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Firehouse Wins Prestigious Journalism Award Firehouse ® was named a Neal Award winner by American Business Media (ABM) during the recent 58 th Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards ceremony in New York City. Firehouse was...

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Firehouse Wins Prestigious Journalism Award

Firehouse® was named a Neal Award winner by American Business Media (ABM) during the recent 58th Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards ceremony in New York City. Firehouse was saluted by a distinguished board of judges for its 9/11 Anniversary coverage in the category of “Best Integrated Package.”

Often hailed for its preeminence as the “Pulitzer Prize of the business media,” ABM's Neal Awards recognize and reward editorial excellence in business media.  Firehouse's integrated coverage of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 included a 276-page book, WTC: In Their Own Words, featuring exclusive photos and interviews with firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center attack; in-depth coverage in the September 2011 issue; special educational programming and a fire service tribute to 9/11 responders at Firehouse Expo, and original reporting on from Shanksville, PA and New York City.

“What an incredible honor to be recognized by ABM and our peers,” said Patricia Maroder, Publisher, Firehouse.  “The Firehouse team worked extremely hard in pulling together an enormous amount of content, and to produce the content in a variety of platforms.  The team also found the right balance of content – by honoring those we lost, recognizing those who assisted in the recovery and rebuilding efforts, and capturing the sentiments of the fire service and our nation at large 10 years later.”


This Month in Fire History


May 4, 2000, Los Alamos, NM

Wildland fire; loss worth $1.1 million


May 5, 1988, Norco, LA

Petroleum refinery fire; loss worth $513 million


May 6, 1937, Lakehurst, NJ

Hindenburg zeppelin fire kills 36


May 11, 1985, Bradford, England

Soccer stadium fire kills 56


May 15, 1929, Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Clinic fire kills 125


May 18, 1971

NFPA Standard 19B requires SCBA use during firefighting


May 28, 1977, Southgate, KY

Beverly Hills Supper Club fire kills 165


Courtesy NFPA


For details on fires that occurred 100 years ago this month, turn to Paul Hashagen’s “Rekindles” on page XX.



Hal Bruno Camp for Children of Fallen Firefighters

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), in partnership with Comfort Zone Camps, has introduced the Hal Bruno Camp for Children of Fallen Firefighters. This bereavement camp is for children between the ages of 7 and 17 whose parent or step-parent died in the line of duty. The camp will be held Friday, June 8, through Sunday, June 10, at Camp Hanover in Mechanicsville, VA.

The camp honors the memory of Hal Bruno, the late Chairman Emeritus of the NFFF's Board of Directors and former columnist for Firehouse. “Hal was wholly dedicated to helping the survivors find the support and comfort they need as they rebuild their lives following the death of their firefighter,” said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF. “For the Foundation to offer a fun and therapeutic camp just for the children of the fallen would make him very proud.”

In addition to covering the costs for the campers, the Foundation will also provide lodging near the campsite and local transportation for the parents. “We wanted to be certain that any children who want to take part in this valuable weekend will have that opportunity,” said Linda Hurley, the Foundation’s Director of Survivor Programs.

For more information on Comfort Zone Camp, please go to:


Irish Delegation Visits Ocala

Last year, a small group from Ocala Fire & Rescue visited its “twin city” of Newbridge, Ireland (see Scuttlebutt, August 2011). They visited firehouses, went sightseeing and even took part in the Newbridge St. Patrick’s Day parade.

This year, an official delegation of 11 dignitaries from Newbridge returned the favor. The delegates toured Fire Station #1 and got to ride in a tower ladder, discharge fire extinguishers on live fire and use a thermal imager camera in a smoke-filled room.

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