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'Almost impossible' for firefighters to evade surprise attacks, says expert

Of all the scenarios firefighters train for, confronting a hostage-taker might not seem to be high on the list. Or suddenly dodging a sniper's deadly aim. But training and keeping calm apparently did come into play last Wednesday [Apr. 10] when four Gwinnett County (GA) firefighters became hostages while a gunman held off authorities. The situation ended with the firefighters free and the gunman dead at the hands of police.

2-Alarm Fire Destroys Cupertino (CA) Home

On Monday, May 23, 2011 just after 8:30 AM, units of the Santa Clara County (CA) Fire Department responded to reports of a garage fire in the 800 block of Rose Blossom Drive in the city of Cupertino. Upon their arrival firefighters were confronted with heavy smoke and fire showing from a one-story single family dwelling.

20 Years Ago Today, LAFD Remembers 'Civil Unrest'

Today marks 20 years since the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest, often referred to as the "L.A. Riots," where rampant arson, looting, assault and murder occurred over a six day period in the greater Los Angeles area. Approximately 3,600 fires were set, destroying over 1,000 structures and flooding 9-1-1 fire calls. Property damage reached roughly $1 billion, over 50 people died

9/11 Patch Project Releases Second memorial Challenge Coin

The 9/11 Patch Project is in the process of producing its second memorial Challenge Coin which will be called the "9/11 343 Challenge Coin." Like the original, this coin will also be polished brass and measure about 1 3/4" round.

A 9/11 Memorial for Kennedale TX

The City of Kennedale Texas is collaborating with Chamber of Commerce member FWT, LLC in the construction of its 9/11 Memorial to commemorate those who lost their lives during the World Trade Center events, and the subsequent search and rescue operations. When it became known the Port Authority of New York was accepting applications from communities across the United States for recovered portions of the WTC for use in memorials, Mayor Bryan Lankhorst and others within the city, contacted the...

Arcata Firefighters Keep Fast-Moving Vegetation Fire Confined

Arcata (Calif.) Fire District personnel responded to a report of a vegetation fire in the area of Foster Avenue at Dolly Varden Road in Arcata just after 5 p.m. on April 25, 2013. Firefighters arrived and found a large area of brush and debris burning near Foster Avenue. They began extinguishing the fire with a hoselay over the fence and into the pasture area. While firefighters were extinguishing the brush fire, a shed on a nearby property caught fire and threatened the adjacent house. Quick...

Argentinean fire trucks equipped with thermal imaging cameras

The fire trucks of firefighters across Argentina are now equipped with special thermal imaging cameras from Orlaco, a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and monitor systems to emergency rescue vehicles. The cameras enable the firefighters to see through smoke while driving straight to the fire. Argentinean President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner officially presented the fire trucks to the national fire department.

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Buffalo Suburb Adopts CommandScope First Responder Technology

The Main-Transit Fire Department, which operates across the Buffalo, NY, suburb of Amherst, has adopted CommandScope to assist in saving lives and property in cases of emergencies. CommandScope, developed by Chicago-based RealView, LLC, is a pre-plan technology that provides first responders with critical knowledge of buildings, the property and the occupants inside.

Case Study: Fire Power: Mobile Workstations Reduce Response Time In Rogers, Arkansas

The City of Rogers (AR) Fire Department installed Motorola MW810 Mobile Workstations in their fire trucks and other emergency response vehicles. The firefighters have come to trust them to change statuses, find routes and view incident data as it is collected at the 9-1-1 center. The always-on workstations require no boot-up time, are ergonomically designed, feature displays bright enough to be seen in bright sunlight and are built to withstand the harshest environments.

Chicago's Roosevelt University Enrolls In RealView's All-Digital First Responder Technology

One of Chicago's most historic buildings is being electronically pre-planned as Roosevelt University, located in the South Loop, implements RealView LLC's CommandScope technology across its campus. The Auditorium Building and Auditorium Theatre are nationally-designated landmarks and two of five buildings whose data is being entered into the program that provides first responders critical property and occupant information both en route and onsite.

City of St. Louis Implements RealView First Responder Technology

The City of St. Louis, Missouri is implementing new technologies to strengthen city-wide emergency response including the all-digital CommandScope pre-plan technology. St. Louis fire fighters will now have critical knowledge of more than 2,000 “target hazard” buildings across the municipality, vastly improving their chances of saving lives and reducing property damage in cases of emergency.

