaffirmed its endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden

IAFC: ‘Pay attention and move over! For firefighter survival’

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

IAFC releases message to national media, plus safety tips for firefighters, following recent roadway incident LODDs

Video: Bruce Springsteen’s son sworn in as firefighter

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Sam Springsteen, 25, was sworn in with 14 other new Jersey City firefighters Tuesday

Man’s conviction upheld after FFs found child pornography at house fire

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A judge said the evidence found by firefighters while fighting the blaze were sufficient to justify the man's conviction

‘I will burn the world to the ground’ arson suspect posted before 7-alarm blaze

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One firefighter was injured fighting the New Jersey blaze that destroyed several buildings

Minn. fire chief dies from suspected heart attack after emergency call

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Howard Lake Fire Department Chief Daryl “Taddy” Drusch, 49, died unexpectedly early Monday morning

Minn. fire chief dies from suspected heart attack after emergency call

Posted on January 15, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Howard Lake Fire Department Chief Daryl “Taddy” Drusch, 49, died unexpectedly early Monday morning

Florida firefighter sustains traumatic injuries in elevator shaft fall

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Miami-Dade Firefighter David Gonzalez was airlifted to a trauma center following a “long fall”

40 affected after jet dumps fuel on Los Angeles school playgrounds

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say a jetliner making an emergency return dropped the fuel over two elementary schools and one high school

Firefighter brothers laid to rest in joint funeral

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company Firefighters Mark and Lee Nanna died just hours apart last week

23 treated after jet dumps fuel on elementary playground

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say 17 children and six adults were affected

Live power line injures Fla. fire captain at fatal fire

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The captain was rushed to the hospital after coming in contact with the power line

Live power line injures Fla. fire captain at fatal fire

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The captain was rushed to the hospital after coming in contact with the power line

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute launches free online courses

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The new FSRI Fire Safety Academy offers science-based courses to firefighters at no cost

4 FDNY firefighters, newborn, 17 others hurt in NYC blaze

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A total of 22 people were injured, two critically, in the early-morning high-rise fire

Hoax 911 calls lead to arrest of Maine man

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said all four fabricated calls prompted a "heavy response" from fire, EMS and law enforcement personnel

Firefighter salary dispute headed to arbitration panel

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Santa Cruz firefighters say their wages are "well below mean" and seek to negotiate better pay raises

Asbestos found in Va. fire station prompts temporary closure

Posted on January 14, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The station built in 1967 will be closed until further notice after floor tiles were found to contain asbestos

FF burned in 2015 blaze reaches $5M settlement with 2 utility companies

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Daniel Lyon Jr. is the sole survivor of a four-person engine crew overcome by the Twisp River fire, and was burned on over 70% of his body

This is not my grandfather’s fire service

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chronicling 50 years of change – and challenging the current generation to consider what’s next

3 firefighters injured in Mass. ambulance crash

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said five vehicles were involved in the crash that injured six people and damaged a new ambulance

Official charged with embezzling $26K from fire company relief fund

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police say the treasurer of the fire company's relief association stole the funds through more than 100 cash withdrawals

Why fire departments get sued

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Learn the top four reasons departments face legal proceedings, answers to liability questions and how to best protect your department and members

Fire hose strikes, injures fire police officer

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fire police officer was directing traffic when a fire truck passed by, striking him with its hose

8 wounded in stabbing spree, suspect arrested

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A police sergeant said fire and medical personnel helped work with victims and law enforcement to track down the suspect

Achieve optimal sleep: Avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco before bed

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Stimulants or depressants that are ingested or inhaled can make it more difficult to fall asleep

Apparatus replacements for Pa. FD face budget hurdles

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials are working to find the funds to replace two fire trucks, including an aerial truck, both pushing 30 years of service

Man impersonating firefighter robs home, police say

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials say the man was dressed in uniform and identified himself as an on-duty firefighter as he broke into a garage

Firefighter brothers die within hours of each other

Posted on January 13, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Colleagues said former Fire Company President Lee Nanna died from a "broken heart" after the death of his brother, former Chief Mark Nanna

Toxic tradition: Should furniture be allowed in the apparatus bays?

Posted on January 12, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

It’s time to wash away the traditional bay lounge areas where toxic exposure can occur

Donation funds CPR device for Mich. fire department

Posted on January 12, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A grant of more than $21,000 will allow the department to purchase a LUCAS device

Ala. fire chief dies suddenly in his office

Posted on January 12, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Homewood Fire Chief John A. Bresnan was found unconscious in his office from unknown causes Friday

W.Va. firefighter killed in apparatus crash

Posted on January 12, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Clover Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter Mark Horwich was killed in a crash while responding to a structure fire

W.Va. firefighter killed in apparatus crash

Posted on January 12, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Clover Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter Mark Horwich was killed in a crash while responding to a structure fire

Texas firefighter, police officer killed, 1 firefighter injured at icy wreck scene

Posted on January 11, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A vehicle crossed a median and crashed into the firefighters and police officer as they worked a wreck

LODD: Texas fire Lt.-paramedic, police officer killed, 1 FF-paramedic injured at icy wreck scene

Posted on January 11, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A vehicle crossed a median and crashed into the firefighter-paramedics and police officer as they worked a wreck

Lawsuit claims racial discrimination against white lieutenants in promotions

Posted on January 11, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A group of 24 Cleveland lieutenants claims that black candidates were unfairly favored when issuing promotions to captain

Minn. foundation expands to give grants to first responders, military

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Front Line Foundation is filling in gaps in funding to support training and equipment for Minnesota first responders and the families of those killed in the line of duty

Photo of the Week: Messages of thanks to Australia firefighters

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Md. county FD rolls out cold response system for less urgent medical calls

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The agency hopes to preserve roadway safety by running ambulances without lights and sirens when a patient’s injuries are not life-threatening

2 Ore. paramedics in limbo as fire chief calls for dual-role positions

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A city board rescinded layoff notices for the paramedics after the chief sought to replace them with firefighter-paramedics

Investigation underway after naked woman found in bed at La. city fire station

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The battalion chief who reported the incident criticized the fire chief’s handling of her complaint

Ind. township firefighters state ‘no confidence’ in chief after alleged violence

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The complaint signed by 17 firefighters comes about one month after a department captain filed a police report against the chief

Man sentenced for stealing more than $150K from Pa. fire, ambulance companies

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The man was convicted of writing false checks to himself while serving as treasurer for both companies

Video: U.S. firefighters cheered at Sydney Airport

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

American firefighters received a warm welcome as they arrived to help battle Australia’s catastrophic wildfires

Appeals court rules against Texas FF fired after refusing vaccine

Posted on January 10, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fired firefighter and Baptist minister claimed his termination constituted a violation of his religious freedom

Mich. town nixes plan to merge police and fire departments

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The proposal would have created a new department with some police officers cross-trained to respond to fires

NFPA introduces training for firefighters about potential new hazards

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Free online and instructor-led trainings educate firefighters about flammability and toxicity risks associated with new refrigerants

Australian FF confronts ‘false science,’ ‘outright lies’ about bushfires on social media

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Western Australia Firefighter Andrew Strunk addresses politics, climate change and firefighting tactics in a widely shared Facebook post

Las Vegas firefighters discover illegal gas station at home

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters said makeshift home gas stations pose a hazard to the public and first responders

Southwest Baltimore residents fearful after 30+ fires since July

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities are taking measures to patrol neighborhoods and secure vacant buildings after more than 30 fires in recent months, including six arsons

Ind. airport considers building $2.8M fire-rescue facility

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Members of Terre Haute Regional Airport's board of directors said the facility would improve business and help serve the city's east side

FDNY paramedic attacked by coworker at hospital, officials say

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say the paramedic was left with a gash on the back of her head after her partner struck her with an electronic tablet

FDNY paramedic attacked by partner at hospital, officials say

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say the paramedic was left with a gash on the back of her head after her partner struck her with an electronic tablet

FDNY medic attacked by partner in rig

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say the paramedic was left with a gash on the back of her head after her partner struck her with an electronic tablet

11 FFs in Pa. borough hired without civil service certification want judge to grant it

Posted on January 9, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The firefighters say the lack of certification puts them at a disadvantage compared to more recently hired firefighters

The U.S. and Australia: Trading assistance battling massive wildfires

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

With fire seasons expanding, the two countries are relying on each other more for enhanced mutual aid

FDNY paramedic whose father died in the line of duty promoted to lieutenant

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

FDNY Lt. Michael Toomey’s father, Firefighter John “Jack” Toomey, died in 1987 shortly before becoming a lieutenant

Ben Franklin’s lessons for first responders

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Here's how to live your best life in the fire service, according to Poor Richard's words of wisdom

Man pleads guilty to DUI in crash that killed 2 Miss. firefighters

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Sumrall Firefighters Clinton Beasley and Loretta Sykes were killed in the line of duty when they were struck by Brandon Eaton in 2017

Dozens accused of lighting Australia wildfires, including firefighter

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Nearly 200 people have been accused of contributing to the crisis, with 24 charged with deliberately starting fires

NJ firefighters rescue woman stuck in clothing donation bin for 3 days

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police say it is the third time in two years the same woman has been rescued from a donation bin

100 more US firefighters to join battle against Australian wildfires

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 150 U.S. firefighters are already in Australia fighting blazes that have killed 25 people and destroyed 2,000 homes

100 more US firefighters to join battle against Australian wildfires

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 150 U.S. firefighters are already in Australia fighting blazes that have killed 25 people and destroyed 2,000 homes

FF accused of DWI, using fire truck to pull car out of ditch

Posted on January 8, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials say the volunteer firefighter attached a fire hose to both vehicles in an attempt to dislodge the wreck

Pierce to add digital collision avoidance technology to custom apparatus

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The manufacturer will collaborate with HAAS Alert to make the technology a standard integration

Off-duty deputy chief saves man during medical emergency at basketball game

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Andover Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Kyle Murphy was participating in a men’s basketball league when he stepped in to perform CPR

NFPA offers free training to address new refrigerants

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The NFPA seeks to educate firefighters about the potential hazards associated with a new class of sustainable refrigerants

Hospital donates ballistic vests to W.Va. firefighters, medics

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Wheeling Hospital donated 12 vests worth about $9,000 to the Wheeling Fire Department

Former firefighter-paramedic files claim, alleges gender discrimination

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The former fire rescue employee's wrongful termination claim alleges she was unfairly singled out for her gender and social media use

Former firefighter-paramedic files claim alleging gender discrimination

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The former fire rescue employee's wrongful termination claim alleges she was unfairly singled out for her gender and social media use

Puerto Rico hit with nearly a dozen earthquakes, aftershocks

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Local media reported that one person had died and another was injured in a home collapse in the aftermath of an initial 6.4 magnitude quake off the coast

LODD: Md. assistant engineer dies from cardiac arrest

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

North East Fire Assistant Engineer Otis L. Isaacs Jr., 73, died after returning home from working on a fire department vehicle

Brush truck, equipment stolen from Mo. fire department

Posted on January 7, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The equipment reported stolen included leaf blowers, chain saws, an AED and firefighting-specific tools

Judge allows motion to suppress cellphone seizure in LODD arson case

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The judge said police should have obtained a warrant before seizing the cellphone of the man accused of setting the fire that killed Worcester Firefighter Christopher Roy

Former firefighter converts fire engine into food truck, serves wood-fired pizza

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Former North Olympia Firefighter Christopher Murray purchased the fire engine he used to run and converted into a mobile pizza kitchen

Firefighter injured, homeowner displaced in Md. blaze

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said firefighters pumped water from the Chesapeake Bay due to there being no fire hydrants in the area

Firefighter injured in Md. house fire

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said firefighters pumped water from the Chesapeake Bay due to there being no fire hydrants in the area

Md. county fire department spokesman retires after 26 years

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mark Brady retired last week after more than a quarter-century as the face of Prince George’s County’s fire department

Welcome to the right front seat!

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Tips for a new fire officer, from a new fire officer

Ohio city fire department reaches 10th anniversary of transporting patients

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fire department says it has generated more than $7.3 million in revenue after the decision in 2009 to provide medical transports

Restaurant-affiliated nonprofit donates $33K in hoses to Calif. city FD

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The department said the donation, along with a recent FEMA grant, will help them replace aging and broken firefighting equipment

LODD: Mo. firefighter dies after falling through floor at house fire

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

West Peculiar Firefighter Chuck McCormick was critically injured after falling into the basement and later died at the hospital

Conn. city to close historic firehouse after nearly a century

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

City officials agreed it was no longer realistic to keep firefighters at the building, but hope the space can be repurposed

Conn. city to close historic firehouse after nearly a century

Posted on January 6, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

City officials agreed it was no longer realistic to keep firefighters at the building, but hope the space can be repurposed

Ala. fire truck hit at crash scene

Posted on January 5, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The truck was seriously damaged after being struck by a pickup truck while blocking off two lanes

2 firefighters, 2 paramedics injured in crash transporting shooting victim

Posted on January 5, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police say a woman struck the back of the ambulance occupied by a critical patient and four Cleveland first responders

Mass. town union airs concerns while awaiting return of modified fire truck

Posted on January 5, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The $1.2 million truck was returned to the manufacturer due to being too tall to fit under a local bridge

5 dead, dozens hospitalized in Pennsylvania Turnpike crash

Posted on January 5, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials say at least 60 people were hospitalized after the crash involving a passenger bus and multiple other vehicles

Fire engineer wins title of ‘Colorado’s Safest Driver’ after 12-week contest

Posted on January 4, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Greeley Fire Department Engineer Eric Elder won a $10,000 prize in the State Farm competition

NH town FD rewards kids for clearing snow from fire hydrants

Posted on January 4, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

For doing their part to help the town, the "Hydrant Heroes" get a ride to school in a fire truck

Location confusion may have delayed response to pond crash that killed 2 children

Posted on January 4, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials are investigating whether incorrect data in the county's GIS mapping system slowed down the arrival of first responders

