Firefighter Collapses on Street While Battling 4-Alarm New Jersey Blaze, Dies: Officials

  A volunteer firefighter collapsed and died of a heart attack while battling a four-alarm blaze in New Jersey Sunday night, authorities say. The 54-year-old firefighter, Robert Meyer, died while responding to the Hydrair warehouse in Union Beach at about 6 p.m. Sunday, officials say. He was running in and out of the building, which…read more

New Fire Commissioner Returns to a Challenged Department

In a room deep inside Fire Department headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn, flat screens line the walls, tracking every fire and emergency medical incident in New York City. The last time Daniel A. Nigro was in this operations hub, before his retirement as chief of department a year after the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, the room…read more

FIREFIGHTER — USES SMOKE AND MIRRORS IN PROPOSAL TO POLICE OFFICER GIRLFRIEND

A Houston firefighter posted this video on YouTube showing how he proposed to his girlfriend. Jesse Gonzalez, 31, has been with the Houston Fire Department for 11 years.Last Friday, the engineer operator decided it was finally time to ask his girlfriend, Olga Peck, to marry him.Olga is a police officer with the Houston Police Department. http://abc13.com/family/video-firefighters-proposal-to-police-officer-girlfriend/96548/…read more

34 injured, including 23 firefighters, in overnight NYC blaze

NEW YORK –  A massive fire in State Island, N.Y., Thursday morning injured at least 34, including 23 firefighters, and destroyed three homes. Two children inside the building were tossed out of their smoke-filled second-floor window into the arms of neighbors below. Their father was also rescued by firefighters, MyFoxNY.com reported. More than 200 firefighters responded…read more

N.C. bill could land fire chiefs in jail over industrial secrets

RALEIGH, N.C. — State lawmakers have softened a controversial bill that would have made it a felony to disclose the chemicals used in fracking. MotherJones.com reported that the bill, known as the Energy Modernization Act, is meant to establish protocols for firefighters and health care providers to access information about chemicals during emergencies. http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-chief/articles/1924175-N-C-bill-could-land-fire-chiefs-in-jail-over-industrial-secrets/…read more

3 heat-related threats to firefighters and how to fix them

Firefighting tasks, whether carried out in fire combat or during training, requires a tremendous amount of energy and as the human body burns (metabolizes) fuel (calories) it produces a tremendous amount of heat. It’s just like that thing we call combustion. Dehydration and hyperthermia can have serious physical and mental impacts on the individual. According to…read more

Baltimore County firefighter dies during training exercise

A 58-year-old Baltimore County firefighter died Friday afternoon after he suffered a suspected heart attack during training, officials said. Robert Fogle III, a 27-year veteran and career firefighter, was participating in exercises at the Sparrows Point training facility when he became ill. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.…read more

Birmingham Mourns Loss of Fire Chief

Birmingham responders are mourning the death of their chief. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Chief Ivor J. Brooks died Wednesday afternoon after collapsing at a hotel. Brooks, 57, was transported by Homewood Fire and Rescue to Brookwood Medical Center at 2:15 p.m. and was pronounced dead about 3 p.m., according toAl.com. While the cause of death has not been determined…read more