A group of firefighters from American Samoa can be seen in a video singing a Samoan hymn while they help with the California wildfires.

According to the Facebook post of the video, the team is a hand crew, whose job is to “protect natural resources by using hand tools on the outrigs of a designated area to prevent fire from scorching further.” Read more and watch video...

Courtesy of FireRescue1 and FireGrantsHelp, this free guide will provide you with all the information you need to procure PPE through AFG 2017. 

Turnout gear is used on every alarm and is the core of every fire department. Your department simply cannot exist without it. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program provides the best means to cover these expenses. However, because of their popularity, turnout gear requests are among the most competitive activities of this grant program. Read More...

What happened: Multiple wildfires swept through northern California neighborhoods, businesses, hotels and wineries Sunday night and Monday. Eleven people were killed – a number that is expected to rise – and more than 1,500 structures have been destroyed by the high-wind propelled wildfires.

Firefighters from throughout California are battling the Napa and Sonoma County blazes, as well as fires in other parts of the state, with a focus on protecting lives. EMS personnel evacuated hospital patients and nursing home residents as more than 20,000 people self-evacuated from the hardest hit areas. Read More...

When a 20-year-old was named fire chief at a department in Harrison Township, Ohio, it stirred up controversy over whether age and experience matters in such a high-responsibility position.

We asked our Facebook fans if they thought age, as well as experience, matters when choosing a fire chief.

Some said that while he is young, he could bring new ideas to the table, positive change and commended him for accepting such a big responsibility. Others, however, said a chief should have many more years of experience to fully understand fire and its unpredictable behavior. Read More...

The days when small fire departments could do everything on their own are numbered, Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan has told Charlemont Selectboard members and firefighters.

The Greenfield fire chief was asked to speak at a Charlemont Selectboard and Fire Department meeting earlier this week, where town officials talked about budget constraints, the lack of trained volunteer firefighters, and the rising calls for ambulance and fire services in a town with a growing elderly population, a growing outdoor recreation industry and a low rate of young volunteers willing or able to put in the 100 hours of basic firefighter training. Read More...