N.C. city evacuates more than 300 people after EMS raises carbon monoxide concerns

Posted on January 4, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMS officials said carbon monoxide exposure could not be ruled out in the deaths of two infants at a public housing complex

Conn. town rallies behind former firefighter whose home burned

Posted on January 4, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A fundraiser for former Firefighter Brett D'Appollonio and his family raised more than $10,000 in four hours

Photo of the Week: Boston apparatus mark the new year

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation appoints new board and advisory committee members

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The foundation welcomed six new appointees to help enhance its mission and create fire service connections

Calif. tribal fire department swears in new fire chief

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Yocha Dehe Fire Chief Rebecca Ramirez previously worked at the City of West Sacramento Fire Department for 24 years

Mass. town fire chief dies from injury at his home

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Somerset Fire Chief Scott Jepson, a cancer survivor, died Thursday from an unspecified injury

Former soldier, Ill. firefighter-medic battles PTSD while raising money for others

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ryan Mains served others as an Army medic and a Chicago-area firefighter; now, grappling with PTSD, he’s still trying to help

1 dead, 3 injured in Austin stabbing

Posted on January 3, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Austin-Travis County EMS said a man in his 20s was pronounced dead, while another victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries

U.S. sends more than 100 firefighters to help Australia battle flames

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Multiple groups of firefighters are being sent on 30-day deployments to help fight the wildfires that have killed 17 people

Ky. county fire department buries time capsule

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The capsule, which will be unearthed in 2060, contains letters, photographs, patches and other various items

How to manage cold-weather calls

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Simple measures for firefighters and fire departments can make winter a little more pleasant

NY town FD cancels annual coyote hunt after international backlash

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An assistant fire chief said firefighters received threats after a petition against the hunting tournament/fundraiser spread online

Fireworks may have ignited New Year’s Day blaze that displaced 25 in NJ city

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters said they saw and heard fireworks going off inside the burning home

Fewer fire fatalities, but spike in medical emergencies in 2019, FDNY says

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire fatalities in New York City fell by 25% last year, but 2019 also saw the second-highest amount of medical emergencies in FDNY history

Conn. town FFs, EMS providers, dispatchers come together to form ice hockey team

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The team of first responders joined the Connecticut Hockey League and made it through the semi-final playoff round this season

Detroit fire commissioner investigating after FFs take selfie in front of burning house

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Commissioner Eric Jones said that "discipline will be in order" if the circumstances of the photo are verified

Mass. city fire union criticizes blackout policy after 2 fatal fires

Posted on January 2, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The union said vehicle blackouts affect response times, while the city's fire chief said response times have remained within national standards

Dozens of animals die in fire at German zoo

Posted on January 1, 2020 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 30 animals, including chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas, were killed in the New Year's blaze

People trapped by advancing wildfires in Australia flee to beaches

Posted on December 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Thousands in the southeast portion of the country have been forced to take shelter on beaches as fires spread

Trust no one on the road

Posted on December 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Driving defensively is a critical step in avoiding apparatus collisions

Conn. car fire likely caused by mice in engine bay, officials say

Posted on December 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze

Police investigating after Ohio firefighter’s grave robbed of decorations

Posted on December 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Gallia County Firefighter Wendell “Trey” Rossiter was killed in a car crash in August

SC paramedic crafts wooden flags to honor fallen first responders

Posted on December 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Daniel Thomasson sends the flags to the departments and families of every first responder killed in the line of duty

3rd firefighter dies fighting Australian bushfires

Posted on December 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A volunteer firefighter died and two others were injured when a fire truck overturned

Third firefighter dies fighting Australian bushfires

Posted on December 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A volunteer firefighter died and two others were injured when a fire truck overturned

Md. firefighter injured in fall from ladder at apartment fire

Posted on December 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A firefighter fell from the second floor and two others were also injured in the Sunday morning blaze

Ark. fire chief donates kidney to 18-year-old woman

Posted on December 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Maumelle Fire Chief Gerald Ezell donated one of his kidneys to the teen, whom he’d never met, after seeing a plea on Facebook

Ohio city FD program leaves naloxone kits with patients

Posted on December 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Leave It Behind program aims to reduce overdose deaths by giving patients access to naloxone at home

Plane crash sparks house fire in Maryland neighborhood

Posted on December 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The crash killed the pilot and ignited a structure fire and car fire

Replacement urgently needed for failed ladder truck, ND city fire chief says

Posted on December 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The chief is seeking funding for a new ladder truck to cover multi-story buildings after the last state-owned truck failed inspections

Man stole ambulance as firefighters responded to medical call, police say

Posted on December 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials say the man left the house firefighters were responding to and led police on a chase with the rig's lights activated

Firefighter hit by firework while tackling blaze in Denmark

Posted on December 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One of the firefighters was hit in the eye while responding to a blaze at a beach

Photo of the Week: FFs rescue cat, owner from tree on Christmas Eve

Posted on December 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 12 people hurt in blast at Kansas manufacturing plant

Posted on December 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

At least one person sustained serious injuries and 11 were hospitalized after a ruptured nitrogen line caused an explosion

More than 12 people hurt in blast at Kansas manufacturing plant

Posted on December 27, 2019 by in Uncategorized

At least one person sustained serious injuries and 11 were hospitalized after a ruptured nitrogen line caused an explosion

Firefighters, EMS providers fulfill wish of mentor with terminal cancer

Posted on December 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First responders fundraised for EMT and Nurse Sharon Hartwell so she could fulfill her dreams of traveling

Spotlight: ESI Apparatus Division provides customers with the ability to design, fabricate and install well-thought-out hydraulic rescue systems on your apparatus.

Posted on December 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Conn. FF charged with arson for allegedly torching recovered SUV

Posted on December 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police say the firefighter wanted to get rid of the SUV because he believed it had been driven by minorities

First-year data shows Wisc. city FD’s home visit program ‘greatly needed’

Posted on December 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Mobile Integrated Health program sends specially trained paramedics to check in on patients recently discharged from the hospital

San Diego firefighters rescue 115-pound bullmastiff after fall

Posted on December 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters set up a rope system to hoist the large dog to safety

Without grant money, Mass. town fire chief makes case for hiring more EMTs

Posted on December 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The chief told a town board that the department has the funding to make the hires, which would help rebuild a depleted staff

Suicide spurs Fla. city fire union to propose mental health plan

Posted on December 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The plan would make a doctor available to help firefighters struggling with trauma and mental illness

Ky. firefighter injured in tanker truck crash

Posted on December 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The firefighter was airlifted from the scene after the fire department vehicle rolled over on the way to a fire call

ATV driver dies in crash with Atlanta fire engine

Posted on December 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The man died after crashing head-on with the engine that was responding to a call

Former FF used EMT training to save coworker after chainsaw accident

Posted on December 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Former Firefighter Tate Robinson says he used his past experience as a first responder to handle the emergency

FFs say live ammunition, 7 motorcycles slowed response to NY house fire

Posted on December 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The blaze burned for about half an hour as contents in the garage created a hazard for firefighters

2 firefighter-medics injured in Ohio ambulance crash

Posted on December 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Columbus Fire battalion chief said the rig was hit by a vehicle that ran a red light

Pa. fire chief faces DUI charges after emergency vehicle crash

Posted on December 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The chief was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he crashed the SUV into two telephone poles

Spotlight: 911 Seats Incorporated offers custom options designed with firefighters in mind

Posted on December 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

With options for nearly every wheeled vehicle type, learn why 911 Seats Incorporated has the best seats to suit your company's needs

Firehouse damaged, apparatus destroyed in Long Island fire

Posted on December 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two engines, a ladder truck and an ambulance were destroyed in the Christmas morning blaze that seriously damaged the station

5-year-old honorary firefighter, police officer loses battle with brain cancer

Posted on December 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A last call went out in honor of Peyton Michael Dennis, ending with, “Rest in peace to our friend, we have the watch from here”

Ohio firefighters bring warmth to children

Posted on December 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two firefighters from the Norwalk Fire Department personally assisted each child in finding a new coat and even helped ensure they got the proper size as part of Firefighters for Operation Warm

Md. county firefighter hospitalized for smoke inhalation after fighting house fire

Posted on December 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The two-story home required initial firefighters on the scene to call for backup, drawing as many as 46 personnel to the site

2 hospitalized, including 1 firefighter, after Colo. apartment fire

Posted on December 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters responded reports of multiple people trapped and jumping from their apartments

Company donates pet oxygen masks to Ill. FD after puppy rescue

Posted on December 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The firefighters were directed to the "Project Breathe" program after saving a puppy who suffered smoke inhalation

Mich. firefighters donate 180 coats to students

Posted on December 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The firefighters raised $3,500 to buy coats for children in need

Fire in Las Vegas apartment complex kills 6, injures 13

Posted on December 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire department officials said several residents were hanging out of windows as firefighters arrived

Video: Honoring the firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2019

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

This year, 57 firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty; their dedication to protecting their communities will never be forgotten

Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell to receive 2020 CFSI Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dr. Moore-Merrell is the founder of the International Public Safety Data Institute and a FireRescue1 editorial advisory board member

Wis. FD creates Christmas video to support children of fallen FF

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The video was made to spread awareness about a fundraiser for fallen Union Grove Yorkville Firefighter Brian Serdynski’s family

63-year-old NC fire drill tower to be demolished

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The tower is being remembered fondly as the training grounds for many firefighters over the decades

3 ways Akron Brass is helping firefighters improve water operations

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In a profession where seconds count, ineffective firefighting equipment can make the difference between life and death

LODD: NY firefighter dies after medical episode

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

East Farmingdale Volunteer Firefighter Michael Cardinale Sr., 63, was found unresponsive shortly after a call

Photo of the Week: A 4-year-old’s ‘sweet’ visit with Texas firefighters

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Henderson Fire Department's adorable guest came bearing gifts for the C-shift firefighters

10 fire service incidents that defined the decade

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

From dangerous structure fires to active shooter events, firefighters faced many significant incidents in the 2010s

10 fire service incidents that defined the decade

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

From dangerous structure fires to active shooter events, firefighters faced many significant incidents in the 2010s

Christmas tree honors fallen first responders

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The tree has 330 blue ornaments and 176 red ornaments in honor of LEOs, firefighters who died in the line of duty and by suicide across the nation this year

Mass. FDs plan to work together to provide ALS coverage

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire agencies in Lancaster and Bolton will collaborate to provide advanced life support services after their previous ALS provider abruptly pulled out

Pa. county to get $16.9 million dispatch system upgrade

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The county's 911 coordinator said the "questionable" reliability of the current system "is a safety risk to our responders"

11-year-old saves family from possible Christmas tree fire

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The San José Fire Department dubbed the girl an honorary firefighter after she led four family members to safety

2 Australian firefighters die in crash responding to bushfire

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The two volunteer firefighters were killed and three were injured when a fire truck crashed into a tree and went off the road

Va. fire station named state landmark

Posted on December 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Norfolk's original Fire Station No. 12, which was built in 1923, has met the historical criteria to receive the designation

100+ firefighters respond to explosion in Philadelphia

Posted on December 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two are feared dead after three rowhomes in South Philadelphia collapsed in a "gas-fed" explosion

100+ firefighters respond to Philadelphia row house explosion

Posted on December 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two are feared dead after three row houses in South Philadelphia collapsed in a "gas-fed" explosion

Va. fire chief, wife killed in crash after tree fell on car

Posted on December 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Chief Charlie Bradshaw and his wife Sherri were killed in what firefighters called a “bizarre” incident

Alleged arsonist hid with rifles as FFs battled blaze, police say

Posted on December 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The suspect was in a position to “view all first responders, make advances to his weapons and maintain cover,” arrest records say

Conn. town offers quarterly payments to attract volunteer firefighters, EMTs

Posted on December 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The town's Volunteer Firefighters' Relief Program will now pay volunteers every three months instead of paying a lump sum once a year

FireRescue1 Asks Congress: Rep. Mike Bost

Posted on December 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rep. Bost shares his priorities for the Congressional Fire Services Caucus in 2020

First responders seek resolution to Wash. dispatch center’s ’emergency staffing situation’

Posted on December 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire and police leaders met with dispatch center officials and questioned a recent notice that services would be reduced due to staffing

Public safety commissioner in NY city responds to EMS contract concerns

Posted on December 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Saratoga Springs commissioner said the new contract will increase city revenue and not interfere with plans for a new fire/EMS station

NJ town cuts ribbon at new $10M fire and EMS station

Posted on December 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Personnel are expected to start working from the new 30,000-square-foot station early next year

How to buy armored rescue vehicles (eBook)

Posted on December 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Download this FireRescue1 armored rescue vehicles buying guide to learn key steps for product selection, purchasing and implementation

4 injured in crash involving Pa. town fire department vehicle

Posted on December 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital after the fire department vehicle collided with a drilling company's work truck

Firefighter pension payouts: How to choose the best option

Posted on December 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A firefighter/financial planner explains the three pension payout options and the factors to consider in the decision-making process

9 great holiday videos from fire agencies in 2019

Posted on December 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

From safety PSAs to stunning light displays, here’s how fire agencies spread holiday cheer this year

8 great holiday videos from fire agencies in 2019

Posted on December 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

From safety PSAs to stunning light displays, here’s how fire agencies spread holiday cheer this year

CSFI names Senator Lisa Murkowski as 2019 Legislator of the Year

Posted on December 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Senator Lisa Murkowski has served as co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus since 2018

NJ regional fire department, battalion chief honored for commitment to military

Posted on December 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The U.S. Department of Defense recognized North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue for employing and supporting members of the military

Former SC state fire marshal appointed to CFSI Board of Directors

Posted on December 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chief Shane Ray currently serves as the president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association

Conn. city FD joins state consortium to streamline hiring

Posted on December 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Connecticut Firefighter Testing Consortium is designed to lower hiring costs and provide agencies with a wider pool of candidates

Ind. city mayor sues council over firefighter shift changes

Posted on December 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The council reversed the mayor's plan to change firefighters from 24-hour shifts to eight-hour rotating shifts last week

