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  • Rekindles 5/14

    AMITYVILLE, NY: MAY 3, 1914 – Flames broke out in the hayloft of a large barn on the estate of Benjamin F. Yoakum, a railroad tycoon. The quick-moving fire spread to five other barns and was threatening the mansion before local firemen, aided by...

    Article • May 1st, 2014

  • Rekindles 3/14

    BINGHAMTON, NY: MARCH 1, 1914 – A fire broke out in the cellar of a four-story hardware store and spread to the State Armory, where thousands of rounds of shotgun and rifle ammunition were stored. A terrible fusillade of fire scattered the crowd and...

    Article • March 23rd, 2014

  • Cover Story: 3 Firefighters, 5 Residents Injured in L.A. High-Rise Fire

    LOS ANGELES, CA, OCT. 18, 2013 – A fire in a 25-story high-rise apartment building in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles sent eight people including three firefighters, to the hospital. Numerous residents of the 11th and 12th floors were unable to...

    Article • February 1st, 2014

  • Rekindles 11/13

    ADA, OH: NOV. 4, 1913 – The main administration building of Ohio Northern University was destroyed by an early-morning fire. The hard work of local firefighters was credited with saving the adjoining Brown Auditorium and several nearby residences. Lost...

    Article • November 1st, 2013

  • Fireground Operations: How to Nail Your First-Due Strategic Responsibility: Part 5

    Although the term “aggressive strategy” may be new, the concept is not. Consider the following. My dad was hired as a firefighter in 1950. His academy graduation photo shows a dozen proud recruits posed in front of a brand-new, four-door, fully...

    Article • September 1st, 2013

  • Cover Story: South Central Garage Fire

    Units from the Los Angeles, CA, Fire Department were called to a fire in a one-story detached garage located on an alley. The late-night fire caused about $10,000 in damage. Task Force 64, Engine 33 and Engine 46, under the command of Battalion 13...

    Article • September 1st, 2013

  • Firefighters Trapped At Maryland House Fire - Part 2

    As reported in the July issue, on Feb. 24, 2012, the Prince George’s County, MD, Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department (PGFD) responded to an arson fire in a single-family dwelling at which seven firefighters were injured. Given the severity of the...

    Article • August 1st, 2013

  • Hot Shots 8/13

    LOS ANGELES, CA, APRIL 22, 2013 – Five people were injured, including a person who later died, at an early-morning, greater-alarm fire in an apartment building in North Hollywood. Three people were rescued by firefighters. Five of the 24 apartments...

    Article • August 1st, 2013

  • Hot Shots 7/13

    VENTURA COUNTY, CA, MAY 1, 2013 – A Ventura County Fire Department/Sheriff Department helicopter makes a water drop in Hidden Valley behind million-dollar homes on Protrero Canyon Road as a forest fire burned a large area in the county. Forest fuel...

    Article • July 22nd, 2013

  • Firefighters Trapped At Maryland House Fire - Part 1

    On Feb. 24, 2012, the Prince George’s County, MD, Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department (PGFD) responded to a fire in a single-family dwelling fire in Riverdale Heights. During firefighting operations, seven firefighters were injured. Some of these...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

  • WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING: First Report: California Wildfires 2013

    “ Powerhouse Fire ” As predicted, hot, dry weather helped to spur on a large wildfire in Los Angeles County, CA, near Green Valley. Started near the Department of Water and Power Plant 1 on San Francisquito Canyon the “Powerhouse Fire...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

  • Rekindles 7/13

    VALENCIA, PA: JULY 3, 1913 – Five children were killed as a fire that was caused by an overheated stove swept through their home. The children, ages 11 years to 9 months, were in the home alone while their parents, who were dairy farmers, were out on a...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

  • Rekindles 6/13

    COLON, PANAMA: JUNE 3, 1913 – A morning fire swept through an entire block of frame buildings. The Panama Fire Department rushed engines to the scene on a special train and assisted in extinguishing the conflagration.   NEW YORK CITY: JUNE 14...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • Texas Tragedy: "The Ground Shook in West, Texas"

    On April 17, the ground shook in West, Texas. It collapsed buildings and broke hearts.” That’s what a solemn Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), told more than 10,000 people at a...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • Hot Shots 6/13

    LOS ANGELES, CA, FEB. 16, 2013 – Task Force 90, Rescue 90 Engine 100, Rescue 100, Battalion 10 and Engine 81 as the command post unit responded to a reported structure fire in Van Nuys. The first companies on scene reported a detached garage...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

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