Firefighting

For Firefighters Battling Wildfires, Coronavirus Adds New Risks to Already Dangerous Job

States plan to change many usual practices to help prevent the disease from spreading among firefighters, as well as evacuees.

Hoping to Spark Joy, Firefighters Conduct Birthday Drive-Bys

Across the country, fire departments are lighting up their trucks to drive through the neighborhoods of kids who can't have birthday parties because of Covid-19.

Canceled Fundraisers, Fewer Volunteers: Small Fire Departments Face Their Own Coronavirus Challenges

Staffing shortages, fundraising difficulties and a lack of personal protective equipment have forced rural and volunteer-driven fire departments to adapt quickly.

Protecting the Privacy of First Responders

A proposal in New York would prohibit disclosure of the home addresses of paramedics and firefighters to defense attorneys during court proceedings.

Ushering in A New Era of Firefighting

COMMENTARY | Fire departments must embrace three important measures to adequately prepare for a future laden with uncertainty.

A Plan to Expand Workers Comp Benefits to First Responders with PTSD

The Wisconsin Senate this week approved a bill that would extend benefits available to full-time law enforcement officers and firefighters, but not apply to volunteers or EMTs.

Fighting Wildfire With Fire: New Study Looks at Barriers to ‘Prescribed’ Burns

Researchers say that millions of acres of California forest is in need of preventative measures to help lower wildfire risks.

Invasive Grasses are Fueling Wildfires Across the U.S.

COMMENTARY | Invasive grasses are novel fuels that can act as kindling in an ecosystem where readily flammable material might not otherwise be present.

Local Governments Offer Tips on Deep Frying a Thanksgiving Turkey Without Burning the House Down

Every year, people run into problems frying turkeys. Fire departments and other local officials have suggestions on how to prevent serious mishaps.

Fires and Explosions Spread Across Three Towns. They Worked Together to Respond

Fires and explosions tore across three Massachusetts towns last fall, the result of over-pressurized gas lines. Here's how officials say they banded together to contain the emergency.

A Plan to Recruit Volunteer Firefighters by Relieving Their Student Debt

A bill in Pennsylvania would grant qualifying first responders up to $16,000 in tuition reimbursement after four consecutive years of service.

How 3-D Mapping Technology Could Improve Firefighter Safety

Memphis is experimenting with technology more frequently used for autonomous vehicles to create indoor maps of buildings for first responders.

29 Dogs Died in a Kennel Fire. Legislators Hope to Prevent it From Happening Again.

Illinois became the first state in the country to mandate safety protections for dogs and cats in kennel facilities.

California’s Wildfires Are 500 Percent Larger Due to Climate Change

“Each degree of warming causes way more fire than the previous degree of warming did. And that’s a really big deal.”

Invasive Grass Increases Wildfire Threat in Western States

Land managers are grappling with cheatgrass, a weed that has invaded millions of acres.

A New Way for Firefighters to Track Their Exposure to Carcinogens

A new app allows firefighters to track in real-time their exposure to dangerous substances.

Planned Burns Can Reduce Wildfire Risks, But Expanding Use of ‘Good Fire’ Isn’t Easy

COMMENTARY | Forests across much of North America need fire to maintain healthy structures and watershed conditions and support biodiversity.

Tracking Cancer Among Firefighters

The National Firefighter Registry seeks to collect detailed information on cancer rates within the profession with the goal of improving research.

Federal Agency Drone Use to Monitor Natural Disasters Expanded Dramatically in 2018

The Interior Department flew more than 10,000 unmanned missions to survey federal land, monitor wildlife and respond to natural disasters.

After a Voter Mandated Pay Increase, the Threat of Firefighter Layoffs

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Looking at a Florida tolls contract ... Luxury tax on non-resident apartments in New York ... A tree falls in Los Angeles.