Judge rules Ghost Ship fire lawsuit against PG&E can proceed

Posted on December 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The families of most of the 36 killed in the 2016 blaze will continue to seek compensation after a proposed settlement was rejected last week

How one Indiana fire department finds the right answers

Posted on December 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A mobile platform helps Indianapolis FD streamline inspections and stay on top of critical information that keeps firefighters and citizens safer and better informed

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue holds memorial for fallen members

Posted on December 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

This year's annual memorial ceremony honored 22 Jacksonville firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1885

Review finds deficiencies in Va. firefighter cancer law

Posted on December 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An analyst found that firefighters still face several hurdles when seeking benefits

Va. city appoints its first black permanent fire chief

Posted on December 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Alexandria Fire Chief Corey A. Smedley was promoted on Monday after serving as acting fire chief for six months

Detroit first responders fundraise for 2 girls whose mother died from overdose

Posted on December 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire and EMS personnel collected gift cards and Christmas presents for the family, and are helping them move into a new house

5 ways to cope with the holiday blues

Posted on December 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

December can be extra stressful as you juggle working and spending time with your family; here are some tips to help you survive the holiday season

50 stories in 50 states: A list of the year’s most inspirational stories

Posted on December 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Inspirational and harrowing stories from around the country in 2019

2019 year-end bill watch: Fire service-focused bills readied for action

Posted on December 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Progress in 2020 expected for bills still in committee

Calif. woman dies after car crashes into La. fire truck

Posted on December 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 22-year-old LSU student died after her car collided with a fire truck stopped at another traffic incident

Former Colo. assistant fire chief dies from job-related cancer

Posted on December 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Troy Jackson, former South Metro Fire Rescue Assistant Chief of Operations, died Monday morning from a rare terminal cancer

Snowmobile crashes, FD funding and staffing discussed at north NY emergency conference

Posted on December 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dozens gathered last week to discuss emergency preparedness issues faced by first responders and healthcare personnel in the state's north country

More than 35 agencies partner to combat opioid crisis in Conn. city

Posted on December 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The partnership, which includes the city fire department, will use $1.3 million in grants to address substance abuse and addiction

Iowa firefighter pleads not guilty in arson case

Posted on December 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The volunteer firefighter was charged with first-degree arson after fires destroyed three vacant buildings in 2017

4 ways fire chiefs can be better communicators

Posted on December 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Effective communication is a learned skill that when practiced becomes second nature

Ex-firefighter charged with impersonating a firefighter while panhandling

Posted on December 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Deputies say the man was fired from a local fire department and was collecting cash in a boot

3 Wash. firefighters treated for hypothermia after water rescue

Posted on December 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The firefighters rescued a couple whose car fell in a bay and overturned

How mobile apps are improving firefighter safety and fire prevention

Posted on December 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The right mobile apps can keep firefighters connected to everything dispatch has to offer about their fire scene – enhancing their performance and safety – and help fire inspectors complete more inspections than ever before with more accuracy

How mobile apps are improving firefighter safety and fire prevention

Posted on December 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The right mobile apps can keep firefighters connected to everything dispatch has to offer about their fire scene – enhancing their performance and safety – and help fire inspectors complete more inspections than ever before with more accuracy

4 ways IDEX Fire & Safety’s SAM system transforms traditional pump operations

Posted on December 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Today's technology allows pump operators the ability to step away from the rig and focus on the fireground; here are four ways the SAM system can help crews achieve this goal

Firefighter falls 2 stories from ladder in NY

Posted on December 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The firefighter is recovering from injuries after falling while trying to access the second floor of a burning house

Sudden death of Mass. firefighter-EMT under investigation

Posted on December 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Milford Fire Department Firefighter-EMT Patrick W. Evans, 37, died unexpectedly on Sunday

Calif. rescue worker dies in fall while searching for missing hiker

Posted on December 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

West Valley Search & Rescue Team Volunteer Tim Staples died at Mt. Baldy after becoming separated from his search partner

LODD: Penn. firefighter dies from apparent heart attack

Posted on December 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Morton-Rutledge Volunteer Fire Capt. Michael Christopher Malinowski told fellow firefighters he wasn’t feeling well and later died at the hospital

LODD: Pa. firefighter dies from apparent heart attack

Posted on December 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Morton-Rutledge Volunteer Fire Capt. Michael Christopher Malinowski told fellow firefighters he wasn’t feeling well and later died at the hospital

Man in custody after Houston mercury spill sparks massive response

Posted on December 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

About 60 people were decontaminated after the silvery substance was found on the ground near roads and businesses

Proposed Mass. addiction treatment center to have wing for first responders

Posted on December 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The dedicated wing would include space to treat up to 50 first responders and include specialized care

Proposed fire district mergers in Calif. county face financial hurdles

Posted on December 16, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

As smaller agencies seek to join with the Sonoma County Fire District, officials are considering how consolidation would affect the county's budget

Ill. first responders compete in Salvation Army’s ‘Gurneys, Guns and Hoses’ contest

Posted on December 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Competing fire, EMS and police agencies aim to collect the most donations in the holiday bell-ringing campaign

Navy, FD surprise sailor with ceremony honoring lifesaving response

Posted on December 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

U.S. Navy Senior Chief Mark B. Shipley, who is also a volunteer firefighter, was awarded a commendation medal for resuscitating a man in cardiac arrest

St. Louis firefighter seriously injured battling house fire

Posted on December 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The firefighter is said to be in serious but stable condition and is being treated for smoke inhalation

Fla. firefighter-paramedic recalls saving fellow first responder

Posted on December 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter-Paramedic James Axiotis was off duty when he aided a police officer having a heart attack at the gym

Calif. city fire department unveils ‘Paramedic Wall of Fame’

Posted on December 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Wall of Fame plaque displays the names of more than 100 current and former fire department paramedics

Man dies after car T-bones fire truck

Posted on December 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 67-year-old driver said he was having chest pains and later died after his car crashed into the side of a fire truck

Man called Uber after waiting 23 minutes for ambulance, fire chief says

Posted on December 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The chief highlighted the incident at a city council meeting to suggest the fire department have its own ambulance service

5-year-old inspires autism sensory kits for Mich. first responders

Posted on December 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A police detective was motivated to create the "Carter Kits" by his son, who is on the autism spectrum

ExxonMobil, Texas A&M offer hazardous liquids training for first responders

Posted on December 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The third of three training courses funded by a $200,000 grant from the oil giant will be held in January

RI town FFs say lack of staff causing excessive mutual aid calls

Posted on December 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The town received mutual aid 511 times this year and firefighters say they rely on a neighboring department almost daily

NC firefighters rescue cat stuck in pasta can

Posted on December 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The rescue team managed to cut the animal free and shared the story on social media

Photo of the Week: Ariz. firefighters rescue javelina from storm drain

Posted on December 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Phoenix fire chief announces breast cancer diagnosis

Posted on December 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chief Kara Kalkbrenner said she has a positive outlook and will continue to lead after recovering from surgery

Calif. fire district showcases first all-electric fire truck

Posted on December 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The $1.2 million Concept Fire Truck will be equipped with a redundant battery system and small booster motor for longer-duration responses

Calif. fire district showcases first all-electric fire engine

Posted on December 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The $1.2 million Concept Fire Truck will be equipped with a redundant battery system and small booster motor for longer-duration responses

FCC to launch 3-digit suicide hotline number

Posted on December 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Federal regulators are setting up the suicide prevention hotline which will be reachable by dialing 988

Ohio program provides meals, services to reduce 911 calls

Posted on December 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

LifeCare Alliance receives referrals from fire departments and health care providers to assist frequent 911 callers with basic needs

Ind. community college offers free tuition for volunteer firefighters, EMS providers

Posted on December 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The college and the state’s volunteer firefighters’ association created the scholarship to encourage volunteering

Houston firefighter who fought for benefits dies from cancer

Posted on December 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Senior Captain Kevin Leago is being remembered as a trailblazer in health care advocacy for Houston firefighters with occupational cancer

Pa. county first responders say GPS sometimes leads to wrong address

Posted on December 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One fire chief said the new system gives wrong directions for about one call per month

$80K settlement reached in NJ captain’s retaliation case

Posted on December 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The captain filed a suit alleging the former fire chief harassed him and that the city did not properly address his complaint

How firefighters can arrive on scene better prepared

Posted on December 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Tyler Technologies' New World CrewForce enables first responders to instantly access role-based and real-time data as it's needed

Conn. town deputy fire marshal fired after sexual harassment probe

Posted on December 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The investigation found that the deputy marshal shared a pornographic video with town staff while on the job

Tenn. city FD says outreach program for frequent 911 callers has made a difference

Posted on December 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The program connects frequent 911 callers with social workers to address unmet needs and prevent repeat calls

Former Pa. firefighter sentenced for setting porch fires

Posted on December 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The former volunteer firefighter will spend between 18 months and three years in prison after admitting to setting the fires out of boredom

Atlanta firefighters to receive nearly 20% pay raise

Posted on December 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire Chief Randall B. Slaughter said it is the highest pay raise for Atlanta firefighters he has seen in his career

Troubled evacuation in Paradise: How a malfunctioning alert system kept citizens in harm’s way

Posted on December 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A new PBS documentary suggests last year’s devastating Camp Fire could have been less catastrophic had potentially life-saving emergency alerts gone out as intended

Gender-neutral language added to Pa. city FD ordinance

Posted on December 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The change removes male-specific terminology and refers instead to “firefighters”

‘Houseless’ LA man gives helping hand to Skid Row fire station

Posted on December 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The man, known as “Mango,” helps stop traffic to clear a path for fire engines and ambulances

Federal agency investigating blaze that killed Worcester fire lieutenant

Posted on December 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health confirmed it is investigating the November fire that killed Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard

Hazmat team responds to Ind. crash involving truck carrying hydrochloric acid

Posted on December 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First responders were concerned the acid would contaminate a nearby river or come in contact with damaged power lines

FDNY firefighter responds to call to treat own daughter hit by car

Posted on December 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Queens Firefighter Omar Wilks responded to a call of a teen struck by a car and discovered the patient was his own daughter

NJ city FD, EMS partner with university for nursing student ride-along program

Posted on December 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Participants say the program helps aspiring nurses understand the prehospital decision-making process in emergencies

‘I can’t believe I’m alive’: Dramatic near misses from 2019

Posted on December 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Five reports capture firefighters' life-or-death moments on the incident scene

Practical risk management for firefighters

Posted on December 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

6 ways to ensure you are effectively managing your risk and staying safe

Ill. village and family of firefighter who died of cancer at odds over pension benefits

Posted on December 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An appellate court will decide whether full line-of-duty death pension benefits will be awarded to the family of Firefighter Kevin Hauber

Fire union says city’s layoff structure is unfair

Posted on December 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The New York union says the 14 firefighters who were laid off were not determined by seniority and were divided into two lists based on Spanish-speaking ability

City files lawsuit to overturn order that it must hire more firefighters

Posted on December 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An arbitrator ordered that staffing at the New York department must increase from six firefighters per shift to nine

Ray Pfeifer Foundation says more than 200 firefighters have now died from 9/11-related illness

Posted on December 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The foundation reported the deaths of two retired FDNY firefighters last week, raising the toll to 200

Mich. city FD says increased medical runs have consumed budget

Posted on December 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city’s mayor said options include opting out of EMS services or cutting other services unless changes to funding or the county EMS system are made

Pa. city firefighters say they were given no reason for their suspensions

Posted on December 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The firefighters asked the city council about the details of their suspensions but the council said it had no role in the decision

Sculpture unveiled in honor of Worcester firefighter one year after death

Posted on December 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Worcester Firefighter Christopher Roy, who died in the line of duty last year, was honored Monday night at a ceremony unveiling the sculpture

Ind. city council votes to reverse controversial firefighter shift changes

Posted on December 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city's mayor still may veto the decision and seek to enforce the eight-hour shift schedule that union members say is detrimental

First high school emergency operations center opens in Connecticut

Posted on December 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Students will get hands-on career development experience while providing support to first responders

3 Ohio firefighters fired, accused of physically hazing colleague

Posted on December 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fired firefighters reportedly punched the other firefighter in the groin and forced him to carry a trash can around his neck

19 animal rescues in 2019

Posted on December 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

From the many dogs rescued from burning homes to the fat rat stuck in a manhole, firefighters had their hands full with animal saves

2 injured after car collides with fire truck

Posted on December 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A firefighter injured in the crash tried to help free the driver of the other vehicle from the wreckage, officials say

Pa. city revamps junior firefighter program

Posted on December 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The program that trains teens between the ages of 14 and 17 is accepting new members after a few years of dormancy

Fundraiser started for NY firefighter trapped for hours after falling in well

Posted on December 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Volunteer Firefighter Matt VanOrden, 20, sustained serious injuries after falling into an abandoned well

Why there’s no doubt that cooler and more comfortable PPE is also the safer option

Posted on December 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Compromised firefighter mobility can impact firefighter risk of injury and death

Calif. city firefighters report threats, vandalism of stations

Posted on December 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city firefighters' association asked the public to stay vigilant for suspicious activity

Texas firefighter killed in vehicle crash

Posted on December 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Volunteer Firefighter Amber Alewine died after her SUV struck a tree Sunday morning

Police make arrest in shooting death of Va. firefighter

Posted on December 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said a 26-year-old "person of interest" was arrested on probation violations

Fallen Worcester firefighter remembered 8 years after line-of-duty death

Posted on December 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A memorial ceremony was held Sunday for Worcester Firefighter Jon Davies Sr., who died when part of a burning building collapsed in 2011

Calif. city could start charging nonresidents for EMS

Posted on December 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The change could help the city's fire department recover more of the costs of providing fee-related EMS services

Portland’s first African American fire chief overcomes barriers, promotes inclusiveness

Posted on December 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone calls her role an "amazing honor" and hopes to open more doors for female and minority firefighters

Colo. firefighter dies after fall from roof

Posted on December 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Summit County Firefighter Ken Jones, 46, fell 60 feet from the roof of a five-story condominium

LODD: Ga. firefighter dies from cardiac arrest after structure fire

Posted on December 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Volunteer Firefighter George “Johnny” Childs, 64, was found unresponsive in his vehicle the morning after fighting a residential blaze

FDNY says fire that killed 3, injured 4 firefighters, was set intentionally

Posted on December 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the three people killed inside the abandoned building are now being considered homicide victims

FDNY says fire that killed 3 squatters, injured 4 firefighters was set intentionally

Posted on December 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the three people killed inside the abandoned building are now being considered homicide victims

Wage costs rise to $5 billion as firefighter overtime surges by 65% in Calif.

