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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]