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Junior Firefighters Earn an “A”

ASAE, the Center for Association Leadership, has honored the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program with a 2011 Power of A Gold Award. The award recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary contributions associations make to society by enriching lives, creating a competitive workforce, preparing society for the future, driving innovation and making a better world.

The National Junior Firefighter Program was given the award for “The

Power to Create a Competitive Workforce” category. The program provides

fire departments and youth with the resources, tools, and information they need to help develop, grow, enhance, promote and participate in their local junior firefighter program.

“The NVFC is honored to receive the Power of A Award in recognition of the important work of the National Junior Firefighter Program,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “The youth of today are the future of the fire and emergency services, and their training as junior firefighters will help them become confident leaders and dedicated first responders tomorrow. ”

The National Junior Firefighter Program is sponsored by Tyco International, Spartan Motors Inc. and California Casualty Management Group. Find out more at


That’s (Safety) Entertainment


The FDNY, the FDNY Foundation, and international stars of stage and screen, the Flying Karamazov Brothers, have partnered to produce a new fire safety video titled “Safety’s Hot, Fire’s Not.” In addition, this collaboration has produced a public service announcement (PSA) campaign focusing on the importance of having a working smoke detector and the dangers of unattended candles. The video and the PSA campaign are available at and on the FDNY YouTube channel,

“Every year we strive to reach more and more New Yorkers with the critical message of fire safety. This latest effort is an entertaining way for us to reach people wherever and whenever they are online,” said New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano.

The video, which was funded by the FDNY Foundation, features real FDNY firefighters, paramedics and EMTs side-by-side with the Flying Karamazov Brothers as they sing, dance, juggle and teach fire safety information to viewers of all ages. The music is an original song written by the Flying Karamazov Brothers, with lyrics based on actual FDNY fire safety tips.

This campaign is the latest endeavor by the FDNY and the FDNY Foundation to bring the vital message of fire safety to the public. In 2010, the FDNY Foundation funded 6,379 educational fire safety presentations that reached 600,000 New Yorkers. At those events, the FDNY and the Foundation worked together to distribute 25,000 smoke alarms and 100,000 batteries in all five boroughs of New York City. Debuts Learning Platform


Firehouse® Magazine has announced the debut of, an online learning platform designed to provide training, coursework and CEU credits for firefighters. includes basic to advanced-level education developed exclusively by Firehouse® authors and leading industry professionals, and covers a wide range of critical subjects – including EMS training, incident management, USAR, high-angle rescue, vehicle extrication, hazmat, NFPA standards and more.

“The courses offered are developed by subject matter experts, FEMA task force members and fire and rescue personnel from the busiest companies in the world,” said Freddie Batista, vice president of Safety Solutions Inc., which partnered with Firehouse® in creating the specialty portal.

The easy-to-use platform and personalized dashboard can be accessed via any Internet connection, according to Batista, including smartphones, tablets and other mobile learning devices. The courses are also CECBEMS approved for paramedics and EMTs to receive CEUs.

“With this new web initiative, we’re now able to bring these courses to your department in a convenient, efficient and affordable manner,” said Harvey Eisner, editor-in-chief of Firehouse®. “Firefighters can receive CEU credits online, track and manage their education and download certificates right from their desktops.”

Safety Solutions is a leading provider of emergency response, technology assessment, training and its award-winning product “Hazmat Smart Strip.” The company has developed learning programs for major fire departments nationwide, including New York City and Miami, and has conducted training for the military, FEMA and NASA. is a customized version of Safety Solutions’ learning platform Blender, which was created for firefighters by firefighters in partnership with SRG Technology Inc.

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