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Have you Looked at the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Lately; Doing Anything with them?

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When was the last time you looked at the Initiatives? Define and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service relating to safety; incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility. Enhance the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout the fire service. Focus greater attention on the integration of […]

Eleven Minutes to Mayday; What You Need to Know

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The Colerain Township (OH) Fire and EMS Department under the leadership of Director and Chief G. Bruce Smith released its final report Investigation Analysis of the Squirrels nest Lane Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths related to the April 4, 2008 Double Line of Duty Death of a Captain and Firefighter in April 2010 coinciding with […]

Two volunteer firefighters die battling blaze in Southwest Ontario, Canada

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Firefighters were in the process of completing a primary search within the building when the roof collapsed.

Thousands Honor Fallen LAFD Firefighter Glenn Allen

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Glenn L. Allen was a Firefighter/Paramedic for over 36 years and last served at Fire Station 97. He is the 61st Los Angeles Firefighter to have died while directly involved in emergency operations during the Department’s 125-year history.

Are You Prepared to PREVENT a Line of Duty Death?

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The fire service is a dynamic profession that is richly steeped in tradition, noble in deeds and calling. We know the fire service to be constant – yet ever changing in today’s society.

The Exceptional and Noble Qualities of one Brother Firefighter

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Thousands of mourners from across the state of Maryland and the nation arrived at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in North Baltimore (MD) on Monday January 24th to honor fallen firefighter Mark Falkenhan.  The call for the fire at 30 Dowling Circle came in to fire dispatchers at 6:18 p.m. The call came in as […]

Operational Conditions can Change in a Heartbeat: Remembering FDNY Black Sunday

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Take the time to read both NIOSH reports and remember the sacrafice… Three veteran FDNY firefighters died in the LODD in Brooklyn, New York and the Bronx on Sunday January 23, 2005, a day that has become known as “Black Sunday” and called one of the saddest in fire department history. Two firefighters were killed […]

Two Dates and a Dash in the Middle

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As a fire officer I am going to challenge each individual who reads this article to live and work the fire service as if you only had one month to live.

Fire Department Officers Liable in Double Firefighter LODD

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The state Supreme Court Appellate Division in Rochester – in a 4-1 split decision – concluded the law granting personal immunity to volunteer firefighters does not apply to the fire departments themselves or to department officials.

Why we do what we do, for the love of the Job..

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A column by Chicago Tribune Columnist John Kass provides a poinent reminder of the who we are and why we do what we do……

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