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NYC Fire Department Gets Ship Firefighting Simulator

New York City now has a simulator that reproduces the unique conditions that can arise while fighting fires aboard ships. Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro is presiding over a christening ceremony Tuesday at the department’s training academy on Randall’s Island. …

Penn. Professor Studying Cardiovascular Stress on Volunteer Firefighters

Sometimes, the most deadly part of a fire isn’t the smoke or flames but the stress placed on a firefighter’s body as they move in, out, up and down a burning building. Wearing heavy “bunker gear” and carrying other equipment …

Electric Cord Sparked Fire That Killed New York Firefighter

A blaze at a high-rise apartment in New York City that killed a fire lieutenant started in an air-conditioner electrical cord pinched between a bed frame and a wall, the fire commissioner said, adding that the fire had been ruled …

N.H. Fire Marshal: Let Professionals Handle July 4th Fireworks

Some Fourth of July advice from the New Hampshire state fire marshal: Leave fireworks displays to the professionals. William Degnan said people often forget they are playing with explosives and each July 4th, thousands get injured. He notes that wooded …

NYC Fire Department to Increase Response to Reports of Gas Leaks

The New York City Fire Department will now have a much greater role in responding to reports of possible gas leaks, according to an order made by Mayor Bill de Blasio in response to the March explosion that leveled two …

Data Shows Nearly 1 in 5 N.J. Fire Deaths Are Due to Smoking

It is a near-unconscious action carried out by millions of smokers every day — flicking the burned-out butt of a cigarette to the floor or into an ashtray after the last pull. It’s also an act that can have deadly …

Tennessee Fire Marshal Urges Caution With Home Medical Oxygen

Officials say fire departments across Tennessee reported 18 fires involving portable oxygen tanks in the past five years, leading to a warning from the state fire marshal WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee, reports that seven of those fires were fatal, and …

Fire Sprinkler Requirement Bill Dies in New Jersey

Fire sprinklers will not be required in new homes in New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie on Jan. 21 allowed a bill that made the rule to die. The measure would have applied to newly constructed homes. It would not have …

Home Fire Sprinkler Bill Advances in New Jersey

New homes in New Jersey might need to have fire sprinklers. A Senate committee on Monday approved the measure. It awaits a vote in the chamber. The measure would apply to newly constructed homes. It would not apply to mobile …

N.J. Bill Requiring New Homes Be Equipped With Fire Suppression Systems Advances

In New Jersey, legislation sponsored by state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) that would increase public safety by requiring that certain new homes are equipped with a fire suppression system was approved Thursday by the N.J. Senate Community and Urban Affairs …