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No Heroes as NBC's 'Trauma' Fails to Deliver - a Firefighter Nation Review

A.J. Heightman

Editor-in-Chief, JEMS & Firefighter Nation

The new series Trauma premiering Monday night is being billed by NBC as "the first high-octane medical drama series to live exclusively in the field." The show's Website says it's "like an adrenaline shot to the heart, an intense, action-packed look at one of the most dangerous medical professions in the world: first responder paramedics." Unfortunately having had the… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on September 27, 2009 at 9:04pm — 5 Comments

Worcester 10 Years Later: An Insider's Look

By Janelle Foskett, FireRescue magazine

On Dec. 3, 1999, six Worcester (Mass.) Fire Department (WFD) firefighters lost their lives while battling a fire in the vacant Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire. Ten years later, WFD District Chief John F. Sullivan, MPA, spoke about the event in his Fire-Rescue International session “Beyond the Investigation Report: An Insider’s Look at the Worcester LODD Incident.”

Sullivan, who was a company officer… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on August 27, 2009 at 10:19pm — 3 Comments

Dear Mayor and City Manager ...


Dear Mayor & City Manager,

Odds are at this point, as hard as we have tried, you still don't seem to understand the need for our department, YOUR fire department, to be well prepared and fully able to respond quickly when our citizens call 9-1-1 for a fire. Mr. Mayor, this has nothing to do with how many fires we have -- it has everything to do with every fire we have.

Actually, at this… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on June 5, 2009 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Post Webcast Q&A - Preventing and Responding to SCBA Emergencies

Webcast Q&A

On Tuesday, April 14, FireRescue magazine and held a Webcast, “Preventing and Responding to SCBA Emergencies,” presented by Battalion Chief Matt Tobia of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department and sponsored by Dräger.

The presentation generated a lively discussion, and we were unable to answer all of the questions… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on April 21, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Faced with Cuts? Layoffs? Let Firefighter Close Calls Know

The following is posted on behalf of, an advocacy site for firefighter safety.





Please tell us about it.... is compiling information on fire department cuts during these tough economic times.

Your information and who you are remains anonymous. We don't care who you are or what your e-mail address is, if you see any… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on March 2, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Goldfeder: One LESS Firefighter Standing


With the operating conditions in Detroit, so many wondered what would eventually happen related to DFD, as far as their Firefighters being injured, or worse, killed in the line of duty. And when I heard about the comments so emotionally SCREAMED by a Detroit Fire Sgt today. "What a complete waste," ...he died.. "For what? For what? Some dump of a house?" The words hit… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on November 16, 2008 at 12:00am — 32 Comments

Exciting Growth News for Firefighter Nation -- and Then Some

Ten years ago, in a spare bedroom, a team of … er, well, myself and Chris Hebert (with the help of the elusive Travis Good), started a little site called Since then, it’s become the largest Web portal for the fire service.

Two years later, Paul Andrews joined us and helped us turn our ideas into revenue as our sales ace. We covered the fire service from every perspective, through Worcester and 9/11, the launch of the Fire ACT grants program, Ladder 49 and… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on November 9, 2008 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

My Emergency! Man Crush is Back On

This is a blog on my personal's the the link to read the full blog

One TV show changed my life.

When I was a wee bit lad of 11 or so, I started tuning in to what was exceptionally poor reception on Channel 24 in Baltimore. There was this awesome show called Emergency! It was all about… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on September 19, 2008 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

Journalist Jill Carroll - Former Hostage in Iraq -- Makes Career Change to Become Virginia Firefighter

The Washington Post reports that Jill Carroll, the journalist held hostage in Iraq for three months in 2006, is making a dramatic career change -- leaving the Christian Science Monitor to become a Fairfax County firefighter and EMT. Yesterday she began five months of training for her new job, the Boston Globe first reported.

Why the switch? Carroll, 30, who mostly avoided the spotlight… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on August 19, 2008 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Nine Firefighters Feared Dead, Others Injured in California Wildfire Chopper Crash

Los Angeles Firefighter Killed - In the Line of Duty Multiple news outlets are reporting that a wildfire chopper crash in California late last night has claimed the lives of as many as nine firefighters, in what would be one of the largest losses of firefighters in recent memory.