Communications & Coordination: What has public safety learned from the Oakland Hills Fire?

On Saturday, October 19, 1991, the Oakland (CA) Fire Department responded to a small wildland fire that had broken out in a box canyon near the eastern bore of the Caldecott Tunnel. Initially comprising about seven acres, firefighters gained control of the blaze and, leaving their hose lines in place, checked the area for hot spots throughout the evening and into the next day. Little could they have known at the time that this small fire would progress in the next 72 hours into a...

Day Of Infamy: FDNY In The Bravest Tradition

After the initial plane struck the first tower, a third alarm was transmitted. When the second plane struck the other tower, two 5th alarm assignments, one for each building, were transmitted, plus an additional 2nd Alarm assignment for Brooklyn companies to respond into Manhattan. FDNY companies from all five boroughs were responding. Urgent requests for additional help were radioed to Manhattan fire alarm dispatchers, just as numerous reports of trapped civilians and were flooding the...

Delanco, NJ: 11-Alarm Warehouse Fire

On Sunday September 1, 2013 a building fire was reported in Delanco, Burlington County at 1000 Coopertown Rd, at the Dietz & Watson warehouse. First arriving units reported heavy smoke coming from the roof area of the building. Crews secured the limited water supplies and set up for defensive operations. Multiple Ladder Pipes were set up to surround the building. Roof operations were off limits due to the entire roof being covered with solar panels.

Digital Trunked System Knocks Down Largest Fire in a Decade

November 7, 2008 marked the largest fire in a decade in Champaign, Illinois, and the first major test of our countywide 800 MHz digital trunked system. Not only did everything work well, everyone was interoperable - fire, EMS and police - during an incident that required a lot of communication and coordination

Emergency/Triage Light brightens up fire/crime scenes

Southwest Synergistic Solutions, LLC, developer of the Emergency/Triage Light is now offering a kit for use by Police, EMS and Fire personnel. Each kit comes with five E/T Light and associated set-up gear. Great for setting up LZ/HZ zones during day/night MCIs...

EMT-Designed Glass Keeper Provides Glass-Free Access To Car Accident Victims In Less Than 45 Seconds

The Glass Keeper adhesive film designed by an Emergency Medical Technician, quickly attaches to the car window and secures the glass. After the window is "punched" by the rescuer, the Glass Keeper captures and removes 95% of the broken glass. In less than 45 seconds, and without the fear of further injury, the firefighter will have immediate "glass-free" access to the patient.

EZFire Records delivers complete fire records management at less cost

Fire Departments Improve Response Time with Amerilert First Responder

Omnilert has announced that more fire departments have recently implemented Amerilert First Responder to improve reliability of dispatching and shorten response times to emergencies. 17 Fire Departments are listed in the company’s roster of new clients.

Fire On The Lot! Behind the Scenes at the 2008 Universal Studios Fire

It was a stunning scene, set against the familiar backdrop of the Hollywood Hills overlooking the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. A massive black cloud of smoke pillared above a burgeoning firestorm on the Universal Studios backlot. In the pre-dawn light, it looked like the kind of mesmerizing, dramatic special effects that the studio is famous for. Only this was no movie...

Firefighters Travel to Long Island for Hurricane Sandy Relief Project

Photo Story: Between December 14 and 17, Canadian photographer Mitchell Brown joined 19 firefighters from Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, New York and Maryland to lend a hand in Breezy Point, New York, helping rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

First Rugged Smartphone for Public Safety LTE Networks from Harris

As the public safety community moves to deploy the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), mission-critical communications users now have the first Android-based ruggedized LTE smartphone designed for first responder field use. The InTouch RPC-200 by Harris Corporation operates on both commercial and private LTE networks, giving users mission-critical PTT voice, data, video, location, text-based information and other future applications.

Free Fire/EMS Response to Civil Unrest Program for Election Year

Fire departments are getting more involved in and affected by civil unrest events. We can expect more of these as we move through an election year, and all agencies should be preparing for them. The Firefighters Support Foundation's (FSF) training program, Fire/EMS Response to Civil Unrest, is a free downloadable training resource for individuals, agencies, and trainers on this subject.

