Fire & EMS in the News
The NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference is up for revision. Download our comment form and submit your suggestions by February 28. The document details the messages used in NFPA educational programs, curricula, and handouts and provides the fire
NFPA is looking for fire and life safety educators in the United States and Canada who have these qualifications: Work for a local fire department or fire marshal’s office. Use NFPA educational programs and materials in a consistent and creative
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) recently announced the appointment of new members to their Board of Directors including the addition of Lorraine Carli, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) vice president of Outreach and
There’s nothing better than that cozy feeling that our heaters provide us with when the weather is cold and harsh. As we chase away the chill in our homes with our heating systems, let’s not forget the risks involved. Heating equipment is a
If you’re having trouble parting with your Christmas tree, hopefully this fact will motivate you: Nearly one-third (29 percent) of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occurs in January. Christmas trees are combustible items that
Glittering decorations, holiday meals and treats, enjoying the warmth of home on a wintry day – these are hallmarks of the holiday season. However, these traditions and festivities also present an increased risk of fire, making December a leading
Fire protection systems are increasingly networked to Building Control Systems (BCS), Internet of Things (IoT), and other platforms that are, by design or oversight, exposed to the public-facing Internet. This emerging environment could lead to
An unfortunate incident that could have become a tragedy involving the “Scary Movie” actress Anna Faris underscores the importance of having working carbon monoxide alarms. She and her family had a close call on Thanksgiving Day. According to
The NFPA Public Education Network is made up of fire and life safety education representatives for every state and province who disseminate NFPA information to fire safety educators throughout their state or province. Periodically, NFPA will be
A national morning television show is highlighting the importance of fire safety during the holiday season. Days before Thanksgiving, the peak day of the year for home cooking fires, Good Morning America featured a live fire safety demonstration at the
More than three times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day than on a typical day of the year, according to the latest U.S. Home Cooking Fires Report recently released by NFPA. The report shows that there were 1,600 reported fires on
A call for papers has been issued for AUBE ‘20/SUPDET 2020, a joint conference of the 17th International Conference on Automatic Fire Detection (AUBE ’20) and the Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium
The ongoing push toward sustainability of refrigeration systems requires the adoption of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants to meet the shift in environmental regulations. In 2016, nearly 200 countries signed the Kigali Agreement, a
National STEM/STEAM Day, celebrated November 8 this year, was established to help students recognize and advance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Females at NFPA working in STEM/STEAM roles celebrate this mission
The staff, instructors and aides of the Delaware State Fire School (DSFS) had a busy schedule during Fire Prevention Week season. Beginning in early September through early November it is estimated that DSFS operated 115 programs in fire
Amanda Kimball has been named executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation (Research Foundation). The eight-year veteran of the independent, non-profit research affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association replaces Casey Grant
This past week, one of my best girlfriends and I flew to Florida and spent an evening at Universal Studios Orlando Resort at Halloween Horror Nights. The Halloween-themed extravaganza included haunted houses, scare zones, and live entertainment
Every year Halloween brings out excited children dressed in costumes running door to door to trick-or-treat as well as adults who dress up and head out to parties or make their own rounds through the neighborhood to acquire a sack full of candy. Homes
The Fire Protection Research Foundation, the research affiliate of NFPA is overseeing a two-year project on the Economic and Emotional Impact of an Active Shooter/Hostile Event – thanks to Fire Prevention and Safety Grant money from FEMA.
Millions of people across the world are renting or hosting peer-to-peer hospitality services, such as Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner. According to property management experts, on any given night, two million people are staying in Airbnb rentals
NFPA teamed up with Domino’s yesterday to kick off our joint Fire Prevention Week program in coordination with the Flint Fire Department. Sixty-five first graders from a local elementary school in Flint, Michigan were invited to the
IMPORTANT NOTE: This video was designed with messages for adult audiences, not children. Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, is officially here, and we’re encouraging all fire departments and safety educators to make the most of it!
