Wildland

MVD Adopts “Include” as Fourth Strategic Goal

By adopting Include as a strategic goal, we emphasize our strong commitment to DEI.  As modern fire chiefs, ensuring the members of our departments are prepared and equipped to meet the challenges of the job is not enough.  We, and our changing society, demand that today’s fire and emergency service leaders, and emerging leaders, adapt […]

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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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New IAFC Wildfire Evacuation Planning Toolkit

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and its Wildland Fire Policy Committee are proud to announce the launch of our new interactive web-based geospatial Wildfire Evacuation Planning Toolkit. This toolkit allows users to assess their current capabilities, view evacuation resources, and explore their community within a map-based application to create evacuation zones.

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Fire Officials Unaware of Railroad Maintenance that Sparked Fires

The fires and railroad personnel denying access to local fire departments came just months after a Norfolk Southern train carrying volatile chemicals derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, prompting evacuations of nearby residents as those chemicals burned. The company has been criticized for minimizing safety measures to maximize profit.

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The Role of the Fire Service in Creating Healthy Community Landscapes

This video from the US Fire Administration shows how the fire service can help communities create healthy landscapes that will keep people safer and create communities that are more resilient. explore how the fire service can work in landscapes around the home, within the community, and landscapes around the community.

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Biden’s proposed budget could affect EMS billing, wildland firefighting

Several parts of President Joe Biden’s proposed budget, which he released this week, could affect firefighters and EMS providers. If Biden’s proposed plan is passed in its current form, there are multiple items that would touch on public safety and first responder issues:

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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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