From the Archives: Handling a Line Of Duty Death - A Double Tragedy in Oakland, 1999

On Sunday, January 10th, 1999, tragedy struck the city of Oakland, California (population almost 400,000 and located across the Bay from San Francisco) when it lost two of its best emergency workers in one day... Dispatchers who handled the incidents both affirmed that there is nothing a dispatcher can do to prepare for the emotional impact of losing a field unit. The pattern I've observed from these experiences appears to be common to these types of critical incidents. These incidents...

From the Archives: Maze Meltdown: The Story of a Unique Fire

At 3:45 AM on April 29, 2007, a gasoline tanker caught fire inside the MacArthur Maze - an interchange of three major San Francisco Bay Area freeways with daily traffic of 230,000 vehicles. The intensity of the fire, and the difficulty accessing it through the maze of freeway ramps, melted the supporting guiders leading to a collapse of the interchange. Here's how Oakland area fire departments handled the incident.

From the Archives: Safety & Security at Skywalker Ranch

Darth Vader, Indiana Jones, Lando Calrissian, Yoda, they all stopped off here. This is the way-station between imagination and illusion, the all-important planning terminal where fanciful creations of the mind are mapped out and prepared for manufacture, and where the makings of movie magic are prepared for life through the science of technology, and where they will stop again to have their finishing touches applied on the way from Silicon Valley to silver screen.

From the Field: 2nd Alarm Operations in Camden City, NJ

On March 18, 2014 a dwelling fire was dispatched in Camden City (NJ) to an address on Mechanic Street. Engine 8 and the Battalion arrived and reported heavy fire conditions in a 2-story middle-of-the-row dwelling. Command struck the All Hands.

From the Field: 5-alarm fire destroys Santa Clara townhouses under construction

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 units of the Santa Clara (CA) Fire Department were dispatched to Hillebrant Place inside the Boulevard condominium complex for reports of a fire working in a block of unfinished structures. Arriving units confirmed a working fire and quickly called for a second alarm to contend with the rapidly intensifying blaze. As the fire continued to grow residents throughout the complex stood by in awe as flames shot high into the night sky...

From the Field: Apartment Fire in Norcross, Georgia

On Monday afternoon, October 17th, 2011 the Gwinnett County 9-1-1 communications center began receiving calls just after 1:00 PM of an apartment fire at the Highpointe Village Apartments. As companies were responding a large column of smoke could be seen in the vicinity of the alarm. First arriving companies found a three story building with heavy involvement. The fire building contained 20 apartments, of which ten were destroyed

From the Field: Camden City All-Hands Building Fire

On November 2nd 2012, a building fire was reported at 27th St. and Federal St. in East Camden near the firehouse. Battalion 2 arrived and reported a 1 story vacant building with heavy smoke and fire showing. The All Hands box was struck as Command reported a gas fed fire in the rear of the building with heavy fire conditions.

From the Field: Camden City NJ All Hands Dwelling

On January 5th, 2012 Camden City Units were dispatched for a reported dwelling fire at S. 4th and Royden St.’s. A full box was dispatched as Camden County Communications were receiving multiple calls. Engine 1 arrived on location with heavy fire showing. Battalion 1 reported a 2 story twin with heavy fire striking the All Hands box.

From the Field: Camden City NJ: Massive 12 Alarm Building Fire

"It was like a Firestorm" - Camden City Chief of Department Michael Harper. Firefighters were called to Chestnut and Orchard St. on Thursday June 9th, 2011 several minutes before 4 p.m in the Parkside neighborhood. An off Duty Camden City Firefighter who lived on the block reported the Old Tire Factory with heavy fire showing 1st and 2nd floors. Battalion 1 arrived and reported a block long warehouse with heavy fire conditions and exposure problems requesting the All Hands and to start the...

From the Field: Firefighters injured fighting three-alarm blaze

...As firefighters began to arrive on scene a working structure fire was confirmed by the officer of Truck 30 with flames and smoke showing from the second floor and roof of the two story, multi-unit apartment building. Firefighters quickly established an offensive attack with crews stretching lines to the interior of the building and going to the roof to provide ventilation.

From the Field: Night time Barn Burner in McKinleyville, CA

The Arcata (CA) Fire District engines were dispatched to a barn fire at 1:18 AM on November 3, 2013. Engine 8217 responded out of the McKinleyville Fire Station and found the barn, located on Warner Avenue, fully involved with fire threatening to spread to other buildings. The crew of Engine 8217 established a water supply from the hydrant with a large diameter hose line and began controlling the fire. Firefighters from Fieldbrook Fire were also at scene and worked with the Arcata personnel...