Places of worship are known for their open-door policy, welcoming all. They are also known for their rituals that often involve candles, and celebrations and socials that include food preparation. National Church Safety Month is a time for heightening
The NFPA Public Education Network is made up of fire and life safety education representatives for every state and province who disseminate NFPA information to fire safety educators throughout their state or province. Periodically, NFPA will
Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, is just around the corner! This year’s campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”, works to better educate the public about the importance of home escape planning
During this fourth week of National Preparedness Month, we’re focusing on community involvement, specifically how to get involved on a community level with disaster preparedness. Many communities have voluntary organizations that are activated
What on earth is a breeching valve? A breeching valve, also known as a safety shutoff valve or excess flow valve, monitors pressure and flow in a system. Upon seeing excessive flow, the valve will automatically close, essentially shutting off or
During this third week of National Preparedness Month, we’re reminded that young people can play a big role in preparedness programs. Disaster planning, response, and recovery efforts must take into account the unique needs of
At 12:30 p.m. ET today (September 17) a panel of fire and life safety experts will share their knowledge about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning to help you make this Fire Prevention Week the best it can be. The September issue includes
Thanks to all the fire departments that signed up this August to participate in Domino’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!," October 6 - 12, 2019. All departments were automatically
Do you have a plan for an emergency? It’s important to make a plan today. Throughout the month of September, NFPA will be participating in National Preparedness Month, sponsored by FEMA. During this second week of the public awareness
Throughout the month of September, NFPA will be participating in National Preparedness Month, sponsored by FEMA. During this first week of the public awareness campaign, we’re reminded to save early for disaster costs. The National Flood
In this week's Humpday Hangout, members of the ISFSI will discuss achieving realism in fire training, including using smoke machines, digital props, fireground noise, radio traffic, simulated victims, and working within the confines of NFPA 1403 during live fire evolutions.
September is National Senior Center Month. The National Institute of Senior Centers is celebrating by highlighting the theme: Senior Centers: The Key to Aging Well. This year’s theme was chosen to highlight how senior centers share
There's no time like the present to help your family prepare for disasters. Join NFPA throughout the month of September as we participate in National Preparedness Month, sponsored by FEMA. We'll share different resources from Fire Break and
The Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award, which NFPA presents each year, recognizes educators who take the lead roll in making their communities safer. The 2019 recipient is City of Kingsport Fire Department Public Education Officer Barry
Chief Rick Lasky and Chief John Salka talk about the need for ventilation on the fireground.
In this week's Humpday Hangout, "RJ" of Capitol Fire Training and company join Chief Bobby Halton and Deputy Chief Jon Wintel as they tour a state of the art training facility in Owasso, Oklahoma.
The United State Fire Administration's National Fire Academy has posted the vacancy announcement for a Deputy Superintendent GS-1712-15 (Supervisory Training Specialist).
In this podcast, join Ricky Riley, Sam Hittle, and Larry Schultz of Traditions Training LLC discuss a 2006 double-line-of-duty death incident in the Bronx, the nature of selflessness on the fireground, and dealing with cultural and tactical changes in fire agencies.
Philadelphia firefighters responded to a multi-alarm fire this afternoon in the Parkside section of Philadelphia.
Recent experiences with combustible gas releases in residential buildings have led to a proposal for NFPA Standards Development for locating combustible gas detectors and consensus on installation location requirements. NFPA is considering a proposed
Ron Jeffers has photos of Paterson (NJ) firefighters and mutual aid companies working at a major structure fire in the city.
Fire service attorneys John K. Murphy, Chip Comstock, and Brad Pinsky discuss legal issues affecting fire departments. In this episode, they discuss trademarking and fire service patches, residency requirements, and e-mail and firefighters' First Amendment rights.
Read some recent commentary pieces from our contributors, including posts from Ron Kanterman, Clay Magee, and more.
In this "Main Street" Firefighting podcast, host Joe Pronesti speaks with Homewood (IL) Deputy Chief Steve DeJong about the line-of-duty death of Firefighter Brian Carey.
In this week's Humpday Hangout, hosts Rick Lasky and Terry McGrath speak with their guests about best practices when it comes to fireground search operations.
In this podcast, host Larry Conley and company talk about a recent spectacular rescue in St. Louis and reflect on the realities of faith in the fire service.
Grant funding provides all departments, large or small, with funding opportunities to acquire critical equipment, ensure adequate staffing, and to help make their communities safe. David Lewis discusses how to find those opportunities.
In this Training Minutes video, Paul Dansbach looks at some of the details on a typical building standpipe system, including a combination sprinkler-standpipe riser, control valves, a pressure regulating device, and roof manifold.
The fire service has a rich history of mentoring firefighters at every step of their career path. David DeStefano writes about the need to focus on the firehouse learning environment to help train probationary firefighters.