Posted on December 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Unprecedented wildfires have taxed California firefighters and the state's budget as overtime increased by over half in the last decade

Fire official disputes Ind. city’s claims of cost savings in controversial firefighter shift changes

Posted on December 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

East Chicago's mayor and fire chief said similar changes were successful in Washington D.C., but a D.C. fire official said this claim was inaccurate

App notifies firefighters of pedestrian hit right outside station

Posted on December 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The California firefighters said they were able to respond immediately after the PulsePoint app alerted them to the injured woman

Dog nearly burns down house after turning on microwave

Posted on December 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A British fire department reported that a family husky activated the microwave with a pack of rolls inside, causing a small kitchen fire

PTSD awareness stamp unveiled by USPS

Posted on December 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Net proceeds from the stamp will go toward helping Americans with post-traumatic stress disorder

‘Nuclear device’ report prompts hazmat, bomb squad response in Ohio

Posted on December 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

About 40 residences were evacuated following a 911 call about radiation exposure, but emergency teams found no hazard

35 Pa. volunteer EMS services ask legislators to ‘slow the bleeding’

Posted on December 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The services called for reductions in education, training and certification requirements as they face volunteer shortages

NY fire chief dies after collapsing at fire scene

Posted on December 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

West Stockholm, NY, Fire Chief Robert White died Thursday night after responding to a house fire

Photo of the Week: Honoring the Worcester 6

Posted on December 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

3 firefighters fall through floor at Md. house fire, 1 injured

Posted on December 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

About 100 firefighters responded to the house fire that injured a volunteer firefighter and killed six pets

New Mass. village fire station offers healthier workspace

Posted on December 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The $6.75 million station is 4,500 square feet larger than its predecessor and has an exhaust system designed to reduce cancer risk

Passerby alerts apartment residents to fire, preventing any injuries

Posted on December 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters said dozens escaped injury after being awakened by a passerby who saw the flames from his car

Firefighters use burnt ‘Elf on the Shelf’ as example to teach fire safety

Posted on December 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Florida fire department took the opportunity to tell a cautionary tale after the toy was singed by a light

Ala. county volunteer fire association plans high school training program

Posted on December 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The association wants to recruit more young people to the fire service as departments across the county face a volunteer shortage

Man accused of attacking, biting FDNY EMT indicted on assault charges

Posted on December 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

FDNY EMT Nicholas Cody suffered nerve damage after being bitten on the shoulder and slammed into an ambulance door

Ohio city FFs voice concerns over LODD report, staffing, response times

Posted on December 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hamilton firefighters packed a city council meeting Wednesday and raised questions about omissions from a report on the fire that killed Firefighter Patrick Wolterman

Texas city FD criticized for handling of sexual harassment complaints

Posted on December 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Austin firefighters' union representatives said harassment complaints were minimized or "swept under the rug"

Ind. firefighters accused of cheating on EMT exam

Posted on December 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One firefighter resigned after a total of six firefighters from two municipalities were accused of cheating

For 50 years, Mass. foundation has helped fund fire-rescue teams

Posted on December 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The group has raised and donated more than $200,000 to help fire, rescue and EMS services in its small town community

Retired Minn. fire marshal calls high-rise fire ‘teaching moment’ on sprinklers

Posted on December 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The former fire marshal said sprinklers like those installed in every high-rise unit in St. Paul could have saved lives in the Minneapolis blaze that killed five

Company donates $10K to Okla. emergency responders

Posted on December 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Koch Fertilizer gave $6,000 to the fire department and $4,000 to the emergency management department local to one of its Oklahoma locations

Calif. city FD to ramp up EMS after neighboring county cuts ambulances

Posted on December 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The department plans to provide nontransport advanced life support in anticipation that their county's ambulances will be taxed responding to the next county over

The fire chief as chief risk manager

Posted on December 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Effectively reducing the risks facing your department and your personnel requires embracing this unique role

$5K reward for information on Va. firefighter’s murder

Posted on December 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police say Fire Lt. Ashley Nicole Berry, who died shielding her child from gunshots, was not the intended target of the shooting

Fire chief: ‘Please don’t stick your hand in a snowblower’

Posted on December 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In a 48-hour period, six people in Massachusetts were taken to the hospital after sticking their hands in snowblowers

Worcester 6 honored in emotional ceremony on 20th anniversary of Cold Storage fire

Posted on December 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"We feel them in our hearts and minds as they continue to guide us," said Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie at the Tuesday night ceremony

Actress thanks FFs for helping her and 12 family members affected by carbon monoxide

Posted on December 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Actress Anna Faris thanked the North Tahoe Fire Protection District for their response to the Thanksgiving incident that affected her family

Actress thanks FFs for helping her and 12 family members affected by carbon monoxide

Posted on December 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Actress Anna Faris thanked the North Tahoe Fire Protection District for their response to the Thanksgiving incident that affected her family

Driver accused of injuring firefighter in hit-and-run turns himself in

Posted on December 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The firefighter was struck while responding to a crash scene

Former Pa. county emergency squad chief injured in house fire

Posted on December 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A fundraiser has been set up for former chief, who is being treated at the hospital for first-degree burns

Fla. university receives FEMA grant to study fire-detecting sensors

Posted on December 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The University of Central Florida will work with a Belgium-based company to develop portable detectors that sense chemicals created in fires

Wash. firefighter injured in hit-and-run at crash scene

Posted on December 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

State troopers are searching for a white Nissan Versa with Oregon plates they say left the scene after striking the firefighter

2 Milwaukee EMTs injured in FD ambulance crash

Posted on December 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The EMTs were performing CPR on a patient inside the ambulance when it was struck by another vehicle

911 wait times reduced after changes to Ariz. city dispatch system

Posted on December 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Wait times for 911 callers reduced by three-fourths after the city combined its police and fire-EMS communication centers and upgraded technology

Sons of Worcester 6 carry on firefighting tradition

Posted on December 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Seven sons of Worcester firefighters killed in the Cold Storage and Warehouse fire 20 years ago share why they joined the fire service in their fathers' footsteps

Sons of Worcester 6 carry on firefighting tradition

Posted on December 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Seven sons of Worcester firefighters killed in the Cold Storage and Warehouse fire 20 years ago share why they joined the fire service in their fathers' footsteps

New Orlando fire chief sworn in, pledges ‘diverse and inclusive’ department

Posted on December 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale replaces former Chief Roderick Williams, who resigned after the EEOC found he discriminated against a female assistant chief

Woman thanks FF who saved her after ex-boyfriend set her on fire

Posted on December 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The woman called Firefighter Peter Hartnett "an angel" at his recognition ceremony this week

Wis. municipalities still waiting after 22 years for fire-EMS district

Posted on December 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Heated disagreements between fire and municipal officials have left a proposed consolidation plan in limbo

4 men arrested for trespassing at NJ fire department

Posted on December 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One of the men was also charged with theft after a firefighter's jacket was stolen

Nashville FD, medical center testing automated documentation system for ER handoffs

Posted on December 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The system generates patient care records based on paramedics’ motions through wearable sensors

Ill. city FD raises money repairing trucks for other FDs

Posted on December 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The department staffs three mechanics and hopes to hire a fourth with funds earned through the program

NY city council delays restoration of full health benefits for retired FFs

Posted on December 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Council members have cited financial concerns as a reason for delays

It’s like immunizing your brain: Depression, PTSD and suicide prevention

Posted on December 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Seven resolutions for increasing your resilience to prevent psychological and emotional trauma in emergency services

First responders unite with community to deliver bikes this Christmas

Posted on December 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters, EMS providers and police are working with an Ohio county children's services department to donate bicycles for Christmas

Ga. county’s first all-female fire crew pushes back against stereotypes

Posted on December 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The three-woman crew says they have scene skepticism from both men and women about their abilities but don't let it faze them

New Ohio city fire station to speed response times

Posted on December 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A new fire station will be opened in the hopes of remedying response time problems in Columbus' Far East Side

SD city fire chiefs discuss challenges of flames in older buildings

Posted on December 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fire chiefs explain how void spaces created during remodeling, aging timber and bricked over windows can pose challenges for firefighters

Calif. volunteer FD transitions to professional after legal fight

Posted on December 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Volunteer firefighters protested the dissolution of their department last spring by locking themselves in the fire station

Conflict over noose found in Miss. FD locker

Posted on December 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Mississippi firefighter who was disciplined and later resigned after hanging a noose in his locker says he didn't have racist intentions

Neighbors caught children who jumped from burning building, Ill. FD says

Posted on December 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

All residents and visitors escaped the apartment building blaze without serious injuries after firefighters and neighbors helped rescue those who were trapped

Center helps Worcester FFs cope with lasting trauma

Posted on December 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Worcester Fire Chief Michael J. Lavoie says the center that offered counseling after the 1999 Cold Storage & Warehouse Fire has improved its approach over the years

Mass. city firefighters return to HQ after mold discovered

Posted on November 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters have been bunking in a trailer in front of the station since the problem was discovered in October

Agency cited sprinkler need months before deadly Minneapolis high-rise fire

Posted on November 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Public Housing Authority document listed sprinklers as a future priority in the 50-year-old building

Va. firefighter shot and killed on Thanksgiving

Posted on November 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Richmond Fire Lt. Ashley Nicole Berry, 33, was shot late Thursday night and pronounced dead at the hospital

5 dead, 3 hurt in ‘devastating’ Minneapolis high-rise fire

Posted on November 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire chief Fruetel described the scene as “an extreme environment of heat and wind-driven fire"

New film explores legacy of Boston’s Cocoanut Grove fire

Posted on November 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“Six Locked Doors: The Legacy of Cocoanut Grove,” features interviews with survivors in their 90s, many of whom never before talked publicly

2 FDNY firefighters injured in blaze at NYC restaurant, apartments

Posted on November 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The two firefighters were transported to the hospital after battling a fire in in Brooklyn

2 FDNY firefighters injured in blaze at Brooklyn restaurant, apartments

Posted on November 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The two firefighters were transported to the hospital after battling a fire in in Brooklyn

Phoenix woman files claim after stretcher wildly spins during helicopter rescue

Posted on November 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 74-year-old hiker was lifted from a mountain in a stretcher that began to spin rapidly as it rose

Calif. firefighter-EMT dies from occupational cancer

Posted on November 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter-EMT Tamara Thacher died Tuesday after serving 31 years with the Sacramento Fire Department

Firefighters hope rain will douse Calif. wildfire threatening homes

Posted on November 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Thousands of evacuees have been allowed to return home, but firefighters are working to control the remaining blaze as 2,400 buildings remain in jeopardy

Mich. county offers Smart 911 for residents

Posted on November 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The county is inviting residents to sign up and provide information that would be useful to first responders in an emergency

3 injured as Texas plant explosion releases chemical plume

Posted on November 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire from the explosion continued to burn Wednesday morning and nearby residents were told to shelter in place

Australian firefighter charged with arson as bushfires continue

Posted on November 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 19-year-old firefighter is alleged to have set seven fires, at least one of which he reportedly helped fight with his volunteer unit

Daughter of fallen Worcester FF accepts posthumous Medal of Honor

Posted on November 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ava Roy, 10, accepted the award in honor of her father, Firefighter Christopher Roy, who was killed fighting a house fire in December 2018

Minn. volunteer FF rescues 2 from house fire on way to work

Posted on November 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Ryan Linn stopped as he was driving to work and helped two men escape the burning residence

NM firefighter dedicates himself to helping other less fortunate

Posted on November 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Rollin Tylerr Jones says his work as a first responder and nurse has driven him to step up to help victims of poverty, war, disease and disasters

Pa. county emergency managers receive drone certificates

Posted on November 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Seven county employees are now permitted to fly drones that can be used to assist with search-and-rescue and assessing emergency scenes

Milwaukee FF arrested on duty for alleged sexual assault

Posted on November 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Prosecutors said the fire lieutenant sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl and messaged her asking her not to report him

Milwaukee FF arrested on duty for alleged sexual assault

Posted on November 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Prosecutors said the fire lieutenant sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl and messaged her asking her not to report him

Insurance companies sue government over Gatlinburg wildfire

Posted on November 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The companies are seeking more than $450 million after they say the federal government mishandled response to the 2016 Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 and damaged more than 2,500 buildings

16 children, 3 adults treated after hazmat incident at Atlanta daycare

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials believe a gas leak may have caused carbon monoxide poisoning at the facility

Texas FD honors teen who saved drowning boy

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 14-year-old was recognized alongside firefighters and received a letter of commendation at a quarterly award ceremony

CAL FIRE suing In-N-Out for $1.2 million over 2017 wildfire

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The lawsuit alleges the fast food chain is responsible for the fire and should pay the department for the costs of fighting the blaze

Search underway for Fla. man suspected of stealing FD vehicle

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The truck assigned to a fire district chief was stolen from the scene of a fire alarm activation and later abandoned

Detroit firefighter falls, burns feet while battling blaze

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The firefighter sustained second-degree burns while responding to the early-morning fire

Wis. paramedic collapses at scene of house fire

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Paramedic Dann Schamens was “pulseless and not breathing” before colleagues began life-saving measures, EMS officials said

Video: Answering the all-too-familiar question, ‘Why do you volunteer?’

