Scholarship programs attract, train tomorrow’s firefighters

By RITA MICHEL – PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE Many volunteer fire departments in the region are looking for ways to attract new — and keep old — members. And a unique scholarship program at Community College of Allegheny County is helping. The only program of its kind in the state, FireVEST —  which stands for Fire Volunteer, Education Service Read more about Scholarship programs attract, train tomorrow’s firefighters[…]

CA Chief Fired amid Agency Complaints

SOURCE: MCCLATCHY The Chief of the Burbank-Paradise Fire District was fired Wednesday night following a unanimous vote by the district’s board. Mike Hillar, 55, who had been with the district for 26 years and was chief for seven, had been on unpaid leave since June 23. In March, Scotty Douglass, the executive director of Stanislaus Regional Read more about CA Chief Fired amid Agency Complaints[…]

CT City Eyes Fairer Tax Breaks for Firefighters

SOURCE: MCCLATCHY KILLINGLY, CT– Killingly town and fire officials are working to amend a property tax relief ordinance in an effort to make it fairer for all firefighters in town to meet eligibility requirements. The ordinance, which covers tax relief for public safety volunteers, currently sets the same standards for all volunteer firefighters in town, regardless Read more about CT City Eyes Fairer Tax Breaks for Firefighters[…]

Makeshift City Built for FFs Tackling CA Blaze

SOURCE: MCCLATCHY Fire crews from throughout California continued to pour into Santa Maria on Monday to fight the nearly 29,000-acre Alamo Fire just east of the city. By 7 p.m., about 2,000 firefighters were on the scene. As they left their home towns behind, they arrived at a newly constructed city at Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Read more about Makeshift City Built for FFs Tackling CA Blaze[…]

Cancer is the Leading Killer of Firefighters

70% of firefighter deaths in 2016 can be attributed to cancer according to the Firefighters Support Network. Making cancer the number one killer of firefighters in the United States. “It is a very big concern for us,” said Dave Hanneman, Idaho Falls Fire Chief Firefighters know their life is on the line every time they Read more about Cancer is the Leading Killer of Firefighters[…]

House Burns Down As Fire Chief Is Arrested For Preventing Cop From Making It Worse

By Matt Duncan – Daily Headlines Volunteer Fire Chief Christopher Herzog was recently arrested for attempting to prevent a police officer from making a fire worse. However, the police version of the story makes it sound like Herzog was some crazed assailant attacking heroes. Now, the firefighter is facing felony charges. When kindergartners are taught to “stop drop Read more about House Burns Down As Fire Chief Is Arrested For Preventing Cop From Making It Worse[…]

Denver Fire camp encourages girls to pursue career in firefighting

By Connor Wist – Denver ABC 7 DENVER — A group of young girls is heading to camp this week to learn all about a career in firefighting. The Denver Fire Department is putting on the Career Exploration Camp, offering training and experience to kids funded by grants. Attendees are going through confidence building exercises in the Read more about Denver Fire camp encourages girls to pursue career in firefighting[…]

Fire chief walks in on break-in at volunteer fire station; leads to arrest

By Nathan Takitch – WSAZ 3 SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A man is in jail after leaders of a volunteer fire department say he broke into one of their facilities. Joseph Rayhill is charged with breaking in at the Sissonville VFD “Loftis” sub-station off Edens Fork Road. Firefighters say it happened Saturday morning. Surveillance video shows a Read more about Fire chief walks in on break-in at volunteer fire station; leads to arrest[…]

Debate over use of jumbo bomber as wildfires rage in West

By KEITH RIDLER, ASSOCIATED PRESS A giant aircraft that can fly high above oceans on intercontinental flights instead jets in low and slow over a flaming forest, trailing a long plume that settles on the ground and creates a wildfire-stopping barrier. The operators of the Boeing 747 converted from a passenger jet into a firefighting air Read more about Debate over use of jumbo bomber as wildfires rage in West[…]

EMS Reports Thinning Ranks As Employees Leave Department

By Cameron Judd – Staff Writer – The Greenville Sun The ranks of those who respond to emergency medical calls in Greene County is depleting fast because of low pay, the Greene County Emergency Medical Services director told the Greene County-Greeneville EMS Board Thursday afternoon. “We’ve got a great staff, and we’re losing them,” EMS Read more about EMS Reports Thinning Ranks As Employees Leave Department[…]