The August issue of Safety Source, the Public Education newsletter, shows ways for kids to put Fire Prevention Week into action with the Be a Fire Safety Hero lesson plan, includes a checklist for caregivers of older adults, highlights the 12th annual
Washington, DC – Fire departments in the United States understand the importance of residential smoke alarm installation programs in helping to save lives. However, a number of them have expressed concerns about implementing such programs
The most popular campfire treat is recognized each year on August 10th during National S’mores Day. This delicious, gooey treat is loved by millions across the United States. Before you start preparing this scrumptious indulgence, review
In the event of a fire, a sloped ceiling may alter sprinkler performance from expected results for a conventional horizontal ceiling configuration. Prior computational studies investigated the effect of ceiling slope on sprinkler activation times and
Volunteer Fire Chief John Morrison, of the Vienna (VA) Volunteer Fire Department, and career Fire Chief James Clack, of the Ankeny (IA) Fire Department are this year’s honorees.
In this "Politics and Tactics" podcast, Frank Ricci, David Polikoff, and Nick Papa are joined by their guests from the "Due Work" podcast to discuss the value of kitchen table talk, being a boss, and more.
Billy W. Scearce, Jr. reviews some fire department sins that can prove fatal to firefighters both on and off the fireground.
In this episode of "The Built Environment," host James Johnson is joined by special guests John Mittendorf and Vinnie Dunn to talk building construction.
Are fire academies teaching the kind of tactics and techniques that will be most useful for firefighters in the "real world" situations of today's fireground? Matt Adkins takes a critical look in this commentary.
The NFPA Public Education Network is made up of fire and life safety education representatives for every state and province who disseminate NFPA information to fire safety educators throughout their state or province. Periodically, NFPA will be
Firefighters responded Saturday to a raging apartment fire in Sycamore, Illinois, that was reportedly caused by a resident using a grill on a balcony, according to a report.
In this episode, members of Women in Fire (formerly iWomen) talk about the popularity and importance of fire camps for girls and young women.
Photo courtesy of KEPR-TV/CBS I recently came across a news story about four people who safely escaped a fast-moving fire in their Kennewick, WA home. Working smoke alarms were credited for awaking them in time to get out safely.
In this week's Humpday Hangout, host Robert James (RJ) of Capitol Fire Training and the rest of the panel talk to guest Bob McCaa about implementing in-service training.
In this episode of the "Command Show" podcast, Anthony Kastros discusses firefighter job satisfaction, size-up, victim profiling, aggressive search, and putting the civilian victim first.
LODD report lists causes and recommendations from July 2018 fire that killed Lieutenant Nathan Flynn.
"The buildings of today become our work environments of tomorrow, and any changes to building materials and systems directly impact the way we perform our duty," writes James Johnson.
The July issue of Safety Source, the Public Education newsletter provides cautions in an around the water with our Marina and Boating tip sheet, a fun family Fire Prevention Week activity in the form of a fire escape checklist, and details on the
On this episode of "The Command Post" podcast, Rick Lasky and John Salka talk about the fire service's legacy of selflessness and honor.
In this podcast, Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (F.O.O.L.S.) Education/Training Chair Robbie Fisher talks with Ben Fleagle, F.O.O.L.S. secretary, about the organization, Ben's involvement over the years, leadership, and more.
With the arrival of summer and the July 4th holiday just around the corner, NFPA is reminding people about potential electrical hazards that exist in swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, onboard boats and in waters surrounding boats, marinas, and launch
In this episode of Training Minutes, Paul Dansbach looks at the component parts of an electric-driven fire pump for a high-rise building.
Construction Fire Safety Coalition Administrator Raymond O’Brocki offers this indepth look at how strict adherance to fire codes protect fire service members and civilians alike on construction sites.
Effective delegation is necessary for an organization’s success; failure to delegate will result in inadequately developing your team. Knowing how and to whom to delegate will make your overall job easier. It will show the rest of your team that you are a strong leader with confidence in their ability, resulting in greater efficiency and increased morale.
Jeremy Rifflard and William White offer readers their department’s experiences with these easy-to-make, low-cost structural support devices.
We can put any gear, tool, or whatever that we can’t clean on site somewhere where we aren’t exposed to until we can clean it.
Documentation is not limited to critical commentary, nor is it only for supervisors. It’s essential in making your case regarding an employee’s performance—good and bad—and its consequences. It also encourages an employee to monitor his progress.
Louis A. Comenale III discusses what every new company officer should know on taking the job.
Fire photographer Tim Olk shared some photos of Chicago fire crews working at a recent structure fire.
Christopher Sobieski describes the roles of vision, communications, and culture in the development and success of a leader, regardless of rank in the organization.
Military veterans have proven their eagerness and willingness to serve and make great candidates for public safety careers. However, fire officers must remind the military veteran probie that, although they have proven themselves in the military, they must now do the same in the firehouse.
