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DOJ Announces New Active Shooter Training Grant for First Responders

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US Army Tests DARPA Autonomous Flight System called ALIAS

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Meet the firefighter: Forest Ranger Robert Smith

Story Written by: Cathy Womble is a staff writer for the Lake Okeechobee News.

Florida Forest Ranger Robert Smith was born in Arcadia but says because his family was in the ministry, he was fortunate to be able to travel and explore most of Florida and Georgia during his childhood. In 2009, his family settled in Okeechobee, and…

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Added by Fyre Walker on December 9, 2018 at 4:42pm — No Comments

35 Advancements in Body Armor for K9

Dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies face the same risks as their human handlers. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States and the number of shooting incidents, violent crimes and terrorist attacks continues to rise.

It’s clear why K9s are frequently used by law enforcement…

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Added by Fyre Walker on November 26, 2018 at 1:12pm — No Comments

NORTH HUDSON FIRE CAPTAIN URGENTLY NEEDS KIDNEY DONATION

Robert "Robbo" Pisani is a Captain in the North Hudson Fire Department and member of North Hudson Fire Officers IAFF Local 3951. His coworkers and friends describe him as the type of person that would drop whatever he's doing to help a friend in need.…

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Added by Fyre Walker on July 2, 2018 at 9:43am — 4 Comments

Firefighter Judgment Errors While Wearing PPE

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary for firefighter safety. However, PPE is heavy, bulky, and increases the physiological burden of firefighting. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found that firefighters make errors in perception when judging their abilities to navigate obstacles while wearing PPE. These types of errors could increase the risk for injury on the fireground.…

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Added by Fyre Walker on September 12, 2017 at 10:08am — 2 Comments

Do Firefighter Shift Schedules Affect Sleep Quality?

A recent study investigated the relationship between sleep quality and three popular shift schedules — 24on/48off, 48on/96off, and Kelly (on/off/on/off/on/off/off/off/off) — at six fire departments in three southwestern U.S. states. Shift schedules that disrupt circadian rhythms…

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Added by Fyre Walker on September 7, 2017 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Vehicle and Fire Equipment Donations - a Question of Liability

Has your organization recently acquired new fire rescue equipment or vehicles?

Is the old equipment or vehicle(s) still in serviceable condition?

Would your organization like to donate the fire rescue equipment and/or vehicle(s) to a Volunteer Fire…

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Added by Fyre Walker on August 6, 2015 at 8:07pm — 3 Comments

Remembering The Charleston 9

On Monday, June 18, 2007, the Charleston Fire Department lost nine brave firefighters while battling a devastating blaze at a furniture store. These heroes were memorialized on June 22, 2007. A procession of more than 300 fire engines, ladder trucks, ambulances, and command vehicles stretched approximately 7.5 miles (12 km) and moved single-file along a route which passed each of the three fire stations from which firefighters were lost, as well as…

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Added by Fyre Walker on June 18, 2015 at 11:15am — 2 Comments

Participate in the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training's Job Analysis Survey

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Added by Fyre Walker on May 25, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

First responders get mobile app for biodetection

First responders have downloaded more than 10,000 copies of a guide to commercially available, hand-portable biodetection technologies created to help them determine what they might be up against in the field. Since many first responders do not always have immediate access to a computer, a mobile version of the guide…

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Added by Fyre Walker on January 12, 2015 at 12:22am — 1 Comment

Consumers still most annoyed by Do Not Call List violators

Violators of the statewide Do No Call List, problems at the gas pump and motor vehicle repair problems were the top three complaints received in November at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The majority of the 2,965 complaints received concerned the pesky calls consumers want to…

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Added by Fyre Walker on December 5, 2014 at 10:59pm — 3 Comments

Revisiting electrical fire safety on campus

We're into October now and for many of you, that means Homecoming Weekend is right around the corner. This particular weekend is definitely one of the most fun for college students because of the many parties and get togethers with friends, the big football game and other sporting events. It's also a time when fire safety…

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Added by Fyre Walker on October 18, 2014 at 12:10am — No Comments

Obama's Policies Put American Firefighters at Risk

Every year, wildfires burn more than 130,000 acres across Florida, threatening the lives of Floridians, as well as their homes and businesses. Firefighters bravely risk…

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Added by Fyre Walker on August 2, 2014 at 1:16pm — 2 Comments

Convicted Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro commits suicide in prison

Ariel Castro

He just couldn’t face a millennium behind bars.

Ariel Castro — the monster who held three women as his personal sex slaves for a decade in a Cleveland house — committed suicide last night by hanging himself in his prison cell, officials said.

The sick fiend was being kept in protective custody in Ohio’s Corrections Reception Center in Harrisburg after being sentenced last month to more than 1,000 years in…

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Tips for a Safe and Fun Fourth of July Celebration

For many people, the…

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Added by Fyre Walker on June 28, 2013 at 4:12pm — 1 Comment

Firefighters train for extreme rescues

While there is no such thing as an easy rescue, firefighters understand that some calls will prove more challenging than others. To ensure first responders know what to do when exposed to extreme situations, many fire departments provide firefighter training designed to prepare them for…

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Added by Fyre Walker on June 27, 2013 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Public Safety Workers and Stress: Training is Part of the Solution

Day after day our nation’s public safety workers put their lives on the line to keep its citizens safe—but at what cost? Law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians have some of the most physically and psychologically stressful jobs in America (consistently ranking on CareerCast.com’s annual Top…

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Added by Fyre Walker on April 23, 2013 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Tax Refund Thefts On The Rise

You’re not the only one waiting for your tax refund. Scammers are looking for it too. In fact, every year there are more and more scams designed to steal tax refunds.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says these kinds of thefts have increased substantially in the last few years. Between 2010 and…

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Added by Fyre Walker on April 2, 2013 at 6:19pm — 1 Comment

Senior firefighters prove age is just a number

Just because people have a desire to complete firefighter training and become professional rescue workers does not mean they always follow through on their goals. If these individuals ever feel like they do not have what it takes to succeed as a firefighter, they may want to turn to elderly firefighters who are not letting…

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Added by Fyre Walker on February 26, 2013 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

US Home Fire Deaths Increase as Winter Sets In

News media reports at least 148 lives lost in home fires already this year

News Media Reports of Civilian Fire Fatalities

EMMITSBURG, Md. – While the winter months always bring a spike in home fires, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) says home fire deaths reported on by the news media are above those reported at this time…

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Added by Fyre Walker on February 5, 2013 at 11:28pm — 1 Comment

Avoid seeing firefighters this holiday season

As fire lieutenant, I'm always concerned that the holiday months are busy for Bay County Fire-Rescue. Not that every season of the year isn't busy or challenging for the fire department, but because holiday emergencies can be especially difficult. The season can be heartbreakingly dangerous if folks don't take just an extra minute during the rush to consider the holiday-specific safety measures recommended here.

Christmas trees require very special attention.…

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Added by Fyre Walker on December 13, 2012 at 3:14pm — 2 Comments

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