FR1 Weekly
Member News
June 29, 2009
Volume 371
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Dear FireRescue1 Member,

Many firefighters have started their own Web sites and blogs to share their thoughts and experiences in the fire service with others around the world.

In recognition of the growing number of good firefighting blogs, we're happy to announce the launch of our Fire Blogs section, a robust directory of some of the best regularly updated firefighter-related blogs.

Have your own blog? E-mail us with a link and a brief description to have your blog featured, too.

— Jamie Thompson, FireRescue1 Editor
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Court rules for white firefighters over promotions
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race. New Haven was wrong to scrap a promotion exam because no African-Americans and only two Hispanic firefighters were likely to be made lieutenants or captains based on the results, the court said Monday in a 5-4 decision. The city said that it had acted to avoid a lawsuit from minorities. Full Story
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Detroit car plant fire
Detroit Fire Department crews battle a fire in a vacant car assembly plant, Sunday. Firefighters were ordered not to enter the structure, which has been the site of many small fires this year. (Photo Jason Frattini/

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Prevention Matters Line-of-Duty Death
How About a Culture of Prevention?
By Bill Delaney, FireRescue1 Columnist
Reactions to Lt. Ray McCormack's speech at FDIC varied, with people picking sides — at times very emotionally. My own take on the speech was somewhere in between. He never said "do not be safe." I think he was really trying to say he fears we are taking the "be safe" aspect to an extreme. Full Column
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Colo. firefighter killed
while clearing trees

Name: Brett Stearns
Date: June 26
City: Craig, Colorado
Cause: Firefighter Stearns died when he was hit by a falling tree. He was working with 12 other firefighters to clear trees at Freeman Reservoir. Full Report
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Food for Thought from The Kitchen Table More News
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Rules of Engagement for Structural Firefighting
the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival (SHS) Section has developed DRAFT "Rules of Engagement for Structural Firefighting" to provide guidance on the fireground... More

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AFG Grants Ineffective?
Oh great. A soon to be released report from the Center for Data Analysis (CDA) reportedly tells the world that Fire Grants have been largely ineffective... More

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