One effective way to spend valuable training time is having firefighters read, review, and analyze fire service magazine articles, photos, and videos. The officer can have them focus on a specific fire scene item: scene size-up, life hazards, building construction, and so forth. Each member will see something different, based on his experience, that will add to the discussion. The rookie may even surprise some of the senior members.
Chase Sargent explains the three levels of expectations that must be stipulated and communicated to all members for a successful and united fire department.
Craig A. Haigh explains the dilemmas and challenges of newly promoted officers and offers pointers that have helped him make the transition from crew member to officer more smoothly.
In this podcast, hosts Larry and David Conley and Mamma Elaine are joined by guest host Tiffanye Wesley. The group speaks with Battalion Chiefs Queen Anunay and Kishia Clemencia of D.C. Fire & EMS and Trisha L. Wolford, chief of the Anne Arundel County (MD) Fire Department.
Solid and open metal grate walkways are often installed in aisles as part of rack storage. Further, open metal grates are also used as mezzanine levels above storage. There is little information on how these walkway and mezzanine
Early bird registration is open until August 28 for the Foundation's 2019 SUPDET® symposium, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Denver Downtown from September 11-20, 2019. This year's program features almost
Letters to the Editor from July 2019, including comments on the salt firefighter, vertical ventilation, and having a moral compass in the fire service. Also, an illustration from Paul Combs.
In this podcast, host Danny Sheridan discusses the evolution of the Mayday response from the '80s through the present.
Read some recent commentary from select contributors, including a post on resource-based response systems from new contributor Nathan Lindgren.
"A promoted officer should be honored to assume his new role, whether it is on the firematic or administrative side. However...there is no 'on/off switch' that you can suddenly flip to instantaneously gain the support and confidence of the membership, writes Thomas A. Merrill.
What is this old term used back in the late 1800s to describe certain firefighters? Read Howard J. Hill's to find out.
Coshocton County authorities are investigating a barn fatal fire that happened Tuesday morning. Officials got a call about the fire on the State Route 60 just after 7:20 a. m. When Walhonding Valley firefighters arrived, a barn was collapsing, per authorities.
In this podcast, host Tom Merrill talks about the importance of making the most of our volunteers' time, the negative impact cliques have in the volunteer firehouse, and how good, solid, clear communication can really help keep a volunteer team united and operating on the same page, producing positive results.
Boston (MA) firefighters responded Saturday to a fire at a vacant building in Dorchester that went to nine alarms.
Thiago John offers this quick look at the similarities and differences between the American and Brazilian Fire and Emergency Servcies.
A massive fire in the Midwood section of Brooklyn torched at least three buildings early Thursday morning.
Bob Bartosz shares photos of North Carolina firefighters responding to a fire in a '40s-era commercial structure.
In this episode, host James Johnson is joined by fellow members of The Roof Perv group—Stephen Tyler, Bill Knight, and Robbie Fisher—for a question-and-answer session.
With the month of June roaring like a lion through the nation with severe storms, it is the perfect time to prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters. Thanksgiving in June: Be Hurricane Ready was designed by Life Safety Education Systems
The June issue of Safety Source, the Public Education newsletter, sizzles with a “hot dog” of a Father’s Day e-card from Sparky the Fire Dog®, helpful hints on how to stay safe while traveling in the RV or camper this summer, and
Tim Olk shared some photos of Chicago firefighters responding to a 3-11 alarm in a large vacant structure last week.
For years the NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference has been the “go-to” document for fire and life safety educators looking for accurate and consistent burn and fire safety messaging to use when providing information to the public. Now
"So, friends, this is the great commission—go forth and make new volunteer firefighters," writes Steve Hirsch.
Numerous fire departments responded to this recent structure fire in the South Glens Falls Fire District, and Andrew Deierlein of Priority 1 Photography shared some images from the fireground.
In this episode of Training Minutes, Paul Dansbach reviews exterior access via sidewalk doors to a commercial building's basement, and some of the challenges firefighters may face when navigating these.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape™!” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2019. This year’s campaign focuses on the
The authors explain that adults, not only young children and adolescents, set fires and describe training workshops offered by The University of Kent to help the fire and rescue services understand adult fire-setting and methods for addressing it.
Names in the news for the fire service, from the June 2019 pages of Fire Engineering.
Nick J. Salameh shares the challenges a small-town fire department encountered while fighting a large fire, how it overcame the challenges, and the lessons learned.
Letters to the Editor from June 2019, and a new cartoon from Paul Combs.
Dan Miller explains how best to create a successful volunteer fire department, which starts at the training academy.