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After a series of difficult calls, one South Carolina volunteer created a video that seeks to answer the question – and inspire others to volunteer

Ohio city to launch community paramedicine program

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The pilot program seeks to help provide community members with access to healthcare and social support before emergencies arise

This is the key to better response times and staff safety, according to these two fire chiefs

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A traffic preemption system can help clear the way for emergency response vehicles

Video: Baby seal rescued by Calif. city firefighters

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 5-month-old seal was found at a parking structure by a good Samaritan

Ky. counties rely on 911 translation services as diversity increases

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials say they are seeing more emergency calls in Spanish and Burmese, and that translation services can interpret up to 150 different languages

Md. firefighter, 24, killed in vehicle crash

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Brent Monroe Hahn died when his pickup truck collided with a tree

How fire departments can gain community support at the ballot box

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Many departments need community support for financial or organizational requests – and this requires a different type of preplanning and action

‘I am your local volunteer firefighter’

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A volunteer firefighter from North Carolina shares the ups and downs of a day in the life of a volunteer

Taking ownership: ‘If it’s not your emergency, then whose is it?’

Posted on November 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An argument to take ownership of emergencies, with a "go-now/go-later" mentality

N.Y. fire department cited for drill team safety violations

Posted on November 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A notice of violation said the fire department put team members at risk of falling from racing vehicles traveling at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour

Fundraiser set up for Conn. FF injured on way to mutual aid call

Posted on November 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hebron Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Eric Saunders was seriously injured when his vehicle struck a tree en route to the fire station

2 arrested after investigation finds pepper spray caused Mass. hazmat incident

Posted on November 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Emergency responders previously said they could not determine the source of the odor that caused breathing problems at a community college building

Autonomous car tester offers guide for first responders

Posted on November 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Google spinoff Waymo released a 14-minute training video instructing emergency personnel how to handle their automated vehicles

Philadelphia reopens 4 fire companies closed during the Great Recession

Posted on November 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city has hired 121 firefighter-EMTs to staff the companies with help from a FEMA grant

Incoming Pa. fire chief says lung cancer won’t slow him down

Posted on November 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Erie Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Walko will become fire chief in January after being diagnosed with cancer last year

Incoming Pa. fire chief says lung cancer won’t slow him down

Posted on November 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Erie Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Walko will become fire chief in January after being diagnosed with cancer last year

Worcester fire officials announce creation of task force to exam fire safety

Posted on November 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In addition to improving firefighter safety, the task force would look at the code side of how the city inspects buildings

Worcester fire officials announce creation of task force to examine fire safety

Posted on November 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In addition to improving firefighter safety, the task force would look at the code side of how the city inspects buildings

Fla. firefighters attend mental health awareness training

Posted on November 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The training is a requirement of Senate Bill 376 that states employing agencies must provide educational training related to mental health awareness, prevention, mitigation and treatment

Train collides with vehicle in Calif., sparking fire

Posted on November 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A commuter train containing 120 passengers collided with an RV, causing both vehicles and a nearby freight train to catch on fire

Photo of the Week: Rainbow over Los Angeles County FD Lifeguard HQ

Posted on November 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Md. town asks county to cover more EMS costs

Posted on November 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The town wants to be repaid nearly $400,000 for service to another part of the county

Strategies for effective press briefings during critical incidents

Posted on November 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Detailing the information to share in a press briefing and how to build trust with the public and media

Ohio medic injured in crash has long road to recovery; fundraiser planned

Posted on November 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter-Paramedic John Clark Jr. has already undergone a six-hour facial reconstruction surgery and may require additional procedures

Worcester FF widow: ‘The cycle has to stop’

Posted on November 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The widow of Fire Lt. Thomas Spencer, who was killed in the Worcester Warehouse Fire of 1999, says changes must be made to prevent more firefighter deaths

Texas fire truck destroyed in oil fire

Posted on November 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters evacuated the rig and escaped injury after burning oil spilled underneath it

Wis. efficiency study may lead to reorganization of fire, EMS response

Posted on November 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The research suggests that some municipalities may be better served if agencies from other municipalities responded

What firefighters should know about NFPA 1851, 2020 Edition

Posted on November 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The most significant changes to the latest NFPA 1851 edition involves the cleaning, sanitization and disinfection of firefighters' personal protective equipment

Hazmat team unable to find source of ‘irritant’ that affected 20 at Mass. college

Posted on November 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One of the college's buildings was evacuated due to a gas-like odor that led several to experience trouble breathing

Fla. art gallery ‘ a total loss’ after early-morning fire

Posted on November 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The gallery, known for its watercolor paintings, was completely engulfed and reduced to just its frame

2 Ind. FDs seek to mandate dementia awareness training for first responders

Posted on November 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The departments hope to make training on identifying patients with dementia a requirement

Ill. FFs save 7-year-old’s birthday party after just 1 guest shows up

Posted on November 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The boy's sister said she's not sure who called department, but that a group of about 10 firefighters arrived to celebrate

Batteries cited as cause of Wash. recycling truck fire

Posted on November 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Waste management company officials said lithium-ion batteries are a common cause of garbage and recycling truck fires

Batteries cited as cause of Wash. recycling truck fire

Posted on November 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Waste management company officials said lithium-ion batteries are a common cause of garbage and recycling truck fires

Care comes full circle: Wash. firefighters assist nurse, and she returns the favor

Posted on November 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After firefighters awarded Alexis Skjelbred a scholarship, she went on to become a nurse who now treats many of the same firefighters

NJ firefighters suffered years of racism from chief, colleagues, suit alleges

Posted on November 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Two African-American firefighters claimed other firefighters made jokes about police brutality, used the N-word and referred to one as an "ape"

Fla. cadet collecting stuffed animals to give to children at fire and police stations

Posted on November 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The high school senior hopes the plush toys and dolls will comfort children going through traumatic situations

Pa. firefighter struck, killed while assisting at crash scene

Posted on November 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lloyd Musick, 49, came across an overturned truck while off duty and stopped to help the victims

Researchers seek fire department participation in firefighter safety culture survey

Posted on November 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

FIRST and FDSOA are looking for career and volunteer fire departments to participate in a FEMA-funded safety culture assessment

Pa. FD will get body armor for calls involving violence

Posted on November 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The purchase of the vests comes after the Jeannette Fire Department responded to two fatal shootings in two months

Mo. city names its first female fire department chief

Posted on November 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kansas City Fire Chief Donna Maize had been appointed as interim chief earlier this year, becoming the first woman leader in the department's 150-year history

NY fire chief dies suddenly from medical emergency

Posted on November 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

North Amityville Volunteer Fire Chief Daryl Rollins reportedly died after responding to a call

NY fire chief dies suddenly from medical emergency

Posted on November 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

North Amityville Volunteer Fire Chief Daryl Rollins died of a cardiac arrest after responding to a call

Conn. fire lieutenant seriously injured in crash during mutual aid response

Posted on November 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hebron Fire Lt. Eric Saunders, 23, is in serious condition after his vehicle struck a tree while en route to the fire station

Watch: Video of FF’s 3-year-old son putting out fire, performing CPR goes viral

Posted on November 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Chris Shell says he hopes the video, which has been viewed more than 2 million times, will encourage others to learn CPR

NC city tests protocol allowing FFs to leave scene if ambulance is en route

Posted on November 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

As part of a new pilot program, firefighters will be permitted to leave if the patient is deemed safe

Navigating an addiction in public safety

Posted on November 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

What first responders need to know about asking for help, getting into treatment, and returning to work in EMS, firefighting and law enforcement

Ohio battalion chief under investigation frequently called female cadets into his office

Posted on November 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Records reveal that officials raised concerns about female cadets frequently being pulled out of training by the chief, who is accused of sexual harassment

Ind. FD plans ‘Salute to Bosco’ event for fire dog dying of cancer

Posted on November 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bosco, a black Lab, has served at the Portage Fire Department for almost 10 years

Court rules corporations can be on hook for costs of fighting Calif. fires

Posted on November 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ruling means CAL FIRE can proceed with its suit against a business where a June 2016 wildfire began

Juvenile charged with arson at youth home

Posted on November 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The North Carolina facility, which shelters children between the ages of 10 and 17, was badly damaged in the blaze

EMS social work: A new approach to serving low-acuity patients

Posted on November 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An EMS social worker describes how a new program in Texas is serving patients while decreasing 911 calls

Trapped fuel could pose environmental threat after fire destroys $20M yachts

Posted on November 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Investigators are working to prevent 2,500 gallons of fuel from two burned Florida superyachts from leaking into waters

Fla. FD to expand K9 program, train greyhounds as therapy dogs

Posted on November 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue aims to have a therapy dog at every fire station, and plans to adopt greyhounds left homeless after Florida's racing ban

Report on NC gas explosion recommends hiring more FFs

Posted on November 19, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Durham Fire Department had requested 75 more firefighters prior to the explosion that killed two and injured 25

Fire at Hawaii vacation home believed to be intentionally set

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters reportedly found furniture piled up in the living room of the rental home

Cleveland accused of discriminating against black, Hispanic and female candidates in FD hiring

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city's mayor rejected allegations made by a federal commission that the fire department's testing process for applicants was discriminatory

Cleveland FD accused of discriminating against minority, female candidates in hiring process

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The city's mayor rejected allegations made by a federal commission that the fire department's testing process for applicants was discriminatory

$1 million dollars for a fire truck? Yup, and here’s why

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Coming in at $974,998, Lewiston Fire Department's new fire truck is the "total package," according to the town's fire chief

Mass. residents say Worcester FF’s sacrifice has inspired them to join fire service

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Days after Fire Lt. Jason Menard died rescuing members of his crew, several toured a local fire department hoping to follow in his footsteps

Sacrifice of fallen Worcester firefighter inspires potential volunteers

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Days after Fire Lt. Jason Menard died rescuing members of his crew, several toured a local fire department hoping to follow in his footsteps

Words Matter: How to safely communicate about suicide

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Public safety professionals of all ranks and positions can learn to convey messages of hope and resiliency

Rapid Response: Expect personal connections, additional threats in active shooter event

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The potential for a confusing operational picture existed during the opening minutes of the response to the latest school shooting tragedy in Santa Clarita, California

3 reasons to secure tools in the apparatus

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Get organized to improve your speed on scene, ensure firefighter safety and get the most life out of critical tools

Watch live: Funeral held for fallen Worcester FF

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mourners have gathered at the funeral for Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard who was killed after rescuing fellow firefighters at a three-story blaze last week

Watch live: Funeral held for fallen Worcester FF

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Mourners have gathered at the funeral for Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard who was killed after rescuing fellow firefighters at a three-story blaze last week

Video: Funeral held for fallen Worcester FF

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Thousands gathered at the funeral for Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard, who was killed after rescuing fellow firefighters at a three-story blaze last week

N.H. firefighter injured at fire caused by discarded cigarettes

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 30 firefighters responded to the blaze at the four-story apartment building, and one firefighter was injured due to a fall

N.H. firefighter injured at fire caused by discarded cigarettes

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 30 firefighters responded to the blaze at the four-story apartment building, and one firefighter was injured due to a fall

Off-duty Calif. firefighter rescues 10 struggling surfers

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Santa Cruz Firefighter Dustin Marty was presented a letter of commendation for helping to recover the 10 people who had become stranded in a cove

St. Louis firefighter punched while fighting car fire

Posted on November 18, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said the suspect was unhappy with how long it was taking to put out the fire

Mass. firefighters fulfill ‘hero’s sendoff’ promise for fallen Fire Lt. Jasen Menard

Posted on November 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Hundreds of first responders from across the state gathered to pay their respects to Menard, who was killed in a four-alarm fire last week

Ohio summit teaches responders how to deal with stress

Posted on November 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police officers, firefighters, paramedics and dispatchers from across Ohio gathered to discuss the trauma and stress first responders face

Doorbell cams help aid investigation into fiery NJ plane crash

Posted on November 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One camera showed the plane's rapidly accelerating downward left turn, and another showed the plane's final four seconds as it disappeared behind treetops

Maine fire department cited for 5 violations after fatal fire

Posted on November 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Maine Department of Labor investigators didn't state whether any of the problems contributed to Capt. Joel Barnes' line-of-duty death in March

Overtime has ‘exploded’ at understaffed Md. 911 center

Posted on November 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“We don’t have an option of operating below a certain level ... we must fill the seat. Our overtime has exploded," Scott Campbell, director of public safety, said

Investigation opened into fire that killed Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard

Posted on November 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"We really feel like we owe it to Jason, and his family, and our department, to really understand exactly how this fire happened," Worcester Fire Deputy Chief Martin Dyer said

Investigation opened into fire that killed Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard

Posted on November 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"We really feel like we owe it to Jason, and his family, and our department, to really understand exactly how this fire happened," Worcester Fire Deputy Chief Martin Dyer said

Pa. firefighter injured as blaze sweeps through five homes

Posted on November 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline said the department was dispatched to the report of a building fire, with entrapment

Pa. firefighter injured as blaze sweeps through five homes

Posted on November 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline said the department was dispatched to the report of a building fire, with entrapment

Pa. firefighter injured as blaze sweeps through 5 homes

Posted on November 17, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline said the department was dispatched to the report of a building fire with entrapment

Fla. firefighters rescue woman’s finger after rings become stuck

Posted on November 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

With her finger losing circulation, the woman turned to Delray Beach Fire-Rescue, who had just the tools to help

State could be responsible after investigators find no smoke alarms at site of fatal Md. fire

Posted on November 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Because the fire that killed two people last week took place at a historical home owned by a government agency, the state could face legal repercussions

Video: Ohio firefighters, police free deer stuck in metal fence

Posted on November 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The young deer was reunited with its mother after rescuers used a recently purchased tool to free it

Off-duty Conn. firefighter-EMT helps treat patient on flight

Posted on November 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Deputy Fire Chief Bill Lounsbury jumped into action to help a fellow passenger who was in medical distress during the flight from Las Vegas to Connecticut

Baby and mother in fire that killed Worcester fire lieutenant got out before crew went in, chief says