From the Field: NJ Water Rescue Attempt: Occupied Vehicle in Water

On Wednesday December 7th, 2011 at 9 AM a water rescue was dispatched at Newton Creek in Collingswood. Marine units from Collingswood, Westmont and Pennsauken were dispatched. A call to 9-1-1 reported a vehicle in the water. Marine units from Collingswood and Westmont were deployed in the water to locate a vehicle submerged under water.

From the Field: Philadelphia 4th Alarm School Fire

At 1:45 p.m. on August 3rd, 2011 the Philadelphia Fire Department was dispatched for a reported building fire at 7th and Lehigh Ave in the City. Battalion 8 arrived and reported a 4 story vacant school with heavy fire conditions on the 3rd floor and roof area. Companies set up for defensive operations. Extra Alarms were sounded as fire went through the roof. Crews surrounded the building and placed multiple Ladder Pipes, and hand lines in operation.

From the Field: Popular San Jose restaurant gutted by four-alarm blaze

On Saturday, January 18, 2013, at 0623 hours, firefighters at San Jose Fire Station 9 were alerted to a blaze at the Flames Coffee Shop located across the street from the firehouse. Upon exiting the station's apparatus bay the officer of Engine 9 reported heavy pressurized smoke showing from the roof of the structure. A second-alarm was immediately struck and a defensive strategy was established. Third and fourth-alarms were struck as crews worked to contain the fire to the restaurant.

From the Field: Sacramento - Commercial Building Fire

Shortly after midnight on Sept. 24, members of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District were dispatched to 5725 Marconi Avenue in Carmichael (CA) for reports of fire and explosions in a commercial building. First units arriving, only 2 and a half minutes after dispatch, found the structure already heavily involved in fire, with extension into the attic. Firefighters immediately started attacking the fire from the ground, while truck crews ventilated the roof of the roughly 7,000 square foot...

From the Field: Two dwellings heavily involved in Pennsauken, New Jersey

On March 24, 2013 a dwelling fire was reported in Pennsauken on the 1700 block of 41st street around 6 p.m. Command 1100 reported a dwelling, garage and boat heavily involved with fire already extending into the exposure dwelling. The All Hands box was struck...

From the Field: Woodbury Heights Heavily involved dwelling

On February 26, 2012 a dwelling fire was reported on Glennwood Ct. in Woodbury Heights (NJ) at 5:30 p.m. Police arrived on location and reported a working fire. Command arrived and struck the All Hands box for heavy fire from Division A-D. Engine 1511 laid in to secure a water supply as the crew led off with a 2 1/2" hand line. The company went in but were driven out for heavy fire conditions.

From-the-Field - Campbell, CA: Cigarette ignites townhouse fire

On Monday, June 11, 2012, at 7:03 PM, units of the Santa Clara County Fire Department responded to a report of fire in a two story townhouse located at 231 Shelley Avenue in Campbell, California. The first firefighters to arrive on scene were confronted by heavy fire showing from the second floor of the structure.

From-The-Field: Camden, NJ: Two Three-House Working Fires In Same Day

Engine 1 arrived on location with heavy fire showing. Battalion 2 arrived and reported a 2-story end of the row dwelling with heavy fire 1st and 2nd floors with extension. The All Hands box was transmitted as three structures were involved... Later that same day, Camden firefighters battled a second working fire also involving three dwellings. ...

FSF provides free Fire Scene Communications training program

Fire Scene Communications is the newest free training program available from the Firefighters Support Foundation (FSF).

GammaTech Introduces Fully Rugged Durabook R13C Convertible Computer

GammaTech Computer Corp., offers the Durabook R13C, an upgraded version of model R13S perfectly suited for a variety of applications, including law enforcement, military, homeland security, and mobile workers in any type of outdoor environment.

Google Glass Prototype for Emergency Response

On April 10, 2014, fire and hazmat software developer ADASHI Systems will reveal a Google Glass prototype at FDIC, the largest firefighter conference in the world. Used in conjunction with the ADASHI first response and incident command software, firefighters wearing the Glass can view critical data such as building plans, aerial imagery, and electronic huddle diagramming.

Ground Zero 9-1-1: FDNY Communications on September 11th

On September 11th... I arrived at my union office to see the doorman watching TV. On the screen was something I never imagined would happen. A plane had slammed into #1 World Trade Center. I stared in amazement as massive flames and profuse black smoke engulfed the upper floors. I knew in an instant that I had to get to the Manhattan central office. They were going to need help.