Fire industry news from June 2019, including a look back at this year's FDIC International.
Perhaps the most dismissive thing anyone can say to another is, “Shut up.” Bobby Halton offers some thoughts on the context of such dismissiveness in both the fire service and the culture at large.
Check out a roundup of Web-only articles you may have missed on the Fire Engineering site in May 2019, including Josh Pearcy on water rescue and much more.
Raymond O'Brocki addresses some of the fire safety concerns raised by firefighters about tall mass timber buildings.
James Kirsch discusses the many different concerns of storage facilities.
Thomas N. Warren dissects all aspects of this essential fireground communication.
In this Training Minutes video, Mike Ciampo shares some tricks of the trade for setting up ground ladders, including safe climbing techniques, methods of entering windows, and much more.
Summer boating season is here. Recreational boaters are encouraged to be responsible through public awareness campaigns, such as National Safe Boating Week, which concluded on May 24th and National Fishing and Boating Week, which takes place June
The heart of command, control, and accountability on the fireground is the creation and enforcement of standard operating procedures (SOPs). Anthony Avillo on how SOPs can eliminate confusion and make your fireground strategies more effective.
More than 100 firefighters responded to this four-alarm fire at the Old Ambassador Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
As NFPA works alongside the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to increase electrical safety awareness throughout May—National Electrical Safety Month—we take a look at electrical safety around the home. The home
Firefighters responded to a fire at a structure housing livestock in Battleboro, North Carolina. See photos by Bob Bartosz.
Although World War II was over, the optimism of the postwar period became more uneasy as the fire service contemplated the possiblility of a World War III.
As NFPA works alongside the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to increase electrical safety awareness throughout May—National Electrical Safety Month—we take a look at portable generator safety.
Sidewinder Photography shared some photos of firefighters operating at a recent three-alarm fire in a row house in Albany, New York.
In this Training Minutes video, Ray McCormack demonstrates an alternate way of using the handline when conducting a fire attack in a narrow area filled with potential debris, such as the aisles of a commercial structure.
Deciding to become is an officer is an important choice many of us have made in our volunteer firehouse. Tom Merrill takes a look at the responsibilties such a move entails.
Fire crews responded to this significant fire in a large warehouse in Troy, New York, and Sidewinder Photography offered some photos from the scene.
Indianapolis (IN) firefighters responded to this recent fire in a vacant structure.
As NFPA works alongside the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to increase electrical safety awareness throughout May—National Electrical Safety Month—we take a look at safety during hurricanes. ESFI’s Hurricane
Micah Kiger's lessons learned and reinforced from fire incidents.
In the fire service, our people truly are our greatest asset. Jason Ness describes two approaches to leadership that may yield positive results in your department.
This week, Mike Dugan and other members of the panel will discuss the vulnerability of buildings under construction, demolition, or renovation.
Steven Zeliff says the best way to control a shipboard emergency is to preplan with all the potential agencies available.
Andrew Deierlein provided some fireground photos from the scene of a recent dwelling fire.
As NFPA works alongside the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to increase electrical safety awareness throughout May—National Electrical Safety Month—we take a look at safety during flooding. Flooding can occur anywhere, but
In this episode of Training Minutes, Paul Dasbach investigates some of the challenges firefighters might face when stretching a line into a commercial occupancy.
Danny Sheridan discusses automatic alarms and how to address becoming complacent with these responses.
Christopher firefighter killed in stairway collapse inside an abandoned furniture store.
On April 29, 2019, Nash County firefighters were dispatched to a working house fire on 4100 block Castalia Road. See scene photos by Bob Bartosz.
Are you ready to respond to a firefighter in distress? Tony Carroll shares some information on out-of-air emergencies and the role of the rapid intervention team.
G. Howard Blythe argues that scrutiny of educational institutions and their programs is necessary to ensure that firefighters and fire officers are getting genuine value from their forays into higher education.
Many NFPA codes and standards establish minimum frequencies for periodic inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) for fire protection systems, including for example, NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based
Instructors should plan for their classes in a way that enhances their own development and helps to ensure a positive experience for the students.
Letters to the editor for May 2019 issue of Fire Engineering, plus Paul Combs on the "weakest link."
Fire service news from the May 2019 issue of Fire Engineering magazine.
Requiring a firefighter to undergo a fit-for-duty (FFD) examination is legal. However, the order must be for a legitimate evaluation process, not a mechanism to terminate a member of an organization. Related legal cases are reviewed, as are applicable fire service standards.
