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2019 Year in Review

With 2019 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on some of the big moments of the year. The stories are heartwarming, like the firefighter amputee who returned to work and the rescue of many animals from harm’s way. The stories are dramatic, like the rescue of children from a structure fire in St. Louis and the near-miss moments in which firefighters thought “this is it.” We hear from the four female fire chiefs in the National Capital Region, marking a significant step toward increased diversity in a traditionally male-dominated industry, and fire service leaders share their predictions for the year ahead.

This year, 57 firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty; their dedication to protecting their communities will never be forgotten
From dangerous structure fires to active shooter events, firefighters faced many significant incidents in the 2010s
Can police, fire and EMS overcome the challenges we faced in the 2010s to prosper in the 2020s?
Inspirational and harrowing stories from around the country in 2019
Progress in 2020 expected for bills still in committee
St. Louis firefighters and battalion chiefs share a play-by-play of the astonishing – and unexpected – rescues
From enhanced focus on cancer prevention to managing medication shortages, fire service leaders weigh in on 2020 fire and EMS trends
Just six months after losing his leg, and despite what surgeons had told him, Firefighter Gary Weiland was ready to get back on the job
Five reports capture firefighters’ life-or-death moments on the incident scene
From the many dogs rescued from burning homes to the fat rat stuck in a manhole, firefighters had their hands full with animal saves