Hazardous Materials: A Mystery Thriller with an Authentic Public Safety Edge

Author Kurt Kamm specializes in public-safety related mystery thrillers, originally prompted by his experience in several devastating wildfires near his home in Malibu, California. Observing firefighters at their risky duty began to color the subject matter of Kamm's writing... Kamm's fourth novel, Hazardous Materials, is perhaps his most compelling novel to date. A firefighter saddled with an addiction to painkillers joins up with a Sheriff's Department search team to locate a dangerous...

How Fires Get Their Names

Every year in California thousands of wildfires start throughout the state. In most cases, the dispatch center sending the initial resources to a wildland fire will designate a name for the fire, but the first on scene engine or fire official can also name the incident. Fires are usually named for the area in which they start...

Howard County, Maryland Embraces CommandScope Technology for First Responders

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS), a nationally accredited department located in Maryland, has implemented the CommandScope All Hazard Pre-Incident Plan program to help protect nearly 300,000 residents in 25 communities. CommandScope gives first responders access to critical pre-plan information, both on-site and en route on their Mobile Data Computers, which includes maps, photographs, utility shutoff locations, floor plans, fire protection systems, hazardous...

ImageTrend Launching Statewide Fire Reporting for Mississippi

ImageTrend, Inc. has announced it will soon launch a statewide fire incident reporting system for the State of Mississippi. The company's powerful Fire Bridge software will be used to collect data on incidents submitted by its fire departments. The data collected will be available for the type of in-depth analysis that can be used to improve fire safety and reduce fire suppression costs.

Incident Command System: The Next Generation?

Designated the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS), its developers depict it as "a combination of tools, technologies, and an innovative concept of operations for emergency response." It's what a lot of us in public safety have been waiting for since laptops and mobile computers first found a place inside our command centers, mobile command vehicles, and chief officers' vehicles

Innovative iPhone App Tracks Wild Fires, Saves Lives

The FireWhat Inc. and Pusher teams have launched the FireWhat iPhone app in the Apple App Store. The FireWhat App puts critical incident information into the palm of the wildland firefighter's hand. Today's firefighters receive little to no information prior to arriving at the scene of a wildland fire, but with the game-changing FireWhat App, fire information, maps, reference guides and calculators are at the first responder's fingertips.

Internal Politics: Lessons Learned on The Pile

You've all seen the pictures on television, in newspapers, or in other media, all showing the devastation of what was once called the World Trade Center. What you haven't heard about was the relationship between the New York rescuers and the teams sent from throughout the country to help perform Search and Rescue operations at Ground Zero... What are some of the lessons we learned there, that we could make use of in our own agencies?

Jonesboro Is Fired Up About FSA I/O Fire Dispatch System

The City of Jonesboro, a thriving municipality of 70,000, home to Arkansas State University and major companies like NicePak and Nestle, was outgrowing its emergency dispatch capabilities as times and technologies changed. As Jeff Presley, E9-1-1 Director for the City and Craighead County describes, "We were using an analog paging system that was antiquated, trying to patch into the State’s new digital 700/800MHz radio system. We needed to find something reliable, a secure pathway between our...

Keep Responders Safe with Chameleon Chemical Suicide Detection Kit

Morphix Technologies, an innovator in the science of colorimetric detection devices for dangerous chemical gases, is on the forefront of preventing accidental exposure to first responders from these toxic chemicals. The Chameleon Chemical Suicide Detection Kit offers police, EMS and first responders a field-configurable, low-cost, easy-to-use, hands-free solution when encountering a chemical suicide.

Lifesaving CPR Mobile Phone App Launched in San Jose

A free CPR "citizen responder" mobile phone application will help save lives through a new partnership between the San Jose Fire Department and El Camino Hospital in California. The PulsePoint app enables members of the public to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, which causes nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the United States

Locution Systems & City of Roanoke (VA) Complete Deployment of Fire Station Alerting & Automated Dispatching System

Locution Systems' CADVoice fire station alerting and automated dispatching system will be running in Roanoke's 16 fire stations, as well as over the radio system. The City of Roanoke also implemented specific fire station alerting technologies in the fire stations to speed up response times, including unit status indicator devices and LED reader boards which are programmed to display unit status and dispatch information as 9-1-1 calls come through specific stations.

