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Pennsylvania to Close Popular Hiking Trail, Citing Safety

JIM THORPE, Pa. — Pennsylvania officials are closing one of the most scenic and popular hiking trails in the state because of longstanding concerns about its safety, prompting backlash from hikers. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is closing the main Glen …

California Wants Feds to Pay $18M Fire Debt

California’s emergency services director has fired off a sharply worded letter to the U.S. Forest Service that said the agency had stiffed local governments $18 million for fighting wildfires on federal lands last year and raised the prospect the state …

Majority of Texas Fire Departments Staffed by Volunteer Firefighters

The gym of a rural Texas elementary school was fully engulfed in flames before anyone could do anything about it. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports with only unpaid volunteer firefighters in the small town of about 2,200 people, Hale Center Volunteer …

Maine Fire Departments Discuss Pooling Resources

Fire chiefs and town officials from across Franklin County have scheduled a second meeting to discuss ways to work more closely together. The Morning Sentinel reports that the meeting scheduled for Oct. 29 is a follow-up to an April meeting …

FEMA Grant Outfits South Jersey Firefighters

Some volunteer firefighters in southern New Jersey are getting new turnout gear thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA’s money to the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company in Cumberland County will purchase 25 sets of coats, …

Recruiting a Struggle for Volunteer Fire Departments

They’re often the first ones on the scene of major emergencies, but their numbers appear to be dwindling nationwide. Volunteer firefighters help communities in ways both obvious (fighting fires) and overlooked (improving communities’ home insurance rates through ISO ratings). Yet …

Wyoming Volunteer Firefighters Train for Wildfires

With a tree behind his fire engine engulfed in flames, Mike Morin called in the Blackhawk. “We’ve got a torcher,” the Big Laramie Valley Volunteer Fire Department engine boss shouted. Men and women on the line looked up from their …

Volunteer Firefighters in Iowa Get Grain Bin Rescue Training

Members of several volunteer fire departments in southeast Iowa learned how to use new equipment that could help them rescue someone trapped in a grain bin. Firefighters from Mediapolis, Danville and Yarmouth gathered Monday for training on the equipment, which …

Drinking at Volunteer Firehouses Beginning to Dry Up

Some volunteer firehouses have a bar in the basement. Others have a ban on booze. But regardless of their official stance on alcohol, fire officials across New Jersey say that the practice of drinking at firehouses – once considered vital …

Kentucky Volunteer Fire Department Reopens

A volunteer fire department in Pike County that was forced to close has reopened. WYMT-TV reports that an audit of the Hatfield Fire Department by the Kentucky Fire Commission revealed some problems, mainly that only three firefighters were on the …