Don’t just take our word about small and rural fire departments struggling nationwide. Learn more about their struggles through various news article we have collected.
We focus our attention on small and rural fire departments in the US. Many departments struggle to have the proper tools and equipment to do their job. With your help we want to change this! Please consider donating.
Fire/EMS Equipment Survey
We are conducting research to find out what equipment is most needed in the fire service. We have developed a survey for all fire/EMS personnel to take in order to compile this research.
Help Thomasville VFD Rebuild
Thomasville Missouri Volunteer Fire Department was recently wiped out by flooding from a “500 year flood” that hit southern Missouri.
Did you know that volunteers comprise 69% of Firefighters in the United States?
According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, of the total estimated 1,129,250 firefighters across the country, 783,300 are volunteers. The majority of the departments in the United States are volunteer fire departments and many do not have the vital tools and equipment they need to save lives and protect property.
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By Doreen Gentzler and Christina Romano – NBC 4 Washington Research suggests firefighters are at increased risk for depression and suicide, and one young man knows it first hand is working to raise awareness and change minds. “Asking for help was not an option because I was that superhero,” Chris McKenna said. “Nothing could hurt me,[…]
by Hannah Davis, WFAA WILLS POINT, TEXAS – Tuesday night the majority of the Wills Point volunteer department walked off in solidarity with Chief Ed Leipply. Leipply’s family says he is touched by the loyalty, but adds the decision to walk off was up to each of the volunteers. He never commanded or asked them to do so. Dylan Hatten says[…]
By WKTV Both the New York State Senate and Assembly have passed a bill that would provide presumptive cancer coverage for volunteer firefighters throughout the state. The Senate passed the bill Monday and the Assembly passed it Tuesday with a unanimous vote, State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica announced late Tuesday morning. Sen. Joseph Griffo[…]
by Brian Benedict Communicating with another firefighter while both wearing masks can sometimes be very difficult. With sounds from engine companies, ventilation fans and radio traffic it’s a challenge to get your point across. To speak clearer firefighters use a battery operated amplification attachment to help with louder communications. Even with advanced equipment communicating is[…]
AFG grant funding for SCBA is the best route for fire departments to replace allocation of SCBA packs and spare cylinders with Jerry Brant – FireRescue1 Modern SCBA do much more than supply breathing air. Integrated thermal imaging cameras, tracking devices and PASS alarms have increased the capabilities and the cost of SCBA. Because of the[…]
by Luli Ortiz – CBS 12 FORT PIERCE, Fla. (CBS12) — It’s a picture that paints a thousand words. A St. Lucie County firefighter seen helping a little boy, left with only the clothes on his back. The little boy, his mother, and six other children were displaced after their duplex went up in flames in[…]
SOURCE: MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON– U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., introduced legislation today that could help local fire departments promote part-time personnel with federal grant funding rather than being forced to hire new employees and train them. Peters introduced the legislation along with U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, as a way to help save money and hire[…]
By Maria Guerrero – NBC DFW The union that represents Arlington firefighters says the department is staffed ‘at a dangerously low level today.’ According to the Arlington Professional Firefighters Association, there are 77 firefighters on duty today, below the minimum level of 84. The union says staffing will reportedly be allowed to fall to 73 firefighters[…]
As the fire service keeps evolving so do the tactics of company operations. Depending on the department and the respective jurisdiction everyone has their own special needs to better operate within their response area. Some area may require tankers/tenders due to their area lacking hydrants or a quint type of aerial apparatus may be better[…]
By Marisela Burgos – ABC Action News TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Fire Rescue needs to hire more firefighters before the end of the year. The department has already hired about 30 firefighters, but the chief said they need to fill about 50 additional positions. “I tend to look at this as a calling where you absolutely get[…]