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Firefighter Richard Miller Dies During PT

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the 89 th, LODD for 2009:

Name: Richard Adam Miller, Rank: Firefighter, Age: 24, Gender: Male, Status: Career

Date of Incident: 12/29/2009

Date of Death: 12/29/2009

Fire Department: Belmont Fire Department

Address: 301 Keener BLVD, Belmont, NC 28012 (USNG: 17S MU 9654 9910)

Fire Department Chief: George Altice

Incident Description: Firefighter Miller collapsed… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on December 30, 2009 at 9:44am — 1 Comment

York Pennsylvania, A Model Program for the Fire Service

Pennsylvania's York Habitat for Humanity’s “Fire Safety Build” at East Poplar Street

The fire on the 300 block of East Poplar Street was started by children playing with a lighter in a 3rd floor bedroom and quickly spread down the row of homes. By the beginning of 2010, York Habitat hopes to have funding in place to demolish the (now) condemned homes and replace them with simple, decent, affordable, energy-efficient homes for four deserving families who are actively partnering with… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on December 28, 2009 at 12:14pm — 2 Comments

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality

Name: Paul D. Holmes

Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic

Age: 37

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 1

Date of Incident: 12/26/2009

Time of Incident: 2321hrs

Date of Death: 12/28/2009

Fire Department: Douglas County Fire Department

Address: 3901 Chapel Hill Road, Douglasville, GA 30134 (USNG: 16S GC 1164 3111)

Fire Department Chief: Scott Spencer

Incident… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on December 28, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

FDNY Chief Sal Cassano is the new FDNY commissioner.

The NY Daily News today broke the story we all had been anticipating that FDNY Chief of Department Sal Cassano is the new fire commissioner. We would like to wish congratulations to our friend chief Cassano on this tremendous accomplishment. We know that he is going to continue to lead the FDNY with the same level of integrity, professionalism and dedication that have been the hallmarks of his career. There are few officers today with his level of expertise, passion and love for the job. Read… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on December 21, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Syracuse Names Right Man for the Job

Every now and then the politicians get it right! The city of Syracuse New York was smart enough to choose Mark McLees, as their new chief. Mark has been with Syracuse now for 24 years and is currently one of their district chiefs. Mark contributes every year as a regular at FDIC and has been a long-standing friend of Fire Engineering and the fire service training community in general. We know Mark will make a tremendous chief because he has the right skills at every level of our profession and… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on December 18, 2009 at 11:36am — 1 Comment

Safer Deadline Extended and the Rules Have Changed

Today we received an important press release regarding the use of SAFER. Earlier this year, the President authorized Janet Napolitano, the director of Homeland Security, to grant waivers to cities that have experienced extreme economic hardship and are unable to fulfill the requirements of the SAFER grant as it was stated. These waivers are available; however, economic hardship must be proven and must have affected other public safety entities as well as the fire… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on December 17, 2009 at 9:40am — No Comments

911 Tenth Anniversary Challenge Coin

I received this note from my good friend John Sulka and wanted to remind you all once again what an important project that this is and what a fantastic gift it is for any firefighter to receive this Christmas holiday. I urge you to get one for yourself and for someone you love. Below is John's note


After much planning and effort a September 11th Commemorative Coin has been struck to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of the… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on December 16, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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