Locution Systems to Provide Automated Dispatching & Alerting to Loveland-Symmes FD, Ohio

Locution Systems, Inc., a provider of the CADVoice fire station alerting and automated dispatching system for fire and EMS departments, has been commissioned to provide its CADVoice automated dispatching and fire station alerting system to the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department. Serving the City of Loveland and Symmes Township in southwest Ohio, the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department will implement the push-to-talk radio version of CADVoice automated dispatching & fire station alerting.

Locution Systems to Provide Fire Station Alerting System to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base

Locution Systems, Inc., the provider of the Locution Systems Fire Station Alerting (FSA) System for fire and EMS departments, has been commissioned to provide its FSA system to the Rickenbacker Air National Guard (ANG) Base. The Rickenbacker ANG Base will implement Locution Systems' FSA System with enhanced Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) capabilities. This ARFF-enhanced version allows both dispatches and "crash phone" audio from Rickenbacker’s control tower to be distributed with the...

Lone Worker/Man-Down Modules from Midian

Midian introduces the TS-120 and VAE-1 Lone Worker/Man-Down modules. Both units can send ANI and Emergency ANI in Motorola's MDC-1200, Kenwood's FleetSync, Harris' G-Star, DTMF and 5-Tone. The units also support the Lone Worker feature which requires user interaction with the radio otherwise it sends the Emergency ANI. Some versions of the TS-120 and VAE-1 also have an accelerometer for Man-Down applications

Loyola University Blankets Medical Campus In RealView's All-Digital First Responder Technology

Illinois' Loyola University is expanding its use of the RealView, LLC's CommandScope Pre-Plan technology to cover the 61-acre medical campus in nearby Maywood. This expansion underscores the school’s commitment creating a safe environment by providing critical campus and building information to first responders in case of an emergency.

Massive Public Safety Layoff in Camden City NJ

On Tuesday January 18, 2011 it was the end of a career for over 200 Police and Firefighters in Camden City, NJ. The nation's second-most dangerous city laid off 163 Police Officers, nearly 44% of its workforce, and 67 Firefighters, 1/3 of its workforce after voting unanimously by City Council in an attempt to close a $26.5 million budget gap.

Memoirs From Heaven Service Launched For Public Safety, Military

Memoirs from Heaven was conceived to address the large and growing need for posthumous communication services, with a focus toward public safety and the US military. The Company's goal is to create the first and only web-based bereavement letter, pre-conceived and highly customized in the principal’s first person words...

Minor Airport Mishap A Serious Response for Atlanta FD

It may not have been a major disaster - fortunately - but any aircraft response is taken seriously. In the case of a recent Boeing 737 that ran off a taxiway in Atlanta (GA), while no fire or injuries ensued, a large response of airport and city fire units maintained a safety standby and incident command post for more than five hours to ensure a safe mitigation to the incident and removal of the damaged aircraft.

National Association of State Fire Marshals Issues Call to Action Following Nightclub Fire in Brazil

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) extends its deep sympathy to the families of the more than 230 individuals who perished in the tragic nightclub fire in Santa Maria, Brazil, in the early morning hours of Sunday, January 27. It is, unfortunately, a sad reminder that the world has not learned the lessons of similar fires in modern nightclubs over the past decade.

New Free Emergency Management for the Fire Service Program Available

The Firefighters Support Foundation's (FSF) newest free training program, Emergency Management for the Fire Service, is now available. As the role of the fire service expands, emergency management, rather than strict firefighting, will become an ever more important function that the fire service provides.

New Free Public Information Officer Program Available

The Firefighters Support Foundation’s newest free training program, Public Information Officer: Roles and Responsibilities, is now available. The program consists of a 35-minute video program and an accompanying 45-slide PowerPoint presentation about this not well-understood but vital function.

New Free Training Video Available from FSF: ICS - Rightsizing for Each Event

The Firefighters Support Foundation's (FSF) newest training program is now available. ICS: Rightsizing for Each Event address the misconceptions surrounding ICS: it's too big, too complicated, too cumbersome, unnecessary, and so on. It demonstrates the practicality, advantages, and necessity of ICS at almost every scene and event, from the smallest to the largest.

Night of the Living Mob

Originally published in much shorter form in our August, 2008 issue. The issue remains relevant since I wrote this: on July 4,2010 police and firefighters in Alton, Illinois responding to a fireworks complaint were attacked by a crowd of several hundred people who shot large bottle rockets at them; in August 2011, fire crews in Salford and Manchester, England, were attacked by mobs inflamed by riots; on January 9, 2012, Detroit-area firefighters were attacked by a rioting crowd after...

