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August 9, 2017

In This Issue: Deadly Quake in China, CA Wildfire Arsons, Ground Ladder Training...

On today's Humpday Hangout, Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan, and the rest of the crew examine how their departments and local governments deal with the fire, social, public, and mental health problems associated with hoarder fires. Sponsored by Key Hose. WATCH HERE.

Talk with Frank Ricci, Nick Papa, and David Polikoff on the "Politics and Tactics" radio show tonight. Sponsored by the Honeywell DuPont FDIC International 2018 scholarship program. CLICK HERE to listen in to at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. Get details on the scholarship program and learn how to nominate someone at --Pete Prochilo, Online Editor

Quake Kills At Least 19 in China

Stranded tourists and residents struggled Wednesday to clear roads and cope with power cuts caused by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 19 people and injured 247.

Man Linked to CA Wildfires Charged with Arson

A 23-year-old Yucaipa man, arrested after a fire broke out last week in Mentone, has now been connected to at least eight of the wildfires that have been plaguing San Bernardino County this summer, authorities announced.

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Truck Company Basics: Ground Ladders


Mark van der Feyst returns to discuss the basics and specifics of this important part of every truck company.

Reducing the Stigma of Psychiatric Medications


This video program from the Firefighters Support Foundation aims to address the concerns of all public safety personnel--fire service, law enforcement, EMS, and so on--regarding psychiatric medications.

Photos: Albany (NY) Fire


Eli Gill has some photos from a July two-alarm fire that swept through several row houses.

Radio: The Professional Volunteer FD

$subtitles.get($x) Host Tom Merrill talks to Mike Lombardo, former Buffalo (NY) Fire Commissioner and fire service instructor. Listen to an archive of last night's radio show, sponsored by the Honeywell-DuPont FDIC International scholarship program.

Phenix Technology

$subtitles.get($x) Phenix structural fire helmets provide the highest levels of safety, comfort, and quality. Not only does wearing a Phenix make firefighting more comfortable; but it also adds a sense of relief that you’re wearing the most reliable helmet available.

Be There When Your Crew Needs You the Most

$subtitles.get($x) Firefighting is tough, and not just physically. Emergency first responders face the risk of many behavioral health concerns that can affect job performance. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Know the warning signs so you can help your crew when they need you the most.

True North® GEN 2 Fire Packs: Available to Ship Now!

$subtitles.get($x) True North® Gen 2 wildland pack collection are back in stock and ready to ship on demand! These new packs use an added full MOLLE attachment system and upgraded harness/hipbelt for superior comfort.

FDIC International 2017 Exhibitor Showcase: Unruh Fire

$subtitles.get($x) Wes Schamle from Unruh Fire explains the features of this custom-built 2017 F 550 Fire Rescue Truck recently shown at FDIC International 2017. Wes also provides information about Unruh Fire’s other product lines.

FDIC International 2017 Exhibitor Showcase: TNT Rescue Systems INC

$subtitles.get($x) Dave Morgan discusses TNT’s Storm Series line of battery powered tools and more in this video from FDIC International 2017.

Lack of Motivation in Fire Service Training

$subtitles.get($x) Is your department motivated when it comes to training? Read more from Scott Peterson.

Why I Became a Public Servant

$subtitles.get($x) Christopher Baker takes on the subject of what motivates someone to become a firefighter.

Science, Truth, and Practice


"Science is a word that is being bandied about quite liberally in the fire service these days." Subscribers can read more of Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton's commentary.

Step Up and Lead

$subtitles.get($x) Frank Viscuso takes a close look at the highest-rated fire service leadership traits. Sponsored by TargetSolutions.

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