The New York City Fire Department has added 43 new names to its memorial wall, bringing to 341 the number of FDNY veterans who died from Ground Zero-related ailments. On Sept. 11, 2001, 343 FDNY members were killed. In related news, two more victims of the terrorist attacks have been identified, the first since 2021.
Boston firefighter Daniel Ranahan had heard about colleagues getting cancer but he was stunned when doctors discovered a tumor in his chest.
By the time he was 18, Chris LaDue had the definition for his perfect life.
“If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘Lethal Weapon,’ you know Martin Riggs lives on the beach with his dog and his truck and a camper,” he said. “That was my choice. That was like, ‘if I can do that, and work in a drug task force, I’d be stoked.'”
Then, his friends convinced him to join a local fire department in San Clemente, Calif., as a volunteer firefighter. At first, he said he stayed on the job for the adrenaline rush. But then that San Clemente volunteer job led to jobs in Chicago and two other southern California fire departments.
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A big grant is hoping to bring in volunteer firefighters across Kansas.
“If not you then who? Somebody has got to be able to do this job,” Steve Hirsch, KSFFA, Treasurer, says.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded the Kansas State Fire Fighters Association over $1.3 million in grant money to help recruit and retain volunteer firefighters.
And now the KSFFA is asking Kansans to step up and volunteer.
JASPER COUNTY, Texas — Firefighters have been working nonstop to keep Southeast Texas communities safe as wildfires continue to be a massive threat to the area.
On Labor Day, crews were battling a 300-acre fire in the Cairo Springs Community near county road 633 near Buna.
Many of these firefighters are actually volunteers who are trying to balance their duties, their families and their professional lives, all at once.
A U.S. military firefighter for 32 years, Kurt Rhodes trained and performed his duties with aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF — a highly effective fire suppressant that he never knew contained PFAS chemicals, now known to be harmful to human health.