• Security cameras outside a fire station where firefighter Gregory Louis, above, was shot and killed were inoperable at the time of the shooting last Thursday.  Image credit: Virgin Islands Daily News

Firefighter murdered: A case of mistaken identity, poor lighting?

A 50-year-old firefighter from the Virgin Islands --described as a soft-spoken, easygoing guy -- was sitting on a bench outside his firehouse when someone shot him in the back of the head, killing him. Now days later, rumors are swirling that this may have been a case of mistaken identity. There isn’t very much information [...]

August 24th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Firefighter bitten by 5 foot long rattlesnake while battling fire hikes down canyon for help

CalFire firefighter/EMT Jeff Rizolli was fighting a brush fire in Spring Valley – in San Diego County, California—when he was bitten by a rattlesnake. The five and a half foot snake got a hold of Rizolli’s leg after he stepped back and landed on top of the slithery, venomous reptile. At first he thought a [...]

August 24th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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New technology allowing firefighters to do their job virtually, without battling real fire

One North Carolina fire dept is getting more tech-savvy in the way it trains to fight fires. New technology, sold by BullEx, is allowing firefighters to virtually do their job, without battling a real fire. The Attack Digital Fire System puts firefighters in an environment where the conditions of an actual fire are being mimicked. [...]

August 24th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Poor morale blamed on lack of Arlington’s leadership

Aug. 24--ARLINGTON -- Firefighters complained to the City Council on Tuesday evening about a lack of communication, flagging morale and other problems they blame on Fire Chief Don Crowson and the Arlington Fire Department leadership. The speakers were among about 40 members of the Arlington Professional Fire Fighters Association at the meeting. A similar number turned out for the Aug. 2 council meeting to voice similar [...]

August 24th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Bill Adsitt, second from left, talks with Rabbi Yaakov Rapoport and other members of Syracuse Fire Department at a menorah lighting in Clinton Square in 2015. (Gary Walts | gwalts@syracuse.com)

Syracuse firefighter who needed heart surgery after battling fire denied benefits

The Syracuse firefighter’s union is furious with the city over its treatment of one their firefighters who was on the job for 20 years and who suffered a heart attack after battling a blaze. 55-year-old Bill Adsitt had to have quadruple bypass surgery earlier this year.  After he started suffering from chest and back pain [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Favorite Firefighting Tools

When we think about firefighting tools we always think about the traditional axe. Almost every picture of a firefighter in gear are carrying an axe.  Hose, nozzles, and jaws of life are other tools that we think of, but there are also some tools we like that aren’t so common. Since we spend a lot [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Blog, Fire News|0 Comments
  • Fairfax County firefighter Nicole Mittendorff took her own life in April after being cyber bullied.  Image credit:  AP

Female firefighters hoping for change in the wake of tragic suicide of one of their own

Shortly after 31-year-old Nicole Mittendorff took her own life, it was discovered that she was the victim of cyber harassment. The Fairfax County firefighter and paramedic disappeared on April 15 and her body was discovered one week later, in Shenandoah National Park. She hanged herself, officials said. Her case has touched off a national debate [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Man in custody after setting South Chicago apartment on fire that killed baby, 2 girls and a man

Aug. 23--A 3-month-old baby, two girls 4 and 7, and a man died in an extra-alarm fire in an apartment building in the South Chicago neighborhood early Tuesday, and police said a man suspected of starting the fire after an argument is being held. The baby died after being found next to a man who had [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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LAFD respond to Skid Row homeless after several fall ill from smoking ‘illicit substance’

Aug. 22--Several people in downtown's Skid Row area are being examined by paramedic units this morning, after they appeared to have ingested an illicit substance, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. "We're seeing a lot of patients, but not all are transported," said LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. "It's a dynamic situation." A total of 15 people were examined, [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Former Captain sues fire district and chief over violating Idaho’s Whistleblower Act

Aug. 21--KIMBERLY -- A former finalist in the search for a new fire chief in Twin Falls has been named as a defendant in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against a local fire district. Former training Capt. Brent Blamires of Kimberly filed suit in July against Rock Creek Rural Fire District and Chief Jason Keller for violating Idaho’s Whistleblower Act and for wrongful termination. Keller was Blamires' [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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