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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The 5 best academies for firefighters

If you aspire to become a firefighter, you might consider these top fire academies. By Chris Meyer, FireRescue1 Contributor Firefighting jobs are getting more competitive every year. As an aspiring firefighter, you want to be certain you get the best possible preparation before you start applying for jobs. And depending on the area you’d like […]

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Maryland fire companies show off skills to attract more volunteers

By Katiann Marshall – heraldmailmedia.com WASHINGTON COUNTY, MD — Volunteer fire companies from around Washington County gathered Saturday in hopes of recruiting more help. Held outside the Valley Mall, the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association hosted the Volunteer Strong Challenge, a friendly competition among fire and rescue teams while showing off skills by first responders. Firefighters […]

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Lack of volunteer firefighters in South Carolina reaching critical levels

by Caroline Balchunas   Firefighter are a vital part of every community, but the number of volunteer firefighters is on the decline nationwide. In South Carolina, volunteer firefighters have decreased between 15 and 20-percent over the last 15 years, according to statistics from state fire officials. But their role is still crucial, especially for rural […]

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Northwest Indiana volunteer fire departments experience manpower shortage

By Chas Reilly Times Correspondent Local volunteer fire departments are putting out their own calls for assistance as more personnel is needed to help respond to burning buildings, vehicle crashes and other emergencies in their communities. Northwest Indiana fire officials say it’s not a trend specific to this area. Departments from across the country are […]

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No one told me…….

I remember sitting in our living room and telling my wife I wanted to join the Fire Department.  I’d seen the look she gave me before. Married guys know exactly what I’m talking about. I told her “I like helping people, and it sounds like fun.” She had reservations, but after a few days and […]

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