The helicopter was carrying 11 firefighters and two crew members when it went down Tuesday night in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, the Associated… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on August 6, 2008 at 5:30pm — 19 Comments

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Seeks Survey Participants

Firefighter Nation is supporting the efforts of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, requesting your help in completing the 2008 Awareness & Perception Survey for the Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Program and the Courage to be Safe Programs.

Please take the time now and click on the link below to get started:… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on June 18, 2008 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Three Montgomery County, MD Firefighters in Close Call Collapse

Source: Scene Reports & MCFRS Press Report

Three Montgomery County, Maryland firefighters were injured when a catastrophic floor collapse occurred while fighting an apartment fire that also claimed the life of a civilian.

Firefighters from Rockville and the surrounding area were dispatched to the 12800 block of Twinbrook Parkway shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday and arrived with heavy fire showing from the second and third floors of the building,… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on May 3, 2008 at 11:30am — 10 Comments

Los Angeles City Firefighter Killed, Second Critical in Explosion

Los Angeles Firefighter Killed - In the Line of Duty LA Times -- A Los Angeles firefighter was killed and another critically injured Wednesday afternoon after they were apparently hit by exploding manhole covers while responding to a call in Westchester, a department spokesman said.

The firefighters were called to Sepulveda and La Tijera boulevards at 1:57 p.m. after a report of smoke from a possible fire. Once they arrived, there was a… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on March 26, 2008 at 9:00pm — 71 Comments

Two North Carolina Firefighters Killed Battling Five-Alarm Mill Blaze

Updated 7pm ET -- Two firefighters have died and four others were injured after battling a five-alarm fire at a lumber yard in Rowan County, North Carolina.

According to a Rowan Regional Medical Center official, one firefighter died on the way to the hospital, the second died after arrival. Two other firefighters are being treated at Rowan Regional. The extent…


Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on March 7, 2008 at 1:30pm — 59 Comments

Raw Video: Firefighter Escapes Burning Building via Third Floor Window

A firefighter escaped a burning building through a third-story window at a Peabody, MA apartment, climbing head-first down a ladder.

Also See: Slide Show - Boston Channel Coverage

BOSTON CHANNEL -- A firefighter trapped in a smoky apartment fire was rescued by several fire chiefs from surrounding towns on… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on February 29, 2008 at 12:02am — 17 Comments

New NFPA Apparatus Standards & Helmet Wearing/Use

Reposted from

The following is in the new revision of NFPA 1901, effective for apparatus contracted on and after January 1, 2009.

"* The following statement shall be included in the operator’s manual: ’Fire helmets shall not be worn by persons riding in enclosed driving and crew areas. Fire helmets are not designed for crash protection and they will interfere with the protection… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on February 26, 2008 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

DVD Saves Firefighter from Bullet

A South Carolina man is thankful for a DVD that ended up taking a bullet for him.

Colleton County Fire and Rescue Director Barry McRoy says he was leaving a Waffle House restaurant in Walterboro on Saturday morning when two men ran in fighting over a gun. Police say a bullet hit one of the struggling men, shattered a window and then hit McRoy.

The bullet hit a DVD McRoy was carrying in his pocket.…


Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on February 19, 2008 at 10:35pm — 1 Comment

FFN Bloggers: Get Your Blog Wider Distribution

For those of you who are blogging regularly, be sure your blog gets picked up by all the web-based blog 'ping' services ... sites that aggregate blogs and searches of blogs.

To enable this for your blogs, go to 'My Settings' in the Welcome Box on the right side of the page when logged in, and then select 'Privacy' on the left side of that page.

Along with some of your other privacy settings, you'll want to check the box next to 'Yes' under the following:

Do… Continue

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on February 14, 2008 at 4:45pm — 1 Comment

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! I'm Trapped Inside


Reprinted with Permission

As you are aware, Technician (Firefighter) Kyle Wilson of the Prince William County (VA) Department of Fire & Rescue was killed in the Line of Duty when he heroically gave his life at a single family dwelling fire on April 16,

2007. Below are links to all sections of the report…

Added by Firefighter Nation WebChief on January 27, 2008 at 3:02am — 3 Comments

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