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Video: Firefighter learns the hard way when he fails to comply with officers’ orders

A Detroit firefighter learned a valuable lesson in June after officers responded to a neighbor’s complaint. In body cam video captured at the scene, Firefighter Michael Cretu is seen initially non-confrontational with officers, but the situation escalated quickly when Cretu advances toward one officer. When the officer places his hand out to keep space between [...]

August 14th, 2017|Fire News, Videos|0 Comments

Firefighter chooses path less traveled, returns to duty after leg amputation

There is nothing typical about Fishers, Ind., firefighter Lt. Brandon Anderson, and when he was faced with life-changing decisions, he knew he had only one choice — defy the odds. Anderson, a 15-year-veteran firefighter, had to have his right leg amputated above the knee from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. During his recovery, he [...]

August 14th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Color-coded hydrants help firefighters fight blazes

Do you have different colored tops on the fire hydrants in your neighborhood and wonder why some are blue, while others are green, orange or red? "We follow the national standard," Owensboro Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Leonard said. The color indicates the number of gallons the hydrant can produce per minute, he said. Blue indicates 1,500 gallons per [...]

August 11th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Police chief steps in when fire chief is fired amid contentious contract negotiations

Treasure Island Police Chief Armand Boudreau is wearing two hats again after fire Chief Frank Fernandez was shown the door last week. Boudreau tells the Tampa Bay Times he’s talked privately with several city firefighters concerned about Fernandez’s departure. “The firefighters have mixed emotions,” Boudreau tells the Times, stressing that he was not involved in [...]

August 11th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Firefighter honored for 50 years of service, surprised by daughter

Leadership in Freehold Borough, N.J., clearly cares for volunteer firefighter Donald Rue. Not only did they feel it necessary to honor him for his 50 years of service to his community, they also decided a small family reunion was in order. “He’s not the kind of guy who’s materialistic so there’s really nothing you could [...]

August 10th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Three homes evacuated after military explosive device caught fire

Three homes were evacuated in south central Florida this afternoon after a construction crew unknowingly uncovered a military explosive device, causing it to catch fire. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office bomb disposal unit and the St. Lucie County Fire District were called to the Hutchinson location at about 1:30 PM, resulting in a mandatory [...]

August 10th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Seattle fire station closes on a day-to-day basis due to budget cuts

Today Fire Station 83 in Maple Valley sits closed with the only signs of life being a sign on the window. With the fire engine and aid car sitting idol in the dark, the fire department tells KIRO 7 News it was forced to close the fire station Tuesday because there’s no money. According to [...]

August 10th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Part-time firefighter, serial thief arrested after breaking in to Fire station

A Pleasant Grove, Utah, part-time firefighter is behind bars after crime spree targeting the Pleasant Grove fire station. Brenden Ivie, 21, was booked into the Utah County Jail Sunday for charges of drug possession, theft and burglary. Ivie is a part-time firefighter for the Unified Fire Authority and has interned for several agencies in Utah [...]

August 9th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Fire Chief saves desperate woman from jumping off bridge

A Facebook video is proof that first responders are often the last line of defense for people when they feel they’re at the end of the line. St. Paul District Fire Chief Conrad Ertz, the subject of Facebook user Matthew Seaton’s video post, tells ABC 5 News saving a distraught woman contemplating suicide is an [...]

August 9th, 2017|Videos|0 Comments

Who Wants to Be a Firefighter?

During my career I have met a lot of people that want to become a firefighter.  Some ask for advice, and some just think they will get the job whenever they want.  I’m not sure why they think they can just announce they are ready to get hired, but that theory doesn’t really work. Let [...]

August 9th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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