Every single firefighter knows why we cope when dark times envelope us: because firefighting is the best damn job we’ve ever had.
Jaime Reyes emphasizes that clear, accurate, and continuous communications are vital on the fireground and explains how communications can be added to training scenarios and incorporate Dispatch as well.
In this week's Humpday Hangout, the panel will discuss the importance of frequent, high-impact drills for firefighter safety and survival, and provide best practices for implementing rapid intervention team (RIT) training programs at the local level.
National Electrical Safety Month was introduced by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) in the mid-1990s to bring awareness to home electrical safety. NFPA has championed the campaign with ESFI by highlighting safety activities
Jerry Knapp reviews some of the highlights from this year's FDIC International and describes why the conference keeps drawing him back year after year.
DUBLIN, Ga. (WGXA) - A house fire in Dublin Sunday night killed three people -- two of which were brothers. Dublin Police say it happened on the200 block of Hobbins Drive around 7:21 p. m. The victims have been identified as Jared O'Neil, 39, Kirby O'Neil, 44, and Brooke Amanda Clements, 31.
Check out some recent commentary pieces from Fire Engineering featured contributors that ran on the site in March 2019.
May is National Electrical Safety Month, introduced to the public in the mid-1990s by the Electrical Safety Foundation International to bring awareness to home electrical safety for families. Home electrical fires can start in wiring, electrical
A funeral is set to be held today in New York City for Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, who was killed in a bombing in Afghanistan.
Firefighters responded earlier this week to a four-alarm structure fire in Lake George, New York, and Andrew Deierlein of Priority 1 Photography shared some photos from the scene.
Just being good has never been our goal. Every firefighter, officer, and chief must strive for perfection each day, writes David DeStefano, and in so doing we may obtain excellence.
Each year, Earth Day (April 22) marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in the 1970s. Now, more than 5,000 environmental groups in more than 180 countries reach out to hundreds of millions of people in a show of
Curated by John K. Murphy, this page is a repository for PDF templates of standard operating procedures (SOPs) that fire departments can consult to aid in development of their own policies and procedures.
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) units responded Wednesday to a fire that went to five alarms in a sushi restaurant and medical park in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn.
In this episode of Training Minutes, Paul Dansbach examines considerations for firefighters who are attempting to advance a hoseline into the basement of an older commercial building.
In this week’s Humpday Hangout, Jason Hoevelmann joins Bill Gustin and other special guests live from FDIC International 2019 in Indianapolis.
A raging, wind-driven fire challenged firefighters in the village of Hempstead on Long Island, New York. Check out some fireground pics from FirstOnScenePhotos.
Tom Warren addresses some common questions firefighters may have encountered when civilians ask them about their work.
To help first responders handle the potential challenges aligned with energy storage systems (ESS) and solar energy, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has updated a first-of-its-kind ESS safety training for the fire service with new technology insights, relevant research, and expanded solar considerations.
Nineteen firefighters and four civilians were injured during a six-alarm fire yesterday in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, New York.
Chicago firefighters responded to a 5-11 alarm at a factory on the city's Northwest side, and fire photographer Tim Olk shared some images from the fireground.
In this new Training Minutes video, Mike Ciampo has some tips on how to overcome an automatic rolldown gate opener.
"Most firefighters know how to put out a fire, but it’s not the fancy tools or shiny trucks that get it done; it is the human factor," writes Leigh H. Shapiro.
Experienced fire service member and fire department grant issuer Kevin Mulrooney answers the question of whether or not to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
Bill Gustin explains how modern constructions trends affect standpipe operations in a structural (high-rise) fire, the adjustments that should be made, and how training and tactics should be adjusted.
Thomas W. Aurnhammer goes in-depth with helpful tips for combating the increasing relevant problem of wildland urban interface fires.
Glenn Corbett offers this quick look at the history of fire escapes and their relevancy when responding to building fires today.
Robin House explains how conducting this classic game with your crews can improve their knowledge of your response area.
Robin House explains how conducting this classic game with your crews can improve their knowledge of your response area.
>Sacramento (CA) Fire Department members Anthony Kastros and Kiley Keeley take a hard look at why fire department s should never take the incident command system for granted when faced with a structure fire.
Sharing that verification of the risks and threats and our current understanding of them makes us more ready, less uncertain, and better equipped to engage.
Phil Jose guides new hands-on instructors in methods to ensure students receive quality instruction and effective coaching while maximizing practice time safely on the training ground.
Neil Hintze explains how high-reliability organizations (fire departments) can keep small problems small through mindful management of the expected, are mindful of the potential for failure, and are resilient and defer to expertise.
