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Milestone Moments of the Year

As the year draws to a close, FireRescue1 looks back on the milestone moments that defined the fire service, from the harrowing rescues and major responses to the unique training opportunities and special events that will shape the future of the fire service. We also honor the firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of service to their community.

U.S. Fire Administrator Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell’s focus on consistent messaging has reached fire service organizations; the next step – firefighters
FireRescue1’s newest board members share personal passions and insights about what’s to come in the new year
Highlighting the most eye-opening results from the annual state-of-the-industry survey
First responders went beyond the call of duty, pulling animals from sinkholes, frozen ponds and bear dens
A carnival crisis, cliffhangers, underground escapes and fiery extractions: First responders answered the call in 2023
FireRescue1’s 2023 state-of-the-industry survey revealed some alarming statistics related to respondents’ feelings about the job. Download your copy to learn critical insights into what is driving the perfect storm of stress among many firefighters.
There are countless debates in the fire service that come down to simple go/no-go decision-making. This series helps company and chief officers manage these moments and make smart decisions that balance firefighter safety and service to the community.
This special coverage series focuses on mayday training, preparing members at all ranks for what they could face on the fireground or incident scene. Specifically, the coverage addresses how to develop a culture of mayday training, introduces basic RIT training for rookies, details advanced scenario-based training, and offers simple steps to help build muscle memory.
Ventilation, forcible entry and extrication are bread-and-butter operations, but without the right tools, it’s nearly impossible to achieve successful outcomes. This guide details the key considerations for purchasing tools for ventilation, forcible entry, extrication and other tasks that require in-depth knowledge of how the tool works, how far it can be pushed, and how to maximize its abilities.

Fire departments worldwide are experiencing an increase in fire incidents involving lithium-ion battery-powered devices. As these devices become more prevalent in use, we are seeing more related injuries and deaths.

UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute has launched a public safety education campaign to amplify preventative and protective measures that the public can take to mitigate the risks of Li-ion battery-powered devices going into thermal runaway.

A key objective of the campaign is to educate the fire service on the fire dynamics of Li-ion battery fires so they are comfortable educating their communities and aware of the operational best practices to extinguish these fires.
Taking place each year during the third full week of June, the Safety Stand Down highlights critical safety, health and survival issues for fire and emergency services personnel. The Stand Down is sponsored by the NVFC, NFPA, IAFF, FDSOA and IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section.

In 1973, a national commission studying the U.S. fire problem created what would become a wake-up call for fire protection in America. The report, “America Burning,” defined in blunt terms and graphic images America’s fire problem as one of the worst in the world’s industrial countries. Any 1970s-era firefighters who read the report could not help but feel proud of their dangerous work.

Published on May 4, 1973, “America Burning” served as a road map for change.

In 1974, Congress passed the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act. The law created the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration, now the U.S. Fire Administration – and with it the National Fire Academy.

2023 marks 50 years since the seminal report changed the trajectory of fire service priorities for decades.

A detailed look at the actions leaders can take to implement a systems-level plan to protect their members
Tips for enhancing your live-fire training, focusing on factors like ALS transport, hoseline deployment, gpms, interior and exterior safety officers, and more
Among a sea of strong candidates, how does an aspiring company or chief officer stand out?
Reviewing NFPA 3000, the current state of active-shooter event training, plus unique approaches to ASHE response
Unpacking the survey data and identifying solutions to address the perfect storm of stress