In late 2018, an FDNY firefighter was hospitalized with critical injuries suffered at a marijuana grow lab fire in the Bronx. Sadly, this wasn’t the first FDNY firefighter to fall victim to injury from a marijuana grow lab. In 2016, FDNY Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy died when a piece of roof debris fatally struck him after an illegal grow house exploded. Fahy was standing across the street from the structure. Read More...

The Westport (MA) Fire Department Explorer Post #774 was presented with the NVFC Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Award at a special ceremony at their department on May 10. NVFC Massachusetts director Mike Bird was among the presenters. The ceremony was held at the department so that all of the junior firefighters could attend. Learn more about the Westport Explorers and the rest of the NVFC's 2019 award winners here.

With the vast majority of U.S. firefighters – 70 percent – being unpaid volunteers, it’s unsettling to realize that fewer men and women are volunteering these days.

It’s a challenge. There are hours, even days, of training and then you get paged out at 3 a.m. for a medical call. Fires offer their own kind of dangers, including the looming risk of cancer.

How can we recruit more volunteers to the fire service and keep the ones we have?

Kevin Quinn, chairman of the National Volunteer Firefighters Council, joins host Scott Orr to explore volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention challenges and strategies. Read More...

BOISE, Idaho — An effort to develop a better fire shelter following the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona six years ago has failed.

Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise in a decision on Wednesday said the current fire shelter developed in 2002 will remain in use.

The Arizona firefighters had deployed that same type of shelter in 2013, but still died in the blaze. Last year, however, two wildland firefighters on two separate wildfires used their fire shelters and survived without burn injuries, officials said. Read More...

MSA, in partnership with DuPont and the NVFC, is giving away 52 sets of Globe turnout gear in 2019. Thirteen fire departments in the U.S. and Canada will each receive four sets of new gear. To be eligible to apply, departments must be at least 50% volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, demonstrate a need for the gear, and be an NVFC member. The deadline is June 1; apply now

Agencies should suspend all non-emergency activities during the week of June 16-22

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) announced the 2019 Safety Stand Down theme today. This year’s “Reduce Your Exposure: It’s Everybody’s Responsibility” campaign will take place June 16-22, focusing on increasing understanding of occupational cancer risks and implementing recommendations in the Lavender Ribbon Report, developed by the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) and the NVFC.

Firefighters face many health risks, but cancer has emerged as one of the most prominent concerns. Safety Stand Down resources and materials emphasize the importance of firefighters educating themselves, their physicians, and their coworkers about job-related risks; point first responders to the latest information on exposure to carcinogens, including how to limit exposure; and provide best practices and resources regarding reducing the risk of cancer to firefighters. This important initiative encourages everyone to refresh their techniques and learn new skills based on recent research and proactive protocol. Firefighters have a responsibility to protect themselves, their coworkers, and the public from the cancerous byproducts of fire, and this year’s Safety Stand Down provides tools and information to help reduce line-of-duty deaths and critical illness. 

Agencies across the country are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activities during the week of June 16-22 in order to focus on training and education related to this year’s theme. An entire week is provided to ensure all shifts and personnel can participate. Topic information, resources, training downloads, and videos are available at, the official web site for the Safety Stand Down event.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a Safety Stand Down partner, will once again host the Fire Service Safety Stand Down Quiz to generate greater awareness of first responder health and wellness issues. Everyone who completes the online quiz will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes, with 200 randomly selected participants winning a specially designed commemorative Safety Stand Down challenge coin.

The Safety Stand Down is coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section and the NVFC, and is supported by national and international fire and emergency service organizations, including the NFPA.


About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)

The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous response, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally, and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.

About the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)

The NVFC is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach, and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission.