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Jan. 17, 2022
The dates have been set for 2022 NFFF Memorial Weekend.

Dates Set for 2022 NFFF Memorial Weekend

The 41st Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend will be held Oct. 8–9, 2022, on the grounds of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, MD. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) will continue to work with the U.S. Fire Administration and FEMA regarding any updates and possible effects that are caused as a result of the pandemic. The NFFF continues to ensure that the families of the fallen and the departments that lost a firefighter are its top priority.
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Rosenbauer Builds Custom Aerial for NASA
NASA sought a custom fire apparatus for its Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, that could reach multiple locations on the grounds quickly and cover for aeronautical tests, trainings and simulations.
By working directly with the team at NASA, Rosenbauer created a custom 101-foot Cobra Aerial that includes the most cutting-edge technology available, such as an IDEX SAM pump control system. The apparatus also will serve the city of Hampton as a first-due ALS ladder.
The Research Center was the training site for the first crews of astronauts and also was the home of the Lunar Landing Facility and the Viking program for Mars exploration.
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Open Enrollment for 2022 Rescue Training Courses
Registration is open for the 2022 CMC School schedule of courses for rescue professional training.
Offering education in many disciplines at strategic locations around the country, the CMC School provides hands-on learning and practical scenarios, including confined space rescue, rope rescue and trench rescue classes. Two new classes were added this year: “Introduction to Rope Access for Rescue” and “Arizona Vortex Workshop.” Both will be hosted at Pro Safety and Rescue’s new Rescue Training Center in Bakersfield, CA.
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NFPA Releases Drone Knowledgebase
The NFPA’s Drone Knowledgebase helps fire departments in the United States to improve existing public safety drone programs or to establish new drone initiatives.
The interactive tool was created with information-sharing and collaboration in mind, so U.S. public safety entities are apprised of what other fire departments across the nation are doing in terms of drone technology, staffing and processes as they look to establish or revisit departmental drone programs. Departments are encouraged to contribute to the Knowledgebase, so the tool provides the greatest value to all users.
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Yellow Ribbon Report on Responder Behavioral Wellness
The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer and Combination Officers Section has released the 2021 Yellow Ribbon Report Update. Topics include emotional intelligence, compassion fatigue, learned helplessness and resilience. In addition, there are a new set of 11 best practices, an emotional tactical worksheet, survey results on behavioral wellness and key resources.
All fire departments and other responder agencies are encouraged to share this with departmental leadership, including peer support teams, chaplains and employee assistance programs.
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REV Group Testing Electric Ambulance in Qatar
Hamad Medical Corp. is conducting an operational trial of a state-of-the-art, zero-emissions Battery Electric Type II ambulance from Leader Emergency Vehicles, which is a subsidiary of REV Group. The trial is in collaboration with ACETECH and Lightning eMotors, which are REV Group’s technology and commercial partners.
The Ford Transit T350 Type II ambulance chassis was electrified at Lightning eMotors and built at Leader Emergency Vehicles’ facility in South El Monte, CA. The latter’s High Roof Transit van offers as much as 86 kWh of battery capacity that can be charged via Level 2 AC charging or DC fast-charging. Increased interior headroom and an extended body length provide increased workspace for patient care.
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Tablet Command Partners with First Arriving for Real-Time Dispatch Information
Tablet Command is collaborating with First Arriving to provide real-time dispatch information for First Arriving’s Digital Dashboards. The partnership will provide Digital Dashboard users with nature of call information, address, units dispatched, call notes, turnout timer, ETA and distance, custom alert tones, maps and ESRI layers. The system is designed to increase situational awareness, speed incident response, streamline incident management and improve accountability
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This Month in Fire History

Jan. 1, 1853, Cincinnati—The first fire engine is tested

Jan. 5, 1985, Erath, LA—Texaco gas plant fire causes $51 million in damages

Jan. 5, 1995, Seattle—Warehouse fire kills four firefighters

Jan. 6, 1961, San Francisco—Thomas Hotel fire kills 20

Jan. 10, 1976, Fremont, NEPathfinder Hotel fire kills 20

Jan. 11, 1820, Savannah, GA—Fire damages 463 houses

Jan. 12, 1908: Boyertown, PA—Rhodes Opera House fire kills 170

Jan. 14, 1969, Pearl Harbor, HIUSS Enterprise fire kills 24

Jan. 19, 2017, Tehran, Iran—High-rise fire and collapse kills 30 firefighters

Jan. 23, 2005, New York—FDNY Black Sunday fires kill three firefighters

Jan. 27, 1967, Cape Kennedy, FL—Apollo 1 launch pad fire kills all three crewmembers

Courtesy: NFPA

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