NIST Tests in New York City Suggest How to Improve Emergency Radio Communications

Radio communications can be unreliable in underground tunnels and other large, complicated structures, posing a safety hazard for emergency responders. New tests of wireless emergency safety equipment by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have defined the challenges more precisely and suggest how emergency communications might be improved.

Nov. 28th Marks 70th Anniversary of Cocoanut Grove Fire

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 28, 1942, a fire at the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub in Boston left 492 dead and many others injured. This tragedy, which occurred 70 years ago, is still one of the deadliest fires in the history of the United States.

NPSTC Presents Strong Case for a Single Nationwide Broadband Network for Public Safety

On March 1, 2011 the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) unanimously voted to support the concept of a single nationwide broadband network for public safety instead of the network of networks approach. At an ex parte discussion held by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for invited representatives of public safety, NPSTC made the strong case for a single flexible, reliable, and vibrant national broadband network, presenting high-level conceptual drawings to...

Oxnard (CA) FD selects Emergency Technologies' Visual Fire Software

The city of Oxnard, California Fire Department will deploy Emergency Technologies, Inc. (ETI) Visual Fire, a Fire Records Management System (Fire RMS), which will provide responders with access to mission critical data that will help improve firefighter safety and increase efficiency and effectiveness in federal and state reporting requirements. ETI will begin implementing Visual Fire later this year as part of a comprehensive public safety software modernization effort. Visual Fire will...

Palermo (Italy) Fire Department Named "International Firefighting Team of the year 2013"

Firefighting teams from different countries all over the world competed for the title "Firefighting Team of the Year" and handed in their best emergency interventions. The ceremony took place at the Congress Centrum in Ulm (Germany), the trophy was assigned to the Palermo Fire Department, followed by Botosani Fire Department (Romania) and Mooskirchen, Steinberg, Ligist Fire Department (Austria) in third place.

Philadelphia PA 2nd Alarm Building Fire

On August 1st, 2012 multiple calls were being received for a building on fire at 1901 E. Westmoreland Street in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia around 9:30 A.M. Companies arrived with heavy fire and smoke conditions from a 75x100 building consisting of 19 garages. The All Hands box was struck.

Pryme Radio Unveils Latest Innovations For Public Safety

Pryme Radio Products recently unveiled its arsenal of newest technologies at the IWCE Las Vegas earlier this month. All of the innovations introduced at the show are brand new this year, including two new additions to its award winning PRYMEBLU line, a wireless PTT adapter and a number of solutions for high-noise environments.

Remembering Ray Downey, FDNY 9/19/37 - 9/11/01

All those who died that day will forever be heroes, but Ray Downey's life prior to that day had already made him a hero to so many who had know him. At 63, he was the Deputy Chief in charge of Special Operations Command (SOC) for the largest urban Fire Department in the world. His contributions to the Rescue community had made him a legend, and he was respected as a leading authority on Structural Collapse Rescue all over the Country.

Remote Print Manager Elite Helps Fire Department Dispatch, Responders, and Citizens

Rescues made in Camden NJ Dwelling Fire

On March 8th, 2011 at 12:38 A.M. Camden City (NJ) companies were dispatched for a dwelling with reports of people trapped. EMS arrived and reported the house was fully involved with 3 trapped occupants on the rear roof. Crews worked to remove the occupants who were transported to a near by hospital. The Battalion struck the all hands on arrival with heavy fire conditions.

San Jose Firefighters Conduct Swiftwater Rescue

On Thursday, March 24, 2011 units of the San Jose Fire Department responded to a stretch of the rain swollen Guadalupe River near the San Jose International Airport for a report of a subject trapped in the fast moving water. Firefighters with San Jose's Urban Search and Rescue Task Force worked quickly to deploy two inflatable rescue boats needed to reach the victim.

Setcom Releases First Integrated Seat Communications System for Fire Apparatus

CommandCom is an advanced Setcom microphone and speaker system that is fully integrated into an H.O. Bostrom headrest. The newly released system uses Setcom's sophisticated patent-pending Phase Contouring technology. When using the system, a firefighter is able to seamlessly communicate with other vehicle crew members and over two-way radios.

