If you have an emergency, call 911 immediately!

National Fire News

Rappers used Kansas fire truck without permission, official says

The Wichita Fire Department has completed an administrative investigation and concluded that no employee gave a rapper permission to use a fire truck in a music video posted to YouTube. In the video, rappers Blue Scrilla and Pj can be seen rapping both inside of and in front of a Station 15 Wichita Fire Department truck.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com

Video: Texas firefighters barely escape dangerous 'flashover'

Firefighters battling a house fire on the East Side Saturday night were forced to make a hasty retreat through the home's windows as the blaze got out of hand, almost trapping them inside, officials said. According to the San Antonio Fire Department, at least 12 units responded to the 900 block of Virginia Blvd around 7:55 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My San Antonio.com

Florida fire chief rescinds resignation, claiming he was coerced

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Jeff Collins attempted to pull back his resignation Monday just three days after it was announced. Collins rescinded his resignation in a letter sent from his attorney to county officials, claiming he was coerced and intimidated into resigning his position during a meeting with County Administrator Verdenia Baker, Assistant County Administrator Nancy Bolton and Human Resources Director Wayne Condry.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com

Trends Remain Same in Annual Line-of-Duty Deaths

Taking a look at the 93 on-duty firefighter fatalities in 2017 reveals similar trends from previous years, with cardiac and health-related issues marking a bulk of the fire service's losses. According to numbers provided by the U.S. Fire Administration, the overwhelming physical stress firefighting has on the body remains at the forefront of modern firefighter health and safety.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse

Former California volunteer firefighter suspected in fire truck vandalism

It was the banging about 7:30 a.m. Sunday that caught the on-duty engineer’s attention and drew him to a rear window of the Hopland fire station on Feliz Creek Road. Outside, a woman with an aluminum bat was whacking two vehicles in the parking lot, smashing windows, mirrors and lights, and puncturing all the tires.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press Democrat

Second-gen Colorado firefighters step down from career ‘few regret’

Wiith the retirement of two familiar faces, Aurora Fire Rescue will lose more than 80 years of firefighting experience at the end of month. And it’s not just the knowledge Capt. Mike Ackman and Capt. Clint Mitchell picked up during their decades spent on the line, training or managing fire crews that Aurora firefighters will say goodbye to this month.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Aurora Sentinel

Stolen lock box master key prompts security upgrades for Texas buildings, fire and EMS units

Thousands of Austin buildings -- including high-rises and retail stores -- are expected to receive security upgrades after a man somehow got his hands on a master key to their lock boxes and broke into at least two medical facilities. The lock boxes are attached to the outside of buildings that have fire protection systems.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVUE-TV ABC Austin

Show of unity for fallen Philadelphia firefighter

Boston Firefighter Daniel MacAuley and four of his colleagues drove eight hours — some making the lengthy road trip after completing an overnight shift — to pay their respects to fallen Philadelphia Fire Lt. Matthew LeTourneau at a viewing Thursday evening at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Philly.com

Bronx fire victims planning $110M lawsuit against city, FDNY

The city should have taken the toddler who started last month’s deadly Bronx inferno away from his inattentive mom long before the horrific blaze, several victims claim in court documents filed Thursday. Eleven victims of the fire that killed 13 people, filed a notice of claim saying they intend to sue the city for a combined $110 million for failing to keep track of several problems inside the doomed apartment building.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Important Request for Active Firefighting Moms

While this may seem like an unusual request, many of the researchers involved in combating firefighter occupational cancer are leaving no aspect of this important issue uncovered. In this case, researchers from the Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research and University of Arizona are looking for new Moms who are also active Firefighters, running/responding to calls.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firefighter Close Calls

Georgia fire department preserves ladder, contract from 1901 fire truck

In 1901, Dalton firefighters rode horse-drawn trucks to fires. They probably never imagined climbing ladders more than 100 feet tall to battle a blaze, and they'd probably marvel at the high-pressure hoses and other equipment their modern counterparts have. But they'd share a common bond of professionalism and courage, and they'd probably be honored to know that a piece of their history has recently come home to Fire Station 1 on School Street, which contains the department's administrative offices.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Citizen-News

Veteran firefighter and 2-time chief of Florida fire department dead at 91

Miles Richard Bowers' first job as a firefighter in 1948 was to help tackle one of Jacksonville's worst fires at a paint factory. One of his last jobs was in 2003 when he was named the city's fire chief for the second time. He had previously led the department from 1984 to 1988. Bowers, who served longer than any other firefighter on the force, died Tuesday after a stroke.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jacksonville Times-Union & Jacksonville.com

Public Safety Advocate: One Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN)

The recent milestone of all 50 states and 5 of the 6 U.S. territories having opted in to the FirstNet NPSBN is significant and signals widespread support for nationwide public safety interoperability never before possible. It has always been FirstNet’s goal to convince all the states and territories to opt in to the FirstNet network.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AllThingsFirstNet.com

Firefighter, police and EMT: Wisconsin town's volunteers triple up on public safety duties

In Palmyra, Wisconsin, a town of about 1,800 people, a firefighter is a police officer is an EMT. They're hiring people to be public safety officers and do every job. If you're sick or hurt and you call 9-1-1, you want someone there quickly. Across the country, budget cuts are making it more difficult to staff departments and keep up with demand.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV 4 Milwaukee

Helmet camera records Georgia firefighters catching children trapped on balcony during fire

VIDEO - Fire crews in DeKalb County are investigating what caused a massive fire at the Avondale Forest Apartments that displaced dozens of families. The two alarm fire in Decatur damaged more than twenty units one week ago. "We never know from shift to shift what we're going to end up with so it pays for us to be ready," said Eric Jackson with Dekalb County Fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS 46 Atlanta

Judge sets two sessions for state of New Jersey, Atlantic City firefighters to negotiate cuts

Attorneys for the state and the city firefighters union will have two court-approved mediation sessions this month to try to resolve issues regarding salary cuts and a possible 10 to 12 more layoffs. Both parties were back in court Wednesday, as Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez reviewed state-proposed staffing and salary cuts for the Fire Department in the ongoing case between International Association of Fire Fighters Local 198 and state.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City

5 fire service trends to watch in 2018

Constant innovation and improvement – these are just a couple of buzzwords that can be used to describe what’s trending in firefighting services and products. I asked my contacts on LinkedIn what’s new in the fire service that has positively impacted service delivery capabilities, and what they would like to see in the way of new products, equipment or technologies to improve service delivery.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1

'I Thought I Was Dead': Girl Rescued From House Destroyed by Mudslide in California

VIDEO - A 14-year-old girl was one of several people rescued by firefighters who fanned out across a flood-ravaged Santa Barbara County community after a night of powerful downpours and mudslides. The girl was trapped for hours in the home, destroyed by mud and debris flows that were powerful enough to move boulders, fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego

After heading Pennsylvania fire company since 1971, 'old-school' chief steps down

Unique. Dedicated. Old-school. A straight-shooter. Quite a character. Those are just some of the ways people describe Al Ewing Sr. Ewing joined the Fawn No. 2 volunteer fire company when he moved to the township from Arnold in 1966, and had been its chief since 1971. At the end of 2017, Ewing stepped down and let a younger generation take over.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

New Jersey firefighter's family lives in firehouse after blaze consumes home

Last week, a South Jersey firefighter arrived at a fire call to find his very own house consumed by flames. Five days later, he and his family are trying to pick up the pieces, and fortunately, they are getting some much-needed help. The donations have been pouring in so quickly that Stephanie Penwell doesn't even know where to start.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV 6 ABC.com