Fire Prevention

Understanding ISO and How to Improve Preparedness Before Your Next Review

ISO reviews play a critical role in evaluating the performance of fire departments. When the time comes for your next audit, will you feel confident you understand what training records need to be reported to the ISO and how to get the best score possible?

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Colorado’s fire districts called 911 about property taxes and lawmakers answered

It isn’t an exaggeration to say that without the Colorado legislature voting to fully backfill the state’s more than 250 fire protection districts, communities throughout this state wouldn’t be adequately protected in times of emergencies. More than 70% of Colorado fire departments are fire protection districts, which means they are almost completely funded by property

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Teaching Soft Skills in the Fire Service

Everyone has heard  someone that says he/she is a great technical firefighter but does not talk to the public well or does not play well with others. The firefighter that is great when they are present but is typically late for work and disappears when not watched. These are all soft skills, those things that

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Fire Chiefs Endorse Position Papers

Fire chiefs recently participated in the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) Urban Fire Forum (UFF) and endorsed five important documents that address current and emerging issues having an impact on the future of fire and emergency services worldwide. The documents take account of a wide-range of topics including the well-being and mental health of firefighters,

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Free Training on Fire and Explosion Hazards from Lithium-Ion Batteries

Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL’s) Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) has created a free online training module, Science of Fire and Explosion Hazards from Lithium-Ion Batteries, to help firefighters better understand the physical phenomena that determine how hazards develop during lithium-ion battery incidents.

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Report: Warning Signs Ignored Ahead of Maui Wildfire

A raging fire burning directly into densely populated areas. A historic city built between the ocean and a volcano with limited escape routes. Gale-force winds that left firefighters on the defensive. In the wake of the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, officials in Hawaii have, at times, insisted that little could have been done

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Investigation: Lack of Training a Factor in Fatal Plant Explosion

In late June, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released its final investigation report on the 2020 propylene release and explosion at the Watson Grinding facility in Houston, Texas, that fatally injured two workers and a nearby resident and damaged hundreds of neighboring homes. The CSB’s final report highlights two key safety issues:

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