This Mercedes-Benz L408 G van, for sale on Hemmings.com, entered service with the Freiwillige Feurwehr Heide-Stadt (Volunteer Fire Department of the city of Heide) in 1969, and for the next 45 years it served the town’s residents as an auxiliary fire truck. Heide is a small town, meaning that the Mercedes accumulated just 27,000 kilometers […]
(YouTube link) The Achao, Chile, volunteer fire department is always ready to respond to an emergency. But the firefighters also dance! In full gear! If you’re in a hurry, you can skip ahead. The dancing starts at about 1:45. The song is "Soy Tu Nene Malo" by Nene Malo. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
For 24-year-old Mike Scannell, a lieutenant at the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department in Breezy Point, NY, the desire to be a firefighter came to him after having spent years hanging around the firehouse with friends who were already involved. Show More Summary
Today the Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena presents this stunning time-lapse video, created by photographer and volunteer fire lookout Gary Yost, of San Francisco Bay area’s famous fog rolling in to envelop the landscape, illuminated...Show More Summary
When someone’s heart stops, there are just minutes to save them from brain damage or death; by the time medics arrive, it can be too late. This is the problem former San Ramon Valley Fire Department chief Richard Price set out to solve with the crowdsourced iOS app, PulsePoint. Price came up with the idea for the app after […]
A teenage volunteer firefighter in the Philadelphia suburbs has been arrested on charges that he and another teen set fire to vacant homes so that his fire department would be called to extinguish the blazes. A crime so dumb only a Philly boy could think it up. Read more...
This Popeye cartoon opens, as you might expect, at the Volunteer Fire Department (of Sweethaven? Popeye's town is never mentioned in these cartoons, but I think that's his home in the comic strips), which is divided into Company C and Company D. Show More Summary
Most of the fire departments along the Jersey Shore are volunteer. So they rely on fire sirens to alert firefighters of an alarm. (They also use pagers but the old-time sirens are still used as a backup.) But not in Spring Lake, NJ. Because two ospreys decided to use the fire siren there as a […]
ARLINGTON, Washington — Following the deadly mudslide that ripped through the Oso, Wash. community Saturday morning, the Oso Fire Department has been an unofficial headquarters of sorts for volunteer efforts On Wednesday afternoon alone,...Show More Summary
I am fire chief of a volunteer fire department and am questioning after my department is paged out by our county dispatch who has the authority to rescind the dispatch. Does the alarm company have that right or the owners have thatShow More Summary
Volunteer fire departments have now been informed by the U.S. Treasury Department that, despite fears, they will be exempt from provisions in Obamacare that might have forced them to slash volunteer firemen's hours, benefits, or even their jobs. Show More Summary
Senator Joe Donnelly is co-sponsoring a bill called the Protect Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act. It would exempt volunteer fire departments from the Affordable Care Act.
Last week, two women showed up with a van to pick up the donations from the Toys for Tots bin at the volunteer fire department in a Virginia town. There’s nothing sinister about that, except that the women weren’t affiliated with Toys For Tots. Who were they? No one knows. Police certainly would like to know. The area’s actual coordinator … [More]
BURNING QUESTIONS: Several Kansas city managers say a pending IRS decision wouldn’t derail volunteer fire departments, but could cause problems with rural response agreements. By Travis Perry ? Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Following...Show More Summary
As the devastating effects of Obamacare continue to rip through the middle class, new victims are being taken along the way. Volunteer fire...
By Steve Eggleston, Hot Air Just when one thought the news surrounding the damage being caused by ObamaCare can’t get worse, the Scranton Times-Tribune reports that ObamaCare may well end many volunteer fire departments:
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Small towns don’t have full town fire departments. They have volunteers who show up when there’s a fire and do their best to save their neighbor’s property. That system is at risk, according to Rep. Lou Barletta: Barletta thinks that current policy requires companies to provide insurance to volunteer firefighters. Show More Summary
Because the n-dimensional, urbane Democratic party geniuses that created this marvelous healthcare plan for us all have never actually grokked what ‘volunteer’ means in the first place. The International Association of Fire Chiefs has...Show More Summary
(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) — Authorities have identified the driver who died after his logging truck collided with a passenger train at a crossing in West Virginia. Chief Buster Varner of the Bartow-Frank-Durbin Volunteer Fire Department says Danny Lee Kimble Sr. Show More Summary