2008 News Archives

2008 Year in Review

by mobrian on December 31, 2008

Taking a Look at 2008

What a whirl wind 1/2 of a year for us.  We started this site in August and has grown every day. The email list, comments, and page views nearly double every week. The site is purely intended to make our fire service better by sharing viewpoints, training, news, and creating a community for the service.

Lets take a look at some of the interesting stories from this year

  • Our top story is based on the requirement for safety vests.  Titled Traffic Safety on Emergency Scenes, it was written by Deputy Chief Michael Eckert.  The story has received great praise from across the United States and serves as a resource to every fire department.  Part II of the story will be run in 2009.
  • Many of you thanked us for [click to continue…]

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Public Safety Officer Laid to Rest

by mobrian on December 31, 2008

Public Safety Officer Samborski from the Oak Park Public Safety Department was laid to rest today.  Officer Samborski was killed in the line of duty while performing his duties as a police officer.  Samborski was a public safety officer for Oak Park for four years.

“Officer Samborski made the ultimate sacrifice,” Oak Park Public Safety Director John McNeilance said. “We always will honor his memory and his service to the Oak Park community

Over 1,000 officers, fire fighters, and coutless civilans honored the slain officer today in Brighton.  As a public safety officer Samborksi was responsible as a fire fighter and police officer to his community.  Sunday [click to continue…]


National EMS Education Standards and QAAP Affect Fire Service

December 29, 2008

A Guest Post By Chief Bill Forbush, Garden City Fire Department Recently, many EMS providers have attended regional meeting with state health officials to discuss a number of pressing issues, including the National EMS Education Standards. The standards were developed by a committee of the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) under contract to the […]

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Messy Weather

December 28, 2008

Based on the Weather, It Must be Michigan (or the Lions) It seems that many of us across the State were busy with bad weather. It could have been based on the high winds (up to 55 mph gusts), flooding from melting snow, trees blocking roads, wires down, or even water entering into homes and […]

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NIMS Update

December 27, 2008

FEMA Releases a revised version of NIMS WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released a revised National Incident Management System (NIMS) – the national standard for incident management.  NIMS establishes standardized incident management processes, protocols, and procedures that all federal, state, tribal and local responders will […]

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News for the week of November 17, 2008

November 24, 2008

Remembering a lost hero, City of Detroit mourns the loss of a 17 year vet

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FHWA sets Interim Final Rule on Safety Vests

November 22, 2008

Feds Create Common Sense Exception Days Before Rule is in Effect The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued an Interim Final Rule to address safety concerns raised by the firefighting community regarding high-visibility safety apparel (see Worker Visibility Final Rule – 23 CFR Part 634, below). The Interim Final Rule: Revises the definition of “worker” to […]

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NIOSH endorses National Seat Belt Pledge

November 21, 2008

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announced that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has added its logo to the National Fire Service Seat Belt Pledge 100% Participation Certificate. This endorsement of the seat belt campaign, by NIOSH Acting Director Dr. Christine Branche, reinforces the importance of wearing these safety devices to the […]

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Detroit 17 Year Veteran Fire Fighter Dies

November 16, 2008

Engine 23 fire fighter dies in vacant building fire On Saturday November 15, 2008 close to 5 am, Engine 23, Squad 3, and the other units of the first alarm assignment responded to a working fire on Sheridan street.  The dilapidated house had a working fire on the second floor which was initially knocked down […]

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