Posted on November 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fallen Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard rescued a fellow firefighter and was searching for trapped residents when he was killed in the blaze

Firefighter bitten while rescuing dog near icy lake

Posted on November 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Michigan firefighter sustained minor injuries when the scared beagle "nipped" him on the neck

2 men indicted for murder, 1 for conspiracy, in Fla. firefighter-paramedic’s killing

Posted on November 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Coral Springs Fire Department Firefighter-Paramedic Christopher Randazzo was shot and killed in an apparent robbery in October

Website offers safekeeping of first responder, military memories

Posted on November 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The USFRA-supported website invites fire, EMS, police and military personnel to preserve their legacy with digital content such as photos and audio clips

8 firefighters injured in Staten Island blaze

Posted on November 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Eight FDNY firefighters were injured, two seriously, in a fire Thursday morning

Photo of the Week: Florida apparatus honors veterans

Posted on November 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire academy scholarship presented in honor of slain paramedic

Posted on November 15, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Anthony Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund Award, which honors a paramedic who was shot and killed, was presented to Kenneth Brown Jr. by Jackson's mother

Firefighter’s life saved after blood infection reveals clogged artery

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Mike Riding will undergo life-saving open heart surgery after doctors discovered a potentially-deadly artery clog while treating him for an infection

Report shows staffing, planning shortcomings at Wash. 911 center

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A consultant recommended strategic planning and hiring more staff to reduce mandatory overtime and improve morale

Pa. fire company building damaged in blaze

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The social quarters of the Mohnton Fire Company was significantly damaged by the multi-alarm fire

2 dead in Calif. school shooting; 4 wounded, including suspect

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials say the 16-year-old suspected shooter is in “grave condition” from a self-inflicted gunshot wound

10 hospitalized after carbon monoxide exposure at Texas church

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Seven fire and medic units were dispatched to assist the patients ranging in age from 7 to 58

At least 3 hurt in Calif. high school shooting

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say it's not clear if the victims suffered gunshot wounds or other injuries

Ill. firefighter injures ankle in house fire

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The injury occurred when the firefighter fell through a hole in the floor at the home

At least 6 hurt in Calif. high school shooting

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities say it's not clear if the victims suffered gunshot wounds or other injuries

Fla. crews transport 6 people from fiery multi-vehicle crash that left 1 dead

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A tractor-trailer and several other vehicles were involved in the crash, which shut down part of Interstate 75 near Tampa

CFSI accepting applications for Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The award honors fire departments for implementing innovations in EMS

California’s wildfire, blackout crisis: Who’s to blame?

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Gov. Newsom has accused a major energy company of failing to take actions that could prevent wildfires and limit the misery from intentional blackouts

Worcester firefighter saved from burning home by fallen Fire Lt. Jason Menard remains hospitalized

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Chris Pace remains in intensive care after being rescued during a four-alarm fire by Fire Lt. Jason Menard, who later died in the blaze

Minn. fire department appoints its first female chief-level officer

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Longtime Duluth Fire Department Firefighter Marnie Grondahl is now the deputy chief of life safety and administration

NY woman arrested for making more than 24,000 fake 911 calls

Posted on November 14, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police say the 38-year-old Bronx woman averaged 100 false alarms per day that emergency personnel were forced to respond to

Mass. firefighters vote ‘no confidence’ in longtime fire chief

Posted on November 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Andover Firefighters Union unanimously voted "no confidence" in Chief Michael Mansfield and published a letter of what they say are examples of poor management

Ala. councilman accuses FD of unfair complaint against ambulance service

Posted on November 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Decatur Councilman Charles Kirby has long claimed that the city's fire department is trying to take over ambulance services by eliminating the competition

For Calif. firefighters, ‘mindfulness’ can ease the deadly stress of their jobs

Posted on November 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"Psychological first aid" through therapy, meditation and breathing techniques could help prevent health problems caused by the stress of fighting California's wildfires

Ohio fire stations stock sensory kits to assist patients with autism

Posted on November 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Bags containing items such as noise reducing earmuffs, stress balls and fidget toys were added to three Ohio fire stations to help patients with autism stay calm

Ellen DeGeneres presents $50K donation to Los Angeles firefighter with ALS

Posted on November 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Eric Stevens and his wife, Amanda, appeared on the comedian’s show where they were presented with the donation to their #AxeALS fundraiser

911 texting service for the deaf may launch in NYC next summer

Posted on November 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The service was expected to launch in early 2018, and delays have put deaf and disabled residents in danger, advocates say

LODD: Mass. firefighter killed in overnight blaze

Posted on November 13, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Worcester Fire Department Firefighter Lt. Jason Menard was killed while fighting a 4-alarm fire around 1:30 a.m., while three other firefighters were injured

Mass. minor league baseball team to retire No. 6 jersey to honor fallen FFs

Posted on November 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The number on the jersey represents the six Worcester Fire Department firefighters who died 20 years ago in the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire

Az. department unveils fire truck designed to reduce cancer risk

Posted on November 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Goodyear Fire Department’s new clean cab apparatus allows gear exposed to carcinogens to be sealed away in special compartments

Ariz. department unveils fire truck designed to reduce cancer risk

Posted on November 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Goodyear Fire Department’s new clean cab apparatus allows gear exposed to carcinogens to be sealed away in special compartments

Mo. firefighter dies in single-vehicle crash

Posted on November 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Volunteer Firefighter Carl M. Monteer, 61, died in an off-duty crash Monday afternoon after losing control of his vehicle on an icy highway

Widow sues boat owner in fire off California that killed 34

Posted on November 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The wrongful-death lawsuit, filed in federal court Monday, claims the vessel lacked adequate smoke detectors, firefighting equipment and emergency exits

LODD: Neb. fire chief dies of heart attack after responding to EMS call

Posted on November 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Boys Town Fire & Rescue Chief John Sing, 67, collapsed at the fire station after returning from an emergency medical call early Monday morning

Ky. hospitals fund FD’s cash-strapped community paramedicine program

Posted on November 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The program, which was set to run out of funding in January, has helped reduce ambulance runs while providing non-emergency medical care to those in need

Two-woman team steps in to help firefighters, residents after fatal propane explosion

Posted on November 12, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After the explosion that killed Fire Rescue Capt. Michael Bell and seriously injured six firefighters, two local women stepped in to organize support for those affected

Why did we stop hiring and promoting the ‘workers’ among us?

Posted on November 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Valuing firefighters with a “worker” mentality – not simply degrees and test scores – is key to the long-term success of the fire service

Discipline and the opportunity for atonement

Posted on November 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Why fire departments must embrace discipline in order to protect the integrity of the organization and the employee

Extreme bushfires prompt state of emergency in Australia

Posted on November 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Three people have died and 100, including 20 firefighters, have been injured after severe bushfires broke out last week in Australia's most populous state

Fire truck, stolen ambulance involved in separate crashes in Detroit

Posted on November 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Detroit Fire Department said an ambulance was badly damaged after it was stolen and crashed on the same day a Detroit fire truck was also involved in a crash

Ky. firefighter, 18, killed in head-on collision

Posted on November 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kentucky volunteer Firefighter Robert Combs was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 72-year-old was airlifted to a hospital

2 killed after car crashes through 2nd floor of N.J. building

Posted on November 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters from four agencies responded to the scene where a car flew into the air after striking an embankment, hitting the second story of a building

Calif. firefighter delivers his own daughter on side of highway

Posted on November 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The L.A. County fire engineer pulled over on the way to the hospital and delivered the 6-pound, 8-ounce girl, wrapping her in his T-shirt before paramedics arrived

Calif. mutual aid system under stress

Posted on November 11, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire chiefs say that the decision to answer mutual aid calls has devolved from an immediate "yes" to a discussion about resources

Concrete collapse forces Mass. firefighters to evacuate fire station

Posted on November 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters and a pump truck were evacuated from Station 7 when chunks of the concrete floor in the bay showered into the basement

Report: Italian building owner admits deadly blast was insurance scam

Posted on November 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The owner of the farmhouse admitted to causing the blast, which killed three firefighters and injured two others

‘Stop the Bleed’ kits introduced in Pa. classrooms, common areas

Posted on November 10, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials hope to eventually provide training to middle and high school students so they can familiarize themselves with the kits

Ill. firefighters, paramedics team up to rescue injured worker on roof

Posted on November 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The rescue required the efforts of all 11 on-duty personnel using technical rescue skills and equipment to safely bring the man down

NC boy, 8, calls 911 after grandmother suffers medical emergency

Posted on November 9, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Ira Younger called for help after his grandmother passed out and hit her head on the kitchen floor while making him a snack

Photo of the Week: A bright moment amid the Getty Fire destruction

Posted on November 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

First responders could get free 5G for 10 years from T-Mobile

Posted on November 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

If merger with Sprint closes, the “New T-Mobile” will provide free service to public and nonprofit law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies that apply

Increased fines for false alarms planned in Ga. city

Posted on November 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Rising volumes of false fire, medical and burglary alarms have prompted Columbus fire and police administrators to propose stiffer penalties for repeat offenses

Watch: FDNY fights back with PSA about paramedic, EMT assaults

Posted on November 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The PSA, which was created nearly a month after an EMT was viciously attacked, talks about the consequences of assaulting EMS personnel

3 firefighters hurt while battling Calif. wildfire

Posted on November 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the firefighters were treated and released

Audit: L.A. firefighter earned $360K in overtime pay in 1 year

Posted on November 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

LAFD spokesman Peter Sanders said the department relies on overtime as part of its "constant staffing" model

Pa. fire Lt. charged, removed from duty after scuffle with state trooper

Posted on November 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lt. Michael Naylor is accused of obstructing emergency services and disorderly conduct

Study finds health, safety, code deficiencies in Mo. fire stations

Posted on November 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials noted the lack of ventilation, sprinkler systems and adequate space to clean equipment

Study finds health and safety deficiencies in Mo. fire stations

Posted on November 8, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials noted the lack of ventilation, sprinkler systems and adequate space to clean equipment

Fatal Mass. fire started by towel on space heater

Posted on November 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The blaze that killed an 85-year-old woman began when a towel left on a gas heater ignited, according to the State Fire Marshal's office

Off-duty firefighter saves neighbors from house fire

Posted on November 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When a fire broke out next door, Indiana Firefighter Gregory Bare rescued two people minutes before on-duty firefighters arrived to extinguish the blaze

Former La. police officer convicted of battery for punching fire chief

Posted on November 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A video, which surfaced on Snapchat in August, showed a police officer punching a fire chief in the parking lot of a gas station

Video: Ellen DeGeneres meets firefighters who saved her Calif. home

Posted on November 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

DeGeneres asked the firefighters to respond to President Trump lashing out over the state's ongoing fire issues

Wash. man accused of intentionally setting fire, pulling knife on firefighters

Posted on November 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A firefighter managed to take the knife away from the man, but he reportedly continued to cause issues on scene

Tenn. firefighter-medic arrested, accused of fleeing crash scene

Posted on November 7, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police found an open bottle of wine in the floorboard of Dontre Doxley's pickup truck

Fla. fire chief struck, killed by log truck at crash scene

Posted on November 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Escambia Fire Rescue Chief Dwain S. Bradshaw, 41, was at the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash when he was struck and killed by a log truck

Fla. fire chief struck, killed by log truck at crash scene

Posted on November 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Escambia Fire Rescue Chief Dwain S. Bradshaw, 41, was at the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash when he was struck and killed by a log truck

What to know about the Wildfire Management Technology Advancement Act

Posted on November 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

How the new bill informs decision-making before, during and after wildland incidents

Pa. House approves bills to aid stressed first responders

Posted on November 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lawmakers passed 16 bills in the last two weeks aimed at supporting first responders, including mental health initiatives and tax credits

Pa. House approves bills to aid stressed first responders

Posted on November 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Lawmakers passed 16 bills in the last two weeks aimed at supporting first responders, including mental health initiatives and tax credits

Pa. House approves bills to aid stressed first responders

Posted on November 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lawmakers passed 16 bills in the last two weeks aimed at supporting first responders, including mental health initiatives and tax credits

Off-duty Wis. fire chief helps save man in cardiac arrest

Posted on November 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chief Steven Davis said a woman in his neighborhood knocked on his door and said her son-in-law was not breathing

Idaho firefighter suffers cardiac arrest during house fire

Posted on November 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Colleagues began lifesaving measures after Lt. Phil Diffenbaugh suffered a cardiac event while battling the heavily involved fire

Idaho firefighter suffers cardiac arrest during house fire

Posted on November 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Colleagues began lifesaving measures after Lt. Phil Diffenbaugh suffered a cardiac event while battling the heavily involved fire

As Paradise rebuilds, a divide over safety a year after deadly Camp Fire

Posted on November 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Wildfire mitigation consultant Zeke Lunder fears Paradise is setting itself up for another disaster

3 Italian firefighters killed in building explosion

Posted on November 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said they found a timer and gas canister in the rubble, leading them to believe the "explosion was deliberate"

Firefighters return homeowner’s heirloom ring that survived Getty Fire

Posted on November 6, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The ring survived two separate wildfires that erupted almost 60 years apart: the Getty Fire and Bel Air Fire in 1961

The partner at home: Maintaining a strong first responder marriage, relationship

Posted on November 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

There is no relationship that has more impact on your mental health than your relationship with your significant other

Iowa fire chief accused of drunk driving in ambulance

Posted on November 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said Thomas Launderville slurred his words during a radio call as he was driving a patient to the hospital

Listen: Residents frantically call 911 after plane crashes into NJ home

Posted on November 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

When a 911 caller told a dispatcher a plane had crashed into a nearby house, she couldn't quite believe her ears

FDNY battles all-hands apartment building fire; 2 firefighters hurt

Posted on November 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Twelve units responded to the fire and the flames were brought under control in an hour

2 Mich. firefighters injured while battling thrift store fire

Posted on November 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One firefighter was hurt when a portion of a wall inside the building collapsed on him; the other firefighter suffered a medical emergency on scene

