It's been a low month for the fire service with several on-duty deaths. Firefighters in Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey andArkansas have died in a number of ways bringing the 2016 total to 39 currently,
The District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department is continuing to improve their EMS. The latest effort is using nurses to screen non-emergency calls and possibly contracting with Uber to transport those people to a hospital. Read the details HERE.
Do you rely blindly on your preconnect lengths? This week's hangout discussion looked at stretching short. Read what FireRescue Magazine offers on dealing with the problem of a bad hoseline estimate HERE. - Bill Carey, Online News Manager
Accident-prone tank cars used to haul crude oil and ethanol by rail could remain in service for another 15 years under federal rules that allow companies to phase in upgrades to the aging fleet, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.
As you move up in rank, you reach a certain point in your career when you can no longer do everything yourself. Many of our best firefighters have promoted up only to crash and burn after a short while. They become miserable in their new position. This uncomfortable transition works against the grain of our go-getters and doers.
Laboratory fires and spills can present significant challenges to firefighters. There are a wide variety of laboratories including research laboratories for any variety of products or materials, quality laboratories that test/validate the quality of a product and raw materials that go into that product, and healthcare laboratories that perform testing on specimens to help make diagnoses or provide other information on patient samples.
Don't miss this hangout as each panelist will speak of their most memorable/embarrassing short stretch that has occurred on their watch and why it happened. They will exchange views on the question, "How do you/your department recover from a short stretch?" See More Videos
Part of the Jellys Ferry bridge collapsed under a CAL FIRE truck that was responding to the crash. Three men inside were able to get out and were taken to the hospital as a precaution. Read More from Fire EMS Blogs