If we’ve learned anything during the COVID-19 pandemic as firefighters and fire officers, it’s that while perfect planning doesn’t always guarantee perfect outcomes, poor planning (or lack of planning) pretty much always results in poor outcomes. We’ve witnessed this at the state and federal levels across the U.S., and perhaps you’ve seen it in your […]
As we face a new threat in COVID-19, first responders across the country will naturally have many questions, some related to infectious disease protocols. As the infectious control and prevention office for the Fairfax County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue Department, I am privy to many virus-related concerns and work to share accurate information with our […]
The CDC began closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel coronavirus strain first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, which quickly spread to southeast Asia, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The spread of COVID-19 has led to closed schools and businesses, quarantines in first responders, and changes in […]
Check your April issue of Firehouse.com for our special supplement “Recruiting and Retaining the Future of Volunteer Fire Departments.” Find articles, tips, and best practices to help you find and keep volunteers. A special thanks to ADT, FLIR Systems, Georgia-Pacific, and Waterous for supporting this publication! Download Here.
The purpose of this policy is to establish the minimum qualifications for and specify the duties and responsibilities of, the Health and Safety Officer (HSO). Downloadable PDF here.
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has been hearing from members who are having difficulty with fundraising in light of social distancing restrictions that are in place across the country to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many fire, EMS, and rescue departments host community events as a means of raising money to pay for needed […]