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  • Memphis FD Reaches African-American Goal in Ranks

    Press Release
    Posted: November 22nd, 2013

    The Memphis Fire Department achieved a significant milestone in its history and nationally this month when it reached its first target of 25 percent of all firefighter/paramedics being black. In the United States, blacks only make up 7.7 percent of all registered paramedics and in the State of Tennessee the number is even lower at 3.8 percent. Just a few short years ago, only 8 percent of the firefighter/paramedics in the Memphis Fire Department were black. The Memphis Fire Department...

  • Tenn. Fire Truck Overturns at Fatal Trooper Crash Scene

    Posted: January 25th, 2013

    A fire truck responding to report of a Tennessee state trooper off the road and unresponsive, slid on the same icy road near Corryton, overturned and struck the cruiser with the trooper still inside.

  • Hazmat Studies:Tennessee Propane Blast: A Turning Point for Hazmat

    Posted: January 11th, 2013

    The deadly train derailment and ultimate propane explosion that occurred in Waverly, TN, 35 years ago this month was a watershed event in hazardous materials incidents in the U.S. Sixteen people, including four active emergency responders, died from the explosion and resulting fireball, 43 people were hospitalized with injuries and numerous other...

  • Fire Law: 2012 Cases And Controversies

    Posted: January 3rd, 2013

    When I began to work on this review of fire service cases for 2012, my sense was that it had been a slow year compared with 2010 and 2011. In 2010, we had the landmark reverse-discrimination case of Ricci v. DeStefano, 129 S. Ct. 2658, 2671, 174 L. Ed. 2d 490 (2009); in 2011, we had an important First Amendment case, Westmoreland v. Sutherland, 662...

  • Fire Wire 1/13

    Posted: January 1st, 2013

    NOV. 2: OCALA, FL – Five people using a gasoline generator inside their home survived carbon monoxide poisoning when one was able to call 911. NOV . 10: COOKVILLE, TN – Improperly discarded cigarettes were a possible cause of a blaze that likely began on a home’s front porch and caused $40,000-$50,000.  NOV . 14: MERIDEN...