How to get fire/EMS noticed in terrorism response

One of my earliest fire service mentors told me, “If the fire service is ever going to get the credit its due from the public, sometimes it’s going to have to blow its own horn.” Recent events have proven this advice to be both very wise and very accurate. In the past weeks, there have…read more

Girl with severe burns only wants cards for Christmas

Two years ago, Safyre Terry’s father and three younger siblings were killed in a fire caused by arson. She was found next to her father, who used his body to shield her from the flames. In addition to suffering from severe burns, Safyre lost her right hand three months after the fire, and lost her left foot in…read more

Suburban firefighter dies while performing CPR

MATTESON, Ill. – A firefighter in south suburban Matteson died while performing CPR on a shopper at Wal-Mart. The firefighter, identified as 49-year-old Mark Zielinski, was called to the store at 21410 S. Cicero Avenue in Matteson Friday afternoon for a medical emergency. He had been with the Matteson Fire Department for 13 years, after…read more

Why hot training may save firefighter lives

As a public safety provider in Las Vegas we repeatedly heard the phrase, “It is a dry heat.” When summer temperatures soar above 100 degree and stay there overnight radiating into the next day, it is common to retreat to a chilled dayroom in the fire station. Company officers push their crews to pre-hydrate as…read more

Crash Involving Fire Truck in West Philadelphia Leaves 5 Firefighters Injured

A crash involving a fire truck in West Philadelphia left several firefighters injured Sunday morning. Fire officials said the crash, in which a vehicle partially rolled over, happened about 10 a.m. at 55th Street and Baltimore Avenue. Authorities confirmed that Philadelphia Fire Department Ladder 13 was involved in the crash. Surveillance video from a nearby…read more