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  • Close Calls: Chief First on Scene: Working Fire, People Trapped

    Posted: December 1st, 2013

    One of the most challenging times for chief fire officers is when they arrive before the apparatus. In most cases, it gives us a chance to size-up, conduct the 360-degree walk-around and do our job helping the arriving companies. However, in rare cases, we arrive before the apparatus and there are victims trapped. At times, if the rigs are a few...

  • Wildland Firefighting: Tribute to 19 Fallen Hotshots

    Posted: September 1st, 2013

    We continue our coverage of the memorial service that was held in Prescott, AZ, on July 9, 2013, for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters who were killed in the line of duty in Yarnell on June 30. Thirteen of the 19 firefighters were seasonal employees, and at presstime a dispute had arisen regarding benefits paid to the widows and...

  • As Firehouse Sees It: Some Things May Need To Be Changed

    Posted: September 1st, 2013

    Apparently, 13 of the families whose loved ones from the Prescott, AZ, Granite Mountain Hotshots Crew were killed during a wind-driven fire on June 30, 2013, were unable to collect full benefits from the City of Prescott and the State of Arizona at press time because they were listed as seasonal employees. This doesn’t affect the other six...

  • Despite Controversy, Prescott Mayor Re-Elected

    Associated Press
    Posted: August 28th, 2013

    Mayor Marlin Kuykendall angered the families of 13 of the 19 fallen firefighters when he refused to pay benefits because they were seasonal employees.

  • Fire, EMS Women's Association Accepting Conference Proposals

    Press Release
    Posted: August 26th, 2013

    The International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services (iWomen) is accepting proposals for our 2014 International Conference which will be held February 26 - February 28, 2014, in Tucson, Arizona. Our 2014 International Conference is committed to finding, enhancing, and strengthening the leader in all women! Our conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson –Reid Park. Our conference attendees come from a wide range of areas within the fire service including...

  • A Really Bad Day

    Posted: August 1st, 2013

    According to the latest complete statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2011, the U.S. fire service responded to 30,098,000 alarms. Divided by 365 days, that comes to an average of 82,460 alarms on any given day. Every hour, 3,435 incidents were dispatched. Nationwide, that averages about 57 responses a minute. These...