National Fire Rescue News

Exclusive: ‘No cuts’ Ohio chief speaks out on dismissal

July 20, 2009

Editor’s Note: Earlier this month, Ohio Fire Chief Donald Barnes was dismissed after balking at orders from his mayor to make a new round of cuts in the fire department’s budget. The Shaker Heights Fire Department had already been forced to shed four firefighters earlier this year. But when Chief Barnes was then told to [...]

Read the full article →

Fast-moving fire guts Paterson home

July 13, 2009

A mid morning fire destroyed a 2½ story wood frame home at 272 Jefferson St. on Friday July 10. An alert neighbor phoned 911 at approximately 10:30am to report the fire. Initial police unit on the scene reported heavy fire on the #1 floor. First due fire units arriving just minutes later, confirmed a working [...]

Read the full article →

White firefighters were victims of discrimination, Supreme Court rules

June 29, 2009

Reporting from Washington — The Supreme Court ruled today that white firefighters who lost promotions in New Haven, Conn., were victims of illegal racial discrimination, holding that employers should not rely on “raw racial statistics” to set aside a fair test. The 5-4 decision clarifies the federal job-discrimination laws for employers, both private and public, [...]

Read the full article →

Fire damages half-century old business in Wayne

June 22, 2009

An alert passerby notified authorities of flames coming from the second floor of a 75′ X 125′ strip mall at 1459 Route 23 South at approximately 7:45am today, Thursday, June 18. Township companies 5, 2 and 1 were dispatched and the first arriving chief declared a working fire and requested remaining companies 3 and 4 [...]

Read the full article →

Philadelphia Fire Department Scales Back In a Major Way

January 24, 2009

Seven city fire companies ceased operations yesterday as part of Mayor Nutter’s budget-cutting plan, but not without rancor, as the head of the firefighters’ union claimed that “people will die” because of the closures.

Read the full article →

Four alarm fire in York PA displaces 20

January 16, 2009

Emergency crews are responding to a four-alarm fire in Red Lion this morning at a row of four homes in the 300 block of North First Street.The two-story units with a common roof have sustained heavy damage. Crews continue to douse flames. The roof has collapsed between two of the units.

Read the full article →

Mesa Arizona fire station to be accelerated: Long response times prompt move to start building this year

January 7, 2009

As construction of homes has expanded into southeast Mesa during the last decade, residents living near Elliot and Signal Butte roads have coped with waiting on fire and emergency crews sometimes nearly three times longer than the recommended national average.

Read the full article →

Two Philadelphia Firefighters Injured, One Critically

November 20, 2008

A section of a warehouse roof collapsed during a fire in Northeast Philadelphia late last night, injuring two veteran firefighters as they fell 20 feet to the hard ground. The blaze broke out shortly before 10 p.m. at an auto shop tucked inside an industrial complex on the 4800 block of Wingate Street in the [...]

Read the full article →

Massachusetts Firefighters saved a piece of local Red Sox lore yesterday

November 20, 2008

An outside section of Salem Diner known by regulars as “Pesky’s Corner” caught fire at 11:30 a.m. by a contractor removing screws with a grind saw, fire Deputy Chief Brian Harrington said. Firefighters quelled the small blaze, which could have been much worse had winds been moving in the other direction. “We’re lucky the winds [...]

Read the full article →

Eastern Kentucky Firefighters Accused of Arson

November 10, 2008

Two current and one former Eastern Kentucky firefighters are accused of allegedly creating more work for firefighters by setting blazes in Pike and Knox counties. Christopher C. Little, 30, of Pike County, James Adam Yeager, 20, of Knox County and Walter D. Brown, 23, also of Knox, were arrested and charged with arson after they [...]

Read the full article →