Firehouse Exclusives

  • Sessions Set for Firehouse World 2010

    Numerous special sessions and new features await at the upcoming Firehouse World 2010 conference and exposition, set for Feb. 28 – March 4 in San Diego, Calif.

    Article • February 27th, 2010

  • Financial Hard Times Means Layoffs for Firefighters

    Editor's Note: An abbreviated version of this article appears in the February 2010 issue of Firehouse Magazine, starting on page 60. Also read "Telling it Like it Is - Doing less with less. When will we learn?" and respond with your thoughts and...

    Article • February 4th, 2010

  • Layoffs, Budget Cuts & Deficits

    From Glendale, AZ, to Tulsa, OK; from Philadelphia to Atlanta to Los Angeles, the news is the same — budgets are in crisis and firefighters must be laid off. The depth of the financial crisis is deep and emergency workers who haven't been handed a...

    Article • February 3rd, 2010

  • Finding Qualified Technicians is Key to Apparatus Maintenance

    Fire apparatus are sophisticated, complicated machinery and, generally, it's best to leave repairs and maintenance to trained professionals. Certified Emergency Vehicle Technicians (EVTs) can be found in privately owned shops and dealerships as well as...

    Article • January 4th, 2010

  • Following Manufacturers’ Guides Keeps Apparatus in Top Condition

    Editor's Note: This article is part of a year-long series that explores the recommendations and philosophies of manufacturers and maintenance crews to help keep fire apparatus in good condition and available for the next response. The series starts on...

    Article • January 4th, 2010

  • Innovation Marked 2009

    This past year, 2009, was a rather slow one for apparatus makers with some reporting new sales off by as much as 40 percent over previous years – perhaps a reflection of the sour economy and the reduction of tax revenue. Other segments of the fire...

    News • January 1st, 2010

  • Firehouse® Roundtable Apparatus Maintenance

    Fire apparatus that won't start, breaks down enroute to a call or, worst of all, fails at the scene of a fire can have catastrophic consequences. That's why having an apparatus maintenance program is vital to fire department operations.

    Article • December 29th, 2009

  • Worcester 10 Years Later

    Every year, the Worcester, MA, Fire Department hosts a ceremony at the site of the Dec. 3, 1999, Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse fire, but the most recent memorial service held last month was different. It was the 10th anniversary of the tragic...

    Article • December 29th, 2009

  • Apparatus Makers Recommend Routine Maintenance for Safety

    Editor's Note: Fire apparatus that won't start, breaks down enroute to a call or, worst of all, fails at the scene of a fire can have catastrophic consequences. That's why having an apparatus maintenance program is vital to fire department operations.

    Article • December 11th, 2009

  • Award Ceremony Spotlights Worcester

    It was fitting and proper that the 2009 Massachusetts Firefighter of the Year Award Ceremony was moved to Worcester from Boston this year as a way to acknowledge the 10th anniversary of the loss of the Worcester Six.

    News • December 4th, 2009

  • A Fitting Tribute to the Worcester Six

    Like thunder rolling through a valley, the heavy beat of the pipe and drum brigade reverberated off buildings in downtown Worcester, advancing to the site.

    News • December 4th, 2009

  • Last 10 Years Worcester’s Proudest

    Walter Giard is closing in on 40 years with the Worcester Fire Department and the last 10 have been his proudest. He has watched, and in many cases directed, the transformation of the department since the fire in the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse...

    News • December 3rd, 2009

  • Worcester Chief: Feels Like Yesterday

    A decade is a long time, but at the same time it seems like yesterday in Worcester. Some in the rank and file are ready to move on. Never forget the losses the department suffered on Dec. 3, 1999, but stay focused on the future.

    News • December 3rd, 2009

  • A Minute Decided Worcester's Fate

    It took a minute, a very long minute, for Retired District Fire Chief Mike McNamee to make a decision he would never forget, nor never regret.

    News • December 2nd, 2009

  • Denis Leary: Reflections on Worcester

    _______________________________________"It's hard to believe it's been a decade... and it doesn't make it any easier," actor Denis Leary told Firehouse.com on the approach of the 10th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire, which claimed...

    Article • December 2nd, 2009