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Firehouse App Wins Editorial Award
The July issue of the Firehouse Limited Edition App was named Best B2B App (Editorial) at the recent min’s Editorial & Design Awards. The award committee said, “The July edition of Firehouse’s editorial app stands tall with two tablet exclusives, plus a feature on helping fire departments better understand the technology evolving in their hands.” Firehouse Associate Publisher Jeff Barrington, who was on hand to receive the award (see photo).
Volunteers Celebrate 275 Years of Service
In honor of the 275th anniversary of America’s volunteer fire service, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has released a new publication honoring the past, present and future of our nation’s volunteers. A Proud Tradition: 275 Years of the American Volunteer Fire Service pays tribute to the millions of dedicated individuals who protect our communities every day and honors the rich heritage of volunteers.
A Proud Tradition looks at the evolution of America’s volunteer fire service, from its earliest beginnings, to changes in equipment and apparatus, to current issues facing today’s volunteers such as expanding scope and recruitment and retention. Sections also cover training, women in the fire service and community involvement. The publication not only looks at where the fire service came from, but also where it stands today and where it is headed in the future.
Visit the NVFC website (www.nvfc.org/resources/additional-resources/#anniversary) for information on how to order the book or to download the electronic version.
FPVFD Donates Pumper to Haiti
As all Firefighters know, equipment becomes obsolete due to age, ware, or constantly renewing NFPA requirements. That dilemma became reality for members of the Florham Park Volunteer Fire Department (FPVFD), when their 1981 Mack/Engine 22 entered it’s own phase of obsolescence. FPVFD members had witnessed the loss of an earlier engine’s demise in a scrap yards, and vowed to never let that happen again, especially with their retired Engine 22.
Members organized a committee, to seek out options for a new life for Engine 22. This search led them to Captain Nathaniel Lasseur, Founder / President of the International Firefighters Assistance (IFA) organization, in Coral Springs, FL.
Captain Lasseur is a professional firefighter in Miami, and a native son of Haiti, where he has been active in the development of local firefighting companies throughout the island nation of Haiti. The IFA organization he established, seeks donations of retired fire apparatus and necessary equipment for partners in Haiti and throughout the world.
The Florham Park Borough Mayor and Council members, who are responsible for the ownership of the apparatus, accepted the volunteers proposal to donate Engine 22 to the IFA, and plans were completed to transport the vehicle to the Port of Miami, where it was loaded on a ship bound for Haiti.
As the fire truck arrived in Haiti, Captain Lasseur’s partners, in Croix-des-Bouquets province, requested assistance to train their newly organized fire company in the technical aspects of the trucks operation. Engine 22 is the first, and only, piece of firefighting apparatus in this Haitian province, where heretofore they fought fires only with water buckets, axes, brooms and blankets. Members of the FPVFD Association agreed to donate a portion of their annual fund drive proceeds to support the expenses of a mission for two officers, Assistant Chief Chuck Keel and Fire Inspector Alban Kellogg, to visit their new friends and owners of Engine 22 in Haiti in late August.
Many Haitian Government Officials and community leaders of Croix-des-Bouquet province expressed their overwhelming appreciation for the generosity of the Community of Florham Park, and the members of the FPVFD Association for their kind donation of this essential firefighting equipment in their earthquake ravaged country.