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 […]

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The Effect of Alerting and Tones on Firefighters’ Heart Rates

By US Fire Administration Many studies point out cardiovascular risk factors for firefighters, such as fitness, age, overexertion and stress. But are there other factors to consider? Studies evaluating firefighter heart rates date back to the mid-1970s and clearly show that there is a tachycardic response (elevated heart rate above the norm) when firefighters are […]

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Do Volunteers Need to Understand the FLSA?

BY CURT VARONE – FIREHOUSE.COM   The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is one of a handful of laws that has a tremendous impact on fire departments across the United States. Many in the volunteer fire service have paid little attention to the FLSA, assuming it is only a concern to career departments because it addresses compensation […]

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Trench rescue: How to bridge the training-to-incident gap

By Bob Duemmel – FireRescue1 Trench-rescue training evolutions don’t accurately reflect real scenarios; here’s a look at how to overcome some of those gaps Trench rescue is a very dynamic event. Soil conditions and situational activities will have a direct influence on how the rescue response is carried out. As one of the top low-frequency, high-hazard responses […]

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AFG grant funding for SCBA purchases

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 […]

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MI Senator Favors Federal Funds to Promote FFs

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 […]

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Quick Grants

Available for immediate delivery for any Pennsylvania Fire Department Two used Unifire Power PPV fans (Model DS-3P4) in good condition. These are available for any fire department in Pennsylvania. Please fill out the application below to be considered. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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