Cape Ann (MA) Wins $131K for Wildfire Firefighting

Cape Ann (MA) Wins $131K for Wildfire Firefighting

Stephen Hagan - Gloucester Daily Times, Mass. Feb. 21—Cape Ann's fire departments have won a $131,000 state grant aimed at preventing and fighting wildfires. "It's for all of the Cape Ann towns," Gloucester Fire Chief Eric Smith said of the Massachusetts Department of...

Cape Ann (MA) Wins $131K for Wildfire Firefighting

Cape Ann (MA) Wins $131K for Wildfire Firefighting

Stephen Hagan - Gloucester Daily Times, Mass. Feb. 21—Cape Ann's fire departments have won a $131,000 state grant aimed at preventing and fighting wildfires. "It's for all of the Cape Ann towns," Gloucester Fire Chief Eric Smith said of the Massachusetts Department of...

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FOL-DA-TANK®, LLC: Introduces “DA-EV Tank”

FOL-DA-TANK®, LLC: Introduces “DA-EV Tank”

Milan, Illinois – FOL-DA-TANK®, LLC, announced their new, patent pending product “DA-EV Tank” today. This innovative new product is designed to address an increasing problem in the firefighting community, electric vehicle (EV) fires. As EVs have become more popular,...

Neptune Aviation To Offer Garmin Avionics Conversion Services

Neptune Aviation To Offer Garmin Avionics Conversion Services

Decades of Experience and Full Range of Services Ensure Compliance, Safety and Can Minimize Aircraft Downtime Missoula, MT 2 October 2023 – Neptune Aviation, a leader in aerial firefighting and aviation services, is now an authorized Garmin dealer and can offer its...

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Three Firefighters Killed in Turkish Firefighting Helicopter Crash

Three Firefighters Killed in Turkish Firefighting Helicopter Crash

ISTANBUL (AP) — Underwater teams are trying to recover a helicopter that crashed in a lake over the weekend, killing three crew members, while fighting a forest fire in western Turkey, state media reported Monday. Four crew members were aboard the firefighting...

Two Pilots Walk Away from Boeing 737 Water Bomber Crash in Australia

Two Pilots Walk Away from Boeing 737 Water Bomber Crash in Australia

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Two pilots walked away with minor injuries after a Boeing 737 jet converted for firefighting crashed in Australia, officials said Tuesday. The twin-engine tanker owned by Canadian-based Coulson Aviation crashed in Fitzgerald River National Park...

CAL FIRE Helicopter Crash Injures Three Returning from Fairview Fire

CAL FIRE Helicopter Crash Injures Three Returning from Fairview Fire

A helicopter assisting with operations in the Fairview fire near Hemet crashed while attempting to land at the Banning Airport, fire officials said Saturday afternoon. The helicopter was privately owned, officials said, and crashed into a backyard just before 4 p.m....

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Bobbie Scopa started her career as a seasonal firefighter in 1974. After graduating from Arizona State University, she went on to work in fire and natural resource management. Eventually she left the wildand agencies to work full time for a structure fire department. She finished her Masters in Forestry at NC State then went back to the US Forest Service and BLM eventually becoming the Assistant Regional Fire Director in Region 6. Bobbie has spent many years working as a type 1 and 2 Operations Section Chief. You can listen to Bobbie tell audio stories from her long career at BobbieOnFire.com. She has also recently completed her memoir titled “Both Sides Of The Fire Line”. It will be available through Chicago Review Press late summer of 2022.

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Smokey Bear Could Grace Next Custom WA License Plate

Smokey Bear Could Grace Next Custom WA License Plate

Nov. 20—TACOMA — Washingtonians will be able to show their appreciation for forests — and the people who protect them — if a new custom license plate is approved, according to an announcement from state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. The plate, depicting...

First Woman Smokejumper Tells Her Story

First Woman Smokejumper Tells Her Story

Steven Mayer The Bakersfield Californian (TNS) Oct. 28—The physical training was rigorous, fighting fires in remote wilderness was dangerous, and jumping out of perfectly good airplanes in the vicinity of burning forest and brush fires may have been a tad crazy. But...

Human Factors in the Wildland Urban Interface

Human Factors in the Wildland Urban Interface

By Thomas W. Aurnhammer Although safety is always a major concern in structural and wildland firefighting, the wildland community took a unique approach to the subject and started examining the human dimensions of wildland firefighting. The emphasis was on the people,...

New Service Allows Wildfires in WV to Be Tracked Online

New Service Allows Wildfires in WV to Be Tracked Online

Charles Boothe - Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va. Apr. 14—A new service by the West Virginia Division of Forestry will allow residents to access a website to find and keep up with any forest fires across the state. Gov. Jim Justice made the announcement during his...