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.
- Super Bowl ad spotlights TV show disavowed by CAL FIRE
- Va. firefighter killed in blast identified
- LAFD firefighters injured, 2 critically in explosion
- 2 Minn. police officers, 1 medic killed during domestic call identified
- Several N.C. firefighters quit after town eliminates chief, assistant chief positions
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.
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.