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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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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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 […]

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Faulty Fire Truck Leads to Lawsuit in MA

By Abbey Niezgoda – NECN It was supposed to be on the front lines, pumping water onto fires in Ipswich, Massachusetts. But instead, town officials say their newest fire truck is a lemon. In the four years since the town purchased the apparatus for nearly a half million dollars, it has not been working enough to be […]

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OH Department’s OT Surges Despite New Plan

SOURCE: MCCLATCHY When Columbus officials rolled out a plan to cut the number of paramedics on fire vehicles responding to medical emergencies, they said it would save on the Division of Fire’s bulging overtime budget. Six months later, overtime in the division is on track to bust its budget for the sixth time in seven […]

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Bill passed that helps W.Va. volunteer fire departments

By WSAZ News Staff CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A bill has been passed by the legislature to continue the Volunteer Fire Department Workers’ Compensation Premium Subsidy Fund. Senate Bill 1010 continues the program that helps volunteer fire departments pay workers’ compensation costs. The current bill extends the fund through fiscal year 2020. The program would’ve […]

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