Fire Prevention

The Benefits and Importance of Diversity in the Fire Service

Demographically speaking, our nation’s fire departments are not diverse. Consider the following workforce statistics from 2019 reported by Data USA: 95.8% of firefighters were male. 79.9% of firefighters were white and non-Hispanic. Many communities have started improving their efforts to recruit a more diverse workforce. For these programs to succeed, it’s important to recognize two …

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Professional Development: Tips on How to Get Your Program Started

To be a student of the job means you chase unfamiliar factors tirelessly until you find a solution or answer. Seeking the answer on how to start and manage a Professional Development Program became my newfound passion in the fire service. The development and implementation of this program began as a priority for McHenry Township …

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Data-Driven Decision Making for the Fire Service

In the fire service, decisions are constantly made by the fire academy cadets up to the chief of department. At times, they are significant; if mismanaged, drastic consequences can result. One way to achieve confident, successful decision making in the fire service is to collect and analyze data that will help guide the individuals in …

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Report released for the prescribed fire that led to the Hermits Peak Fire

An 80-page report concluded that the management of the prescribed fire that escaped and became the largest wildfire in the recorded history of New Mexico, generally followed the approved prescribed fire plan for most but not all of the parameters. The people on the ground felt they were close to or within the prescription limits but …

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Lithium-ion Battery Safety and Tactics

The increase in popularity of battery-operated mobility devices, like scooters, skateboards and bicycles has meant a dramatic increase in fires in New York City caused by lithium-ion batteries with sometimes fatal consequences. Lt. John Cassidy, Haz-mat Company 1, discusses the dangers of these batteries, tactics and procedures operational units can take at these incidents. Battalion …

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Fire department preparation for fireworks season

Firefighters should be familiar with fireworks-focused standards and state regulations. No matter where your state or your jurisdiction falls on this legal fireworks spectrum, fireworks remain an issue for which the fire service must be ready to deal with the consequences. Every department should be familiar with both NFPA 1123: Code for Fireworks Displays and …

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