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St. Pete FD Honors Hero 2 When Gus Hertz took his family to St. Petersburg, FL, for a summer vacation, he probably thought about bringing home a memento or two, but he probably never imagined one of them would be the Heroic Citizen Award. But...

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“As fire service leaders, we are the ones who educate the public because they trust our counsel. If we want to make sure the public is adequately informed about their options in home fire safety, we need to first ensure the fire service is well-educated,” said IAFC President and Chairman Al Gillespie, fire chief with the North Las Vegas Fire Department.

The NFPA reports that almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. In addition, most homes do not have enough working alarms.

“Kidde wants to ensure that every family has working smoke alarms in the right locations in the home,” said Chris Rovenstine, vice president of sales and marketing, Kidde. “By partnering with the IAFC, we can help educate fire officials, who will then educate their communities.”

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This Month in Fire History


August 4, 1949, Gates of the Mountain, MT

Forest fire kills 13 firefighters


August 10, 1955, Andover, OH

Gateway Restaurant fire kills 22


August 11, 1874

First Sprinkler head patented by H.S. Parmelee


August 13, 1953

National Safety Council incorporated by Congress


August 17, 1975, Philadelphia, PA

Gulf Oil refinery fire causes $44 million in damages


August 24, 1812, Washington, DC

Washington set afire by British troops during War of 1812


August 31, 1968, Gary, IN

In Crowd lounge fire kills 13


Courtesy of NFPA

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