Photos: Calif. firefighters rescue owl during Maria Fire

Posted on November 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Wildlife rehabilitation officials said the owl was found "among the ashes, disoriented and suffering from smoke inhalation"

Study: Invasive grass species making more frequent US wildfires

Posted on November 5, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Study co-author Bethany Bradley said she would "not be surprised at all if invasive grasses are playing a role in the current fires" in California

Report on Iowa university death raises questions about FD response

Posted on November 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“Due to staffing,” only two of four dispatched units initially responded to retrieve a UNI worker they understood to be inside the campus’ compromised steam system

Report on Iowa university death raises questions about FD response

Posted on November 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

“Due to staffing,” only two of four dispatched units initially responded to retrieve a UNI worker they understood to be inside the campus’ compromised steam system

Report on Iowa university death raises questions about FD response

Posted on November 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

“Due to staffing,” only two of four dispatched units initially responded to retrieve a UNI worker they understood to be inside the campus’ compromised steam system

Evacuations lifted for Southern California wildfire

Posted on November 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 121-square-mile fire was 76% contained on Sunday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said

NM ambulance service, fire dept. at odds over transport authority

Posted on November 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

City officials are asking for a certificate that would allow Albuquerque Fire and Rescue to transport all emergency patients to local hospitals

Texas firefighter hurt after car crashes into ladder truck on scene

Posted on November 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ladder truck was blocking traffic when another vehicle crashed into it

President Trump tweets on wildfire aid to Calif.: ‘No more’

Posted on November 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

President Trump said that Gov. Gavin Newsom and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff had failed to properly manage the state's forests, causing a string of recent blazes

President Trump tweets on wildfire aid to Calif.: ‘No more’

Posted on November 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

President Trump said that Gov. Gavin Newsom and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff had failed to properly manage the state's forests, causing a string of recent blazes

LODD: Wis. firefighter dies 2 weeks after suffering heart attack

Posted on November 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Brian Serdynski, 38, suffered a heart attack on Oct. 19 while on call; he was later released from the hospital but fell ill again at home

Calif. governor threatens PG&E takeover if no wildfire safety plan

Posted on November 4, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Gov. Gavin Newsom said "the state will prepare itself as backup for a scenario" to provide a wildfire preparedness and safety plan

The all-in engine company: Making it work with 3 members

Posted on November 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Outlining the roles of firefighter, driver and officer and the tasks to prioritize

Community honors Ohio firefighter-EMT who died helping crash victims

Posted on November 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter-EMT Brett Wilson, 23, was killed after coming in contact with downed power lines while on scene

Community honors Ohio firefighter-EMT who died helping crash victims

Posted on November 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter-EMT Brett Wilson, 23, was killed after coming in contact with downed power lines while on scene

Firefighters make progress on large Southern Calif. wildfire

Posted on November 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

While fire activity subsided overnight, winds and skin-cracking low humidity made another difficult day for firefighters

Wind-whipped fire destroys century-old Pa. inn

Posted on November 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials believe the fire started in a dining area and quickly spread at the Pocono Manor Resort

Community honors Ohio firefighter-EMT who died helping crash victims

Posted on November 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter-EMT Brett Wilson, 23, was killed after coming in contact with downed power lines while on scene

Firefighters make progress on large Southern Calif. wildfire

Posted on November 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

While fire activity subsided overnight, winds and skin-cracking low humidity made another difficult day for firefighters

Community honors Ohio firefighter-EMT who died helping crash victims

Posted on November 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter-EMT Brett Wilson, 23, was killed after coming in contact with downed power lines while on scene

Wind-whipped fire destroys century-old Pa. inn

Posted on November 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Officials believe the fire started in a dining area and quickly spread at the Pocono Manor Resort

Firefighters make progress on large Southern Calif. wildfire

Posted on November 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

While fire activity subsided overnight, winds and skin-cracking low humidity made another difficult day for firefighters

Community honors Ohio firefighter-EMT who died helping crash victims

Posted on November 3, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Firefighter-EMT Brett Wilson, 23, was killed after coming in contact with downed power lines while on scene

Man dies after head-on collision with CAL FIRE vehicle

Posted on November 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Chevrolet Tahoe with Cal Fire insignia and a Jeep apparently collided on an undivided, two-lane highway known as one of the most dangerous roadways in Sonoma County

Man dies after head-on collision with CAL FIRE vehicle

Posted on November 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Chevrolet Tahoe with Cal Fire insignia and a Jeep apparently collided on an undivided, two-lane highway known as one of the most dangerous roadways in Sonoma County

Man dies after head-on collision with CAL FIRE vehicle

Posted on November 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A Chevrolet Tahoe with Cal Fire insignia and a Jeep apparently collided on an undivided, two-lane highway known as one of the most dangerous roadways in Sonoma County

Fire chief: ‘I’ve never seen injuries like that’

Posted on November 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

After awakening to his house on fire, a father ran through flames to rescue his three young daughters, and his teenage son jumped from a second story window to escape the blaze

Should inmates fighting Calif. wildfires deserve a chance at full-time jobs?

Posted on November 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

For several years, state lawmakers have considered various bills to change the law so that inmate firefighters aren’t disqualified by their criminal records

SC county dispatch center adjusting after malware attack

Posted on November 2, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials say 911 responses have not been affected, but the attack has changed the way dispatchers perform their work

Photo of the Week: Rocky Mount (N.C.) firefighters battle fire at furniture manufacturing building

Posted on November 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Photo of the Week: Rocky Mount (N.C.) firefighters battle fire at furniture manufacturing building

Posted on November 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Photo of the Week: Rocky Mount (N.C.) firefighters battle fire at furniture manufacturing building

Posted on November 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Pa. city faces lack of paramedics, high emergency call volumes

Posted on November 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"For the amount of calls our paramedics run, there should be eight (ambulances) in service, and right now we are fighting for a fifth"

Pa. city faces lack of paramedics, high emergency call volumes

Posted on November 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"For the amount of calls our paramedics run, there should be eight (ambulances) in service, and right now we are fighting for a fifth"

Winds subside as fire crews increase Calif. wildfire containment

Posted on November 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dry, dangerous winds that swept both ends of the state this week had mostly subsided and forecasters predicted an upcoming week of placid conditions

Winds subside as fire crews increase Calif. wildfire containment

Posted on November 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Dry, dangerous winds that swept both ends of the state this week have mostly subsided, and forecasters predict an upcoming week of placid conditions

Maine firefighters return to full-time coverage at station after fatal blast

Posted on November 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

More than 80 departments and dozens of volunteers have pitched in to help Farmington firefighters after the Sept. 16 explosion

FDNY firefighter cheered on by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson dies of rare cancer

Posted on November 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Matthew McDevitt, 31, was diagnosed with NUT Midline Carcinoma, a disease that rearranges genes in the body

FDNY firefighter cheered on by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson dies of rare cancer

Posted on November 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Matthew McDevitt, 31, was diagnosed with NUT Midline Carcinoma, a disease that rearranges genes in the body

Kincade Fire burns into history as Sonoma County’s largest blaze

Posted on November 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The blaze scorched an area three times the size of Santa Rosa as a force of more than 5,000 firefighters gained a grip on the week-old conflagration

Sheriff: 4 dead, several hurt after shooting at Calif. Halloween party

Posted on November 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Video from the scene shows multiple patients being loaded into ambulances as others limped away

Sheriff: 4 dead, several hurt after shooting at Calif. Halloween party

Posted on November 1, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Video from the scene shows multiple patients being loaded into ambulances as others limped away

When the call has no address: Responding to homeless encampments

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Reviewing fire department response challenges and solutions to these unique calls

Historic Japanese castle goes up in flames

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Shuri Castle, a World Heritage site on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, was consumed by flames , leaving islanders grieving

Man arrested, accused of arson in Calif. wildfire

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officers arrested Andrew Craig Faulkner on accusations of arson after a crew responded to a report of a wildfire in Sonoma County

Agency: No alert system at Texas facility damaged by fire

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The safety board said it's still conducting its investigation, including determining what ignited the fire

3 children die, another critical after Mich. house fire

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters rescued the children ages 8, 5 and 3 years, and rushed them to a hospital where they were declared dead

London Fire Brigade ‘disappointed’ by critical Grenfell Tower report

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An initial inquiry report highlighted "significant systemic failings" by the LFB, including poor evacuation, command and communication procedures

Driver crashes into Minn. fire station, memorial to fallen firefighter-medic

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters had just finished dinner when they heard a loud bang and ran outside to find out what happened

Design concepts unveiled for Pulse memorial, museum

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The memorial will be at the site of the former nightclub and the museum will be a third of a mile away

Fla. firefighter-medic’s stolen iPhone helped cops solve his murder case

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Coral Springs firefighter-paramedic Christopher Randazzo was shot dead after refusing to unlock his iPhone

Chicago Fire Department officials face calls for greater diversity in ranks

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chicago has the largest number of women fighting fires and working on ambulances of any city in the country, but they make up less than 10% of the department's total personnel

Ariz. fire chief who went missing during hike found safe

Posted on October 31, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chief Gary Morris, who did not appear to be injured, said packing extra food and water extended his chances of survival

Top 5 spooky fire stories for Halloween

Posted on October 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Unexplained handprints, opening doors, voices and encounters plague the firefighters in these haunted fire stations.

Top 5 spooky fire stories for Halloween

Posted on October 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Unexplained handprints, opening doors, voices and encounters plague the firefighters in these haunted fire stations.

Top 5 spooky fire stories for Halloween

Posted on October 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Unexplained handprints, opening doors, voices and encounters plague the firefighters in these haunted fire stations.

Wildfire erupts near Reagan library in Calif.

Posted on October 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Library spokeswoman Melissa Giller said the hilltop museum was safe due to hundreds of goats that are brought in each year to eat away vegetation that could fuel wildfires

Search underway for missing Ariz. fire chief

Posted on October 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Pine-Strawberry Fire Chief Gary Morris, 73, was reported missing after setting out to hike a 51-mile trail

3 killed, 9 injured in shooting at Calif. home

Posted on October 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Long Beach fire spokesman Jake Heflin said responders arrived to a scene "filled with chaos"

Pa. bill would exclude volunteer fire, EMS depts. from open records requests

Posted on October 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Legislators said they have seen how hard it is to recruit and retain volunteers and that the paperwork required with fulfilling requests would be "burdensome"

Several shots fired into W.Va. volunteer fire station

Posted on October 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Three trucks were damaged after more than a dozen shots were fired into the Ona Volunteer Fire Department building

3 NJ firefighters hurt after tractor-trailer hits fire truck

Posted on October 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fire truck was responding to a call at the time of the crash; one firefighter had to be cut out of the truck

Watch: Firefighters post harrowing video of drive through Kincade Fire

Posted on October 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The video shows embers and flames rushing down a hill into the road and the truck gunning it through the burning area

Video: NJ houses catch fire after small plane crash

Posted on October 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A small plane crashed through the roof of a home, killing the pilot and causing an explosion that set two houses ablaze

Fire captain injured in Maine blast welcomed home

Posted on October 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Capt. Scott Baxter was released from a rehab facility and escorted home with a procession to the fire station

Mayor: L.A.’s Getty Fire sparked by tree branch that fell on power lines

Posted on October 30, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Video footage shows the branch breaking off a eucalyptus tree and sparking the fire

CFSI names Michaela Campbell as new director of government affairs

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Campbell previously served in roles as legislative correspondent and assistant, working on a range of economic and security issues

CFSI names Michaela Campbell as new director of government affairs

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Campbell previously served in roles as legislative correspondent and assistant, working on a range of economic and security issues

Md. FD launches stipend program to recruit volunteers to live in station

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad is providing financial incentives to volunteers who live at the station in return for increased duty requirements

The importance of FR station wear (white paper)

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Why flame-resistant station wear should be considered an integral part of every firefighter’s PPE

NFPA receives nearly $1M grant to develop fire service drone compliance program

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The project aims to generate the guidance, learnings and best practices needed to establish a compliant, successful drone program in the fire service

NFPA affiliate receives FEMA grant to study impact of active shooter events

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Fire Protection Research Foundation received nearly $200K to conduct a two-year study into the impact of active shooters and hostile events on first responders

NFPA affiliate receives FEMA grant to study impact of active shooter events

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Fire Protection Research Foundation received nearly $200K to conduct a two-year study into the impact of active shooters and hostile events on first responders

NFPA affiliate receives FEMA grant to study impact of active shooter events

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Fire Protection Research Foundation received nearly $200K to conduct a two-year study into the impact of active shooters and hostile events on first responders

Miss. firefighters transport 3-year-old to hospital in fire truck

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said no ambulances were available due to an influx of calls around the same time as the toddler's near-drowning

Photos: Calif.’s destructive Kincade Fire seen from space

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

New images show a ragged crescent of flames about six miles long spewing a vast plume of smoke over Sonoma County

Fla. battalion chief searches for purpose after health scare

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Chief Dan Miller has no memory of dialing 911 on Sept. 18, opening the door of his home to a paramedic he'd trained six months earlier and dropping to the floor

4 Colo. firefighters hurt in fire truck crash

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

An Aurora Fire Rescue fire truck was en route to a medical emergency when the crash occurred

Utility officials: Power lines may have started 2 Calif. fires

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fires began in a section of town where PG&E had opted to keep the power on; the company said the sites were not designated as a high fire risk

Men accused of killing Fla. firefighter-medic stole his shoes, phone and cash

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said the slaying followed an incident hours earlier at a motel in a nearby town

Pa. firefighter who lost home in fire overwhelmed by community’s support

Posted on October 29, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Monarch Fire Company set up a GoFundMe page for the family, which has raised over $10,000

New tech allows SC fire, EMS to control traffic lights during emergencies

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Once crews have gone through the light, the system will change back to its regular traffic cycle

2 firefighters burned in Kincade Fire

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One firefighter suffered a minor burn and was taken by ambulance to a hospital and another who was burned more seriously was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento

2 firefighters burned in Kincade Fire

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

One firefighter suffered a minor burn and was taken by ambulance to a hospital and another who was burned more seriously was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento

America’s first responders’ struggle with PTSD and depression

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Honor and support EMTs, paramedics, firefighters and police officers on National First Responders Day by acknowledging the toll trauma can take

Deadly Camp Fire revisited in powerful Netflix documentary

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The film recounts the catastrophe in as-it-happened fashion from the moment of ignition and via harrowing first-hand footage

Deadly Camp Fire revisited in powerful Netflix documentary

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

The film recounts the catastrophe in as-it-happened fashion from the moment of ignition and via harrowing first-hand footage

Ohio firefighters build dryer that saves money, helps in cancer fight

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Xenia firefighters are getting national attention for a new method of drying gear quickly without dipping deeply into public funds

Firefighter shields Kincade Fire evacuees from surging flames

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The firefighter was forced to deploy his personal fire shelter to prevent two residents from being overcome by flames

Bomb threats force evacuations of FDNY EMS stations

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The threats led to brief evacuations of five EMS stations in Manhattan; police responded to similar threats at two EMS stations in the Bronx

LODD: DC firefighter dies after suffering medical emergency

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Alex Graham, 48, suffered a "critical medical emergency" while at the D.C. Fire and EMS training facility

LODD: DC firefighter dies after suffering medical emergency

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Alex Graham, 48, suffered a "critical medical emergency" while at the D.C. Fire and EMS training facility

Ohio firefighter-EMT dies while trying to help car crash victims

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Firefighter-EMT Brett Wilson, 23, was killed after coming in contact with downed power lines while on scene

Ferocious winds continue to fuel blazes throughout Calif.