Setcom Releases the First Fire Wireless Headset with Direct Cell Phone Integration

Setcom Corporation, a leading manufacturer of intercom systems and headsets for fire apparatus, has released the latest innovation in public safety vehicle and fire ground communications. This advance allows the Liberator wireless headset to directly connect to most Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones.

Smoldering Warehouse Fire in San Angelo, Texas

A warehouse fire in San Angelo, Texas smolders days after the February 27, 2013 blaze was controlled. After one million gallons of water were poured onto the structure, fire was still active in some areas. The fire took place at the Lone Star Moving Co. warehouse, from an undetermined cause.

Spokane Selects Locution Systems for Automated Dispatching & Fire Station Alerting

Locution Systems, Inc., a provider of advanced, automated 911 dispatching, fire station alerting, and fire station control technology, today announced that it has been commissioned to provide its CADVoice automated 911 dispatching system to the City of Spokane, Wash. and 19 other public safety agencies in Spokane County, Wash. Locution Systems will be providing the radio version of the CADVoice fire and EMS automated dispatching system to the City of Spokane and other agencies that comprise...

Teton Interagency Fire Reduces Mobile Command Costs with TACPAK

When the Red Rock and Gray Hills fires combined to ravage 12,000 acres in the remote Gros Ventre Wilderness, Teton Interagency Fire responded. Due to the remote Fire Complex location, data and voice communication was limited to costly and inefficient hand delivered messages and radio connections made by sending trucks many miles down valley... In response, the Wyoming Department of Homeland Security deployed their TACPAK Briefcase Command Center, manufactured by 308 Systems, at the fire site.

The Deer in the Wildfire: The Story Behind the Photo

The photograph is striking. The vibrant colors show two elk surrounded by huge walls of fire. Many have already downloaded the picture from the NIFC website and put it on their own websites. Others have attributed this once-in-a-lifetime portrait as being fake, or perhaps shot in Yellowstone... The picture is genuine, and is the work of John McColgan, a Fuels Management Specialist with the Alaska Fire Service,

Three additional Ohio FDs implement SafetyPAD EMS electronic patient care reporting system

OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD suite of software products for Fire and Emergency Medical Services, announced its partnership with three additional Hamilton County, Ohio agencies. Forest Park, Lockland, and Golf Manor Fire Departments have completed their training this month bringing the total amount of agencies in the county that are using the system to five.

Video Aims To Prevent Fire Tanker Rollovers

The National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) has developed a new version of their Cargo Tank Rollover Prevention Video to help target the fire service. The original intention of the video was to target cargo and commercial tankers "to help educate water tanker drivers on the special characteristics of tank truck vehicles and the actions they can take to avoid rollovers."

Video Tribute to Forest Service Firefighters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has produced a very slick video about wildland firefighting, named "The Heart of a Firefighter." The purpose of the video is "show what we do as USFS firefighters and also the drive and passion of the people that fight fire," noted Jason Steinmetz of the USFS Washington Office. This is a two-minute "teaser" of the final product which is expected to be five to eight minutes long.

Working Fire: Palmyra NJ All Hands Dwelling Fire

On January 31, 2011 a dwelling fire was dispatched in Palmyra NJ at 519 Cinnaminson Ave. Initial reports were received of occupants trapped inside the dwelling. Companies arrived with heavy smoke and fire conditions from the multiple family dwelling.

Writing Public Safety Noir: A Conversation with novelist Kurt Kamm

Malibu resident Kurt Kamm has used his access to Los Angeles County and LA City firefighters and his experience in several devastating local wildfires to write his novels.9-1-1 Magazine recently spoke to Kurt Kamm about how his experiences have flavored his books and how writing from a public safety viewpoint has given them a unique edge.

Yocha Dehe Fire Department Honors Staff and Tribal Leader for Commitment to Public Safety

The Yocha Dehe Fire Department (YDFD) recognized key individuals for their commitment to public safety and protection of the community at its annual awards luncheon at the fire station in Brooks last week.

Zetron's IP Fire Station Alerting System in Action in Texas

The fire department in Sugar Land, Texas, began to appreciate the benefits of IP-based communications with their recent installation of Zetron's IP Fire Station Alerting (IP FSA) system. Because the new system sends alerts over the city's fiber-optic IP network, an operator can dispatch a fire truck, an ambulance, and one or more fire stations almost simultaneously, with the press of just a few buttons. The system also provides automatic indications of alert success and failure, so operators...

 
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