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Mississippi Commissioner Chaney Offers Heating Safety Tips

With the arrival of this season’s first cold front, now is the time to make sure to be smart about heating safety when trying to stay warm, says Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney. “As the …

Massachusetts Fire Officials Worried About Possible Rules Change

A draft document on costs of fire alarm and sprinkler systems in Massachusetts could lead to a rollback in requirements in some multi-unit residential buildings, a group of concerned fire officials said on Sept. 9. About 40 fire officials attended …

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 …