Anthony Avillo goes in-depth to answer the important question, “What guides incident commanders in determining the strategic mode for operations?
In this month's drill, Tony Carroll looks at an out-of-air emergency line-of-duty death and its implications for firefighter training.
Louis A. Comenale III offers pointers that can help newly promoted officers to develop probationary firefighters in their company into confident and competent professionals.
The Rochester Drill outlines and illustrates how to rescue a firefighter who is trapped in a failed floor but who has not fallen through.
Todd Soong emphasizes that firefighters should be mindful of evidence while overhauling a fire scene so as not to interfere with the fire investigator’s responsibility to prepare an accurate and complete report on the fire’s cause and source of origin.
Joseph Bostic describes how officers can develop the traits that will enable them to achieve crew buy-in and establish a culture in which the members and the department will thrive.
Preplanning auto service stations is key to successful emergency response. Service stations include fueling stations, tire shops, auto-repair/body shops, convenience stores with fuel pumps, junkyards, and auto dealerships. Each must be preplanned to note its specific, potential, and unknown hazards.
Aaron J. Heller explains the hazards inherent in the big box stores present in virtually every community and how to prepare for them.
Matt Love concludes his extended meditation on the nature of coffee and leadership in the fire service.
Firefighters in Jersey City, New Jersey, were kept busy earlier this week with a number of serious fires, including a fire that went to five alarms and burned three homes.
Chaplaincy isn’t just about the spiritual care of an individual, rather it’s a holistic, all-encompassing support service that a person provides to another. Read more from Wendy Norris.
In case you missed it, check out a recent roundup of some posts from our contributors in March 2019.
The Congressional Fire Services Institute’s Board of Directors has selected Chief Russ Sanders as the recipient of the 2019 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. Sanders is the NFPA regional director for
Fire Deparment of New York (FDNY) units battled a four-alarm fire in a one-story commercial building.
Chattanooga (TN) firefighters responded to a weekend fire that burned two homes.
As the birthday celebration of Sparky® winds down, NFPA would like to call your attention to another helpful resource that educators, parents, and the fire service can use to engage younger generations. The “Connect the
A recent video released by Dallas (TX) Fire-Rescue looked at the circumstances behind a Mayday call the department experienced last year.
Fire photographer Tim Olk shared some recent images from a live burn evolution undertaken by members of the McHenry (IL) Fire Protection District.
March 23rd is National Puppy Day. Established in 2006, National Puppy Day is a “paw-some” opportunity for all dog enthusiasts to celebrate “puppy love” with their favorite fur ball of a canine. The day is also designed to
As the 68th birthday celebration of Sparky the Fire Dog® continues this week, NFPA encourages educators and first responders to share the upbeat video, “Firefighters are On Their Way” and inform children about basic firefighter
Jerry Knapp looks at a proven method for designing large-scale fire department training drills and outlines the steps to create one based on water flow testing.
Leaders must understand the importance of both themselves and the men and women they lead being mentally, morally, and physically prepared for the challenges of high-risk incidents and crises. Check out a preview of Colonel R. P. Mortenson's FDIC classroom.
March 23rd is National Puppy Day. Established in 2006, National Puppy Day is a “paw-some” opportunity for all dog enthusiasts to celebrate “puppy love” with their favorite fur ball of a canine. The day is also designed to raise
NFPA’s Sparky & the Case of The Missing Smoke Alarms is an entertaining app that teaches children essential messages about fire prevention through creative storytelling and real-world safety questions. The tool is just one of several
Sparky’s birthday may have been yesterday, but the fun continues this week as the iconic fire dog shares fun, educational resources designed to help inform children about fire prevention. NFPA’s floppy-eared mascot points to
The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) is in search of acquired structures to conduct research burns in as part of the 2015 Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant project the “Study of Coordinated Fire Attack Utilizing Acquired Structures.”
It’s a topic that’s made news headlines and is on the minds of many: how to keep schools safe and secure in the face of mass shootings in the United States. As school administrators and community officials work to protect schools from acts of
How can there be a discrepancy between how a fire chief thinks his department is doing vs. what the line firefighters think is going on? Dane Carley focuses on cultural cognitive dissonance within fire service organizations.
In this week's Humpday Hangout, Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan, and the rest of the panel will talk about fighting fire in very large modern suburban homes.
Numerous fire department personnel paid tribute Tuesday to fallen Godfrey (IL) Fire Captain Jake Ringering, who died in the line of duty last week.
