United Way and LION Team Up for Family This Holiday Season

From the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area Vandalia-based LION, a world leader in the delivery of equipment and training solutions for fire departments, worked with United Way officials to adopt a special family this holiday season with a child suffering from a rare, debilitating illness. Each year, as part of their annual United Way campaign, employees at LION adopt at least one family for the holidays as part of their LION Cares program.  United Way officials connected with the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio, a United Way Partner Agency, and learned about a local girl who is suffering…

Baptism by Fire: A New York Firefighter Confronts His First Test

By N.R Kleinfield For The New York Times IN THE HUSHED DARKNESS of a chilly night, a fire truck carrying six men rolled toward its Brooklyn firehouse. They had just finished up at a women’s shelter, where steam wisping from an iron had set off an alarm. Not much to it. There had been a few other runs for Ladder Company 105 — a gas leak, a stuck elevator — but for Jordan Sullivan, another 15-hour shift was unspooling without what he so eagerly awaited. A fire. In his 96 days in the field as a firefighter, a probie out of…

Trouble in Mind: Behavioral health in the fire service

By Janet A. Wilmoth For NFPA Journal KYLE IENN WAS ONE OF THE NEW BREED OF FIRE CHIEFS. A 23-year member of the fire service, he led a progressive volunteer fire department in his hometown of Ralston, Nebraska, a suburb of Omaha. He was active on the state and national level with the Nebraska Fire Chiefs Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer Combination Officers Section. He served the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s “Everyone Goes Home®” program, an initiative to prevent firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries. As founder of the Nebraska Serious Injury & Line of Duty Death…

Building a Better Definition of Fire Attack

By Shannon Pieper For firefighternation.com Culture of safety vs. culture of extinguishment. Offensive vs. defensive operations. Interior vs. exterior fire attack. The classrooms of fire service conferences, the pages of trade journals, and the kitchen table conversations of stations across the country have been filled over the past five years with a heated debate about the changing fireground and whether traditional tactics need to change as well. Some see the introduction of new tactics such as transitional attack as a failure to live up to the fire service’s sworn mission; others argue such tactics are not new at all. Bring…

How to lead your department through a LODD

By Dennis Rubin For FireRescue1.com By the time a person has struggled to the top firefighter position, that member has managed a lot of issues. It is likely that the fire chief has experienced about everything under the sun. Whether managing a complicated administrative process or handling a complex emergency response, the hope is that the chief has been there and done that, at least once. According to NFPA figures, there were more than 370,000 structural fires in 2011. In addition to fires and rescues, each year career and volunteer fire chiefs oversee some type of budgetary and other administrative processes.…

Changing the Culture of the FDNY

By Shannon Pieper For Firefighter Nation When FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano first met Ron Siarnicki of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), the FDNY was reeling from the tragedy of September 11. So many officers had been killed that day, it was the equivalent of 4,400 years of experience disappearing. “Some people didn’t think the department could come back,” Cassano says. “But Ron did.” That was the beginning of a long relationship between the FDNY and the NFFF, one that Commissioner Cassano—speaking Monday evening at the Firefighter Life Safety Summit in Tampa—credited with changing the culture of the fire department…

Boy who died saving relatives from fire laid to rest as ‘firefighter’

By Chris Boyette For CNN Friends and relatives Wednesday paid their respects to Tyler Doohan, the 8-year-old upstate New York boy who helped rescue six relatives from a fire but then perished while trying to save his grandfather. In a Mass at St. John of Rochester Catholic Church, Tyler was honored with a firefighter’s funeral. The funerals of two other relatives who also died in the fire were held at the same time. The church was filled with mourners, including basketball players from Wisconsin Silver Lake College, who were so moved by his story that they traveled to New York to be…

How Education Helps Beyond the Fire Service

By Anthony S. Mangeri For FireRescue Two pieces of advice from my father have always stuck with me. The first was that there is a tool for every job. The second is simply that every professional understands the value of their tools and can identify the right tool for the job. A Profession in Transition When it comes to the fire service, education is the tool for transitioning throughout your career. There’s no doubt that education provides opportunities to maintain a productive lifestyle. Beyond the tactical training we go through to learn how to better protect our communities, it is…

Firefighter develops award winning mobile app

By Chris Arnold NBC News Firefighters across the country deal with the daily struggle of responding to the scene of a fire. For smaller or volunteer departments, that challenge is amplified. However, a fire captain in Hesston has found a way around this obstacle. Captain Stephen Owens and his partner, Carlos Fernandez Jr. developed a mobile app called Page-Out. The app took about a year and a half to develop and was launched in September. Owens says the app serves a practical purpose. “You can now know in a moments notice exactly who is available and who is not available,”…

Accident crushed firefighter’s body, not his spirit

By Brendan Milewski Special to CNN Editor’s note: In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle — injury, illness or other hardship — they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed. This week we introduce you to Brendan Milewski, who bravely served in the Detroit Fire Department for over a decade before one act of arson ended his career and changed his life forever. When people find out you’re a firefighter, the first question they ask is: “What made you join the fire service?” This is typically…