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Bobby Halton's Blog – October 2009 Archive (9)

Safer Grant Application Period Open

Safer Grant Application Period Open

The Department of Homeland Security today announced that the application period for the SAFER Grants is now open. It's important to remember that in June of this year the president approved new rules for how the SAFER Grant is going to be allocated and accessed this year. Fire departments this year can use SAFER money not only to increase staffing which is fundamentally important for safe firefighting but now departments can use SAFER money to… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 30, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Sprinklers Win Common Sense Wins Finally!

Important Code Update: from the AFSA

In today's meeting of the International Code Council (ICC) in Baltimore, Maryland, proposals made to eliminate the requirement for residential fire sprinklers in the International Residential Code (IRC) were defeated. These requirements were included in the 2009 IRC, to become effective January 1, 2011. Proposals to modify the 2012 International Residential Code included RB 54, which would have removed the mandatory requirement and made it an… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 29, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Congressional Fire Services Institute Webinar featuring Dr. Denis Onieal

Congressional Fire Services Institute Webinar featuring

Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy

CFSI Webinar Series

DATE: November 5, 2009

TIME: 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. (EST)

LOCATION: Your personal computer!

COST: Free

RSVP: Email

Moderated by Bill Webb, CFSI Executive Director, the program will feature Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy. The two of them will… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 28, 2009 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Important Update on Firefighter Michelle Smith's Murder case

Firefighter Michelle Smith was responding to a car accident with injuries when she was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 20, 2008. The defense for the man who killed her claimed becuse Michelle was working as a medic on that call then he did not kill a firefighter. Fire Engineering disagrees, Mr. Taye killed a firefighter.

We wear many titles as firefighters, medics, rescue techs, confined space experts, hazardous materials responders, but inclusive of all of those other titles… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 16, 2009 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

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Added by Bobby Halton on October 11, 2009 at 1:49pm — No Comments

ACORN to get $1 million of the fire act grant Again????

We are watching our federal funding for firefighting slowly eroding day by day. Earlier this year the Obama administration proposed cutting the fire act grant budget by $400 million. The original budget proposal from the president's office was to fund the fire act grant by only $170 million. Only through aggressive and coordinated action were we able to get some of that money, not all of it restored. Now we see in this article in the Washington Times that identifies acorn the community… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 7, 2009 at 12:15pm — No Comments

FireEngineering's new look and Fire Engineering University

We are very proud to announce the opening of Fire Engineering University: Online Continuing Education for Firefighters

This will change the way fire service professionals approach continuing education. Our goal is to provide you with relevant, topical educational content that is easily accessible. Content written exclusively by the authors in Fire Engineering for you, serious firefighters. For a full listing of courses with descriptions, credits, and fees, go to… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 6, 2009 at 2:44pm — 2 Comments



The second and final phase of the Charlestown Firefighters Memorial Park will take place on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 2PM at the Firefighters Memorial Park at the corner of Bunker Hill and Charles Street, Charlestown.

This second and final phase will be a fitting and noble Memorial for those Boston Firefighters, though not natives of Charlestown, who died in the Line of Duty in the highest traditions of the Boston Fire Department.… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on October 3, 2009 at 9:26am — No Comments


I regret to inform you of the death of a Yonkers Firefighter which occurred at a 3rd alarm fire early Friday morning while searching for occupants above the fire. Ff. Pat Joyce was trapped on the third floor with Lt. Joe Murray and Ff. Bill Kanych when the room they were searching lit up and they had to bail out a third floor window. Joe and Bill were seriously injured but expected to recover. The funeral arrangements for Pat are listed below.



Added by Bobby Halton on October 3, 2009 at 9:19am — No Comments

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