City of Kingsport Fire Department Public Education Officer Barry Brickey has been chosen the 2019 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Brickey has been using NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn® program in the city’s elementary schools
In this new Training Minutes video, Paul Dansbach discusses the life cycle of a building and revisits a structure from a previous season of Training Minutes to show how a deteriorating building can be rehabilitated.
The Foundation has previously completed work on the impact of obstructions on ESFR sprinklers in storage occupancies. Similar research is needed related to spray sprinklers and obstructions. There is a need to assess the current rules related to
The Call for Papers deadline is quickly approaching for SUPDET® 2019, which will be held September 17-20, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Denver City Center in Denver, CO! Since 1997, the Research Foundation has organized SUPDET (Suppression, Detection,
More than a dozen people were injured in a fire early Wednesday morning in the Bronx.
A fire burned several buildings in downtown Bamberg, South Carolina.
Firefighters responded Tuesday to a significant fire at a construction site in downtown Iowa City, Iowa.
Paterson (NJ) firefighters batled a multiple-alarm fire that destroyed two structures last week in the city.
John M. Buckman III uses his 35-plus years as a volunteer fire chief to break down how best to make your volunteer department the best it can be.
In the command bubble, a firefighter must be able to maintain situational awareness and at the same time distance himself mentally and emotionally from the numerous distractions at every fire.
Our threats change, but our diligence and responses to them must remain focused.
Daniel Colombini explains how fire departments, buildings departments, and property owners can aid each other in mutual benefit under the guise of fire protection.
Three people were killed in a house fire Monday evening in Muscatine, Iowa.
A raging house fire gutted a home last Tuesday in Manhasset Hills on Long Island, New York.
Firefighters responded to a massive fire earlier this month in a century-old church in Statesville, North Carolina.
Airbnb and other peer-to-peer hospitality services and vacation rentals are not regulated the same way as hotels. Requirements vary across jurisdictions. Our new checklist can guide you on how to be your own safety advocate before you commit to
Five people were rescued from an apparently vacant motel in downtown Las Vegas on Friday morning, according to a report.
In this Training Minutes video, Paul DeBartolomeo and company demonstrate three different methods for manually defeating case-hardened padlocks.
Smoke alarm and signaling systems are a proven strategy for reduction of fire fatalities in the general population. However, studies have shown that at risk populations such as the elderly, school age children, alcohol impaired, and those that are hard
It’s 2019, and yet stories of firefighters and EMS providers being ridiculed, harassed, and hazed by their fellow responders occur on a regular basis. Kevin D. Quinn on how fire service leaders must address this harassment.
October 22, 2018 started out like any other day in the small village of Leipsic, Ohio. Joe Pronesti reviews a firefighter near miss that occurred while members were operating on the roof of a Main Street building and draws lessons learned from the incident.
The staff of Fire Engineering/FDIC International is saddened by the passing of our longtime magazine and Web author and instructor Gregory Havel.
Personal accounts of bullying, hazing, and even sexual abuse in the fire service dominated the discussion at last year’s NFPA Responder Forum in Birmingham, Alabama, in October. While the stories were at times hard to listen to, it was a
Fire protection and firefighting in mill construction has been a recurring Fire Engineering topic. The Marcal Paper Products plant, just a few miles away from the magazine’s offices, burned down January 30, 2019. See a variety of articles on the topic over the past century in Fire Engineering and its predecessors.
There are plenty of knocks on the firehouse doors with all kinds of surprises, so be prepared.
B. Aaron Johnson uses the case of historic 19th-century fire service figure James Braidwood to show how today’s fire departments can benefit from his research data and leadership.
Current findings on fire dynamics, line of duty deaths, flow paths, and modern tactics are all tools we should make sure to add to our “toolbox.”
Emergency vehicle operation courses (EVOC) must consider not only the low-speed precision driving skills learned on a traditional cone course but also the topics that pertain to real-life emergency responses at a highway speed. The most common causes of serious fire apparatus crashes include high-speed driving, failing to negotiate curves, rollovers, and intersection collisions. We must rectify this.
Too much critiquing?
Dena Ali continues her in-depth look at one of the fire service’s most timely subjects: how best to mitigate wildfire risk in the wildland urban interface.
Stephen Green introduces firefighters to the FAA’s Sterile Cockpit Rule and how it can be applied easily to your next assignment.
David A. Greene offers this look into his own research on how volunteers fire departments should best approach their falling membership numbers.
Concern for the health of the natural environment is growing as human population grows and as new levels of contamination of scarce resources are revealed. Current efforts to improve the sustainability of buildings focus on increasing energy efficiency
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