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VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS STRUGGLE TO FIND VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

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Fire departments say they’re struggling to find staff, and it’s putting pressure on the staff they do have. Author: Eleanor Tabone (WLTX) December 28, 2021 RICHBURG, S.C. — Volunteer fire departments say they’re struggling to find staff, and it’s putting pressure on the staff they already have. Richburg Fire Rescue in Chester County was called […]
Iggy

SUNBURY PENNSYLVANIA FIRE DEPARTMENTS LOOKING TOWARD CONSOLIDATION

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“Volunteer numbers for firefighting have dropped significantly since the 1970s when there were around 300,000 volunteers to about 40,000 today in Pennsylvania municipalities, and specifically Sunbury.” Francis Scarcella The Daily Item, Sunbury, Pa. December 21, 2021 (TNS) – The future of the Sunbury Fire Department will be decided in 2022 as city officials and all […]
Iggy

DETROIT FIREFIGHTERS FACE PUNISHING CONDITIONS MAKING RESCUES! (VIDEO)

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DETROIT – Detroit firefighters rescued a mother and her three children when flames overtook their home. The fire happened Monday afternoon (Jan. 3) in the 17000 block of Kentucky Street in Detroit, according to officials. A video has been shared on social media that shows firefighters as they rescue the children from the second story of the […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/7

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On 1/7/1950 a fire destroyed Saint Elizabeth’s, the women’s psychiatric ward at the Mercy Hospital, killing forty-one people and injuring thirty-one in Davenport, Iowa. Sixty-five women and three men were in the building most sleeping when the fire started at 2:00 a.m. in the three-story 80-year-old brick structure. The three male patients escaped, leaping from […]
Karl Thompson

LODD: L.A. COUNTY FIREFIGHTER DIES AT RESIDENTIAL FIRE

2 weeks 3 days ago
A Los Angeles County Firefighter was killed in the Line of Duty while operating in a Rancho Palos Verdes dwelling fire early this morning. The fire broke out around 0220 hours at a home in the 30700 block of Tarapaca Road. The Firefighter was injured while operating interior when conditions rapidly changed. He was removed […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/6

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On 1/6/1993 after six days of fire fighting, “a final foam attack was made on the burning oil tank at the Steuart Petroleum Plant in Jacksonville, Florida. The tank was extinguished within an hour, making history in the process as the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department became the only fire department to ever extinguish a […]
Karl Thompson

PENNSYLVANIA FIRE DEPARTMENTS FACING VOLUNTEERISM EMERGENCY

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By JUSTIN STRAWSER The (Sunbury) Daily Item The Associated Press December 25, 2021 SUNBURY, Pa. The state of volunteer firefighting is in a crisis. That is the assessment of Acting Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook and multiple fire officials in the state, nation and Valley. The current model of volunteer firefighting in Pennsylvania is […]
Iggy

FF INJURED IN FATAL HOUSE FIRE – NEW YORK

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A city resident was pronounced dead and one firefighter was injured following a major home fire at 73 Jerold Street that began around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Rochester Fire Department Chief says the victim suffered burns and succumbed from his injuries. According to authorities, one woman was rescued from the fire […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/5

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On 1/5/1995 four firefighters died at a Seattle, Washington warehouse fire when the floor between the upper and lower levels collapsed. At 7:02 p.m. firefighters were called to the Mary Pang Frozen Chinese Food plant at South Dearborn Street and Seventh Avenue South. More than 100 firefighters battled the five-alarm blaze. The intentionally set fire […]
Karl Thompson

FF INJURED IN STRIP MALL FIRE – NEW JERSEY

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A firefighter had to be hospitalized after helping to battle a large fire at a strip mall in Parsippany early Tuesday, authorities said. The fire broke out around 12:45 a.m. at Green Hill Plaza on Parsippany Road, officials said. Video from the scene shows smoke pouring out of the roof of the shopping center, which houses a […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/4

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On 1/4/1918 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter died while operating on the third floor of 305 East 43rd Street. On the fifth floor was a six-ton safe resting on fire-damaged timbers. This caused the fourth and fifth floors to collapse to the third floor. The company was pinned in the collapse. One firefighter was […]
Karl Thompson

CHINA LODD: 1 FIREFIGHTER, 8 CIVLIANS DIE IN UNDERGROUND FIRE

2 weeks 6 days ago
By Xinhua A fire that broke out Friday in an underground area below a market in northeast China’s Dalian City has left nine people dead, local authorities said. The accident happened at 11:11 a.m. Friday, and the open fire was put out at 1:00 p.m. One fireman, among the nine victims, was dead while battling against […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/3

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On 1/3/1940, on a frigid winter morning just before dawn, about 5:45 a.m. an explosion and fire at the modest three-story Marlborough Apartment Hotel at Third Avenue South and Fifteenth Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota killed nineteen that housed more than 120 residents. Believed to have started by a smoldering cigarette wrapped in garbage thrown down the […]
Karl Thompson

COLORADO MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING FIREFIGHTERS

3 weeks ago
LOUISVILLE, Colo. (KDVR) — A 24-year-old man was arrested for allegedly threatening firefighters in the area of St. Andrews Lane and Dillon Road on Friday morning. Police responded to a call from someone saying a man with a gun threatened firefighters at 9:45 a.m. on Friday. Stephen Roch was later arrested after leaving the area […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/2

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On 1/2/1984 just before 11:38 a.m., the primary electrical power system failed at The Westin Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, in the sub-basement of the 38-story high-rise tower. A rapid succession to the power failures and a series of explosions filled the space with “heavy smoke” activating the fire alarm system resulting in the evacuation of guests […]
Karl Thompson

LOS ANGELES CITY FIRE SHORTENS FIRE ACADEMY FROM 22 TO 14 WEEKS PREPARING FOR VACCINE MANDATES

3 weeks ago
Bracing for the possible terminations of firefighters who refuse to follow the city of L.A.’s vaccination mandate, Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas has shortened the training period for new recruits from 22 weeks to 14 weeks. The chief told us this week the change will “pump out more firefighters,” heading off a potential staffing shortage. The […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 1/1

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Wishing you a happy, prosperous, and safe New Year… As we meet new opportunities let us not forget the lessons of the past. On 1/1/1853 the first practical fire engine was presented to Cincinnati, Ohio becoming the first city in the world using a steam fire engine, named “Uncle Joe Ross” after a city council […]
Karl Thompson
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