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International Firefighters Day  

To mark Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14th), we are venturing a bit off the beaten track and celebrating a group of women some of whom may also be mothers, but all of whom are a shining example of what women can achieve through perseverance and determination. We have decided to honor all those little girls who, every time someone asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up, would proudly proclaim “a firefighter!”, and then went on to actually become one!

Even in our progressive and enlightened world, firefighting is still pretty much a man’s profession. A...[Read More...]

May 10, 2017 9:36:57 AM By FirstDue Fire Team Mother's Day, Women Firefighters, Women, Mothers, All About Firefighters,

International Firefighters Day  

In this day and age of instant fame for dubious accomplishments, the term “hero” is grossly overused, making us often forget those who truly deserve the name. According to the dictionary, a hero is one who “is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities”. In the spirit of International Firefighters Day (IFFD), celebrated around the world on May 4th, we recognize and salute this segment of our society which is comprised of true, bona fide heroes in every sense of the definition.

IFFD was adopted worldwide through the initiative of Australia...[Read More...]

May 4, 2017 6:16:22 AM By FirstDue Fire Team Firefighters, International Firefighters Day, IFFD, All About Firefighters,

Firefighter Facts and Statistics  

A fire department responds to a fire every 33 seconds across the U.S.

Not only are the nation’s 1.1 million firefighters busy responding to house and industrial fires, they also are involved in rescuing people involved in automobile crashes, water rescues, and medical emergencies.

Firefighting has become more of a profession in recent times – than even a decade ago, says David Leiser, Chief Executive Officer of FirstDue Fire Equipment Inc. in Garnerville, N.Y. – suppliers of specialized gear and equipment for firefighters and emergency...[Read More...]

Dec 14, 2016 2:25:49 AM By FirstDue Fire Team firefighter statistics, firefighter facts, All About Firefighters,

Firefighter Families  

Being a firefighter means you are making a commitment to help others in potentially dangerous situations. Sometimes you may even be putting your own life at risk. There are many deeply rewarding aspects of the job, however don’t let your family come at the expense of your career. These 6 tips can help you make it or break it when balancing work and family as a firefighter.

  1. Spend Time with your spouse: You’ve probably heard of the high divorce rates among firefighters, or perhaps experienced it yourself. For male...[Read More...]
Nov 30, 2016 3:46:50 AM By FirstDue Fire Team work life balance, firefighter jobs, firefighter, family, Family Life,
 

A firefighter needs to have certain skills in order to be effective during emergencies. It is not an easy job, but someone needs to do it. The good news is that there are things that can make one’s job easier. Below are just some of them.

SCBA

Most firefighters will vote the SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) to be the most important equipment they use. The SCBA provides them with around 40 more minutes of air in hot environments. And through the years, it has added more features that include drag rescue loops, buddy indicator lights, back frames, ...[Read More...]

 

There are many aspects to the care and maintenance of the personal protective equipment (PPE) firefighters wear. The importance of this topic cannot be overstated, as demonstrated by regulations that relate to both the manufacturer and the professionals who puts it into use.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways to care and maintain equipment so that it can be the protective equipment it is meant to be. In its article, “How to Perform a Routine PPE Inspection”, FireFighter Nation describes a variety of factors that affect wear-and-tear and gear performance.

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There are no set rules as to what to keep in the pockets of your turnout gear.  Many learn from hard experience but preferably, get advice from tho...[Read More...]

May 16, 2016 2:55:59 PM By FirstDue Fire Team Fashion trends,
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