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Of the state's 58 counties, 43 were under red flag warnings for high fire danger on Sunday

Ferocious winds continue to fuel blazes throughout Calif.

Posted on October 28, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Of the state's 58 counties, 43 were under red flag warnings for high fire danger on Sunday

New evacuations for 50K people near Calif. wildfire

Posted on October 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said it is expected to be the biggest evacuation in the county in more than 25 years

Man gets 3 months in jail for Minn. synagogue fire

Posted on October 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Authorities said Matthew Amiot used a lighter to ignite combustible materials outside the main building

Diesel Ram pickups recalled due to risk of engine fires

Posted on October 27, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the recall covers Ram 1500 models from 2014 through 2019 model years

Men accused of killing Fla. firefighter-paramedic facing charges in 2 counties

Posted on October 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police said the three suspects fled the scene of an attempted homicide in a different county prior to murdering Christopher Allen Randazzo in Broward County

Woman set on fire inside Taco Bell; suspect arrested

Posted on October 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police are trying to determine if the suspect is connected to several other fires that occurred hours later near the Taco Bell

San Bernardino National Forest restrictions in effect as fires burn

Posted on October 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A U.S. Forest Service fire official said the restrictions were a "precaution" to prevent potentially destructive wildfires

San Bernardino National Forest restrictions in effect as fires burn

Posted on October 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A U.S. Forest Service fire official said the restrictions were a "precaution" to prevent potentially destructive wildfires

Gender-neutral facilities included in Mich. city fire station renovation

Posted on October 26, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

As more women join the ranks, it's important to ensure fire station facilities reflect changes in gender makeup, the city’s facilities manager said

Photo of the Week: Ouray, Colorado, firefighters train on incidents involving LP gas

Posted on October 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Photo of the Week: Ouray, Colorado, firefighters train on incidents involving LP gas

Posted on October 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

DHS requests NFPA develop standard for community-based response to drug overdoses

Posted on October 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

NFPA seeking comments to gauge levels of support or opposition to the development of a new standard on the topic

2 dead after car collides with Mich. school bus

Posted on October 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The car sustained heavy damage and immediately caught fire; two students were transported by ambulance to a hospital

Fire dept. pays final respects to fallen San Antonio firefighter

Posted on October 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Greg Garza died after he tripped or stumbled from a fire truck onto the street, where he was hit by an oncoming vehicle

Fire dept. pays final respects to fallen San Antonio firefighter

Posted on October 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Greg Garza died after he tripped or stumbled from a fire truck onto the street, where he was hit by an oncoming vehicle

Firefighter, 5 children injured in Detroit house fire

Posted on October 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The children were taken to a hospital and suffered from smoke inhalation; a firefighter suffered injuries while trying to enter the home

Colleagues, family gather to honor Fla. firefighter-paramedic lost at sea

Posted on October 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters Brian McCluney and Justin Walker went missing in August while fishing out of Port Canaveral

Colleagues, family gather to honor Fla. firefighter-paramedic lost at sea

Posted on October 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters Brian McCluney and Justin Walker went missing in August while fishing out of Port Canaveral

Suspects in custody in death of Fla. firefighter-paramedic

Posted on October 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Broward Sheriff's Office has not yet identified the suspects arrested or given a motive

Suspects in custody in death of Fla. firefighter-paramedic

Posted on October 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Broward Sheriff's Office has not yet identified the suspects arrested or given a motive

Fast-moving wildfires fueled by wind gusts flare up across Calif.

Posted on October 25, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In Sonoma County, the Kincade fire was fueled by 70 mph wind gusts; in Santa Clarita, the Santa Ana wind gusts came with low humidity and high temperatures

Video: Watch the moment Kincade fire ignites in Sonoma County, Calif.

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Kincade Fire ignition was captured by a camera from the ALERT Wildfire program, investigating fire origins and behavior

UL FSRI releases video of child rescue to underscore ‘Close Before You Doze’ message

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Helmet cam footage and 911 dispatch recordings show the moment Fairfax County (Va.) firefighters hear girl calling for help behind closed door

Wind-driven California Kingcade fire grows to 10K acres

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The National Weather Service says winds around the highest areas of Sonoma County have been blowing at speeds up to 70 mph

Wind-driven California Kincade fire grows to 10K acres

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The National Weather Service says winds around the highest areas of Sonoma County have been blowing at speeds up to 70 mph

Fire dept. grieving after Ga. firefighter dies by suicide

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"Suicide is a tragic reality among our men and women of public safety and military service," the department wrote on Facebook

Mass. firefighter saves American flag during house fire

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"It's the American flag. You treat it with respect," Lt. Billy Collins, who served in Operation Desert Storm, said

Mass. firefighter saves American flag during house fire

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

“It’s the American flag. You treat it with respect,” Lt. Billy Collins, who served in Operation Desert Storm, said

Pa. fire chief, 16 others removed from volunteer fire dept.

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Fire department board president Jeff Stivenson said Vernon Township VFD was reorganizing to "better protect the community"

Report: Woolsey fire response hurt by poor disaster prep, lack of firefighters

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The long-anticipated report details a wind-blown blaze of "epic proportions" that overwhelmed the region's emergency response institutions

Man charged in death of Mass. firefighter wants charges dropped

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 22-year-old man wants a judge to drop the murder, arson and burglary charges

Man charged in death of Mass. firefighter wants charges dropped

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The 22-year-old man wants a judge to drop the murder, arson and burglary charges

Conn. college student EMTs to help fire dept. with calls on campus

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Res-Q students can give basic first aid and critical care, including stopping bleeds and administering CPR

Pa. House passes bills to address volunteer fire, EMS shortage

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Length of service awards, college loan forgiveness, tuition assistance and local property tax credits may soon be among the incentives available to responders

Pa. House passes bills to address volunteer fire, EMS shortage

Posted on October 24, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Length of service awards, college loan forgiveness, tuition assistance and local property tax credits may soon be among the incentives available to responders

AFG 2019: PPE Project Guide (eBook)

Posted on October 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Check out this expert guide to help you apply for and win AFG funding for your PPE needs

NY increases benefits for families of fallen firefighters, police officers

Posted on October 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The legislation increases the cost of living benefits by 3% for spouses of fallen firefighters and police officers

NY increases benefits for families of fallen firefighters, police officers

Posted on October 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The legislation increases the cost of living benefits by 3% for spouses of fallen firefighters and police officers

Fire captain, retired Army lieutenant detain armed robbery suspect

Posted on October 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The armed man had robbed three nearby businesses before attempting another robbery at a bar

Family of boy hit by Pa. fire dept. ambulance files lawsuit

Posted on October 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kenyatta Mwambu, 17, was hit by a Monroeville Volunteer Fire Company No. 4 ambulance on May 9 while crossing a street

Family of teen hit by Pa. fire dept. ambulance files lawsuit

Posted on October 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kenyatta Mwambu, 17, was hit by a Monroeville Volunteer Fire Company No. 4 ambulance in May while crossing a street

Family of teen hit by Pa. fire dept. ambulance files lawsuit

Posted on October 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kenyatta Mwambu, 17, was hit by a Monroeville Volunteer Fire Company No. 4 ambulance in May while crossing a street

Family of teen hit by Pa. fire dept. ambulance files lawsuit

Posted on October 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Kenyatta Mwambu, 17, was hit by a Monroeville Volunteer Fire Company No. 4 ambulance in May while crossing a street

Photos of Calif. council candidate in firefighting gear prompts investigation

Posted on October 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

In a campaign ad, Jackson Hinkle posted photos of him wearing Orange County Fire Authority gear and posing in front of a fire truck

9-year-old arraigned on murder, arson charges in 5 fire deaths

Posted on October 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The fire killed a 1-year-old, two 2-year-olds, a 34-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman at a mobile home park

3 children killed in St. Louis apartment fire

Posted on October 23, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Police are seeking involuntary manslaughter, endangering and resisting arrest charges against the children's 23-year-old mother

Union head places blame on mayor following attack on FDNY EMT

Posted on October 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"Mayor de Blasio, you need to do more to protect the men and women who protect and serve this city," EMS Union Local 2507 president Oren Barzilay said

Union head places blame on mayor following attack on FDNY EMT

Posted on October 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"Mayor de Blasio, you need to do more to protect the men and women who protect and serve this city," EMS Union Local 2507 president Oren Barzilay said

Union head places blame on mayor following attack on FDNY EMT

Posted on October 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"Mayor de Blasio, you need to do more to protect the men and women who protect and serve this city," EMS Union Local 2507 president Oren Barzilay said

Woman killed after being hit by Nev. fire truck

Posted on October 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The ladder truck struck a pedestrian, who was later identified as 63-year-old Charlene McMaster, at an intersection

Deliberate blackouts possible again in Calif. amid windy, dry weather

Posted on October 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A huge portion of California is under high fire risk due to unpredictable gusts and soaring temperatures

Deliberate blackouts possible again as fire danger looms in Calif.

Posted on October 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A huge portion of California is under high fire risk due to unpredictable gusts and soaring temperatures

Deliberate blackouts possible again as fire danger looms in Calif.

Posted on October 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A huge portion of California is under high fire risk due to unpredictable gusts and soaring temperatures

Deliberate blackouts possible again as fire danger looms in Calif.

Posted on October 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

A huge portion of California is under high fire risk due to unpredictable gusts and soaring temperatures

Police: Man stole Ohio ambulance to escape kidnapping, torture

Posted on October 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The victim told officers he used the vehicle to escape the home, where he said he was tortured and kept in a dog cage

Fla. firefighter-paramedic’s death being investigated as homicide

Posted on October 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Amid the open case, the Broward Sheriff's Office hasn't released additional details about the killing

Pa. lawmakers push bills to address fire, EMS shortage

Posted on October 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A package of 23 bills are aimed at addressing the well-being of responders and providing incentives to recruit and retain volunteer and career responders

Woman accused of stealing Ky. fire truck during active fire

Posted on October 22, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

A volunteer firefighter tried to stop Jessica Clines, but she struck him in the shoulder with the mirror of the truck

Volunteer fire departments need recruits – here’s how to reach them

Posted on October 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The Make Me a Firefighter campaign helps departments connect volunteers with opportunities

AFG 2019: Communications Project Application Guide (eBook)

Posted on October 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Use this expert guide to help you apply for and win AFG funding for your communications project

AFG 2019: Communications Project Application Guide (eBook)

Posted on October 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE, Uncategorized

Use this expert guide to help you apply for and win AFG funding for your communications project

LODD: NY firefighter dies during training exercise

Posted on October 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighter Robert Bush was feeling ill during training and his fellow firefighters offered him medical help immediately

3 Mont. firefighters, officer recovering after being struck by vehicle

Posted on October 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Officials said the responders were struck by a vehicle at the scene of a reported domestic disturbance

Firefighter hurt while battling Pa. row home blaze

Posted on October 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

The firefighter suffered a shoulder injury while fighting the fire, which displaced 22 residents

Firefighter wounded by exploding ammo loses eye, may lose hearing

Posted on October 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Lyle Walker-Pugh was struck by ammo at the corner of his eye, which traveled through his head and exited behind his ear

Fla. firefighter-paramedic found dead at resort

Posted on October 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Christopher Allen Randazzo, 39, was found dead after deputies responded to an unknown medical call

Firefighter who lost leg on interstate credits colleagues with saving his life

Posted on October 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

"This family, this crew, these team members ... if it hadn't been for them, I wouldn't be here right now," Sgt. Darrow Harden said

Dallas fire station significantly damaged by severe storms

Posted on October 21, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Photos show a collapsed roof and debris, but Dallas Fire-Rescue officials said no firefighters at Station 41 were hurt

Firefighter who survived roof collapse reunites with EMT who saved him

Posted on October 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Thirty years ago, a section of a roof collapsed over a preschool swimming class; EMT Melvin Reed helped save an 18-year-old lifeguard, who later became a firefighter

Firefighter reunited with EMT who saved him 30 years ago

Posted on October 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

EMT Melvin Reed helped save an 18-year-old lifeguard, who later became a firefighter, when a roof collapsed over a preschool swimming class

Seattle planning new fire station to replace existing ‘cancer house’

Posted on October 20, 2019 by in EMS, FIRE, POLICE

Firefighters have expressed concerns about the building they refer to as "cancer house,” because many who have worked there have been diagnosed with cancer