While firehouse scandal and negative headlines aren’t completely avoidable, focus on the mission at hand and get in front of bad behavior to improve community and public relations

Multiple 911 calls, the alarm sounds, responding units weave through choking traffic, the first engine reports; "Fire showing from the first floor with people hanging off the balconies above." While bystanders record the events, hoping for the right shot that gives them their 15 seconds of fame, firefighters go to work, make the rescues, put the fire out and go home – all is well in Whoville. Read More...

FEMA has tweaked parts of AFG application process regarding turndown letters and funds monitoring upon award

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided an insightful look at the 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application scoring and review process at FDIC recently. The workshop covered a variety of topics including turndown letters, reasons applications didn’t make it to peer review, information on AFG debriefings, a look at 2018 and more emphasis on monitoring. Read More...

Sunday May 20, 2018 marks the beginning of National EMS Week and presents an opportunity to honor the men and women who deliver pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care throughout the United States. This vital public safety service is provided primarily by cross-trained, multi-role emergency responders who are based in our nation's fire departments. 
 
The fire service has a rich history of protecting the health and safety of our communities through an emergency response model that includes the delivery of pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care. Fire Service-Based EMS providers are trained, equipped and positioned to provide their communities with timely emergency medical care, and more recently, Integrated Community Health Care (ICHC) services as well. Firefighter/EMTs and paramedics respond quickly, professionally, skillfully, and compassionately in communities across the United States every day...24/7. 
 
The Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates Coalition recognizes the life-saving contributions and achievements, as well as the dedication and commitment, of those who serve in Fire Service-Based EMS systems. National EMS Week is a time to pause and say "thank you" to the entire EMS Community, especially firefighter/EMTs and paramedics ...our nation's 'all hazards' response personnel. 
 
Established in 2006, the Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates Coalition, based in Washington, DC, provides members of Congress and other government officials with information they need to effectively support Fire Service-Based EMS systems throughout the nation. For more information about the Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates and how to join the coalition, visit www.fireserviceems.com.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's (NFFF) Everyone Goes Home® program is conducting a needs assessment to build effective suicide prevention and awareness programs. The NFFF has partnered with Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, a leading suicidologist with experience in developing innovative programs for first responders. As part of this assessment, Dr. Spencer-Thomas created a survey to gather feedback from fire service members (active, retired and non-uniformed), support groups (clinicians, EAP providers, chaplaincy groups, etc.) and family members. "I am inspired to see how the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is tackling the issue of suicide head on," said Dr. Spencer-Thomas. "This approach of deep listening followed by thoughtful strategy development is key in making successful inroads into suicide prevention."  Read More...

 A popular outdoor retail chain released a video highlighting women in the fire service.

The video showcases female firefighters who attended Women in Fire Prescribed Fire Training Exchange, a program in Northern California that helps advance participants’ qualifications for wildland fire operations, and they shared their stories of what it’s like to be in the service. Read More...